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Word to the wise: Watch for these terms in home listings

Anyone who has searched for houses or rental properties knows that deciphering the listings is more of an art than a science. While "cozy" can be "quaint," it usually means the place is too small for a big-screen TV. If you are planning to sell your home Zillow.com has identified many keywords that can either help your listing stand out or hinder your efforts.

Words That Sell
Remodel Recent work is worth detailing for buyers.
Stainless (also Granite, Tile, Pergola) Mention features that convey upgrades and those not found in all homes.
Landscaped Your yard is just as valuable to describe as your house.
Spotless Especially in lower-priced homes, cleanliness is a plus.
Basketball (also home theatre, dog room, rain garden) Be specific if a truly unique feature sets the property apart.
Words to Avoid
Bargain Price the home right and there is no need to elaborate.
Potential Buyers may think the house isn't finished.
Investment (or Investor) Terms that tell buyers the house is cheap or suitable to flip (quickly fix and sell).
Nice Generic words add no value.
Fixer (or TLC) Most buyers prefer move-in ready.