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16 April 2024

10 Dubai property buzzwords: What they say and what they mean

The move is aimed at protecting property buyers' by bringing transparency and accountability into the sector. (Patrick Castillo)

By Staff

Real estate agents can make even the most unattractive properties sound tempting, by using buzzwords which often hide the real meaning. So how can you decode classifieds to find out what a property is actually like?

Here are 10 of the most overused buzzwords in the real estate industry, to help house-hunters to recognise when agents are exaggerating.

#1 Quaint

If a property listing describes the house or apartment as ‘quaint,’ chances are that in reality, it is small. If the size of the house is not specified in the advert, it is likely that the ‘quaint’ property isn’t very spacious.

#2 Near transport

Whilst it’s important for a house to be well-located, with transport links not too far away, near transport can often be interpreted as noisy. More specific details about the distance from train tracks or busy main roads will reassure house-hunters.

#3 Private

Privacy is an important feature; however, so are local amenities. Before you get excited at the prospect of your own space, check how far the property is from the nearest supermarkets, schools, and transport connections.

#4 Has great potential

Translated, this means that with a lot of time and money, this could one day be your dream home. However, if you are not willing to put effort into developing the property, it will remain run-down and less than desirable.

#5 Charming

Often used alongside quaint, charming is frequently used for an old or small property. Ensure that you look careful at the pictures on the listing, and arrange a viewing to see for yourself just how old or dilapidated the property really is.

#6 Not to be missed

If a property is listed as ‘not to be missed’, it is likely that the owner is having trouble selling and is trying to get rid of the property in a hurry. Using such persuasive language has immediate connotations of desperation and urgency.

#7 Open-plan

Whilst properties described in this way can be luxurious, high-end real estate, agents often describe cramped studio apartments as open-plan. Be prepared for the kitchen, living room, bedroom, and even sometimes bathroom, to all be squashed into one room. 

#8 Original condition

If the floors of a property are described as being in their original condition, chances are that they are actually in a less-than-desirable condition, and will need to be renovated before the house can be lived in.

#9 State-of-the-art

This buzzword is regularly exaggerating the grandeur of facilities. More often than not, a state-of-the-art bathroom, for example, is just a functioning toilet and shower room. If a property is modern, with the newest appliances and contemporary decor, this should be made clear in a detailed listing.

#10 Within walking distance

Within walking distance fails to state exactly how far away from a property certain amenities are located, and often the true distance is much further than you think. Moreover, the time it takes to walk a distance varies per person. If the length of space between the two points is short, the listing will specify the exact amount of time necessary to travel from one to the other.