Real Estate – it’s a term heard in almost every conversation about buying and selling homes, land or commercial properties. But what does it mean and why is it called real estate?
We’re going to dive into the history of the term and explore its origins to see if we can uncover why it ended up being called real estate. Along the way, we’ll discuss the legal framework surrounding land rights and the different categories of property relative to its ownership. Let’s get started!
Why is it called Real Estate?Real estate is one of the oldest, largest, and most lucrative industries in the world, and is currently experiencing a generational buying and selling boom.
Buying and selling property has been part of everyday life for thousands of years, but why is it called Real Estate?
What does “Real” in Real Estate stand for?The term ‘Real Estate’ was first used in medieval England to refer to land, not buildings.
In those days, the landed gentry who owned much of the land made up a large percentage of the population. As such, many of the laws and regulations governing property were created by them. The word ‘Real’ in Real Estate is derived from the Latin phrase ‘res reales’, which means ‘real property’.
So, when someone says they are in the ‘Real Estate business’, they are referring to the business of buying and selling land, as well as any buildings, houses, homes, and other improvements that are affixed to the land.
Why is Real Estate so important to our economy?
Real Estate is important to our economy for many reasons. Not only does it create jobs, but it also provides investment opportunities, increases the value of homes, and provides stability for local communities.
Real Estate also serves as security for financial stability and provides a source of income for many people. Especially in rural areas, Real Estate can be a key source of income, providing both labor and industry to local economies. Without Real Estate, many small-town economies would not exist and people wouldn’t have access to the goods, services, and housing they need to get by.