Realtor Speak – Descriptive Euphemisms

Common Phrases Used in Local MLS

If you’ve ever been disappointed when viewing a home for sale that looked enticing in its online description, here is a guideline of what some words really mean when advertising in real estate.

Charming – Small but cute. May be decorated well but not a lot of room.

Cozy – Small. Don’t plan on fitting a king-sized bed in any of the rooms. 

Needs TLCTLC – A house that’s been neglected and is in need of someone with a big hammer.

As Is – An owner hasn’t taken care of his home in years and is passing the headaches on to you.

Motivated Seller – Make me an offer.

Must Sell – Sellers have gotten on with their lives and are willing to negotiate.

Winter Views – You can see something pretty when there are no leaves on the trees.

Diamond in the rough – See TLC. Hopefully an owner is pricing their neglected property accordingly.

Investor’s Special – In need of a Buyer who wants to work on a Diamond in the rough or a home that needs TLC.

Transitional Neighborhood – It would be a good idea to lock your doors. Generally an area that’s deteriorated and is in the process of being rebuilt. Also known as Gentrification.

By Mimi Foster

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Mimi has received the honor of being voted one of Colorado Springs' Best Realtors five years in a row. With over two decades of experience, she is committed to making the home buying/selling process as easy and enjoyable as possible. Read Full Bio…

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