Questions About Selling
Should I add on or buy a bigger home?
Consider these questions before making a choice between adding on to an existing home or moving up in the market to a bigger house:
- How much money is available, either from cash reserves or through a home improvement loan to remodel the current house?
- How much additional space is required? Would the foundation support a second floor or does the lot have room to expand on the ground level?
- What do local zoning and building ordinances permit?
- How much equity already exists in the property?
- Are there affordable properties for sale that would satisfy your housing needs?
Ultimately, the decision should be based on individual needs, the extent of work involved, and what will add the most value, and return upon sale.
What do all of those real estate acronyms in the ads mean?
If you find yourself stumbling over weird acronyms in a real estate listing, don't be alarmed. There is method to the madness of this shorthand (which is mostly adopted by sellers to save money in advertising charges). Here are some abbreviations and the meaning of each, taken from a recent newspaper classified section, including:
- assum. fin. -- assumable financing
- dk -- deck
- gar -- garage (garden is usually abbreviated "gard")
- expansion pot'l -- may be extra space on the lot, or possibly vertical potential for a top floor or room addition. Verify actual potential by checking local zoning restrictions prior to purchase.
- fab pentrm -- fabulous pentroom, a room on top, underneath the roof, that sometimes has views
- FDR -- formal dining room (not the former president)
- frplc, fplc, FP -- fireplace
- grmet kit -- gourmet kitchen
- HDW, HWF, Hdwd -- hardwood floors
- hi ceils -- high ceilings
- In-law potential -- potential for a separate apartment. Sometimes, local zoning codes restrict rentals of such units so be sure the conversion is legal first.
- large E-2 plan -- this is one of several floor plans available in a specific building
- lsd pkg. -- leased parking area, may come with an additional cost
- lo dues -- find out just how low these homeowner's dues are, and in comparison to what?
- nr bst schls -- near the best schools
- pvt -- private
- pwdr rm -- powder room, or half-bath
- upr- upper floor
- vw, vu, vws, vus -- view(s)
- Wow! -- better check this one out.
Real Estate's Ambiguous Language You Oughtta Understand," Glennon H. Neubauer, Ethos Group Publishing, Diamond Bar, CA; 1993.