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UK House Hunting 101, Lesson 3: Glossary

When searching for a place to live in the UK, you may find yourself somewhat baffled by the terminology used in listings. “DDS”? “GCH”? “Grade II listed”? Never fear, that’s what this glossary is for! I have conveniently listed British-isms and house-hunting terms below, in alphabetical order, for your use in decoding house listings.

Did I miss any? What terms confound you when reading property listings from the UK? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll do my best to include them here.

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UK House Hunting 101, Lesson 2: Room by Room

Cultural expectations differ when it comes to housing, and this can sometimes cause confusion when you’re looking for a place to live. For Americans looking for a place to live in the UK, it might not necessarily cause confusion, but it can certainly lead to some unrealistic expectations. In this post, I will talk about each room in a British home and what may be different from the same room in an American home.

I have been having a hard time finding photos of the rooms I’m talking about below. But you can always try looking through some listings on an online housing website to see what I’m talking about. My favorites are rightmove.co.uk and zoopla.co.uk. Or, if you’re into upscale London properties, you might enjoy foxtons.co.uk.

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UK House Hunting 101, Lesson 1: Property Types

If you’ve ever tried to find a place to live in another country, you know how confusing it can all be. Real estate tends to have its own vocabulary, including lots of abbreviations, acronyms, and country-/government-specific terms. Even if you’re pretty good with the terminology in your own country, trying to decipher listings and understand pricing schemes in another place may take a lot of practice.

So today I present the first in a series of articles on house-hunting in the UK. Today’s lesson: types of properties.

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