Real Estate Abbreviations – Cracking The Secret Code

 By Luke Constantino | June 12, 2011

How many times have you seen abbreviations after A Realtor’s name or in an ad from the newspaper you didn’t understand? I’ve been in real estate for years and I don’t even understand some of them! There seems to be an abbreviation for everything! I’ve compiled a list of abbreviations most from my experience and some from different sources to make things easier to understand:

1C, 2C 1 or 2 car Garage

1 LV, 2 LV 1 or 2 Living Levels

4/3  4 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms

3/4 Bath = toilet + sink + shower or tub

4/3/2 = 4 bedroom / 3 bath / 2 car garage

ab  Abstract

ABR Accredited Buyer Representative

a/g pl  Above ground Pool

ac  Acre

a/c  Air Conditioning

Actv  Active

AICUZ  Air Installations Compatible Use Zones

Alm  Aluminum Siding

APR – annual percentage rate

APPR  Agency Approved

APT  Apartment

ARM – adjustable rate mortgage

ASB Asbestos Siding

ASM Assumptions

ASRSV Assigned Parking

Atfn Attic Fan

Att Attached Garage

ba Bath

Balc Balcony

Bb Baseboard Heat

Bch Beach

bd; br  Bedroom

bkporch  backporch

Bkyd Fenced Backyard

bldrs redo  builder’s renovation

blt  built-in

Bot Boat Slip

Brk Brick

Brkf Breakfast Area

Bsmt Basement

BTSA – bonus to selling agent

Bulk Bulkhead

Bung Bungalow

BYOB Bring Your Own Booze

cac central air conditioning

Cape Cape Cod

Cbl,Cblh  Cable/Hookup

CBR Certified Buyer Representative

CCR – conditions, covenants, and restrictions

Cdrcl Cedar Closet

Cen Central Air

Cer Ceramic Tile

CFan Ceiling Fan

CFD – contract for deed

CHMS Certified Home Marketing Specialist

Chn Chain Link Fence

Cldsc Cul-de-sac

Clap Clapboard Siding

Clbhs Clubhouse

CLHMS Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

CLTV combined loan to value

CMA comparative market analysis

Clus Cluster

Cnl Canal

COCR Cash on Cash Return

COF cost of funds

Col Colonial

Cont Contemporary

COO or C of O certificate of occupancy

CPT Carpet or Carport

Crk Creek

CRS Council of Residential Specialists

Cnr,Crnr  Corner

CNS Certified Negotiation Specialist

Crwl Crawl Space

Cth Cathedral Ceiling

CRB Certified Real Estate Broker

CRS Certified Residential Specialist

CVAC  Central Vacuum

Cvga Converted Garage

crprt Carport

c-fan Ceiling Fan

cent h/a  Central Heat & Air

DBA doing business as

DCR debt coverage ratio

Deco Decorative Fence

DEDRS Deed Restrictions

Det Detached Garage

DhkpP Dryer Hookup

Dk Deck

DLM Seller Disclaimer

DLO Seller Disclosure

dbl Double

d/w Dishwasher

Dog Dock

Dog Dog Run Fence

DOS due on sale clause

Dr Dining Room

Dry Clothes Dryer

Dsp Garbage Disposal

DWF, DWAC Deep Water/Access

EA exclusive agency

EIK Eat in kitchen

ELE Electric

ELV Elevator

EMC earnest money contract

END End Unit

E-Rng Electric Range

ERS exclusive right to sell

Exr Exercise Room

Farm Farmhouse

FRBO for rent by owner

fdr Formal dining room

FCRA Fair Credit Reporting Act

FDIC Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

Ffbr First Floor Bedroom

FFE furniture, fixture, and equipment

Fha  Forced Hot Air

FHA Federal Housing Administration

FHLMC “Freddie Mac” Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation

FIABCI The International Real Estate Federation

Flr Floor Furnace

fin ll  Finished lower level

fm rm, or fr  Family Room

fml Formal

FMR fair market rent

FMV fair market value

fncd yd  Fenced Yard

FNMA “Fannie Mae” Federal National Mortgage Association

f-bmt Finished Basement

Foyr  Foyer

Fp, Fpl  Fireplace

Fpgas  Gas Fireplace

FR  Family room

Frog Finished Room over Garage

FSBO for sale by owner

FUBAR F—– UP Beyond All Recognition

Full Fully Fenced

fplc Fireplace

f/a ht or fah  Forced Air Heat

FSBO or Fisbo For Sale By Owner

FXR  Fixer Upper

gar Garage

g/a  Garage, Attached

garb Garbage

GAR Garage

GAROP Garage Door Opener

GLF Golf Course

GLFP gas log fire place

GNMA “Ginnie Mae” Government National Mortgage Association

Gmt kitchen Gourmet kitchen

GRES  Graduate Real Estate Society

GRNO Ground Maintenance

GRI Graduate REALTOR® Institute

G-RNG Gas Range

GRI Graduate Realtor Institute

HB – Half Bath (toilet + sink)

