It's no surprise that we regularly frequent real estate sites to feast our eyes on the many properties on the market. And while we love to click through and see photos of the good, bad and ugly that some of these homes have to offer, we can't help but notice the overused (and sometimes exaggerated) terms repeated in so many listings that just make us roll our eyes.
For instance, have you ever seen an agent describe a home as "charming" when you can clearly see what they meant to say was "small?" Or how about our personal favorite phrase, "buyers eager to sell," which is often just a flashing red light that means there's probably something very wrong with the property. And while we know selling a home is hard, we just wish these overused real estate terms would be replaced with the truth. Or can they at least get a little more creative?
Scroll through our list and see more of these phrases.
"Hurry! It won't last long" -- Really? Then why has it been on the market for almost a year?
"Gourmet kitchen" -- This pretty much means it's a standard kitchen with maybe an island or an extra appliance.
"Buyers eager to sell" -- If you see this, run. Run straight for the hills.
"Charming" -- This home is small, really small. Often used with "quaint" and "cozy."
"Near Transportation" -- The neighborhood gets pretty loud at night.
"Great potential" -- The property is sub-par but with a lot of time and money, it could be nice, maybe.
"Up-and-coming neighborhood" -- It's probably not safe to walk alone at night.
"Open floor plan" -- The home is one large room.
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Your real estate agent is most likely going to tell you that the property will go quick, even if this isn't necessarily true. Don't let them pressure you -- take the time to think through this major decision.
Although they may know that the seller is asking more than they should for the home, it's possible that your agent won't mention this. A bigger price tag equals a bigger commission.
Your realtor may have already heard through the grapevine that previous inspections have uncovered some major issues with the home you're interested in. Unfortunately, they may keep this to themselves, and hope that they aren't uncovered again.
It may not be enough of a reason to deter you from buying a home, but the real estate agent may not clue you in that the sellers have given previous interested buyers a tough time.
Your agent is supposed to stay non partial about characteristics like whether the home you are looking at is in a "good" neighborhood. But sometimes we wish they would just say it! CORRECTION: Federal law states that it is illegal for agents to steer you away from certain neighborhoods.
When you walk through a potential home with your real estate agent, they're often fond of telling you about all of the amazing things you can do to "easily" improve the space. Often they have no idea if these projects are actually doable.
They may not want to advertise this notion, but real estate agents can surely choose to take a lower percentage in order to sweeten a deal.
Although the buyer's agent should have the potential owners' interests in mind, sometimes they are distracted by the possibility of earning a commission, and overlook important details that could be helpful to the buyers.
It may be a great place to live, but if the people who live next door are nutty, they can make your life really difficult. It would be nice if your agent warned you about these crazies!
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