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Decoded: The Most 'Gracious' of Apartment Listings

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Welcome back 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: Gracious.

As opposed to our first two entries in The Brokerbabble Glossary, "gracious" is sort of hard to define—the actually definition of the word is "characterized by good taste, comfort, ease, or luxury," and that's pretty broad. Anything could be gracious. Take the above picture. Who are we to say that gallery isn't gracious? You know the old expression: One man's "gracious gallery" is another man's "regular hallway." It's a difficult word to truly use incorrectly is basically what we're saying. But do the brokers still manage?

Out of the 1,247 listings on Streeteasy containing the word "gracious," approximately one million of them include the words "entry foyer" right after. Questions number 1-17 on the Broker License Test are "How would you describe this entry foyer?" and if you don't answer "Gracious!" all the other brokers form a circle around you and slowly close in, chanting "Location, Location..." in deep, sinister voices, and you're never seen or heard from again.

This floor plan is so gracious that if it won an Oscar it would acknowledge all its fellow nominees and dedicate the award to its mother. But seriously, can anyone think of a single reason to describe this floor plan as gracious? It's almost like the word was picked out of a hat.

Looks like Walt "Clyde" Frazier has been moonlighting as a broker.
?Jeremiah Budin
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