Real estate listings can be deceiving. With photography tricks, creative wording, and advertising ploys, you can easily be drawn to homes that are not what they seem. You may read an advertisement about a “cozy country villa”, and think it sounds romantic. When you get there to look at it, it may be a small shack in the woods. When something is listed as “old world charm”, it may mean run down or outdated. Additionally, did you know that if you place the camera in the upper corner of the room it makes it look up to thirty percent larger. These are all common practices in the real estate game. There is one other term you need to be very aware of, “original”. This can be good or very bad. If the home you are looking at is only a couple of years old, this is not a scary term. However, if the house is over ten, twenty, or even fifty years old, this can be a red flag for sure. Older homes that have original hardwood floors that have been refinished can be a dream but original windows are a different story. Even with modern technology windows are not meant to last longer than ten to fifteen years. The argon gas that is between the double panes is not meant to hold their energy ratings much longer than that. The same can be said for the HVAC system in a home. Anything under ten years old should be fine but if you are looking at home that has a furnace or boiler that is twenty plus years old, you may want to take the cost of replacement into account when making an offer. This is not to say that the system doesn’t work, but, you may want a system that is more fuel efficient in order to save on energy bills.