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Answers to Last Blog Post on Abgreviations!

by Ron and Susan

 

     If you had trouble with these abbreviations and had to rack your brain for hours on end, don't worry! Even WE had to look up what some of these crazy shortcuts mean. You don't have to worry any longer, because here are the answers to last week's challenge!

 

 “SS appls”   =   Stainless steel appliances

 “LR, FR, DR, Kit”   =   Living room, family room, dining room, kitchen

“w/o LL"   =   Walk out on lover level

“Hrdwd Flrs”   =   Hardwood floors

“frpl”   =   Fireplace

“MBR w/sit rm & wi closet”   =   Master bedroom with sitting room & walk in closet

“S.L. 3-car gar”   =   Side load 3-car garage

“Lux BA w/whirlpl jets & sep shwr”   =   Luxurious bathroom with whirlpool jets &                                                                separate shower

“SGD”   =   Sliding glass door

“Sit Rm”   =   Sitting room

“LL: FF, RR/FP, wet br"   =   Lower level is fully finished: recreation room with                                                   fireplace and wet bar   

“ESIK”   =   Eating space in kitchen

 

     ....All we have to say is, "WOW". The lesson here is don't go crazy with abbreviations. If you do decide to use them, make sure that people will know what they mean immediately and without confusion. TIP: If you want to test out an abbreviation you came up with yourself, show it to 5-10 different people and see if they will know what it means right away. If they pass the test, then you have a green light to use that abbreviation.

Happy Listing! 
 

Abbreviations That Will Confuse Your Clients

by Ron Kowalski

 

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”

 

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