Welcome to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where we take a word or a turn of phrase that seems to show up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. If you have any ideas for us, send them to the tipline. Today's word: Abundant.
The word "abundant" is tossed around quite a lot in apartment listings. You could even say that it's used...abundantly. (So sorry.) A quick search of Streeteasy shows that the word "abundant" appears in 604 active or in contract listings. But what does it really mean? In order to understand that, let's start with a definition.
Courtesy of Dictionary.com:
There! Now we all know what it means.
The context in which the word "abundant" is most often used can be broken down into three main categories.
For some reason, far and away the most common usage of "abundant" is within the phrase "abundant closets." Brokers use the phrase "abundant closets" like we non-brokers use the phrase "I can't believe I trusted that broker." Maybe even more often than that. (In this context, closets are often alternately described as "storage space.")
What it really means: This apartment has closets.
By definition, few things are more abundant than sunlight. At least on this planet, sunlight has been present in great quantity for a number of years and will probably continue to be present for years to come, until, eventually, the earth hurtles into the sun and the human race is extinguished by an overabundance of sunlight. Why the brokers feel the need to claim responsibility for any of this is beyond us.
What it means: This apartment has windows.
3) Original Details
This just seems unnecessarily vague.
What it means: I haven't been yet, but I hear the apartment is quite nice.
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