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Old Jul 30th 2007, 6:07 pm
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Americans are very sweet people and I love their country .. (I love it to death, to use a quaint americanism.)
But why can they not forget the euphemisms, and just come out and say what they mean? I just read a real estate listing; apparently "THE STAIRCASE HAS A SMALL ROOM UNDERNEATH WITH A QUARTER BATH."
Now, I'm familiar wit the real estate term, a "half bath." That means a bathroom without a bath (I hope that is clear.) A quick search on google elicited the information that a quarter bath was another name for ... just a washbasin. Say what??? What would be so tragic in saying "a washbasin?" After all, not a "rude word" like TOILET.....

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Americans are very sweet people and I love their country .. (I love it to death, to use a quaint americanism.)
But why can they not forget the euphemisms, and just come out and say what they mean? I just read a real estate listing; apparently "THE STAIRCASE HAS A SMALL ROOM UNDERNEATH WITH A QUARTER BATH."
Now, I'm familiar wit the real estate term, a "half bath." That means a bathroom without a bath (I hope that is clear.) A quick search on google elicited the information that a quarter bath was another name for ... just a washbasin. Say what??? What would be so tragic in saying "a washbasin?" After all, not a "rude word" like TOILET.....

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Not all Americans are realtors ... i think this is a realtor language thing, not an American language thing.
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Old Jul 30th 2007, 6:27 pm
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Americans are very sweet people and I love their country .. (I love it to death, to use a quaint americanism.)
But why can they not forget the euphemisms, and just come out and say what they mean? I just read a real estate listing; apparently "THE STAIRCASE HAS A SMALL ROOM UNDERNEATH WITH A QUARTER BATH."
Now, I'm familiar wit the real estate term, a "half bath." That means a bathroom without a bath (I hope that is clear.) A quick search on google elicited the information that a quarter bath was another name for ... just a washbasin. Say what??? What would be so tragic in saying "a washbasin?" After all, not a "rude word" like TOILET.....

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Actually we'd say sink rather than washbasin, but I agree it sounds silly.
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Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
Americans are very sweet people and I love their country .. (I love it to death, to use a quaint americanism.)
But why can they not forget the euphemisms, and just come out and say what they mean? I just read a real estate listing; apparently "THE STAIRCASE HAS A SMALL ROOM UNDERNEATH WITH A QUARTER BATH."
Now, I'm familiar wit the real estate term, a "half bath." That means a bathroom without a bath (I hope that is clear.) A quick search on google elicited the information that a quarter bath was another name for ... just a washbasin. Say what??? What would be so tragic in saying "a washbasin?" After all, not a "rude word" like TOILET.....

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haha estate agent jargon in any country is a language unto themselves imo
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I will not coment on this or let Kate see it because I would like sex sometime this week
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I will not coment on this or let Kate see it because I would like sex sometime this week
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Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
Americans are very sweet people and I love their country .. (I love it to death, to use a quaint americanism.)
But why can they not forget the euphemisms, and just come out and say what they mean? I just read a real estate listing; apparently "THE STAIRCASE HAS A SMALL ROOM UNDERNEATH WITH A QUARTER BATH."
Now, I'm familiar wit the real estate term, a "half bath." That means a bathroom without a bath (I hope that is clear.) A quick search on google elicited the information that a quarter bath was another name for ... just a washbasin. Say what??? What would be so tragic in saying "a washbasin?" After all, not a "rude word" like TOILET.....

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OOOPS cos a "wash basin" brings to mind a large china bowl under the stairs lol
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Lowe's calls it a "Vanity"
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Old charmer - an old and ugly house

Stunning house - the house is not ugly

Tudor - two bedrooms are in the attic which is not insulated; very hot in summer and very cold in winter

Cape Cod - styled after Third World slum dwellings

Sunny corner lot - noisy intersection of two busy streets

Easy freeway access - noisy arterial street close to freeway

Low maintenance lot - no yard; the kids will have to play in the street

Meticulously maintained in the original condition - the appliances are 50 years old

Ready to remodel - the house is about to collapse; you will have to invest twice the asking price in remodel before you can move in

Newly remodeled kitchen - 50-year old cabinetry and faucets have been replaced with cheap modern equivalents

Ready to move in - the interior has been painted with one coat of cheap paint

Desirable neighborhood - this little house is extravagantly overpriced because the neighborhood has a snobbish reputation

1 car garage - you can drive your Ford Escort into the garage but there is no room to open the door

In-city living - it is not safe to walk in this neighborhood after dark

Recreation room with wet bar - basement has been painted and has a faucet

Large family room - large basement

Bedroom in basement - basement has a 1′ by 2′ window

Lots of storage space - basement too small to be called a family room

Partial mountain view - you can see the tip of Mt. Olympus if you climb the roof

Territorial view - good view of your neighbor’s bedroom window

Build sweat equity - the house is not inhabitable

Storybook - the house is old and the roof is not flat

Efficiently designed kitchen - the kitchen is too small to fit two people at the same time

Seasonal creek - muddy ditch across the property

Usable land - all the trees are gone.

