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By Douglas Zeller | Broker in El Dorado County, CA

Real Estate Watch: Beware of 'creative' descriptions of homes for sale!

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of buying a home, but beware of the misleading or dishonest things real estate agents say to make a sale.

In the competitive world of residential real estate, facts often are spun to generate interest. Insiders call it "puffing." Agents can be held responsible for telling outright lies, but there is plenty of leeway to stretch the truth.

Why say a house is small or cramped when you can describe it as cozy? If it has worn carpet and a leaking roof, a creative agent may describe it as "rustic" or "quaint."

Rhonda Duffy, an agent with Duffy Realty in Atlanta, says using "fluffy language" to describe a home is common. "No seller wants us to say, 'This is the ugliest house you've ever seen, but I am sure it will suit somebody.'"

When an agent tells you a home is in excellent condition, be cautious. Perhaps it's true, but the term is used so often that it has little real meaning.

Other interesting information at source: http://www.mercurynews.com/real-estate/ci_22543946/real-estate-watch-beware-creative-descriptions-homes-sale

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