If you don’t read between the lines, you might fall for every word in a real estate ad. Like any ad, real estate classifieds are meant to pique your interest enough to make you take a closer look. Be a savvy buyer and decode the clever phrases sellers use to draw you in.
For example, if an ad says a home is “cozy,” it’s probably very small. “As-is” means there’s likely a lot of work to be done. “Motivated sellers” may be more willing to negotiate their price, but get an inspection to make sure there’s not an underlying reason (like faulty wiring or bad plumbing) they can’t wait to sell. Learning the lingo will help you keep realistic expectations for showings.