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A or ASG (Abbr)
Abnormal Sale
An unusual sale in a marketplace. Parents selling a property to their children for below market value may be an abnormal sale.
Absentee Owner
A property owner who does not reside on the property, but who relies on a property manager to oversee the investment.
A method of determining the value or estimated selling price of land by deducting (abstracting) the value of any site improvements from the overall selling price of the property. Also called Allocation or Extraction Method.
Abstract of Title
A brief history of a property's title, including all judicial proceedings, conveyances, records, grants and wills, and a statement of all recorded liens and encumbrances.
Accelerated Depreciation
A faster method of determining the cost write-off of personal property, used in a business or for the production of income, by applying the straight-line method. The method of depreciation assumes that the property experiences most of its depreciation in its early years.
Acceleration Clause
A provision in a document like a mortgage, promissory note, trust deed or agreement of sale stating that the remaining amount owed is due immediately upon payment default, sale of the property or other specified occurrence. Also called Call Provision or Due-on-Sale Clause.
An agreement by the seller to the terms of the sale.
Acceptance Bonus
See Mobility Premium.
  1. The right to utilize land that may be privately owned for public purposes. See Ingress, Egress and Easement.
  2. A means to a property.
The acquisition of title of a neighboring property or improvements to that property due to the placement of fixtures that lie beyond the property. For example, if a property owner builds a fence that extends into a neighbor's yard, the neighbor owns the section of the fence on his or her property and has the right to decide when the fence will be taken down or if it will remain up.
Accessorial Charges
Fees for accessorial services. Also called Additional Services Charges.
Accessorial Services
Those services (other than the transportation of household goods) like packing, custom-crating, elevator, stair and long carry, bulky articles and appliance servicing that are either necessary to complete the move or are requested by the customer.
Accessory Buildings
A structure secondary to the main building on a property, e.g., a garage, shed or pump house.
Accrued Interest
Interest on a mortgage that has accumulated over a specific amount of time. Interest payments cover the month prior to the due date or after it is earned.
Accrued Depreciation
  1. The depreciation of a property over the course of its existence. Also called Accumulated Depreciation.
  2. The difference between the cost to reproduce a property at the time of the appraisal and a property's current value determined by its competitive condition. Also called Diminished Utility.
Accumulated Depreciation
See Accrued Depreciation.
Acknowledgement Card
A postcard sent to a customer after the customer's claim form is received by Atlas' customer service department that acknowledges the claim is being processed.
A land measurement equivalent to 43,560 square feet or 4,840 square yards. A square mile is 640 acres.
ACT (Abbr)
Actual charges or weight on a shipment.
Actual Cash Value (ACV)
Money equal to the cost of replacing lost, stolen or damaged property after depreciation. A method of determining the worth of an improvement.
Actual Charges
The total cost of the move from start to finish.
Revisions made and attached to a sales contract that are referenced in the contract and signed by both the buyer and seller.
Additional Services Charges
See Accessorial Charges.
Additional Services Performed at Origin/Destination Service and Delivery Report (ASPOD)
A form that serves as proof that additional services were performed at origin and/or destination. The customer's signature verifies that the service was completed as stated.
Additional Transportation Charge (ATC)
The charge services that is based on the cost of an area.
Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM)
A loan with an interest rate and terms that can change as market conditions change. Because the rate is periodically adjusted, the mortgage payment either increases or decreases.
An amendment made to the market value of a comparable property if the property has, or possibly does not have, a feature that distinguishes it from the subject property.
Ad Spec Inc
An advertising specialties and promotional products company servicing Atlas and the general public. A subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc.
Ad Valorem
A Latin term meaning "according to valuation." It is generally used to refer to real estate taxes based on the accessed valuation of the property.
ADV (Abbr)
Adverse Use
The unfavorable use of a property that possibly depreciates its value.
Agency Roster
A list of all Atlas Van Lines agents by state with pertinent information about each agent, including the address, contact name, warehouse space, service and quality awards. The roster also includes information on Atlas headquarters and Atlas World Group subsidiaries.
Agent (AGNT)
  1. An independent mover under agreement with Atlas that is empowered to act on Atlas' behalf in servicing the interstate (out-of-state) movement of household goods.
  2. See Real Estate Agent.
Agent Invoice
National account invoice issued by an agent.
Agreed Delivery Date (ADD)
Two or more dates mutually agreed upon between the customer and Atlas for the delivery of a shipment.
Agreement of Sale
A contract of sale. See Contract of Sale, Contract for Deed and Land Contract.
Air Ride
The suspension system used on trailers and tractors instead of conventional springs, where the vehicle is supported and rides on rubber cylinders filled with compressed air for a safer ride.
Air Waybill
A receipt for the cargo and contract for the transportation between a customer and an air carrier.
Air Weight
The difference between actual weight and constructive weight.
AK (Abbr)
Prefix on an Alaskan booking or registration.
See Abstraction.
Money for the completion of certain repairs or improvements to a home or to a transferring employee for expenses incurred during a move. See Cost-of-Living Allowance or Goods and Services Differential.
Alta Title Policy
See Title Insurance. Also see American Land Title Association.
Amendment to the Order for Service
A form used to record any changes to the shipment such as additional packing or other services, destination location, valuation or agreed pickup and delivery dates.
