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Real Estate Abbreviations

Real estate abbreviations are important to save time and money. If they were not used, the ads for a home could get quite lengthy. Usually the realtor's website will give a good description without the real estate abbreviations.

Commonly-used Real Estate Abbreviations

There are many abbreviations but the following list includes the more common ones in use.

  • 3B/2B - Three bedrooms and two bathrooms. "Bedroom" is usually defined as an area that has a window, a closet, and room for a bed. A "full bathroom" has a toilet, a sink, and a bathtub. A bathroom that has a shower in place of a tub is a "three-quarter bathroom." A "half bath" has a toilet and a sink.

  • ac, a/c - Air conditioning

  • aek - All electric kitchen

  • appls - Appliances

  • ba - Bathroom

  • br - Bedroom

  • ca, cac - Central air conditioning

  • cath ceil - Cathedral ceiling

  • c-d-s - Cul de sac

  • ch - Central heat

  • c/vac - Central vacuum

  • cp - Carport

  • d/d - Dishwasher and a garbage disposal

  • dk - Deck

  • det - Detached garage

  • dr/fdr - Dining room or a formal dining room

  • fag - Forced air gas

  • f/fin bsmt - Fully finished basement

  • fp, fplc, or frplc - Fireplace

  • fsbo - For Sale By Owner

  • gar - Garage

  • gard - Garden

  • grmet kit - Gourmet kitchen

  • grt rm - Great room

  • hdw, hwf, hdwd - Hardwood floors

  • hi ceils - High ceilings

  • kit - Kitchen

  • la - Living area

  • lr - Living room

  • ofc - Office

  • osp - Off-street parking is available

  • pl, sp or s/p - Swimming pool

  • pvt - Private

  • pwdr rm - Powder room or half bath

  • q pos - Available for quick possession

  • smart - This means a computer controls some electronic devices like heating and cooling, alarms, and lights

  • spac - Spacious

  • upr - Upper floor

  • vw, vws, vu, vus - View or views

  • w/d, wd - Washer and dryer

  • wic - Walk-in closet

Buyer Beware

There are a few real estate abbreviations or catch phrases that may stand for something you do not want. For instance:

  • Close to or convenient to - Things are too close

  • Compact, cottage or modest - Very small

  • DIY or fixer-upper - A lot of work needs to be done

  • Efficiency kitchen - Barely room for one person

  • Intimate - Itty bitty

  • Interesting, unique or retro - This could mean big bucks to remodel or at least repaint unless you like shag carpet or avocado green appliances

  • Mature garden - It was never pruned or weeded

  • Manageable yard - Owners did not spend much time on it

  • Private or secluded - Miles from another house

Whether you are looking at abbreviations or catch phrases, be sure you clearly understand what they mean when referring to a specific piece of real estate.

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