What’s a WIC? Ottawa Real Estate Abbreviations Explained
If you’re searching for a home, you’re probably already knee-deep in abbreviations and real estate lingo and wondering what it all means. We don’t do this on purpose to confuse you, promise! REALTORS® work with strict character limits when writing listing descriptions, and if you have a lot to say about a property – well, you have to start abbreviating. We’ve put together a handy cheat sheet for some of the most commonly used abbreviations we see in Ottawa real estate!
.5 bath – A half bath is usually a powder room; that is, a small bathroom with just a toilet and sink.
Acc – Access (as in, access to backyard, water, etc.)
Apt – Apartment
Apx – Approximate
B/I – Built-in
Bldg – Building
FP – Fireplace
FR – Family Room
Gr – Garage
HWT – Hot Water Tank
I/G – In-ground, such as a pool
LL – Lower level, can refer to either a basement (underground) or a semi-basement (partially above-ground) level.
Mbr – Master bedroom
MLS – Multiple Listing Service
O/Looks – Overlooks
Pvt – Private, like a yard or deck
S/S – Stainless steel, usually referring to appliances
TBA – To Be Announced or Arranged. You may see this in reference to possession dates, indicating that the possession date is negotiable.
W-W – Wall-to-wall, as in carpet
WIC – Walk-in closet
W/O – Walk-out
What’s the weirdest real estate abbreviation you’ve ever seen? Let us know in the comments and we’ll post about it!
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