Exact meaning of TLC in real estate listings?

Asked by Take Zorr, Outside U.S. Sat Jan 29, 2011

It is certain TLC=Tender Loving Care but what does that phrase mean exactly. What level of R&R (remodeling & renovation) are we talking about here

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Jan 30, 2011
This is generally a term that is used to indicate the home is in need of updating or repair. This is a term that exists only in the mind of the realtor using it and therefore impossible to place an exact meaning on.

The level of R&R will generally be determined by the new owner. My recommendation when encountering this kind of situation is to contact the listing agent for a clarification. They would best be able to respond.

Good luck,

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Janet Nation,…, Agent, Baldwin, NY
Sat Mar 10, 2012
It's a polite and professional way of not insulting the seller.
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Kevin Richey, Agent, St George, UT
Thu Jun 12, 2014
It looks like this question was asked a few years ago, but the answer is still the same.
TLC is a term that can mean just a little clean up, and range all the way up to a total renovation. The exact acronym is Tender Loving Care. As several agents have mentioned, the term is just a heads up that it is not move in ready.
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Akbar Siddiq…, Agent, Ontario, CA
Thu Jun 12, 2014
Depending how the listing agent phrase - it may vary. Generally it means Tender Loving Care means some minor repair or remodeling are required. The best thing in this case is to judge it by seeing the property.
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Kiamazulu M.…, Agent, Bronx, NY
Sat Mar 10, 2012
This term is commonly used in Real Estate business; And Literally means:Tender Loving Care. In another word, means that the the house, Condo, or the Co-op that suppose to be purchased needs some repairs, remodeling, or renovation. If you need further information feel free to call or to e-mail me. Below is my contact information.

Kiamazulu M. Ferreira
Pantiga Group Inc.
Web Reference: http://www.pantigagroup.com
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Alan Wells, Agent, Lebanon, PA
Sun Jan 30, 2011
TLC is in the mind of the listing agent. One man's TLC is another's Handyman's Special. Overall it just means that you are not going to find an updated move in ready house. If you can do this type of work there are some good home that need TLC. All you can do is go take a look.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Sat Jan 29, 2011
Till you are on property undetermined how much work is required. However GREAT listing agent put TLC therefore no surprises

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Gary Geer, Agent, Antioch, IL
Sat Jan 29, 2011
"TLC" usually means that this proerpty needs some repairs. It's a way of letting potential buyers and agents know that the property has some issues.
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Pat & Steve…, Agent, Westlake, OH
Sat Jan 29, 2011
Personally, I don't use TLC in our listings, because it has no exact meaning. We post our Property Disclosure on-line, so agents can download the Disclosure & note any defects in the home when the agent & buyer view the home. We post a lot of pictures on-line, as well. So, it is evident from the pictures as to whether the home needs updating.
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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Sat Jan 29, 2011
It's a lower level of fixer; it should be interpreted as meaning: you can live in it while you refresh it. We also use the term for a "cosmetic" fixer, which is funny because the "cosmetics" are usually more expensive than structural problems. Then, again, few homes with structural problems are cosmetically updated . . .

All the best,
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