Real Estate Glossary F [Part 6]


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Fire resistance rating

Means the shortest amount of time that an element of a building can be expected to work properly during a standard fire test. This time is set by the relevant authority.

Fireproof construction

Designed so that all of the building’s contents can burn to the ground without destroying the building’s integrity.


The use of materials that don’t burn to protect the structural parts of a building so that it can withstand a total fire without losing its shape.


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First refusal

The right to be the first person to buy or rent a piece of property, or the right to match any offer made by someone else.

Fixed floor coverings

Wall-to-wall carpet, linoleum in the kitchen, vinyl tiles, and so on. Loose rugs are not covered by this term.


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Fixed mortgage

A mortgage where the principal doesn’t have to be paid back until the end of the loan’s term. During the life of a mortgage, the borrower usually pays interest at regular times, such as every quarter, half-year, or year.

Flat roof

A roof with just enough of a slope to allow water to flow off of it; the pitch is less than 20 degrees.

Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)

It looks over any plans for foreign investment in Australia and gives the government advice on how to handle those plans.