The Real Deal New York

The jargon of real estate: How not to sound stupid

November 25, 2016 06:00PM

Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers

Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers

With fancy homes come fancy terms. You’re far more likely to hear words such as “dais,” “koi pond” and “porte cochère” when discussing a multimillion-dollar home than a humble rental. But these terms often trip up brokers and clients alike. When trying to appeal, as Mr. Basil Fawlty would, to a “better class of customer,” it’s important to get these terms right.

The Wall Street Journal has compiled a handy pronunciation guide for some of  these trickier terms. If used correctly, they can add cachet to a broker’s listing. Check them out here.