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I remember buying my first home. I had a stack of MLS print out sheets that my agent had given me. I found those sheets difficult to decipher. There seemed to be so much to weed through just to figure out how many bedrooms and bathrooms the next house on the tour had. Then on top of that add all of the abbreviations so commonly used in real estate. Today I was reminded of this when I read the followingproperty description:
"Rnvt'd kit w/corian, cust cherry cabs, new gas cooktop. Hrdwd flrs dwn. 3BRs 2BAs dwn. New HVAC upstrs. 2BRs 1BA up plus gamerm. Fabulous yd w/brk patio wrought iron gates, irrigation sys. New dble glass paned frt doors"
And then I saw this one....
"SUPER KIT W/STAINLESS APPLS, GLAZED CABS & GRANITE, ADJ HEARTHRM+SUNRM. LUXURY MBR W/BLT-INS IN DRESSING AREA" And this... "Gourmet kit w/maple cabs. Keeping rm w/FP. BD dwn w/full bath. MBR up. Rear stairs to game rm. Hrdwd flrs. 2 FP..." And this... "4BR,3BA,24'LR w/FP,24'DR,24'Den w/FP,Sunroom,Kitchen,Breakfast rm & more" And the next... "HD'WOOD & CER.TILE FLRS.KIT.HAS GRANITE CTR TOPS,NEW CABINETS & SS APPL.MASTER DN & UP.WH'POOL TUB,DBL VANTITIES" And this... "MSTR STE W/OFC DN. 2ND MSTR UP. HRDWD FLRS. 10FT SMOOTH CEILINGS. 2 FPS. OPEN FLRPLN"
Everywhere I turn I'm spinning in abbreviations and sometimes even worse abbreviations in ALL CAPS. Why does it seem the use of abbreviations in real estate is required? Actually it almost appears to be a contest - The Art of Abbreviation!
When you work in real estate you pick up the lingo. But to buyers it can feel like another language entirely... kind of like learning pig latin. Aybemay omesay ofway ouyay ancay eadray isthay, utbay otnay everyoneway ancay. (Translation: Maybe some of you can read this, but not everyone can.) So next time you enter a property description in the MLS, consider that not only do agents read this, but buyers are reading it as well. Abbreviations that seem so common place - may be difficult to understand for some people.
For buyer's feeling challenged with the property description lingo... here's a quick translation for words I saw today (feel free to add ones you find to the list):
Table Space Kitchen
Days on Market
eat in kitchen
Don't want anyone thinking that the brk fireplace is really a broken fireplace. Or that the kitchen comes with appls has granny smith and roma. Or that a kit means that there is a kit ready to fix up everything.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.