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Decoded: What "Starter" Means In A Listing Description

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Welcome to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where we take a word or a turn of phrase that seems to show up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. If you have any ideas for us, send them to the tipline. Today's word: starter.

The first rung of the property ladder is sometimes the hardest, especially when houses advertised as "starter" homes should really be called "headache" instead. But, not all the dozens of starter homes in the database turn out to be ball-and-chain commitments. We've listed a few after the jump, ranging from a starter home in Arlington for $649,000 to one in Fort Dupont Park for $187,030.

This one is in Fort Dupont Park at 818 Burns St SE and is asking $187,030 as a 2 bed, 1.5 bath.

A slightly more expensive starter at 255 56th Pl. Asking is $240,000 for this 4 bed, 1.5 bath.

When they say "close-in", they must mean somewhere else besides downtown DC, but whatevesies. This 3 bed, 1.5 bath at 1604 Dublin Drive in Silver Spring is asking $339,000.

Here's a pricey starter home in Arlington asking $649,000. There weren't any interior photos so we can't tell you what exactly is 'as-is' about it. The address is 3029 4th St for this two bed, one bath.