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Decoded: What Brokers Mean When They Talk About "Starter"s

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Welcome to The Brokerbabble Glossary, where we take a word or a turn of phrase that seems to show up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. Today's word, in honor of Rookie Roosts Week: "starter."

Right now, the word "starter" shows up in 335 Los Angeles County Redfin listings, almost always between "great" and "home" (which is then often followed by "or investment property"). There's no exact definition of a starter home--it means something a little different to almost everyone--but it's commonly accepted as a house or condo that's relatively inexpensive, relatively turnkey, and relatively uncomplicated. Brokers, naturally, have radically different ideas. Take the listing for this townhouse in Manhattan Beach--it's the perfect starter home for just $1.07 million. This is the exact situation the Che Guevara t-shirt was invented for.

This listing for a condo in Inglewood shows exactly how great a starter home it is--so great that someone has already started living there.

Get started learning all about the labyrinthine retrospective permitting process with this "great starter home" in Pomona.

Finally, a listing that uses "starter" literally. Here in the Hollywood Hills are the germinations of a house to get you going, but you are going to have to cultivate and develop and grow it into an actual, full home.
· Rookie Roosts Week 2012 [Curbed LA]