HBR Harbor

HIST Historical District

HOA homeowner’s association

HP Heat Pump

HPWA Water/Air Ht Pump

HDWD hardwood

HRS Horses Allowed

HSF heated square feet

HTUB Hot Tub

HUD Department of Housing and Urban Development

HW Hot Water

HWH hot water heater

HVAC heating, ventilation and air conditioning

IGSP In-Ground Sprinkler

Ingrd pool inground pool

INLW In-Law Suite

INT  Intercom

JTUB Jetted Tub

LFT Loft

lrg Large

LR Living Room

LTV loan to value

MAR Marble

MBA Master Bedroom w/Bath

MBRFP Master Bedroom w/FP

MCOA Min $ on Assumption

Meik Modern eat-in kitchen

MIC Mint Condition (like new or new)

Mk Modern kitchen

MLS – multiple listing service

mo Month

MOPOA Monthly POA Fee

MRSH Marsh

Mstr Master bed room

MSN Masonry

Mtg Mortgage

MULTI 3+ Car Garage

MYOB Mind Your Own Business

MWV Microwave Oven

NAR – National Association of Realtors

Nat gas ht Natural gas heat

NBHD Neighborhood

NGS Natural Gas

NONQ Non-Qualifying

NYSAR New York State Association of Realtors

OA Owner Agent

OBO Or Best Offer

OCN Ocean

O/F owner finance

OFC Office/Study

OFF Off Street Parking

OP Occupancy Permit

OVER Oversized Garage

OWN Owner Financing

P&S purchase and sale

PAN Pantry

PAR Partially Fenced

PAT Patio

PERM Perm Attic Stairs

PGS Propane

PICK Picket Fence

PILE Pilings

PITI principal, interest, taxes and insurance

PL-A Above Ground Pool

PL Pool house

PL Swimming Pool

PL-1  In-Ground Pool

PLAY Playground

PMI private mortgage insurance

PMP Well Pump

POA power of attorney

POR, POR-S  Porch/Screened

Prop ht Propane Heat

PRQ Parquet

PRTL Partial

PRV, pvcy fence Privacy Fence

PULL Pull-Down Attic Stair

R/OPT Rent w/Opt-Buy

RAD Radiant Heat

RDR Radiator

REALTOR® Member of the National Association of Realtors

REBNY Real Estate Board of New York

REC Recreation Room

REF Refrigerator

REI real estate investor

REIA Real Estate Investors Association

REIT Real Estate Investment Trust

REL Related to Seller

RELA Real Estate Licensing Act

RELO Relocation office

RNCH Ranch

ROI return on investment

RPAC Realors Political Action Committe

RTO rent to own

RV PRKG RV Parking

RVR River

SAT Satellite Dish

Scrnd porch Screened porch

Sec dep Security (Amenity)

Sec Security System

SECSY, sec sys  Security System

SEW,SWR  Sewer

SFIN Seller Finance Opt

SFT Water Softener

SHNG Shingle

SHOP Workshop

SKY Skylights

SLT Slate

SN Senior

SMP Sump Pump

SPC Drive parking spaces

SPDED Special Warranty Deed

SPLT Split-Level (Sty)

SR Security Deposit

SRES Senior Real Estate Specialist

SMB Split Master Bedroom

SPKLR Sprinkler System

Sq ft Square Feet

SD/W Storm Doors & Windows

STA State

STOR Assigned Storage

STR On Street Parking

SUN Sun Room

TEN Tennis Court

TIL – Truth In Lending

TOWN Town House

TRAD Traditional (Style)

TRAN Transitional

TRC Trash Compactor

TRSH Trash Pickup

TXS Taxes

U/g sprk Underground sprinkler system

UNO Unit Number

UTCL Utility Closet

UTLVL Utility Room Level

UTRM Utility Room

VA Veterans Administration

VYL Vinyl

WAR Warranty Plan

WBS Wood-burning stove

WBFP Wood burning fireplace

W/D – washer/dryer

W/D HKUP Washer/Dryer hookup

WD PNL Wood paneling

WDSTV Wood burning stove

WF Waterfront

WDSTV Wood Burn Stove

WHF Whole House Fan

WHKP Washer Hookup

W/I Walk in

WIN Window/Wall Unit

WINDT Window Treatment

WLKIN Walk-in Closet

W/O Walkout

WSH Washer

WTR Water

WTR PD Water paid

W/W CRPT Wall To Wall Carpet

YD Yard

 If I left anything out let me know and I will add it.

Luke Constantino
BBOR Social Media Networking/Marketing Chairman
| Residential

Direct: (212) 300-3919 | Fax: (347) 554-8552
Email: LukeConstantino@aol.com

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