Abbreviating may be shorter, but readers may miss the message.

     In my 10 years as a real estate professional, I’ve seen a lot of things that make me say, “what?”.  One area where I see a lot of ambiguity is in the property descriptions for houses for sale in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  Communication is VERY important in our industry and being as clear as possible can help market a home more effectively, avoid misunderstandings, and even reduce legal liability.

     As listing agents, we have 400 characters in the MLS to describe the home, showcase the community, and provide any special instructions such as showing times, or to tell a buyer’s agent whether Fido will bite.  I understand that we want to squeeze in as much information in as we can, but sometimes using abbreviations can lead to confusion.

     So, in the interest of having fun, and not trying to pick on any particular real estate professional (because we’ve all done it), here is a list of real estate abbreviations from actual listings in our area.  See if you can figure out what they mean and comment below.  Answers will be posted next week.  Happy sleuthing!

 

“SS appls”                                                          

“LR, FR, DR, Kit”

“w/o LL”

“Hrdwd Flrs”

“frpl”

“MBR w/sit rm & wi closet”

“S.L. 3-car gar”

“Lux BA w/whirlpl jets & sep shwr”

“SGD”

“Sit Rm”

“LL: FF, RR/FP, wet br”

“ESIK”