Decoding Real Estate's Secret Jargon

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House hunting? We can help with that.

When it comes to real estate listings, it can be tough to read between the lines thanks to some, um, creative seller descriptions. Of course photos help, but even they can hide a multitude of sins. Seeing (in person) is believing, but who has time to trek to every last house on the market? Thankfully, a good real estate agent who understands what you're really looking for can be your best ally, helping you decode seller listings to determine which ones are truly worth the trip (and your time!). Below, we rounded up some common descriptions you might come across in listings—and what the reality usually is. Can you relate?

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