I think I know what's causing the slump in the housing market: typos, eggcorns, and spelling mistakes in real-estate listings.
Redfin, a Bay Area real-estate blog, pointed me to some real howlers:
- walking closet (for walk-in)
- fully remolded single-family home (for remodeled)
- stainless steal appliances (presumably purchased legitimately)
- sinking living room (for sunken)
- specious apartment (for spacious)
And remember our friend Hugh Reductions? We meet his cousins Hugh Gourmet and Hugh (and) Bright in this listing for a house in San Francisco's Merced Manor neighborhood, out in the Avenues near Stonestown Galleria and San Francisco State. That listing is also full of abbreviations that qualify as bizarre even in the strange world of Realtorspeak: cbnts, wineculr, jaccz, detchd. The asking price, by the way, is $1,299,000. Tip: Make it an even $1.3 million and buy a few vowels. Better yet, hire a proofreader.
My favorite real-estate blooper--with strong eggcorn potential--comes from the comments on another real estate blog, Active Rain: "Great neighborhood at the end of a cuddlesack."
Seen any funny real-estate goofs lately?
(Hat tip: Tracey Taylor.)