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group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
Let's take a look at a sample real estate listing:
2,500 sf on a c-d-s, 2BR, 2.5BA, CA, spac grt rm w/ wbfp, grmet kit, det gar
Looks a lot like alphabet soup. However, using this type of abbreviated property description saves valuable advertising space. Some abbreviations you'll probably encounters are:
•· AC or A/C: air conditioning
•· BA: bathroom
•· BR: bedroom
•· CA: central air
•· C-D-S: cul de sac
•· DET: detached
•· DK: deck
•· EIK: eat-in kitchen
•· F/FIN BSMT: finished basement
•· FDR: formal dining room
•· FP, frplc: fireplace
•· GAR: garage
•· GRMT KIT: gourmet kitchen
•· GRT RM: great room
•· HDW, HWF, Hdwd: hardwood floors
•· HOA: home owners association
•· LR: living room
•· KIT: kitchen
•· OFC: office
•· PVT: private
•· SF: square feet
•· SPAC: spacious
•· VW, VU: view
•· WBFP: wood-burning fireplace
In addition to the abbreviations in property listings, here are a few other common terms you should become familiar with.
FSBO-For Sale By Owner. This term refers to a property which the homeowner is trying to sell independent of a real estate professional.
MLS-Multiple Listing Service. MLSs are comprised of a group of real estate brokers who have agreed to share their property listings. This listing is then provided to the group through a database or directory. If you are buying your home, this is the service that your sales professional will use to search for potential homes for you to purchase. If you are selling your property, your real estate professional can list your home through the MLS. For-Sale-By-Owner (FSBO) properties are typically not listed through the MLS.
CMA-Comparative Marketing Analysis. This analysis is an informal assessment of a property's market value. This is one of the tools your Local Real Estate Expert Evelyn Johnston can use to help you determine a reasonable listing price. Usually, the CMA compares your property with similar properties in Elkhart County that have sold in your area within a certain time frame. Besides purchase price, some of the information typically listed is the number of bedrooms and baths, approximate square footage, size of major rooms, amenities such as fireplaces and pools, age of the home, and property taxes.
During the real estate process, you'll more than likely come across more acronyms and lingo. Make sure you ask your Local Real Estate Expert Evelyn Johnston to explain any terms you are unfamiliar with so that you are not in for any surprises.
By the way, the listing above was a 2,500 square-feet home on a cul-de-sac, with two bedrooms and two and a half baths, central air, a spacious great room with a wood-burning fireplace, and a gourmet kitchen and detached garage.
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.