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Fixed Period Option

A Life insurance Settlement option under which the beneficiary receives a regular income for a specified period of time, such as 10 years, at which time the principal and interest are depleted. The name speaks for itself.

Fixed-Rate Mortgage (FRM)

A mortgage in which the interest rate does not change during the entire term of the loan.


Personal property that becomes real property when attached in a permanent manner to real estate.

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Flexible Payment Loan

A payment plan in which a mortgagor makes lower monthly payments for the first few years of a loan and larger payments for the remainder of the term.

Floater Policy

Protection that follows moveable property, covering it wherever it may be, rather than applying only at a fixed location, such as a Personal Articles Floater (PAF).

Flood Insurance

Insurance that compensates for physical property damage resulting from flooding. It is required for properties located in federally designated flood areas.

Flood Insurance

Insurance designed to reimburse property owners for loss due to flood or to flood-related erosion. Administered through the Federal Insurance Administration, but marketed through independent agents.

Forcible Detainer

A court suit initiated by a landlord to evict a tenant from leased premises after the tenant has breached one of the terms of the lease or has held possession of the property after the lease’s expiration.


The legal process by which a borrower in default under a mortgage is deprived of his or her interest in the mortgaged property. This usually involves a forced sale of the property at public auction with the proceeds of the sale being applied to the mortgage debt.

Foreign Company

An insurer organized under laws of a state other than the one in which the insurance is written. For example, a company that is domestic to Illinois would be considered to be “foreign” in all other states.