Mission Viejo House for Sale – Bedroom and Bathroom Counts Demystified
By the Numbers – Mission Viejo House for Sale – Bedrooms and Bathroom Counts Demystified
In Orange County, Realtors have to specify the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in every Mission Viejo house for sale in the California Regional Multiple Listing Service (CRMLS.) And bedrooms have to be expressed in whole numbers. There is no such thing as a 3 ½ bedroom Mission Viejo house for sale. Bath rooms, on the other hand, come in four different sizes. Full, ¾, ½, and ¼.. And in the current system, Orange County Realtors are required to specify how many of each size bathroom their clients’ Mission Viejo house has. Even if that number is zero. Not to get too far into the weeds here, but many buyers have been misled by this information fueled by misinterpretation of the numbers. So here’s how the numbers work for Mission Viejo house for sale for bedroom and bathroom counts.
Number of Bedrooms – The instructions in the CRMSL system only specify that “bedrooms is required.” I get that. It’s nice to have a place to put your bed when you’re considering buying a house. What it doesn’t specify is if a bedroom is required to have a door, a window, or a closet. Which is why you may find a 4 bedroom house, only to see that the description reads something like this: “the 4th bedroom is currently being used as an office. Could easily be turned into a 4th bedroom.” This infuriates most buyers who are looking for a 4 bedroom house because they need 4 real bedrooms, not 3 bedrooms and a construction project. Buyers are often miffed when they go to look at the so called 4 bedroom house only to find out that the 4th bedroom is a loft without a window and a closet, which wasn’t mentioned in the fine print. It’s enough to be duped if you didn’t read the fine print closely enough, but another thing altogether when you use your valuable time to go physically look at a house that is really only 3 bedrooms and a construction project. I guess this is what you’d call “creative marketing” on the part of some Realtors and their clients.
Number of Bathrooms – The instructions in the CRMLS system do specify that “a full bathroom typically has four elements – a sink, a toilet, a bath tub and a shower head (either in the tub or a stall.) Three-quarter bath rooms typically have three elements – a sink, a toilet, and a shower. Half bathrooms typically have two elements – a sink and a toilet. And one quarter bath rooms typically have one element – a sink or a toilet.” So let’s break this down – Orange County style. A full bath is a bathroom that has all four elements – regardless if the shower is separate from the tub. Let me repeat that – by definition, a full bath is both a bathroom with a sink, a toilet, a tub and a separate shower AND a bathroom that has a sink, a toilet, and a bathtub with a shower head. A Three-quarter bathroom has a sink, a toilet, and a shower – just no bath tub. It might qualify as a three-quarter bath if it had a sink, a toilet, and a tub with no shower head. But the instructions don’t cover that scenario, so I’m winging it here. A half bath is a sink and a toilet – what most of us would call a Powder Room. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an ¼ bath – expect in a garage that had a urinal. That might actually count as an 1/8th bath room, as most females might find it difficult to use.
Why drag you through the weeds like this? To let you know that these numbers are subjective in some cases. And your Realtor tries her best to look for homes that match your criteria, but sometimes the numbers give the misleading information. Some people are insistent their Mission Viejo house have a bedroom with a door a window and a closet and a bathroom with a tub and a separate shower. And sometimes it’s difficult to tell from the numbers if that’s really the case.
I’m Leslie Eskildsen. Just keeping it real in Mission Viejo real estate.
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