The Mystery Behind Real Estate Abbreviations

Can you solve these riddles?

In my 10 years as a real estate professional, I’ve seen a lot of things that compel me to close my eyes and massage my temples.  One area where I see a lot of ambiguity is in the property descriptions for houses for sale in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  

So, In the interest of having fun, and not trying to pick on any particular real estate professional (because we’ve all done it), here is a list of MLS real estate abbreviations from actual listings in our area. See if you can figure out what they mean and comment below.  I’ll post the answers next week.  Happy sleuthing!

  • “SS appls”
  • “LR, FR, DR, Kit”
  • “w/o LL”
  • “frpl”
  • “MBR w/sit rm & wi closet”
  • “S.L. 3-car gar”
  • “Lux BA w/whirlpl jets & sep shwr”
  • “SGD”
  • “Sit Rm”
  • “LL: FF, RR/FP, wet br”
  • “ESIK”


Say what?

(The author is a managing partner with Ron & Susan Associates with Re/Max Gateway)


Laura October 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
“SS appls” = Stainless Steell Appliances “LR, FR, DR, Kit” = Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Kitchen “w/o LL” = walk-out Lower Level (unless they mean without!) “frpl”= fireplace “MBR w/sit rm & wi closet” = Master Bed Room with Sitting room & Walk-in closet “S.L. 3-car gar” = ?got me! “Lux BA w/whirlpl jets & sep shwr” “SGD” = ? no idea “Sit Rm” = sitting room “LL: FF, RR/FP, wet br” = Lower level: ?, RecRoom/Fireplace, wet bar “ESIK” = ?beats me! seems like there should be some standardization. this was fun!
Sally Hietanen October 12, 2012 at 03:31 PM
stainless steel appliances; living room, family room, dining room, kitchen; walk-out lower level; fireplace; master bedroom with sitting room and walk-in closet; side-load three car garage; luxurious bath with whirlpool jets and separate shower; sliding glass door; sitting room; lower level: fully finished, rec room with fireplace, wet bar; eating space in kitchen.
Ron Kowalski October 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Congratulations to Sally H...she got all of the abbreviations correct. There were even agents in my office who didn't know some of these. Thanks for playing! - Ron K. Stainless Steel Appliances Living Room, Family Room, Dining Room, Kitchen Walk-Out Lower Level Fireplace Master Bedroom with Sitting Room and Walk-in Closet Side-Load 3-car Garage Luxury Bathroom with whirlpool jets and separate shower Sliding Glass Door Sitting Room Lower level is Fully-Finished and has Rec Room with Fireplace and a Wet Bar Eating Space in Kitchen


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