Where did the NUMBER sign go?

Managing Real Estate Broker with Woodruff Real Estate and Property Management

I could not resist sharing a history lesson with a young caller today. She was inquiring about a condo we had previously offered for rent.

She was very polite, a bit lacking of information on what she was calling about but quite confident I would be able to figure out what she was after. With the limited information she shared, 2 bed 2 bath and the monthly rent I figured it out quite quickly. However in her description of the property, "2 bed two bath at $900 per month and I think it was hash tag 202". There was my opportunity right there.

I politely asked if possibly she was referring to unit 202. She was confused with my question. So i shared with her that in the old days we used to refer to that symbol as either a "pound" sign or a "number" sign and in this particular case it was being used as a number sign for the particular condo. Her reply was a confused "what?". So I explained it in a different way. I shared with her that the unit was in a building that had more than one unit and each unit had its own "hash tag" for example unit 201, 202, 203 and that's how we tell them apart.

I'm not quite sure she ultimately understood but it was a little amusing to be able to give a history lesson on the "pound/number" sign and I'm not that old.

Just goes to show that we need to keep up with the younger generation to understand their needs.


Comments (2)

Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hash tag?  I thought it was a tic tac toe board! 

   Times change...

Dec 11, 2014 04:09 AM
Michael Dagner
Brokers Guild Classic - Denver, CO
Your Denver Homes Realty Expert

Shawn, ha, haven't referred to the pound or number sign for awhile now.  Texting and tech has sure changed things.

Dec 11, 2014 01:49 PM