Real Estate Short Forms Explained

Real Estate Short Forms Explained


ELF, GDO, W/IJackie Chan is confused too! ...Do real estate short forms look like another language? As agents, while writing up listings, we try our best to put as much information as possible on the listings, so that our clients get the best impression of the home. Sometimes, however, homes have so much to talk about, agents run out of room. 

Realtors have a series of short forms that are used, so that they can still explain all the great features of the properties. Unfortunately, sometimes those short forms get lost in translation. The Home Savvy Team has created a list of the most commonly used abbreviations, to help you make sense of these terms.




  • Reno’d- Renovated

  • ELF - electric light fixtures

  • B/I - built in

  • Bdrm - Bedroom

  • GDO - garage door opener

  • S/S - stainless steel

  • A/C - air conditioning

  • Exc - excluded

  • Bsmt - Basement

  • Maint- Maintenance (usually in reference to fees)

  • Bldg- Building

  • W/I - walk in

  • W/O - walk out

  • D.R. - Dining room

  • Pce- Piece

  • SqFt - Square foot

  • Hydr - Hydro

  • Hr V System - heat recovery ventilator (helps to keep your air fresh indoors, without opening a window)

  • R/I - Rough in

  • CLOCA - Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (there is likely protected land in this case)

  • WDW - Window

  • +1 - Rooms, usually bedrooms, that are below grade

  • Lbo - listing brokerage



Have you seen a short form that didn't make the list? Still confused? Let us know!





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