If buyers are asking for offices and 5 bedroom requests are common, I would label as an office. If there were many buyers in the area seeking a 5th bedroom, thatâ€™s how I would call it, if allowable. Some MLSs have rules governing the classification, such as a mandatory closet to be considered a bedroom. If I really didnâ€™t know my buyer market, I would classify it as an office (assuming it was compliant.) Any person searching for 4 bedrooms and an office, would probably review 5 bedroom offerings in their mix.
The master bedroom is superior by comparison to the others in the same house. In a 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch, there is still a â€œmasterâ€ bedroom. The secondary bedrooms are subordinate in some way, size, amenities, closet size, private bath, etc. Some properties, particularly 2 bedroom condos can feature 2 master bedrooms. In the case outlined, my answer would depend upon a review and comparison of all bedrooms. The most superior trumps the card of â€œmasterâ€ regardless of which floor it occupies.
IMO, â€œofficeâ€ is preferable over â€œdenâ€ and â€œbonusâ€ often indicates a larger room used as a game, play or theater room. Bonus rooms are often found as FROGS (finished room over garage), in basements, in finished attics, or additions.
Office is more appropriate in todays world with the advent of the computer in every home. Many are working within the home - even if they have a brick & mortar to go to on a daily basis. The "den" is really the new great room or family room. At least it was when I was growing up.
Hang in there. There are more Nina's to come - once the word gets out - trulia will be really inundated with her type of postings... Remember to breath!
I have seen Den/Office. or Computer room
I do not care for the term Bonus room. to close to bogus.
I have had a few house like that.
What I do is create two MLS listings.
One for a 5 bedroom.
The second for a 4bed plus a den.
I look at the MLS as a big search engine I do not want to miss all those people who are looking for a 5 bedroom
Yes it is legal.
Thank you very much for your opinion.
I decided to be selfish and post the following here to hopefully get more people responding to my actual question above. So please excuse the tangent.
I addressed the Nina thing in this post: http://www.trulia.com/voices/Using_Trulia/What_constitutes_s
Please read it and give your input there as you are NOT one of the Realtors that I am referring to.
I believe Patrick may have read it because he deleted an inappropriate question just after I posted it.
Hmmm, does everyone agree on the definition of a Master Bedroom has having a private bathroom? Or is that a California thing? In our MLSs they have Master Bedroom listed instead of bedroom #1 for all homes. They also have a yes or no section for Master Bedroom Bath. Do some MLSs have that yes or no as to whether it has a Master Bedroom implying a bath and have the first bedroom listed as #1?
Sorry, Ute. I'm I being snippy? I must not have slept very well worrying about the house not selling.
Thank you for answering, I really appreciate it.
What's much more important in my experience is that the master bedroom is on the main floor. I also believe that a 4 bedroom house with a den or bonus room is generally more desirable than a 5 bedroom house.