Tangible and intangible features of a property like scenic, social or architectural qualities that do not have monetary value, but are beneficial to the owner of that land.
American Land Title Association (ALTA)
The industry association of land title companies.
Repayment of the principal and/or interest of a debt over a specified period of time.
Amortization Schedule
The payment schedule used to reduce a financial debt that shows the remaining balance of a mortgage after each payment is made.
Annual Percentage Rate (APR)
The yearly charge, expressed in a percentage, for use of a lender's money.
Appliance Service
Preparation of appliances to make them safe for transportation. This does not include the disconnecting of plumbing or electrical service. See Third-Party Service.
Application Fee
A charge to start the loan process.
An estimate made by an appraiser of the value of a property.
Appraisal Fee
A charge for a statement of property value.
Appraisal Review Fee
A charge for reviewing an appraisal.
Appraisal Value
The value of a property determined by averaging additional appraisals.
An experienced professional who is licensed to estimate the value of a property.
An increase in value of an item or property. See Depreciation.
Approaches to Value
Three approaches are commonly used by an appraiser when estimating the value of a property. They are: the direct sales comparison approach, the cost approach and the income approach.
The rights and privileges to use an improvement of a property. The rights usually transfer with the sale of the property. Examples of appurtenance are easements, water rights, condominium parking stalls and improvements.
Arm's-Length Transaction
An arrangement whereby the buyer and seller voluntarily enter into a transaction with equal bargaining positions.
Arrival Notice
A notice sent by Atlas that informs the party stated on the bill of lading of the estimated arrival date of the shipment. An arrival notice on an international move normally indicates where the cargo will be available for customs clearance, pick-up or comparable handling, when free-time will expire, any applicable charges, or any other requirements that must be met prior to release.
As is Agreement
An agreement stating the property is being sold in its present condition.
The process of taking household goods apart for transportation and putting them back together at destination.
A tax, or assessed value, placed on a property for purposes like public improvement or maintenance.
The person who determines assessed values.
A useful item or something of value owned by a person. An asset can be tangible or intangible, and can include stocks, bonds and property.
Assigned Sales
See Closing Assistance.
The person who receives a transfer of property.
The transfer of a property's right, title and interest from one person to another.
Assignment Extension Bonus
A compensation paid to an expatriate for an extended assignment. Also called Reenlistment Bonus.
The person who transfers property.
Assumable Rate Mortgage
See Assumption of Mortgage.
Assumption Fee
A processing charge for an assumption of mortgage.
Assumption of Mortgage
Buying a property that has an existing mortgage and continuing payment on the remaining amount of the mortgage at the same interest rate. Also called Assumable Rate Mortgage.
Assured Price Protection (APP)
A program applying to C.O.D. and national account household goods shipments moving within the U.S. (except for Hawaii) or to or from Canada. Under this pricing option, the customer is given a binding price or a specific bottomline discount based on the actual weight and services, whichever is less. The discount excludes valuation, storage in transit and related charges, and third-party services.
Atlas Commercial Brokerage (ACB)
A supplemental service the commercial truckload division uses for transporting general commodities, new products, new furniture and fixtures, as well as household goods and second proviso traffic. The service expands the division's hauling capacity and traffic resources.
Atlas' Specialized Transportation Express Centers (ASTEC)
A network of Atlas agents that provides a scheduled pick-up and delivery service for special products shipments under 3,000 pounds.
Atlas Survey of a Shipment (AVL SRVY)
A physical surveying of goods to be shipped to determine the estimated weight of the shipment.
Atlas Terminal Company, Inc.
A well-equipped maintenance facility that provides low-price repair services and emergency road service to Atlas van operators. The Terminal Company also sells inside van equipment and offers a vehicle painting program. A subsidiary of Atlas Van Lines headquartered in Evansville, Indiana.
Atlas Van Lines, Inc. (AVL)
One of the nation's largest carriers of household goods and specialty products, founded in 1948 in Chicago. Comprised of the Relocation Services Group (household goods) and the Specialized Transportation Group. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. A subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc.
Atlas Van Lines (Canada), Ltd.
A subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc., Atlas Canada provides Atlas with moving and storage capabilities throughout Canada. Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario.
Atlas Van Lines International Corp. (AVLI)
A subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc., Atlas International provides international service capabilities in over 120 countries worldwide. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Atlas World-Class Travel, Inc.
A subsidiary of Atlas World Group, Inc., Atlas World-Class Travel operates as a full-service travel agency for Atlas and the general public. Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana.
Atlas World Group, Inc. (AWG)
The parent company of Atlas Van Lines, Atlas Van Lines Canada, Atlas World-Class Travel, Atlas Van Lines International, ad spec inc, Red Ball Corporation and their subsidiaries.
A person who is authorized to act on the behalf of another person.
AUTH (Abbr)
See Operating Authority.
Auto Inventory
See Motor Vehicle Inventory.
Automated Relocation Management System
A computer system used as a management tool for monitoring costs and increasing productivity and communication.
Automobile Handling Charge
A charge to the customer, in addition to the weight, for movement of an automobile.
Auxiliary Service
A service provided when a shipment cannot be serviced, picked up or delivered by a road van, and a smaller unit must be employed for movement to or from the road van. The fee is chargeable to the customer. Also called Shuttle Service.
Average Transit Time
The average time in shipping from one point to another.
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