Real estate agents’ tricks now open for inspection

Real estate agents are notorious for talking up their properties in order make a sale. But now one has broken ranks by publishing the true meaning of their jargon.

“The property has excellent transport links”, for example, means “there’s a motorway or railway next to it”. Meanwhile, “a cosy rural property” is small and 20 minutes’ drive from the shops.

The translations come courtesy of, a British online estate agent . Russell Quirk, the website’s founder, said it was time for agents “to be straight with home owners”.

Here are some of the lines used by real estate agents, and their translations:

Estate agent speak “The property has excellent transport links”

Translation “There’s a motorway and or busy railway line right next to it”

Estate agent speak “In need of modernisation”

Translation “This property hasn’t been updated since the 1970s and needs a complete refit”

Estate agent speak “An ideal purchase as your first three-bedroom home”

Translation “You can barely fit a bed into the third bedroom”

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Sydney Morning Herald


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