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We thought it would be helpful to include our interpretation of alternative possible meanings to some commonly used phrases in real estate.
"No neighbors behind" -- Probably backs to a busy street. Check a map before you schedule a viewing.
"Light and Bright" -- Window coverings not included.
"Low Maintenance" -- No yard.
"Immaculately maintained" -- The orange countertops and green shag carpet are still in excellent shape.
"Mountain View" -- You MIGHT be able to see some mountains from one of the rooms if you press your cheek to a window and look west, or climb on the roof.
"GREAT Mountain View" -- You should be able to see mountains from one or two rooms � hopefully either themaster bedroom or the living room.
"Panoramic (or fabulous, terrific, amazing, or insert similar adjective) mountain view!" -- This home shouldhave some great views. (If mountain views are what you are after, you might not want to bother with a showing unless you see a comment something like this.)
"Secluded setting" -- You'll spend in gas what you save in mortgage payment.
"Price reduced" -- Even if it was a big price reduction, that still doesn't mean it's a good deal. (That's where a buyer agent can step in and help you determine if it's a good deal.)
"$2500 bonus to agent who brings a full price offer" -- This is a HUGE conflict of interest. Any real estate agent who represents a buyer and advises them to pay full price just so they get a bigger commission is doing their buyer a disservice. Remember � a buyer agent's job is to get you the best house for your needs, on the best terms possible, and at the best price possible.
"Only 15 minutes to downtown" -- Sure � if you're Mario Andretti on a closed course. A more likely commute would be 20 to 25 minutes ;-)
"Backs to open area" -- Beware � You might be staring at the backside of a shopping mall someday if you buy this place. (Otherwise, the description would have read "Backs to OPEN SPACE")
Backs to "OPEN SPACE" -- Open space can't usually be developed, so the property should always back to open space, and your odds of having something built behind that property should be minimal.
"Charming" or "Cozy" -- The 2nd bedroom serves as your closet.
"Needs TLC" or "Needs a little work" -- Probably needs a LOT of work.
"Bring your handyman" -- This house probably needs a MAJOR renovation. (Otherwise, they would have just said "Needs TLC" ;-)
"Carpet allowance" -- Seller will pay to replace the avocado green shag carpet.
"Pet free" -- This doesn't necessarily mean pets aren't allowed; just that the present owners don't have pets.
"Sale contingent upon seller finding replacement home" -- The seller may accept your offer, but beware � if they get a better offer and they don't find a replacement home, the seller could terminate your contract and take the better offer. (Talk to us about this we have got better ways of working through this without putting you at risk.)
"In-law apartment" -- This can be considered a "non-conforming duplex" which is a great way to get a duplex without having to pay for it. Basement might be used as a rental to subsidize your mortgage payment.
"Seller will pay $3000 towards a rate buydown with a full price offer" -- Don't be fooled by this. This simply means that the seller will give $3000 towards making your payment more affordable for a year or two, but don't pay full price just because of a buydown... We can help you analyze the real value of the property, and whether or not taking such an offer is worthwhile.
"And much, much more..." -- Nothing else comes to mind about this home.
Words can be worth a lot of money as research has indicated that the wrong descriptions can cost the seller lots of money in a sale. We would be glad to help you with the best ways to market with words and which words bring the most $$ in the end. Give us a call 303-956-9037 or view www.MalousHomes.com
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