Property buyers and sellers are notorious for using jargon in order to sell homes quickly and, understandably, it can get rather confusing – but we’ve got it sussed!
Here’s a quick and easy guide to what property professionals say vs what they actually mean:
“Conveniently located” = The property is on a main road, next to the post office, opposite the school and there’s a Co-Op around the corner. It’s close to everything!
“Bijou” = There are no two ways about it, this property is tiny.
“Cosy” = There’s about enough space to swing a cat – realistically, a small kitten.
“Catchment area” = There’s a good school. Be prepared to go into battle with pushy parents for a place for your precious ones.
“Easy-to-maintain” = It’s small. Cleaning and decorating this place won’t take you long at all.
“Low maintenance garden” = Concrete.
“Well connected” = A bus rolls through your village every fourth Thursday and there’s a trusty taxi to take you to the train station in a neighbouring town.
“Period” = Old. Think beams, low ceilings and cricked necks.
“Charming” = Old and probably (definitely) on the small side.
“Upcoming area” = This neck of the woods is still a little rough around the edges but in a few years your property will be worth a heck of a lot more. Now’s the time to invest!
“Rural” = Think Emmerdale only fewer buses and even fewer people, however, the sheep population is booming…
“Viewing recommended” = It might not look great from the outside but inside there’s a wealth of space and potential.
“Quirky” = This property is far from your standard two-up-two-down terraced. Think different architecture, art-deco or even a treehouse!
“Reduced” = No one’s shown any interest and the owner is so desperate to sell the house he’s giving it away!
“Sought-after area” = It’s over-priced and popular. Be prepared to part with some serious cash.
“Put your own stamp on it” = Get your hard hat on. There’s work to be done. A lot of it.
“No onward chain” = The previous occupant has gone or they’re selling to a property buyer, either way, you’ll be able to move in straight away.