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Decoding Housing Advertisements

Abbreviations are frequently used when describing apartments to prospective renters. Since the price of many classified advertisements is determined by the number of words, using abbreviations allows realtors to give more information about their rental units in less space.

Common Abbreviations

Apt = Apartment
AC or a/c = Air Conditioning
Avail = Available
BA = Bathroom
BR = Bedroom
Dep Req = Security Deposit Required
DW = Dishwasher
Eff = Efficiency
F = Female
FP = Fireplace
Furn = Furnished
Grad = Graduate Student
HW = Hardwood Floors
Imm = Immediate
Inc = Included
M = Male
M/F = Male or Female
MW = Microwave
NS = Non-smoker
OBO = Or Best Offer
Occ = Occupancy
Part Furn = Partially Furnished
Prkg = Parking
Prof = Professional (non-student)
Pref = Preferred
Ref = References
Twnhse = Townhouse
Unfurn = Unfurnished
Util = Utilities
W/D = Washer and Dryer
W,E,G,C,P = Water, Electric, Gas, Cable, Phone
W/W = Wall-to-Wall Carpeting