FROG? TLC? WBFP? What does the agent MEAN??

Real Estate Agent with Realty World Alliance
Deciphering Real Estate Ads

Over the weekend, I received a plea for help from a friend located in another state.  She'd been searching online forFrogs properties, and noticed acronyms that she just couldn't make out.  The one she finally gave in and called me on was FROG.  She was concerned that it was a new decorating style, like the roosters, chefs, or ducks that were popular!

In fact, it's generally a Finished Room Over Garage.

What other acronyms might you run across in real estate ads, why are they used, and what on earth could they mean?  

Originally the purpose of them was due to the high cost for real estate ads and the need to squeeze as much info into as cheap an ad as possible. Another reason was the limited number of characters original MLS systems allowed as well.    Hence the need to shorten terms.  

Here's some frequent ones you may run across:

FP = Fireplace
WBFP = Wood-burning fireplace
GFP = Gas fireplace
Kit = usually kitchen
W/O or WO= Walk-out (as in a walk-out basement)
V/O or VO = View-Out (as in basement, windows are above grade, view out onto yard)
BR = Bedroom
BA = Bathroom
FR = Family Room or Finished Room
BSMT = Basement
TLC = Tender Loving Care (needs work)
FIN or UNFIN = whether a basement is Finished or Unfinished
Det = Detached, as in a building not attached to the house, such as a detached garage
Gar = Garage :)
Mstr = Master, as in Master bath or Master bedroom
Hdwd or wd = generally referring to Hardwood floors or wood floors
Fam Rm = Family Room
Lg = Large
Bldg = Building
HWH = Hot water Heater
HBPP = Home Buyer Protection Plan
Mn Flr = Main Floor
CDS = Cul-de-Sac
Appl or Appl'd = Appliances or Applianced, generally referring to kitchen
DW = Dishwasher
OS = Oversized
Cpt = Carpet
DOM = Days On Market - how long a house has been listed for sale
TFLA, AGLA, BFA = Total Finished Living Area, which is a combination of Above Ground Living Area and Basement Finished Area

Other Acronyms got you stumped?  
Ask and we'll translate Realtor® Speak into Buyer-ese for you!  

Sheree Wilkerson Realtor in Wichita, KS
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Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
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Here are a few others: WB = wet bar; MBR = master bedroom; SS = stainless steel

Sep 28, 2009 04:19 AM #1
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hi Sheree, those are importanr acronyms to learn, thank you for sharing it with us.

John Pusa

Sep 28, 2009 04:19 AM #2
Heather Adkinson
Windermere K-2 Realty LLC - Moses Lake, WA
Real Estate Agent - Moses Lake

Sheree what a great post.  I loathe acronyms because of just that...buyers don't know what they are!

Sep 28, 2009 04:04 PM #3
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Sheree - Great List!  Weeks ago I received an advertisement in the mail from another Realtor and my husband asked what DOM (Days On Market) meant. 

Oct 03, 2009 12:30 PM #4
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

Awesome Michelle - i forgot about that one!!

Oct 10, 2009 04:29 PM #5
David Krushinsky
Skyline Home Loans - NMLS 202115 - Phoenix, AZ

What a great idea.... Sheree.  I could really see this article being very beneficial.  With all the acronyms in everyday text I can see someone getting even more confused.  LOL :)

Oct 12, 2009 06:08 AM #6
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