Translating Real Estate Speak

Title Insurance with Family Abstract, Inc.

Marti's post reminded me of a project I did for Nucazza, in what feels like a differrent lifetime.  I created a  humorous "newscast segment" that looks at how Home Shoppers are different than Home Buyers. This episode stars Ivanna Lookalot, she has seen over 1000 homes and is a Realtors worst nightmare.  I hope you enjoy it...


Original content by Marti Steele Kilby, CRS DRE# 01474222


Translating Real Estate Speak

home for sale in San diego


Cozy – You can stand in the middle of the bedroom and touch the walls on either side.

Quaint – Only your crazy aunt would like it.

Grand - Someone had more money than taste.

Spacious – A little home trying to feel important.

Updated – New towel rods installed in the bathroom.

Designer colors – Colors may actually coordinate, but no one will like them.

Pastoral setting – Where the *&%* are we?

Some TLC Needed – Get ready to remodel every room.

Charming – Only slightly less offensive than quaint.

DIY Special – Bring a wrecking ball.

Interesting – Run!

Affordable – No one wants to buy this place.

Diamond in the rough – See DIY special.

Urban – The train runs through your living room.

Original – Has appliances that will sterilize you if you use them.

Starter home – You’ll love it for about a week.

Secluded – Just you and the survivalists…..

Cute – Involves something pink and lots of wallpaper.

Historic - Things will break and go wrong immediately.

Faux – Everything you didn’t like about the 1990s.

Vintage – Tiled bathroom floor that must be scrubbed with a toothbrush

Tasteful – It was on sale at Home Depot

Character  - Walking through the master bedroom to reach the others really isn’t so bad.

Park like – Bring a machete.

Palatial – Someone is lying.

Old world charm – Check for indoor plumbing

And finally, my favorite……

Architectural detail – Something you really hate but will feel guilty if you remove.


This was so much fun!  What can you add to the list???


BTW, the photo is an actual listing of a “cute and cozy” 520 square ft. bungalow in San Diego’s North Park area, listed at $399,000 - $449,000.


Ha!  If you’d like some straight talk, (minus fluffy adjectives) about buying or selling a home in San Diego  County, give me a call.




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About Family Abstract, Inc.

Established in 2002, Family Abstract, Inc. provides Title Insurance to clients and customers throughout Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with more than 40 years of combined experience in management alone. We pride ourselves on retaining the most skilled and knowledgeable employees who share our goals of providing the best service in the industry.

Located in Horsham, Pennsylvania, Family Abstract, Inc. maintains an extensive network of skilled title insurance abstractors in all the states we service in addition to a nationwide network of qualified closing agents who are available to close loans at any location.

Backed by the strength of four title insurance underwriters, we are able to provide expert attention to detail without sacrificing versatility in the closing process, thus providing more options in difficult title situations. Due to our depth of industry knowledge and commitment to excellent service, Family Abstract, Inc. has been able to develop client relationships that have endured for decades.

Having successfully settled and insured thousands of transactions, we have already earned the trust and confidence of hundreds of customers, lenders, brokers, and realtors and now we would like to share our expertise with you!

Comments (4)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Great collaborative post, Glenn. Fun and funny video - and Marti's real estate speak is actually pretty true.

Nov 19, 2013 03:25 AM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

We made a good team!  thanks


Nov 19, 2013 03:36 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Glenn - I think the video you created is fantastic - both true and funny and I'd like to use it in my next post.

Nov 20, 2013 10:21 PM
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

Jill, thanks for that comment, you may absolutly use it, that way maybe someone will actually see it, LOL.  I love when one of the people with great following use my stuff, it makes me feel useful as I get very few comments and little conversation.  Being on active rain is like coming home after another day of work with 27 years of marrigae... in a row... very little conversation.  My wife loves the sound of my voice when I finally shut up! 

Nov 20, 2013 10:50 PM