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Facade

The face of a building, usually referring to the front.

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Facsimile

Means an accurate reproduction of a book, instrument, document or record and includes a print from microfilm and a printed copy generated by or produced from a computer record.

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Fanlight

A semi-circular (fan shaped) window placed atop a door, commonly seen in Federal and Colonial Revival style buildings.

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Fee

The true meaning of the word "fee" derives from "feud" or "fief," defined as a man's own land, possessed in his own right, without owing any rent or service to any superior.

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Fee Simple

The estate which a person has where lands are owned by him and his heirs absolutely, with unconditional power of disposition during his life, and descending to his heirs and legal representatives upon his death intestate.

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Fee Tail

An estate or inheritance limited to some particular class of person to whom it is granted.

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Fence

A barrier, railing, or other upright structure, typically of wood or wire, enclosing an area of ground to prevent or control access or escape.

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Fence of Convenience

A fence which is erected without the benefit of survey, a fence which bears no known relationship to a property boundary. One might term this a cattle fence - a fence of convenience.

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Field

(1) An area of open land, especially one planted with crops or pasture, typically bounded by hedges or fences; (2) In surveying, a general term for the outdoors where property measurements are performed; (3) Place where surveyors are outstanding in.

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Field Check

The operation of checking plan compilation on the ground.

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Field Fence

Fence separating a portion of a farm for horticultural purposes and may not be intended to mark a property boundary.

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Field Notes

The official written record made in the field (on site) at the time of the survey. Traditionally drawn on paper with a "2H" pencil, may now also include paper printout of digital data relating to field measurements.

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Fill

Any material deposited by any agent so as to fill or partly fill a channel, valley, or other depression.

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Final Closing

The date when title to the unit is given to the Purchaser, approximately 30 days after condominium registration.

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Finial

A decorative piece set atop a spire, cupola, gable or gate post.

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First Running of the Line

The first setting out on the ground of a boundary.

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First-order

1) Relating to the simplest or most fundamental level of organization, experience, or analysis; primary or immediate.
2) Highest degree of accuracy in geodetic leveling and control.

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Flemish Gable

A decorative gable form, often seen in Flanders and the Netherlands, the sides of which drop in a cascade of right angles, also called a crow-stepped gable. Used as a decorative embellishment in Victorian era styles in the USA.

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Flood

A flood is an overflow or inundation that comes from a river or other body of water and causes or threatens damage. It can be any relatively high streamflow overtopping the natural or artificial banks in any reach of a stream . It is also a relatively high flow as measured by either gauge height or discharge quantity.

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Floodplain

A strip of relatively level land bordering a stream or river and comprised of sediment dropped during flooding susceptible to flooding in times of high water.

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Floor Plan

The layout of the various levels of a building, showing the location of rooms, interior walls, chimneys, porches and staircases.

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Flow

The rate of water discharged from a source, given in volume with respect to time.

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Fluting

Fluting is a decorative finish for wooden columns or trim where parallel grooves are carved vertically along the surface.

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Foot

Is an imperial measurement; a unit of length, 0.3048 meter long. The foot used in the triangulation of Britain is 0.304 800 756 International meters.

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Foresight

A sight taken forwards.

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Found

A survey monument or other evidence that the surveyor found on the property on the date the site survey was made, generally marking the location of a property boundary.

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Fraud

A knowingly wrong act or deceitful representation.

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Fraudulent Instrument

An instrument,
(a) Under which a fraudulent person purports to receive or transfer an estate or interest in land,
(b) That is given under the purported authority of a power of attorney that is forged,
(c) That is a transfer of a charge where the charge is given by a fraudulent person, or
(d) That perpetrates a fraud with respect to the interest in land affected by the instrument.

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Freehold Condominium Corporation

A condominium corporation in which all the units and their appurtenant common interests are held in fee simple by the owners.

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Frieze

The panel beneath the cornice at the top of a building' exterior wall which is often ornamented with brackets, dentils or medallions.

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Frontage

(1) The front boundary line of a lot on a street; also the length of such a line; (2) the front face (as of a building).

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Fronting

Relating to the side or part of an object that presents itself to view or that is normally seen or used first; the most forward part of something.

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Furlong

Unit of length equal to 40 poles (220 yards).

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