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
For sale by owner
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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