Real Estate Acronyms Decoded for You

Last Modified: March 21, 2020

The real estate industry is full of acronyms that can leave you surprised. There is a major amount of vocabulary involved in the everyday dealings, discussions with real estate brokers, contracts and agreements.

While some of these real estate acronyms can be easily decoded, others may give you a hard time to decipher.

If you are wondering what all those abbreviated letters mean, here is a complete list of 250 real estate acronyms for you to refer.

Now decode any listing or classified ads with real estate abbreviations and read them like a pro.

Real Estate Investing Abbreviations

1. ARV: After-Repair Value
2. CAP: Capitalization
3. CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Member
4. CMA: Comparative Market Analysis
5. COCR/CCR/Coc: Cash-On-Cash Return
6. COF: Cost Of Funds
7. COO/C Of O: Certificate Of Occupancy
8. CRE: Commercial Real Estate
9. DSCR/DCR/DSR: Debt Service Coverage Ratio
10. DTI: Debt To Income Ratio
11. FHA: Federal Housing Administration
12. FMR: Fair Market Rent
13. FMV: Fair Market Value
14. FSBO: For Sale By Owner
15. GNMA: Ginnie Mae (Government National Mortgage Association)
16. GRM: Gross Rent Multiplier
17. HML: Hard Money Lender
18. HOA: Homeowners Association
19. HUD: Federal Department Of Housing And Urban Development
20. IRA: Individual Retirement Account
21. IRR: Internal Rate Of Return
22. JV: Joint Venture
23. L/O: Lease Option
24. LLC: Limited Liability Company
25. LLP: Limited Liability Partnership
26. LTV: Loan To Value
27. MAO: Maximum Allowable Offer
28. MDU: Multiple-Dwelling Unit
29. MFH: Multi Family Home
30. MLS: Multiple Listing Service
31. NNN: Triple-Net Lease
32. NOI: Net Operating Income
33. NOO: Non-Owner Occupied
34. O/F: Owner Finance
35. OO: Owner-Occupied
36. PITI: Principal, Interest, Taxes, And Insurance
37. P&S: Purchase And Sale
38. PCF: Price-To-Cash-Flow Ratio
39. POA: Property Owners Association
40. PUD: Planned Unit Development
41. REI: Real Estate Investing
42. REIA: Real Estate Investing Asociation
43. REIT: Real Estate Investment Trust
44. REO: Real Estate Owned
45. ROI: Return On Investment
46. RTO: Rent To Own
47. SFH: Single-Family Home
48. SFR: Single Family Residence
49. VA: Department Of Veterans Affairs / Veterans Administration

Real Estate Financing And Contracts

1. AMORT: Amortization
2. APR: Annual Percentage Rate
3. ARM: Adjustable-Rate Mortgage
4. CCR: Conditions, Covenants, And Restrictions
5. CFD: Contract For Deed
6. CLTV: Combined Loan-To-Value Ratio
7. DOS: Due On Sale Clause
8. DOT: Deed Of Trust
9. DTI: Debt-To-Income Ratio
10. EMC: Earnest Money Contract
11. FHA: Federal Housing Administration
12. GNMA: Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae)
13. LOC: Line Of Credit
14. LOI: Letter Of Intent
15. LTV: Loan-To-Value Ratio
16. PITI: Principal, Interest, Taxes, And Insurance
17. PMI: Private Mortgage Insurance
18. POF: Proof Of Funds
19. Sub2: Subject To Existing Financing
20. TIL: Truth In Lending Act
21. VA: Veterans Administration

Professional Associations And Organizations

1. ACRP: Association Of Commercial Real Estate Professionals
2. AGA: American Guild Of Appraisers
3. AI: Appraisal Institute
4. ARELLO: Association Of Real Estate License Law Officials
5. IARP: International Association Of Real Estate Professionals
6. NAA: National Association Of Appraisers
7. NAIOP: Commercial Real Estate Development Association
8. NAR: National Association Of Realtors
9. NAREA: National Association Of Real Estate Advisors
10. NARPM: National Association Of Residential Property Managers
11. NREIA: National Real Estate Investors Association

Real Estate Designations

1. ABR: Accredited Buyer Representative
2. ALC: Accredited Land Consultant
3. AMO: Accredited Management Organization
4. ARM: Accredited Residential Manager
5. ASR: Accredited Seller Representative
6. CBR: Certified Buyer Representative
7. CCIM: Certified Commercial Investment Member
8. CCREA: Certified Commercial Real Estate Advisor
9. CHMS: Certified Home Marketing Specialist
10. CIPS: Certified International Property Specialist
11. CLHMS: Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist
12. CPM: Certified Property Manager
13. CRB: Certified Real Estate Broker
14. CRE: Counselor Of Real Estate
15. CRS: Certified Residential Specialist
16. GAA: General Accredited Appraiser
17. GREEN: NAR Green Home Specialist
18. GRI: Graduate Realtor Institute
19. MAI: Member Of The Appraisal Institute
20. MRP: Military Relocation Professional
21. RAA: Residential Accredited Appraiser
22. RSPS: Resort And Second-Home Property Specialist
23. SRES: Seniors Real Estate Specialist
24. SRS: Seller Representative Specialist

Real Estate Listings

1. 1C (2C): One- (Two-)Car Garage
2. 3B/2B (Or 3/2): Three Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms
3. A/G PL: Above-Ground Pool
4. AC: Acre
5. ACTV: Active Listing
6. ALM: Aluminum Siding
7. APT: Apartment
8. ATT: Attached Garage
9. BA: Bath
10. BALC: Balcony
11. BB: Baseboard Heating
12. BCH: Beach
13. BR: Bedroom
14. BSMT: Basement
15. CAC: Central Air Conditioning
16. CLSD: Closed Listing (Sold)
17. CONT: Contemporary
18. CVAC: Central Vacuum
19. DPLX: Duplex
20. DR: Dining Room
21. DSP: Garbage Disposal
22. DW: Dishwasher
23. EIK: Eat-In Kitchen
24. ELV: Elevator
25. FDR: Formal Dining Room
26. FIX: Fixtures
27. HB: Half Bath
28. HP: Heat Pump
29. HVAC: Heating, Ventilation, And Air Conditioning
30. INLW: In-Law Suite
31. JTUB: Jetted Tub
32. LV: Living Room
33. MAR: Marble
34. MBA: Master Bedroom With Bath
35. S/S: Stainless Steel
36. SEC SYS: Security System
37. SF: Square Feet
38. TRPLX: Triplex
39. W/D: Washer/Dryer
40. WAR: Warranty Plan
41. WIC: Walk-In Closet
42. WLKP: Walkup
43. YD: Yard

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