Look at that boastful fireplace!

The home boasts a fireplace! And other property listing description mistakes

Boastful fireplace

The property description is the agent's calling card

You’ve got great professional photos of the island kitchen, cedar deck, and ensuite master. As a recognized authority on the local market, you’ve set the right price. You’ve primed your network to send buyers to the open house. It’s practically time to spend the commission!  Not so fast: You still need to describe the home in English. Like every other public component of your listing, the written property description is a showcase for you as a real estate agent.  Posting a bad one is like showing up  to the office in a t-shirt and cut-offs. Potential sellers will take note. 

Your sellers and your potential buyers aren't your only readers

The audience for your property listing description extends far beyond those who have an interest in buying the house. You can find lots of advice online about how to write a home description, but a great start would be to avoid common mistakes. 


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Abbreviations are your enemy

Few home buyers are code-breakers. Where character limits allow, features should be expressed in plain language. A “wood-burning fireplace” will warm our buyers’ feet as they read a novel or watch a movie. A “Wbfp” sounds like something out of an auto-parts catalogue. And where there is smoke from a Wbfp, our buyers might find a blaze of unwieldy abbreviations: Appls, Bsmt, Dk, Pl, and the like.

If you are trying to fit within a character count limit, find some other way.

It's not nice to "boast"

It’s easy to understand why “boasts” is so common in property descriptions. But it’s never quite right. Does the home “boast granite counters?” Or can we say instead that the “u-shaped granite countertop provides ample space for small appliances and food preparation?” The latter does a better job of placing our buyers at the cutting board.

Do home buyers want to be stunned?

Judging from a random sampling of property listing descriptions found on Zillow, we should avoid going to open houses, lest we be “stunned” by every view and entryway.  Find a new word.

Avoid the writing rut

Especially when we’re selling similar homes within the same town or area, it can be difficult to distinguish one property description from another. A second set of eyes can help us draw connections between features. “Short commute” and “Close to open space” can be transformed: “The short commute to downtown Denver gives you more time to enjoy the natural attractions of Washington Square Park.”

The gravest of property description errors: ALL CAPS

BUYERS WONDER WHY WE’RE YELLING. Any ALL CAPS property description, no matter how poorly written, can be greatly improved simply by restoring lower case formatting.