Spin vs. Reality: Top 10 Apartment Listing Phrases

Sifting through apartment listings in any big city can be a daunting task. One frustrating factor in the search for a new home are the often misleading descriptive adjectives used in the classifieds to lure you in. If the stress of searching for a new home is getting the best of you, take a look at this lighthearted top ten list of frequently used phrases and their sometimes closer-to-reality meanings...

10 Commonly Used Real Estate Phrases

1. “Easy Access to Highway” Definition: freeway view and noise

2. “Building full of vintage charm” Definition: Electrical wiring is from before the invention of computers, so modern appliances should be used with caution.

3. "Walk-In Closet" Definition: Instead of a box with sliding doors, the closet is a box with a door that swings open.

4. “Sun-filled unit” Definition: Better order up some black out shades for a bedroom facing East

5. "Great Nightlife" Definition:You live above a bar that rages until 2AM every night of the week 

6. "Beverly Hills adjacent" Definition: anywhere in LA

7. "A quiet historical building with an eclectic group of tenants" Definition: The residents have lived here forever and may include a few slightly scary ones

8. "European style kitchen and bath cabinetry" Definition: Storage space is sparse

9. "Accommodates a king size bed set if needed" Definition: The king size bed will take up the entire bedroom.

10. "Loft style" Definition: High ceilings and open floor plan means no insulation from the weather and noisy neighbors.

*please note these phrases were all taken from real estate ads across the country in cities such as San Francisco, LA, and New York City and they are meant to be taken light-heartedly.

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