Here's the 411 on Abbreviations. U May LOL

Real Estate Agent with Solutions Real Estate CA DRE #01490977

Let's face it, life has become a bunch of abbreviations. In our personal lives, our business lives and on-line. Seems you can't get away without them. Or do w/o them.

Where would we be without abbreviations?

They certainly can save time in our writing, and acronyms for companies, organizations, places, and so on become part of the branding. And some abbreviations even serve the purpose of allowing us to swear without actually doing so.

Our real estate paperwork is CA is a good example - we have an RPA, RLA, DA, AD, CR, WO, AVID, BIA, SBSA, WP, SPQ, TDS, VP, to name just a few of our MANY forms. C.A.R. will have more, no doubt. N.A.R. won't care. WCR may. The AOR will make a big deal of them. That will drive my TC nuts. Not my VA. TS. That's the 411 on forms.

re means $ or duz it?

Plus real estate and the mortgage industry is loaded with abbreviations - LTV and COE (that has two meanings, U kno), PMI, PITI, CMA, RPA, NOD, VA, FHA, DU (not DUI), USDA, POF, FICO, HOA, PUD just for starters. We all kno BA and BR, LVRM, FM, W/D, SF, as do consumers. Buyers, R U OK w/ some TLC? U can DIY.

We don't like BOA, WAMU, USB (unless it's 4 UR PC), or WF. Do U kno what RE/MAX means?


Our CA MLS and MR/MLS listings often offer interesting acronyms - beware that B2VABCOE, but U must CLA4ATS in some cases 4 showings. Not with REOs, but often with SS. Just LMAG, use LB. U may need 2 CF.

RE designations are a hot debate - CRS, GRI, RMS, CRB, ABR, SRES, e-Pro, CDPE, FSP, RSPS, ALM, ABM, CCIM, CIPS, CRM,CRE, GAA, PMN, RCE, RAA, SIOR, RSPS, REPA, SFR, TRC, QSC, ABRM.  ENUF. Should I or shouldn't I? Will anyone know what they are? Or care? IDK. DU?

FYI U can call someone a PITA, but likely not F2F. MB U WD. We exclaim WTF. Or BFD. Or NFW. Although if someone has PMS that might be risky. So KMA! K?

cell phones - 4 VM & TM

We TM, RT, DM, EM, and leave VM. Some participate in FB on SM (no, not S &M), unless they C it as BS. Don't forget YEO.

Do U TIVO MTV or TNT? I don't. But if I did I would use HD. MB. No need with my SLR. There I worry only about my FS. And finding the USB.

Have U heard @ COM, US, NET, ORG? How @ TV, CA, JP, FR, INFO, MOBI, BIZ, MX, ME, IT, WS, TK, TW, TC, VW NL, NU, & JOBS?

Sometimes I find myself LOL, or ROTFL. Or even ROFLMAO or ROTFLMAO. Unless it's TMI, IMHO.

BTW, KISS when you blog on AR, BC peeps R asking WIIFM? Don't overdo the SEO. Just sayin'.

TGIF. Almost. TG. My brain burts. I could go on, but ENUF!!

MC & HNY!!


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Michele Reneau
Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor - Summerville, SC
Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team

LOL. Thanks for the laugh. Learning basic, common abbreciations in one thing, add real estate abbrevations to it and it can make your head spin. I'm pregnant and starting reading mommy boards online and it's a whole other world that makes you go hmmm....

Dec 23, 2009 01:22 PM #41
Pam Hockensmith
DevStar Realty - Peoria, AZ

neat post, and, there is a message we all should remember

Dec 23, 2009 01:23 PM #42
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

That is too funny!

Dec 23, 2009 01:23 PM #43
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

Someone need to put together a dictionary of abbreviations with explanations. I have resisted it as much as I can

Dec 23, 2009 01:33 PM #44
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

TTFN = TaTa For Now ! (like Bye Bye for now :o)


Dec 23, 2009 02:27 PM #45
Cathy McAlister
Cathy Ashley McAlister, GRI CDPE - Broker / Sacramento - Sacramento, CA
Sacramento DRE#00648507


Are you sure there's not a typo in there? Somewhere?  :-)

Dec 23, 2009 03:04 PM #46
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

so many abbreviations that we can't even keep up with them, so how could we expect the public to know what they are....  Thansk for bringing this to light :)

Dec 23, 2009 03:05 PM #47
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

OMG. TITM. Seriously, Jeff, couldn'y you just write these out? LOL, I know that you were making a point, and it is a point very well made. MC & HNYTY (LOL, I finally figured that one out)...

Dec 23, 2009 03:15 PM #48
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

FTR, we've become an acronym world, which BTW, suits me just fine =)

Dec 23, 2009 03:21 PM #49
Nathan Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Davenport, FL
Your Central Florida Real Estate Expert

What? I don't get it. J/K  LOL  We probably sound like teenagers texting back and forth here.

Dec 23, 2009 03:23 PM #50
Trisha P Realty Group
Realty Executives - Leavenworth, KS
"Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home"
Ok I'm only 29 and didn't understand half of I getting old?
Dec 23, 2009 03:33 PM #51
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hey Jeff, You have entirely to much time on your hands. Bravo, well done and no I didn't read the entire thing, I am too tired, LOL. But I did get to the best parts.

Dec 23, 2009 03:56 PM #52
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

My brains hurts too.  I got a good percentage of it, but then I got lost.

Dec 23, 2009 03:57 PM #53
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


What language do you all speak? I am afraid I am light years behind. I do not know about your customers, but I am completely lost. If I figure one or two, it is great.

Dec 23, 2009 05:55 PM #54
Paul Guenther
Empire West Title Agency - Chandler, AZ
Empire West Title- Chandler, AZ


I think you need a repost with translation, I got a few and would like to learn more.

P.S.  do you speak Ebonics as well?  LMFAO!!!!      

Dec 23, 2009 08:49 PM #55
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Aaron - well this post must have driven you nuts, to some extent. Have a great holiday.

Brad - if anyone gets all this stuff I would suspect it's you. Have a great holiday with your family!! See you sometime in 2010?

Bill - Oh I bet you know more than you are letting on.

Cheryl - well the real estate ones we probably should know, at least the more common ones. The other stuff, well, maybe not so important. There are on-line dictionaries for texting abbreviations.

Hannah - LOL. Well it was interesting to write. It was a bit sarcastic since abbreviations can, and do, get overdone.

Lane - good thing much of this stuff is optional, isn't it. BUt I guess the message also is that folks sometimes don't think about the abbreviations they use and that others may not know what they are. I find this often with regard to mortgage stuff.

Michelle - how things have changed, huh. BUt some accronyms have stood the test of time for decades.

Chuck - ha ha. Have a gd 1.


Dec 24, 2009 01:43 AM #56
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

I am not sure how I missed this clever (so very clever) featured post. I'm definitely more linguistically challenged than you when it somes to the 411 on all of the acronyms (I guess that's what they are, right?) This one made me LOL

Dec 27, 2009 01:24 AM #57
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Just reviewing some of the great featured posts of the past today looking for inspiration and ideas for writing some new content for my lethbridge realtor blog.  This was well written and humorous.  I almost wrote the same LOL comment as Melissa above me.

Jul 25, 2010 06:01 PM #58
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

I'm still learning the forms here in CA and soon we will have more.

Nov 25, 2012 02:37 AM #59
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Jeff, how can ya'll get business done in Calf. OMG! 

Nov 25, 2012 06:39 AM #60
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