Have you ever thought about writing a sit com? You definately have a way with words. Unfortunately, "puffery" is not against the law, as you may have already found out.
And not being specific in the remarks, is a major complaint homebuyers and Realtors have. Here are some of my favorites.
"Cozy", is a home so small, that anyone who has ever eaten french fries, can not move from room to room, without injuring themselves. "Handyman Special", is a home in such disrepair, that you need to sign a waver just to enter the facility. And, "needs TLC", is really a "tear-dow," in disguise.
Of course, a "tear down", can also mean that there are old leaky pipes, just
below the surface, that are causing the entire neighborhood to smell like rotten eggs.
Notice "tear down", refers to the property above grade, and makes no mention of what can be happening below the home.
So as you can see, beauty is in the eyes, of the writer who enters the listing remarks. Good luck, and feel free to lampoon any other "zingers" you find out there.
Hope that helps.
If your preference is for sleek, modern...then I think we would all agree you should skip anything that calls itself "country" - whether it's a brand new country kitchen, or one that is falling apart at the seams.
You might want t google "country kitchens" for a peep as to what the design magazines think it means. Erik, below, included a link which you might find helpfu, too.
Bottom line is..........descriptive words are often open for interpretation....so are conditions of homes......one person's "has to be torn down", is another person's "warm and comfortable".........you'll have to look and decide for yourself!
Good luck with your search!
Prudential NJ Properties
The meaning does indeed vary from locale to locale..here is a link to what was first in google http://www.servicemagic.com/article.show.Country-Kitchens-Bl
Most agents in our area would say it means much the same as eat in..though it open to another room...typically the family room. However, the googled meaning certainly sheds some light on what I thought country kitchen meant...
Have a great day!
Erik J. Weisskopf, ABR,CDPE,CRS,GRI
In my neck of the woods, it is more about the rustic, informal style than the size. You might find wood cabinets, wood floors and maybe a painted tile backsplash (w/ little roosters or fruit!)......all that country charm and quaint stuff.
If you find a grandmother baking apple pies, then it is an American country kitchen :)
If you find grandma, she greets you with "bonjour", and is preparing coq au vin, then it is most likely a French inspired country kitchen! :)
(It is late, I can't sleep, so you are stuck with my corny jokes!)
I use the term to mean, out-of-proportion large for the house. A kitchen that would be a great factory to feed eight, in a two-bedroom house.
There are certainly some functionally or economically obsolescent references possible, such as, the stairway to the upstairs bedrooms is off the kitchen.
But if you see it for one of my listings, I mean that it is an older house with a really large kitchen.