What Are Some Real Estate Terms I Should Watch Out For?

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It's the end of the semester, the change of the seasons, and the start of the summer real estate frenzy. That means that many of us will be spending a good amount of time reading real estate classified ads. Whether you prefer using the internet or your local free press, beware the real estate euphemisms. Real estate euphemisms are the words that agents, sellers, and leasers use to make their property sound more appealing than it actually is. Read on to educate yourself about the way that these terms actually translate to the real world.



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Post 10

I agree with 32485. Why do all these adjectives have to be negative? It's not like the buyer is buying the property unseen. They can judge for themselves without you putting in your two cents.

Post 9

I can totally understand the frustration of the sellers' market in this economy. I, as a matter of a fact, am one myself and know I will never recover my losses.

At the same time, I believe that buyers need to know these things. I bought what was supposed to be my family's dream home.

We went through all the proper channels (hiring an RE Agent, Title co, Inspector) and bought the home and found out it had been condemned for over two years. I got told by everyone "buyer beware".

So articles like these, I wish i would have seen before the purchase and maybe saved my family total devastation. So please I say, know what you're getting into. Being a homeowner can be very rewarding.

Post 8

So what is an "interior fence" anyway? Some of this article is to point, but the rest has been stretched to make fun reading.

Post 7

These are hilarious. I just saw a listing in my neighborhood for a house that I run by every day that is a huge pile of garbage. The listing said, "charming", "turn of the century" and "bungalow". Going for $1.6 million. Classic Northern California for ya.

Post 6

anon32485, I would say that the artificially inflated home prices/values and the lack of accountability by mortgage companies with their predatory loan practices killed our economy, not "the over use of negativity". Methinks you are a disgruntled and probably out of work realtor. Hope it was fun for you while it lasted!

Post 5

"Mature." My house came with two "Mature" trees and within six months one of them fell over onto my house. It had rotted from the inside out and the other had the same disease and I had to pay 500 bucks to get it removed.

Post 4

Wisegeek do have a printable version hyperlink? You should, articles like this need to be passed around :-)

Post 3

I very much enjoyed this "devil's dictionary" being in the midst of trying to buy another home myself. I do find myself a bit mystified on occasion by the language used in some of these ads. Why should I buy a "doll house" to live in? I'm a human! What the heck is a "bungalow"? How does it differ from a "ranch" which is evidently in the downtown area of an eensy weensy town where there are regulations against running any horses or cattle and the "huge back yard" doesn't look big enough for half of a basketball court anyhow! I laughed out loud through this whole thing. Way to go!

Post 2

This article cracked me up! It is funny the twisty terms used on occasion to add a little spark to a home with issues.

I say this article is funny because it's taken to the extreme, since this is *every* word used in the real estate world. Thanks for the little bit of humor, Wisegeek!

Post 1

Don't you think the market is bad enough for those of us that are trying to sell our homes, without you writing such articles? Over half of these "definitions" are way off base and have been used to describe homes I have both bought and sold that were over $1 Million, very top of the line, in great areas, etc.... It's the over use of negativity that fuels the fire and is killing our economy. Way to go with the positivity post!!

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