Real Estate Definitions

Looking for a home? Learn to read between the lines in those real estate ads.

"Sophisticated city living" - Next to a noisy bar.

"Old World Charm" - Has some woodwork, needs cleaning.

"Contemporary feeling" - Has no woodwork, needs cleaning.

"Close to Lakes" - Impossible to park from April to October.

"Wide open floor plan" - Previous owner removed supporting walls.

"Security System" - Neighbor has a dog.

"Needs TLC" - Major structural damage.

"Updated kitchen" - Sink no longer overflows.

"Motivated seller" - Has been on the market for 14 years.

"Convenient" - Located on freeway entrance ramp.

"Mint" - Someone has spilled mouthwash on the carpet.

"Neutral decor" - No murals of nudes, or Elvis, but has brown walls.

"Move in condition" - Front door missing.

"Cozy" - No room larger than 9 x 6.

"Lower level family room" - Ping Pong table over sewer opening.

"Light open spaces" - Many holes in walls and ceiling.

"Outstanding" - Painted purple, sticks out like a sore thumb.