Your first year in real estate, every term is a new term.

Your 16th year, not so much . . .

Now, I’m lucky if I learn 1-2 new (to me) real estate terms per year — usually at a continuing ed class I attend outside my region.

Egg Soot on Your Face

So, at least one Ohio Realtor has dealt with the (very unpleasant) aftermath of a “puff back”:  apparently, what happens when the residual soot from an oil-burning furnace spontaneously combusts, sending smoke and fine particles throughout the house via the air ducts, in the process coating walls, floors and any other home surfaces with a noxious film.

Uggh (or as the locals say, “Uff-dah!”).

Twin Cities agents seldom (if ever) encounter the term, because furnaces locally are overwhelmingly gas-burning.

See also, “Flatwork” Defined“; and “Quick! Who Does the Selling Agent Represent?”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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