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Housing Terms

Terms for Chapter 2

Culture The beliefs, social customs, and traits of a group of people
Hogans Navajo Dwellings made of logs and mud
Common Property View of Native Americans that land belongs to everyone.
East Direction that the door faced in Navajo Dwellings
Dirt Floor types of early housings
Spanish architecture Red tile roofs
Wood Traditional building material of the Pilgrims homeland
Cliff Dwellers The Native Americans who dwelled in cliffs or rock overhangs
Hispanic They settled in South and Southwest
2 Maximum number of members in the majority of U.S. households
Single-person household The household group that includes never-marrieds and single-again adults
Baby Boomers People born after WWII through 1964
People with disabilities Those who most need housing free of physical restrictions
Middle income The income group that represents the largest U.S. category
Dual income Term to describe a family where both partners work
Demographics Statistical facts about the human population
4 The average number of years between moves
Sunbelt Term for Southern and Southwestern states
Mobile society Type of society where people travel often
Farming The occupation that prompted people to abandon caves and build structures for housing
Technology The type of knowledge people need to adapt to their environment
Industrial Revolution Event in the late 1800's having a large or technological impact on housing
Railroad The primary method of moving goods during the Industrial Revolution
Computer The type of technology responsible for many high-tech items in the home
Microwave Oven High-tech appliance found in kitchens
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design What CADD means
Architects and Interior designers Two groups of housing professionals who used CADD
High Tech Another term for technology
Cave Dwellers The people who first used technology
Federal, State, and Local Levels at which government influences housing
Colonial Times Period of first housing laws
Zoning Regulations Restrictions that control land use
Uniform Building Codes National guide for building standards
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development The full name of the department called HUD
Building Codes Minimum standards for building materials and construction
Residential Zone Zone where only houses can be built
Rent Supplements Help with housing for low-income people
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Two federal agencies concerned with safety and protection of housing environments
Air and Water Quality Environmental concerns in the constructed environment
Production and Consumption of goods and services Two basic economic influences on housing
Resources Objects, qualities, and personal strengths that can be used to reach goals
Housing Starts The term for the number of houses being built in a year
Two Million (2,000,000) Average number of housing starts in a year
Housing Industry Type of industry that employs planners, developers, and builders
Housing Market Term to describe the transfer of dwellings from producers to consumers
Gross Domestic Product Value of all goods and services produced in a country
Mortgage Interest Rates An aspect of home mortgages that seems to increase as the same rate as inflation
1/3 (One Third) The portion of income that the average family pays for housing
Housing The first major sector of the economy to normally rebound after an economic slump
Native Americans They were here before the Colonists
caves and dugouts Shelter of early humans
tepees and wigwams Dwellings of the early Native Americans
house raising Event where neighbors would come over to help build a house
log cabin A housing symbol of the early United States
agrarians People who earn their living from the land
density The number of people in a given area
census An official count of the population taken by the government
tract houses Similarly designed houses built in the same development
new town A planned urban development
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