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April 24, 2020

Welcome to and access to the Encyclopedia of Real Estate Terms ONLINE.

The Online Encyclopedia is not a source of professional advice, but is a means of finding authoritative defintions and the answer to many questions and sources for further research on real estate words and phrases at the click of a button.

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"Subscription Period" shall mean the period commencing on the date on which the Agreement is created as stated above and continuing for so long as the Licensee has a current subscription for that Licensed Work, subject to the provisions for earlier termination set out below.

"Web Site" shall mean the site upon which the Licensed Work is displayed.


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