Most Commonly Used Real Estate Abbreviations

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Most Commonly Used Real Estate Abbreviations

commonly used real estate abbreviationsThere are many abbreviations commonly used in real estate.  Many of which are used in real estate property descriptions, on real estate internet websites, in the mls multiple listing service and in written real estate advertisements.  Although they are second language to anyone in the business, many consumers do not understand what the abbreviations stand for making it difficult to understand the property's features.  Real estate abbreviations are not meant to confuse the consumer, they are primarily used to minimize character spaces. 

This little cheat sheet of most commonly used real estate abbreviations should help eliminate some of the confusion and help you understand what you are reading and what features the property has to offer.

Most Commonly Used Real Estate Abbreviations:


Abbreviation Description
AC or A/C Air Condition
APT Apartment
BA or BTH Bath
BR Bedroom
BRFK Breakfast
BSMT Basement
C (ex. 2C) Car Garage (ex. 2 car garage)
CA or CAC Central Air Condition
CAPE Cape Cod (housing style)
CLBHS Clubhouse
COL Colonial (housing style)
CONT Contemporary (housing style)
CPT Carpet
CRWL Crawlspace
DR Dining Room
EIK Eat-in-Kitchen
D/W Dishwasher
End End unit (townhouse)
FDR Formal Dining Room
FHA Federal Housing Administration Loan
FIN Finished
FLR Floor
FML Formal
FP/FPL/FPLC Fireplace
FSBO For Sale by Owner
FR Family Room
GAR Garage
HDWD Hardwood
HTR Heater
HW Hot Water
LL Lower Level
LR or LVR Living Room
MB or MBR Master Bedroom
MBTH Master Bathroom
MLS Multiple Listing Service
PRTL Partial
PVCY Privacy
REO Bank Owned 
SECSYS Security System
SGD Sliding Glass Door
SPLT Split Level (housing style)
SS Stainless Steel 
SWR Sewer
TH or TWNHS Townhouse
W&D or W/D Washer and Dryer
W/D HKUP Washer & Dryer Hookup
w/ With
WLKIN Walk-in
WTR Water

















































most commonly used real estate abbreviationsI may have missed some but I compiled the list based on the abbreviations I come across daily on the most commonly used real estate abbreviation in my area - the GSMLS ("Garden State Multiple Listing Service").  

Looking to buy or sell a home in New Jersey contact Essex County Real Estate Agent Gina Chirico 973-715-1158 (assisting buyers and sellers throughout most areas of Essex, Morris, Passaic and Union Counties). 

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Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent

This was good. There were a few in there I didn't know. Thanks for that

Jan 13, 2015 10:54 AM #1
Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Terri Poehler I'm sure there's a bunch that I left out too.  Sometimes I would read property descriptions and have no idea what the home featured! Thanks for reading.

Jan 13, 2015 10:57 AM #2
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Very common abbreviations . . . and there was a time that a few of them I had no clue what they meant!

Jan 13, 2015 11:46 AM #3
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Gina - Its very true that we use a lot of abbreviations in our industry. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 13, 2015 03:09 PM #4
RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman
RVA HomePRO Realtor with Keller Williams serving Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfiled and Richmond, Virginia - Glen Allen, VA
Helping you achieve goals in life & real estate

and most of these if not all should be avoided in public venues. We typically have plenty of room to describe properties and most of these features are covered in the stats in the home.

Jan 13, 2015 03:18 PM #5
Gina Chirico
Lattimer Realty - Fairfield, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Essex County, New Jersey

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner SGD got me every time!  Thanks!

Troy Erickson I'm sure there's a lot more that I left out too.

RVA HomePRO Michael Hottman I agree with you and many of these descriptions are in the MLS but then feed to many public websites.  Some websites like T & Z and you have the ability to make changes too but others you cannot.

Jan 13, 2015 08:39 PM #6
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