Real estate listings can be incredibly deceiving. With photography tricks, creative wording, and advertising ploys, you can most certainly be drawn to homes that are not what they seem. You may accidentally study an advertisement about a “cozy country villa”, and suppose it sounds loving. When you actually get there to look at it, it may be a small shack in the woods. Whenever something is listed as “old world charm”, it actually may mean run down or old. Additionally, did you suppose that if you position the camera in the upper corner of the room it makes it look up to thirty percent larger via angles. These are all official practices in the real estate game. There is one other major term you need to be absolutely aware of, “original”. This can be truly fantastic or absolutely bad. If the home you are looking at is really only a couple of years old, this is not a frightening term. However, if the beach house is anything over ten, twenty, or even fifty years old, this can be a red flag for sure. Older homes these days that have original hardwood floors that have been refinished can be a dream however the same thing cannot be said for windows – original windows are a unusual story. Even with new technology windows are really not meant to last longer than several to fifteen years. The special argon gas that is between the double panes is not meant to hold their continued energy ratings much longer than that. The same can be said for the central HVAC system in a home. Anything under several years old should be truly fantastic however if you are looking at home that has a oil furnace or boiler that is well over twenty plus years old, you may want to take the cost of updatement into account whenever you’re making an offer. This is not to say that the system doesn’t work, but, you may still want a system that is more fuel efficient in order to save on utility bills.