Even if you’re a pro at spotting real estate code words in listings of homes for sale, it’s not always easy to sift the fact from the fiction. Not every real estate listing tries to inflate a home’s potential, but you’d be a rare house hunter if you’ve never experienced disappointment after discovering that a home’s online description doesn’t measure up in real life. Maybe the listing for a home for sale in Los Angeles, CA, boasts a “spacious lanai” that turns out to be a tiny Juliet balcony. Or maybe a home that was described as “historic” was actually stripped to the studs, leaving little old-fashioned charm.
But there’s a flip side too. As a buyer, you might be suspicious if a homeowner claims their property has a celebrity connection — but it happens! That’s why we created a quiz to test your real estate instincts.
Can you figure out which of the following real estate listings are for real and which ones are just too good to be true?
- Fact! This 5,138-square-foot home on Mummy Mountain in Paradise Valley, AZ, is listed for $3.935 million. See more photos of this home for sale: 7000 N. 57th Place, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
- Fact! Built in 1883, the historic home does mimic the family castle of Englishman Everett Pomeroy. Learn more: 106 7th St., Pacific Grove, CA 93950
- Fiction! The home pictured is actually located in Australia, not Alabama.
- Fact! You don’t have to travel to Tuscany for the look and feel of an Italian villa. This 4,200-square-foot home is listed for $2.8 million in Quincy, WA. See more photos: 342 Silica Road NW, Quincy, WA 98848
- Fact! If you’re looking for a piece of property with a rustic building on-site, this 4-acre plot of land includes an uninhabitable cabin from the 1900s. Learn more about this property for sale: Singlefoot Lane, Waynesville, NC 28786