Abbreviations Commonly Used in Real Estate Advertising

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! This shorthand is adopted to save ad space and/or save money in advertising charges. Here are the meanings behind some commonly used abbreviations and acronyms:

Investing & Financial Terms

ARM adjustable rate mortgage
ARV after-repaired value
CMA comparative market analysis
CRE commercial real estate
FCRA Fair Credit Reporting Act
FSBO for sale by owner
HOA homeowners association
HUD Housing and Urban Development
I/O interest only (loan)
LOC line of credit
LOI letter of intent
PMI private mortgage insurance
POF proof of funds
PITI principal, interest, taxes, and insurance
SFR single-family residence

Interior Features

BR bedroom
dk deck
clng ceiling
ctop countertop
FDR formal dining room
flr floor
nsd finished
frplcfplcFP fireplace
rmet kit gourmet kitchen
HDW, HWF, Hdwd hardwood floors
hi ceils high ceilings
J&J Jack & Jill Bath
pwdr rm powder room, or half-bath
SSV solid surface veneer
s/s, SS stainless steel
sty story
unfnsd unfinished
upr upper floor
vltd vaulted
vw, vu, vws, vus view
w/b wood burning

Exterior & Property Features

expansion pot'l may be extra space on the lot, or possibly vertical potential for a top floor or room addition.
  • Tip: Verify actual potential by checking local zoning restrictions prior to purchase.
fab pentrm fabulous pentroom, a room on top, underneath the roof, that sometimes has views
gar garage (garden is usually abbreviated "gard")
In-law potential potential for a separate apartment.
  • Tip: 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
lsd pkg.  leased parking area, may come with an additional cost
nr bst schls near the best schools

"Real Estate's Ambiguous Language You Oughtta Understand," Glennon H. Neubauer, Ethos Group Publishing, Diamond Bar, CA; 1993.

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