Real Estate Ads: Fact vs. Fiction

Real Estate Ads: Fact vs. Fiction

Anh-Minh
Aug 15, 2007

When it comes to real estate ads, it's sometimes difficult to sort out what's reality and what's an exercise in creative writing. Luckily, Boomer tipped us off to this article on decoding housing listings. Real estate superstar Barbara Corcoran breaks down some of the most overused words and phrases.

For example: "Must see inside" really means that the outside of a home is ugly. She translates "original condition" to "appliances are 50 years old." After the jump, you can read the entire list — and please feel free to comment with any additions of your own!

  1. Cozy (too small)
  2. Charming (too old)
  3. Original condition (appliances are 50 years old)
  4. Needs TLC (it's a dump)
  5. Conveniently located (noisy)
  6. Desirable neighborhood (this little house has been way overpriced because the neighborhood has some snob appeal)
  7. Efficient kitchen (too small to fit two adults)
  8. One-car garage (you can drive your Chevy in, but can't get out)
  9. Peek at the park/river/mountains (if you angle your mirror just so)
  10. Useable land (no trees)
  11. Beachfront steal (no hurricane insurance available at any price)
  12. Country living (too far from anywhere to drive to work)
  13. Must see inside (outside is ugly)
  14. Unique (hard to sell)
  15. Just available (previous owner just died on the premises, hope you don't mind)

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