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Beware of These Real Estate Codes in Irvine, CA

5 Real Estate Code Words That Raise a Red Flag

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Most real estate agents use code words, and thanks to the internet, a growing number of potential homebuyers can decode them. Whether they mean to or not, real estate agents might be communicating the deficiencies of a property rather than expressing what makes it special. When checking out houses for sale in Irvine, be on the lookout for these code words.

1. Cozy

The secret is out. Cozy means small. If the listing is a darling pre-war bungalow or a little cottage by the sea, cozy might just mean cozy. But if it’s a listing for a newer Irvine condo for sale, chances are cozy means small.

2. Peek-a-Boo View

In the best-case scenario, a peek-a-boo view means that you can catch glimpses of something beautiful (the ocean or a canyon) from a home. In the worst-case scenario, it means you’d have to get on the roof to peek any view.

3. Close to the Beach

Close is a relative term. Irvine doesn’t have any properties walking distance to the beach, and at best you’re looking at a 10 to 15 minute drive. While that still isn’t far, take a few minutes to map the address of the house you like to your preferred beach.

4. Desirable Area

In Orange County, this can mean a couple of things. Either the price is inflated because the neighborhood is expensive, or the neighborhood is in the midst of being gentrified. Luckily, if you’re shopping in Irvine, pretty much every area is a desirable area.

5. Original Condition

This means no updates have been implemented since the home was built. While this could mean the home has a wonderful vintage charm, in Irvine, that likely means you’re purchasing a home that’s floor to roof with 80s and 90s trends. Unless you’re looking for a rehab project, steer clear.

If you see any of these terms in listings for Irvine homes for sale, talk to your agent before your showing so you can manage your expectations accordingly. Happy house hunting!

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