Reasons Not to Use Real Estate Jargon With Clients

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People often do not speak up when a real estate agent speaks using acronyms or real estate slang; even if they do not understand the message the agent hoped to convey. Some just figure they should understand but they do not, which can make them feel inadequate. Like they're not let in on the secret. And the agent is the source of that aggravation.

I'm not even sure that most agents are cognizant of when they do this. And we're all guilty of using real estate jargon when we attempt to communicate. Sometimes it just pops out. What matters is how an agent handles such a guffaw. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Respect Home Buyers in Sacramento by Not Speaking Real Estate Jargon.

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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Excellent advice Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, today's buyers and sellers are savvy but may not know all the jargon we use in real estate.  

Jun 14, 2018 08:58 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents good advice.... english only, when speaking to clients.... they don't know real estate slang or abbreviations...and certainly not letters of the alphabet!!!

Jun 14, 2018 09:13 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Elizabeth... I call it speaking realtoreze... and I see many agents do it only to the confusion of the public.

Jun 14, 2018 09:23 AM #3
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Tivoli Custom Homes - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Project Coordinator for Tivoli Homes

Another thing about jargonis not to ask things like "Do you know what specials are?".  No one wants to feel stupid so even if they don't know what specials are they may nod or say "I think so".  It can be a fine line betweening assuming they do or do not know.

Jun 14, 2018 11:46 AM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I agree with you on this one, Elizabeth.  One of my pet peeves, is the heavy use of shortified (Yes, I know that's not a real word) versions, of words and terms.  Most folks know MIA means missing in action; but many of those abreviations aren't as easy.  And, in today's world, we are seeing some of them mean more than one thing.

Jun 14, 2018 01:58 PM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Bob "RealMan" Timm I tend to say, stop me if you've heard this before; I never presume, and then I plunge ahead. It's all about client comfort level.

Jun 14, 2018 04:18 PM #6
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Myrl Jeffcoat Right, yes? Like WTF could very well mean what the fudge? Or what the Finland?

Jun 14, 2018 04:18 PM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Elizabeth- I can understand the feeling. When Larry started in home building, we'd go out with friends in the business. I sat there at dinner and had to figure out what they were saying. Don't get me wrong, I loved learning but it was often like listening to someone speak another language. 

Jun 14, 2018 06:42 PM #8
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Even agents should be careful with the jargon, it's incredible how many misunderstandings can come up.  Unless you are talking to your own team members, then short cut all you want. Elizabeth, just sent you an email of a conversation I just had a little while ago.

Jun 14, 2018 08:05 PM #9
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

We do tend to use these without thinking and many times it goes right over the heads of buyers and sellers, Elizabeth.

Jun 15, 2018 08:05 PM #10
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Such a good reminder. Sometimes, I get the feeling some agents like to talk Realtor words to impress. Fine, feel good about knowing all the important words, but make sure the audience understands them or it's wasted bravado. Now, WTF!  What?  I'm mean, what the Florida? Hahahaha. 

Jun 16, 2018 07:19 AM #11
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