Real Estate Dictionary



ZANJA (SPANISH)
An irrigation ditch.
ZERO INTEREST MORTGAGE
A note and mortgage under which interest accrues but is not paid until the end of the term of the loan.
ZERO LOT LINE
The construction of a building on any of the boundary lines of a lot. Usually built on the front line, such as a store built to the sidewalk. See also: Zero Side Yard.
ZERO SIDE YARD
The building of a subdivision with each house built on a side boundary line. This gives more usable yard space on a narrow lot. An easement for maintenance is given over a portion of the lot adjoining each house.
ZONE
(1) An area of a county or city in which the use of the land is restricted by law (zoning ordinance). (2) An area designated by a number for the delivery of mail. Zip codes incorporate the zones.
ZONING
The division of a city or county by legislative regulations into areas (zones), specifying the uses allowable for the real property in these areas.
ZONING MAP
A map of a community showing the zones of permitted use under zoning ordinances.
ZONING ORDINANCE
A law (generally at the city or county level) controlling the use of land and construction of improvements in a given area (zone).
ZONING VARIANCE
See: Variance.
ZYGOCEPHALUM
In civil law an inaccurate measure of land. The area of land a yoke of oxen could plow in one day.