Welcome back 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: Romantic.
The word 'romantic' will make most people pay attention, especially when it comes to a starter home. Those buyers are so desperate to get out of their thin-walled apartments with roommates who can over hear every floor creak that the promise of privacy and mood-enhancing architecture are music to their ears. But sometimes a person is going to need a little more than a rickety balcony to get the blood going. Consider this the anti-thesis to yesterday's look at hotels with romantic architecture.
? This Chevy Chase house is asking $897,000 for a 4 bed, 3 bath, plus screened porch that is supposed to get you in the mood.
? Is a hot tub romantic if the neighbors can see you over the fence top? This Takoma Park house is already under contract, so somebody wants it.
? So not-romantic, plus the master bedroom is in the basement. The 4 bed, 3 bath home has come down in price to $235,000.