rants and raves about realtor lingo

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Submitted by eccen in esc on May 20, 2007 - 7:56pm

Does anyone else have a problem with the term "starter home". I find it insulting and wish agents would stop using it. It implies you are young, poor, or just starting out. I have owned and sold many homes and am practically a retiree but my budget is low so my price range is "starter homes". It's even insulting for first time buyers so cut it out please. Thanks

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 20, 2007 - 8:22pm.

We didnt invent anymore than the term Kleenex. Its part of the lexicon of life. Get over it.

Submitted by eccen in esc on May 21, 2007 - 9:27am.

eccen in esc
ok, sdrealtor, I'm over it but I bet you don't use that term or any other cheesy cliches in your listings. Thanks for all your enlightening posts on all subjects. Your input is hopefully helping me save a lot of money and maybe I can eventually get out of the "starter home" category. I am addicted to the intelligence and insight of this website.

Submitted by drunkle on May 21, 2007 - 9:52am.

it's funny when the term 'starter home' is attached to some 400k 2/1 ghetto turd...

since you want to 'get out of the starter home category', i'm assuming the intended effect worked. that is, to motivate you to want to buy more house than you need.

Submitted by sdrealtor on May 21, 2007 - 9:52am.

No problem and I didnt mean to be rough on you. Had a rough weekend. I'm sure to are more than a little frustrated at this mess we call a housing market out here. I hope things get better for you and for anyone else pursuing their home ownership dreams without a desire to board a train to financial ruins.

This really is a wonderful website.

Submitted by eccen in esc on May 21, 2007 - 10:22am.

eccen in esc

If these Piggingtonians are correct, and I believe they are, I should be able to buy something decent in a couple of years.

Submitted by NotCranky on May 21, 2007 - 10:29am.

Yours truly has never owned anything more than a "starter car" I can buy any car I want and I am proud of my history of car ownership . Why would it be any different with a house?I mean other than the fact that we live in a material things equal status kind of a world? The term starter home bothers me in that it describes nothing.What is a starter home for mechanic? For a young doctor or lawyer? As Drunkle points out the term assumes that you must be dissatified there until you get the move up home and that you are a failure if you get stuck there.Maybe the most affordable houses in any neighborhood should be called houses for the smart and frugal?
Best wishes

Submitted by eccen in esc on May 21, 2007 - 10:36am.

eccen in esc

Like most cliches, someone just started "starter home" and others just copied it. I've never read more copycat cliches than on real estate listings. It's really quite hilarious. But I still think "starter home" is insulting. Peace

Submitted by NotCranky on May 21, 2007 - 10:50am.

But I still think "starter home" is insulting

I agree. For me it is insulting in that it is potentially manipulative not in what it may or may not describe. Thanks for bringing it up.

Submitted by Enorah on May 21, 2007 - 11:10am.

"Pride of Ownership" also feels insulting to me

Right, I rent, therefore I have no pride

Pictures of properties for sale that have been photo shopped or obviously enhanced in other ways

Both feel manipulative to me

Submitted by recordsclerk on May 21, 2007 - 11:20am.

"starter home" is a marketing ploy. It makes you feel better in your purchase, because it leads you to believe that someday you can buy something more. It's sad because I think it actually makes you feel worse. Starter homes in San Diego go for the same price as "move up" homes in other regions. Since "starter homes" refers to being young, stay young forever and forget about it. Only you can make yourself angry, so stay on the bright side. I'm in my 30's and still have a "starter income/job" but I'm not letting that keep me down. I live in a starter home and someday will move into a "move up McMansion".

Submitted by Bugs on May 21, 2007 - 12:10pm.

You guys need to filter all that stuff out. It's pretty meaningless anyway. The overuse of superlatives has only one function - to maneuver you into a buying mode by appealing to your emotions.

If you're going to get emotional about your home purchase - and there's nothing wrong with that - then you should allow yourself to do it on your own based on what you see and without outside influence.

Having looked at tens of thousands fo MLS listings over the years, I can tell you that you can learn most everything you need to know about a listing within 10 seconds or so. Sometimes less.

Submitted by eccen in esc on May 21, 2007 - 12:19pm.

You're right bugs. And a picture is worth a thousand words so let's see more photos and not of the kid's messy room and furniture. ha ha

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