The real estate industry is like any other with many idiosyncrasies and jargon specific to the industry, so here I’ve put together some of the common abbreviations you will often see in advertising and promotions of properties. I hope this will give you a better understanding of what it all means. (Note; capitalized letters are inconsistent)

3 Bed 1 Bath – A home with three bedrooms and one bathroom

3/4 Bath – Toilet with sink & either a shower or bath

AC – Acres (an imperial land area measurement) A/C – Air conditioning (& ‘C/A’ or ‘CAC’ is central air conditioning) Adj – Adjacent Adv – Advance AEK – All-electric kitchen Alc – Alcove Amen amenities Appls – Appliances Apt – Apartment Appt – Appointment Apprx – Approximately Assmt – Assessment Att Gar – Attached garage Att Crpt – Attached carport Ava – Available BA – Bath B/A – Building Approval Balc – Balcony Bd or br – Bedroom Bics – Built-in-cupboards BIR – Built in wardrobe

Blt – Built-in

B/I/DW – Built-in dishwasher

Brk – Brick

BT – Brick with tiled roof    

BV – Brick veneer          

Bsmt – Basement

Cath Ceil – Cathedral Ceiling

CBD – Central business district

Cfan or c-fan – Ceiling fan

Cl – Close

Cnr – Corner

Col – Colonial

Cond – Condition

Cons – Conveniences

Cont – Contemporary

Cpds – Cupboards

Cple – Couple

Cpt – Carport

Crk – Creek

Crpt – Carpet

CSD – Cavity sliding door

Dbl – Double Dbr – Double bedroom Dep – Deposit Det – Detached DF – Double fronted

D/h – Ducted heating Di – Dining area Din or dr – Dining room

Dist – Distance

DIY – Do it yourself

DTE – Down to earth

D/W – Dish washer

Elec – Electricity

Elf – Electric light fittings

Elv – Elevator

Encl – Enclosed

Ens – Ensuite

Ent – Entry or Entrance

Est – Established

Exc – Excellent Exec – Executive

Exp – Expenses

Exr – Exercise room

Ext – External

Facs – Facilities

Fam – Family

Fdr – Formal dining room

Ffbr – First floor bedroom

Fib – Fibro cement

Feat – Feature (as in feat a patio)

Fncd yrd – Fenced Yard

Fin w/o – Finished walkout

Flr – Floor

FOWS/D – Face of wall sliding door

FP or Fplc – Fireplace

Frnt prch – Front Porch

FROG – Finished room over garage

FSBO – For sale by owner

Ftgs or ftts – Fittings

FB – Full bathroom (toilet, vanity, bath & shower)

FR – Family Room

F tld – Fully Tiled

The list is endless. The trick is to simply look at the way it is written and try to see if any word related to real estate comes to mind…

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