Doll-house - tiny place filled with ugly knick-knacks.

Country living - too far from anywhere to drive to work

Country in the city - a grotesquely overpriced large lot with a 2 bedroom house built before World War I

Cozy - not a single room could fit a full size bed

Three season sunroom - a small addition the owner did not have enough money to insulate

Close to all amenities - the backyard is a shopping mall parking

Beachfront property, complete remodeling in 1996, a steal at this asking price - hurricane Andrew motivated the remodeling; no hurricane insurance available, at any price

Must see inside - the outside is ugly

Motivated sellers - subtract 15% from the asking price

Easy to heat - see “cozy”

Wildlife nearby - children and pets get ticks and fleas

Near transportation - Amtrak train goes through the backyard, every 15 minutes, day and night

Pet friendly neighborhood - organic matter constantly deposited in the front lawn

Neighborhood watch - your next door neighbor has binoculars trained on your house

Just available - previous owner just died on the premises, hope you don’t believe in ghosts
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Old charmer - an old and ugly house

Stunning house - the house is not ugly

Tudor - two bedrooms are in the attic which is not insulated; very hot in summer and very cold in winter

Cape Cod - styled after Third World slum dwellings

Sunny corner lot - noisy intersection of two busy streets

Easy freeway access - noisy arterial street close to freeway

Low maintenance lot - no yard; the kids will have to play in the street

Meticulously maintained in the original condition - the appliances are 50 years old

Ready to remodel - the house is about to collapse; you will have to invest twice the asking price in remodel before you can move in

Newly remodeled kitchen - 50-year old cabinetry and faucets have been replaced with cheap modern equivalents

Ready to move in - the interior has been painted with one coat of cheap paint

Desirable neighborhood - this little house is extravagantly overpriced because the neighborhood has a snobbish reputation

1 car garage - you can drive your Ford Escort into the garage but there is no room to open the door

In-city living - it is not safe to walk in this neighborhood after dark

Recreation room with wet bar - basement has been painted and has a faucet

Large family room - large basement

Bedroom in basement - basement has a 1′ by 2′ window

Lots of storage space - basement too small to be called a family room

Partial mountain view - you can see the tip of Mt. Olympus if you climb the roof

Territorial view - good view of your neighbor’s bedroom window

Build sweat equity - the house is not inhabitable

Storybook - the house is old and the roof is not flat

Efficiently designed kitchen - the kitchen is too small to fit two people at the same time

Seasonal creek - muddy ditch across the property

Usable land - all the trees are gone.

Doll-house - tiny place filled with ugly knick-knacks.

Country living - too far from anywhere to drive to work

Country in the city - a grotesquely overpriced large lot with a 2 bedroom house built before World War I

Cozy - not a single room could fit a full size bed

Three season sunroom - a small addition the owner did not have enough money to insulate

Close to all amenities - the backyard is a shopping mall parking

Beachfront property, complete remodeling in 1996, a steal at this asking price - hurricane Andrew motivated the remodeling; no hurricane insurance available, at any price

Must see inside - the outside is ugly

Motivated sellers - subtract 15% from the asking price

Easy to heat - see “cozy”

Wildlife nearby - children and pets get ticks and fleas

Near transportation - Amtrak train goes through the backyard, every 15 minutes, day and night

Pet friendly neighborhood - organic matter constantly deposited in the front lawn

Neighborhood watch - your next door neighbor has binoculars trained on your house

Just available - previous owner just died on the premises, hope you don’t believe in ghosts
Garden laid to lawn..........does that mean it has grass ?
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Must be something with real estate agents worldwide...
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=468604
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Originally Posted by robin1234 View Post
Americans are very sweet people and I love their country .. (I love it to death, to use a quaint americanism.)
But why can they not forget the euphemisms, and just come out and say what they mean? I just read a real estate listing; apparently "THE STAIRCASE HAS A SMALL ROOM UNDERNEATH WITH A QUARTER BATH."
Now, I'm familiar wit the real estate term, a "half bath." That means a bathroom without a bath (I hope that is clear.) A quick search on google elicited the information that a quarter bath was another name for ... just a washbasin. Say what??? What would be so tragic in saying "a washbasin?" After all, not a "rude word" like TOILET.....

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It's called marketing my dear.

There's a CARFAX commercial making fun of this very thing on air right now. The point of the ad is, get a CARFAX report so you know what you're getting.

"Some flood damage" is replaced by "New upholstery!"
etc.
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Very good Ray.

British estate agents always seem to say that a house "boasts" something, generally budget double-glazing or laminate flooring.
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Motivated Sellor amuses me.
Why would you advertise how desperate you are?
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Originally Posted by another bloody yank View Post
Must be something with real estate agents worldwide...
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=468604
No, that is definitely a one off. Very funny, though not sure I'd want to sell my house through them.
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Very good Ray.

British estate agents always seem to say that a house "boasts" something, generally budget double-glazing or laminate flooring.
...or 'bijou', means tiny.
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