Guilty of squeezing as many abbreviations as you can into your property listings? Having trouble keeping to the tight word/character counts imposed by popular Multiple Listing Services (MLS)?

Read on for some valuable tips and to access a free list of over 180 realty acronyms and abbreviations to add to your arsenal. 

HANDY GUIDE TO DECIPHERING REAL ESTATE ABBREVIATIONS

When crafting real estate copy, there is an endless list of abbreviations and acronyms to choose from to maximise property information when you have limited advertising space. As a real estate professional, you will be familiar with most of them, but they are not always easy to decipher by those outside the industry, and they can bamboozle many potential home buyers.

For example, “3B/2B HSE, A/C, HWF T’OUT, BALC, LR with CFAN & FP. MBA, DLUG, OSP & PL/A”* provides a lot of information about your listing, but it is likely to result in your potential clients resorting to Google for a translation (*see translation at bottom).

Used sparingly and appropriately, however, widely known abbreviations can be an effective way to get important information communicated to a buyer.

You can use this glossary of commonly used real estate abbreviations and acronyms as a convenient reference, or why not make it available to your clients as a handy cheat sheet by downloading the PDF provided here.

Lastly, if you find this post helpful, or if you’d like to share some alternative/additional real estate acronyms and abbreviations, please comment at the bottom of this page.

180 Real Estate Abbreviations & Acronyms:

3B/2B 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms
AC, A/C Air conditioning
ADJ Adjacent
AEK All electric kitchen
A/G PL, PL/A Above-ground pool
AGMT Agreement
AMEN Amenities
APPL Appliances
APPT, APT Apartment
ASRV Assigned Parking
ATT Attached garage
AVAIL Available
BALC Balcony
BCH Beach
BCHFRNT Beachfront
BDS Bedsitter
BIR Built-in robes (wardrobes)
BLDG Building
BOM Back on the market
BR Bedroom
BRK Brick
BSMT Basement
BTH Bathroom or bath
C/VAC, CVAC Central vacuum
CA, CAC, CEN Central air conditioning
CATH CEIL Cathedral ceiling
CBL Cable
C-D-S Cul de sac
CEIL Ceiling
CFAN Ceiling fan
CH Central heating
CL Close
CLSD Closed listing (sold)
CNR Corner
COMP Comprises
CONC Concierge
COND Condition
CONT contemporary
COV Coverings
CP Carport
CPBDS Cupboards
CRPT Carpet
CTY City
CVAC Central vacuum
DBL Double
DBL GAR Double garage
DBR Double bedroom
D/D Dishwasher and a garbage disposal
DCK, DK Deck
DEC Decorative
DEP Deposit
DET Detached garage
D/H Ducted heating
DLUG Double lock-up garage
DOM Days on market
DPLX Duplex
DR, DIN RM Dining room
DRY Dryer
DSP Garbage disposal
DW, D/W Dishwasher
EGDO Electric Garage Door Opener
EIK Eat in kitchen
ELEV Elevator
ELHWS Electric hot water service
ENS Ensuite bathroom
ESTAB Established
EXT External
FAG Forced air gas
FAM Family
FEAT Features
FDR Formal dining room
F/FIN BSMT Fully finished basement
FF, F/FURN Fully furnished
FIX Fixtures
FOYR Foyer
FP, FPLC, FRPLC Fireplace
FSBO For sale by owner
FT CTR Fitness Centre
FURN Furnished
GAR Garage
GARD, GDN, GRDN Garden
GRMET KIT Gourmet kitchen
GRNT Granite
GRT RM Great room
HB Half bath
HDW, HWF, HDWD Hardwood (floors)
HI CEILS High ceilings
HP Heat pump
HSE House
HTG heating
HVAC Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
HW Hot water
INCL Included
INLW In-law unit/in-law suite
INSP Inspect
INT Internal
KIT Kitchen
LA Living area
LDR lounge/dining room
LFT Loft
LDRY, LNDRY Laundry
LOC Location
LR, LIV Living room
LRG Large
LSE Lease
LUG Lock-up garage
LUX Luxury
MAR, MRBL Marble
MBA Master bedroom with bath
MICRO Microwave
MIN Minimum
MINT Mint condition
MOD Modern
MSTR, MBR Master/main (bedroom)
NBHD Neighborhood
NEG Negotiable
NGS Natural gas
NR Near
OFC Office
OSP Off Street Parking available
PAN Pantry
PAT Patio
PKG Parking
PL, SP OR S/P Swimming pool
PL/I Inground pool
PRIV, PVT Private
PRTL Partial
PWDR RM Powder room or half bath
Q POS Available for quick possession
REC Recreation room
REFRG Refrigerator
RENO Renovated
REQ Required
RF Roof
RM Room
RNGE Range
ROW Right of way (laneway)
RTO Rent to own
SAT Satellite
SC Self-contained
SEC SYS Security system
SF, SQFT Square feet
SHWR Shower
SHWR RCS Shower recess
SKY Skylight
SMART Computer controlled devices
S’OUT Sleep out
SPAC Spacious
SPLT Split level
S/S Stainless steel
STRY, STY storey/story
STU Studio
TCE Terrace
TERR Terrace
TMBR Timber
T’OUT Throughout
TOWN Townhouse
TRAD Traditional
TRPLX Triplex
UC, U/C Undercover
UCP Undercover parking
UNO Unit Number
UPR Upper floor
UPSTRS Upstairs
UTILS Utilities
UTRM Utility room
VU, VW View
WAT Water
W/D, WD Washer/dryer
WC, W.C Toilet (water closet)
W/I Walk-in
WIC Walk-in closet
WIR Walk-in robe
WIN, WIND Window
WLKP Walkup
YD Yard
YO Years old

*Three bedroom, two bathroom air conditioned house with hardwood flooring throughout, balcony, lounge room with ceiling fan and fireplace, master bedroom with bath, a double lock-up garage, off street parking and an above ground pool.

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