“Sold?” No, “Spoken For” (or if you prefer, “Under Contract”)

When “Sold” Doesn’t Mean “Sold” At least in Minnesota, when you see a “Sold” rider above a “For Sale” sign in front of a house, it doesn’t mean “Sold” — it means “Pending.” Huh?? The (admittedly confusing) convention is to pronounce a home that’s under contract and past Inspection — but not yet closed —...
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4-Season Porches in a 2-Season Climate (“Winter” & “Road Construction”) 🙂

“Screened Porches” vs. “3-Season Porches” vs. “4-Season Porches” [Note to Readers: The views expressed here are solely those of Ross Kaplan, and do not represent Edina Realty, Berkshire Hathaway, or any other entity referenced. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney.]. Quick! Which kinds of porches are included in a home’s finished square...
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“Mid-Century Modern?” Or Just “Mid-Century?”

The “You Know it When You See it” Test While it’s true that every Mid-Century Modern home was built in the 1950’s (or thereabouts), it’s decidedly NOT the case that every home built in the 1950’s is a “Mid-Century Modern.” In fact, in real life, very few are. On MLS, for every home that I...
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Which “Done” Did They Mean??

“So Done” vs. “Are You Done Yet?” For an unassuming four letter word, “done” sure has a lot of different connotations. I count at least eight (below), including two meanings — one good, one bad — popular in residential real estate. One. To perfection. Example: “That house is done. It’s not staged like a spec...
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The Case for the 1.25 Bath — or the 1.375(!) Bath

What’s More Than a Full Bath? By convention, Realtors call a Bathroom with a sink, toilet, bathtub and shower a “full” Bath. Because each of those items counts as .25, a Bathroom missing one or more of them is considered a fractional Bath. So, a Bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower (but no tub)...
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“Disapprobation,” But Not “Disopprobrium” (Huh?!?)

The opposite of “approbation” — a fancy synonym for “approval” — is the word, “disapprobation,” which naturally means disapproval. It would stand to reason, therefore, that the opposite of “opprobrium” — harsh criticism or censure — would be “disopprobrium.” Unh-unh. No such word. All of which leaves me pleasantly mayed** . . .   🙂 **The opposite...
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