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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 unfamiliar terms and creative seller descriptions. Of course photos help, but even they don't always tell the whole story. Seeing (in person) is believing, but who has time to trek to every last house on the market? Thankfully, a Realtor ® who understands what you're really looking for can help you decode listings to determine which ones are truly worth the trip (and your time!). Below, we rounded up some common terms you might come across in listings—and what they typically mean. Can you relate?



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