When TLC means a major renovation

New York /
Sep.September 07, 2010 12:00 AM

September 07, 2010 02:45PM

Madeline Williamson of Elliman

The phrase “needs TLC” — as in, tender loving care — is increasingly being used by real estate brokers to describe a property that needs repairs or renovations. The New York Times visited several apartments described by brokers as needing TLC and discovered that this phrase can mean different things to different people. “It’s a question of how someone wants to live,” explained Madeline Williamson, a broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman. Williamson included the words “needs a good dose of TLC” in a $1.1 million listing for a townhouse in Brooklyn Heights. The musty home, with a “not horrible” kitchen, old bathrooms and worn carpets could use about $100,000 to $200,000 worth of renovations, she said. “TLC means that you love it as it is now and love it even more when you get it the way you want it,” Williamson added. “It’s a softer way of saying it needs a major renovation.” [NYT]

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