If you find yourself stumbling over strange abbreviations and acronyms in a real estate listing, don't be alarmed. There is method to the madness! If you need a little help understanding the shorthand and lingo, I've created a guide that breaks everything down for you by category. And if you don't see a certain term on the list, feel free to reach out with questions—I'm here to help!
Investing and Financial Terms
Adjustable rate mortgage
Comparative market analysis/value estimate
Commercial real estate
Fair Credit Reporting Act
For sale by owner
Federal Housing Administration
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Interest only (loan)
Line of credit
Letter of intent
Private mortgage insurance
Proof of funds
Principal, interest, taxes, and insurance
Frplc, fplc, FP:
HDW, HWF, Hdwd:
Jack & Jill Bath
Powder room or half-bath
Solid surface veneer
Vw, vu, vws, vus:
Exterior and Property Features
Extra space on the lot, or possibly vertical potential for a top floor or room addition. Verify actual potential by checking local zoning restrictions prior to purchase.
Fabulous pentroom, a room underneath the roof that sometimes has views.
Garage—garden is usually abbreviated "gard."
Potential for a separate apartment. Sometimes, local zoning codes restrict rentals of such units so be sure the conversion is legal first.
Large E-2 plan:
This is one of several floor plans available in a specific building.
Leased parking area, may come with an additional cost.
Nr bst schls:
Near top-rated schools
"Real Estate's Ambiguous Language You Oughtta Understand," Glennon H. Neubauer, Ethos Group Publishing, Diamond Bar, CA; 1993.
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