Understanding real estate ads

by Chris Lang on February 28, 2012

Confused home buyer

Not very long ago, reading property listings of houses advertised for sale / for rent to me felt like reading in a different language. Property ads, especially the ones in newspapers, have so many abbreviations – no wonder a person new to real estate (or new to Australia) needs a dictionary to understand them.

Some of those abbreviations I figured out on my own, others were explained to me, and there were a few no one but a real estate agent could understand. Anyway, here is what I’ve learned – I hope it helps you.

  • BIR – Built In Robes (Wardrobes)
  • BR – Bedroom
  • Bthrm – Bathroom
  • CBD – City centre
  • C’yard or Courtyard (paved) – a rear yard, usually paved with concrete
  • d/htng – Ducted heating
  • DLUG – Double Lock Up Garage
  • Ensuite – Bathroom inside the master bedroom
  • Lnge – Lounge
  • LUG – Lock Up Garage
  • OFI – Open For Inspection
  • OFP – Open Fire Place
  • Open-plan – No walls
  • OSP – Off street parking, meaning in the driveway or a garage
  • Pol. Floors – polished floor boards
  • Robes – Wardrobes
  • ROW – Right Of Way, meaning not a proper driveway but some kind of access to the house
  • SQM – Square meters
  • S/S – stainless steel (usually refers to kitchen appliances
  • STCA – Subject to council approval, meaning the plans for whatever you are planning to build need to get approved by the local council first
  • WC – toilet
  • WIR – Walk In Robes, meaning a room for clothes storage

Are there any abbreviations or property jargon words you don’t understand?

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Brian March 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Deceptively Spacious = Small


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