Cracking the Real Estate Listing Code

By Yeats, Mike; Cromie, Mike | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 11, 2007 | Go to article overview

Cracking the Real Estate Listing Code


Yeats, Mike, Cromie, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Mike Yeats & Mike Cromie

As with all industries, real estate professionals have developed a lingo and acronyms to help them communicate with each other more easily. For the first-time home buyer (and even some veterans), making sense of property listings can sometimes leave you feeling like you're deciphering the DaVinci Code.

Let's take a look at a sample real estate listing:

2,500 sf on a c-d-s, 2BR, 2.5BA, CA, spac grt rm w/ wbfp, grmet kit, det gar

Looks a lot like alphabet soup. However, using this type of abbreviated property description saves valuable advertising space. Some abbreviations you'll probably encounter are:

- AC or A/C: air conditioning

- BA: bathroom

- BR: bedroom

- CA: central air

- C-D-S: cul de sac

- DET: detached

- DK: deck

- EIK: eat-in kitchen

- F/FIN BSMT: finished basement

- FDR: formal dining room

- FP, frplc: fireplace

- GAR: garage

- GRMT KIT: gourmet kitchen

- GRT RM: great room

- HDW, HWF, Hdwd: hardwood floors

- HOA: homeowners association

- LR: living room

- KIT: kitchen

- OFC: office

- PVT: private

- SF: square feet

- SPAC: spacious

- VW, VU: view

- WBFP: wood-burning fireplace

In addition to the abbreviations in property listings, here are a few other common terms you should become familiar with.

FSBO - For Sale By Owner. This term refers to a property which the homeowner is trying to sell independent of a real estate professional.

MLS - Multiple Listing Service. MLSs are comprised of a group of real estate brokers who have agreed to share their property listings. …

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