Last Updated on March 27, 2024

What is an Amenity in Real Estate? | Real Estate Definition

By Alan F Macdonald

What is an Amenity in Real Estate? | Real Estate Definition

What Are Amenities in Real Estate?

On the MLS system, amenities are additional items of interest that may make a property more desirable. They are indicated on a real estate listing and are often abbreviated. Because so many items have been added to the list recently, the Edmonton Real Estate Board has changed the field to be called amenities/features.

Real Estate Agent Explains Amenities

Anything actually on or included in the property could be an amenity. Things that are not located on the property would instead usually fall under site influences.

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    Amenity MLS® Abbreviation
    Air Conditioning – Central ACCEN
    Full Air Conditioned ACFUL
    Part. Air Conditioned ACPRT
    Window Air Conditioned ACWIN
    Appliances Included APPIN
    Assisted Living ASTLV
    Balconies BALCO
    Beach Access BEACH
    Boating BOAT
    Cable TV Connection CABTV
    Club House CLUBH
    Car Wash CWASH
    Daycare Centre DAYCR
    Elevator Freight ELEVF
    Elevator Passenger ELEVP
    Exercise Room EXERC
    Fenced FENCE
    Fireplaces FIREP
    Private Fishing FISHN
    Gazebo GAZEB
    Guest Suite GUEST
    Handicap Access HCAP
    Handicap Interior Accessories HCAPI
    Intercom INTER
    Lake Privileges LAKEP
    Laundry Coin-Op LAUNC
    Laundry Common LAUNCM
    Laundry In-Suite LAUNS
    Laundry Same-Floor LAUSF
    None NONE
    Party Room PARTY
    Picnic Area PICNC
    Playground PLAYG
    Pool Indoor POOLI
    Pool Outdoor POOLO
    Private Park Access PPARK
    Parking Extra PRKEX
    Parking Plug-Ins PRKPG
    Parking – Visitor PRKVI
    Racquet Courts RACQT
    Recreation Room/Centre RECRM
    See Remarks REMKS
    R.V. Storage RVSTG
    Satellite TV Connection SATTV
    Sauna SAUNA
    Security Door SECDR
    Secured Parking SECPK
    Security Personnel SECPS
    Skating SKATE
    Social Rooms SOCAL
    Sauna/Swirlpool/Steam Room SSS
    Storage In-Suite STGIN
    Storage – Locker Room STGLK
    Swimming SWIM
    Swirlpool Bath (Jacuzzi) SWIRL
    Tennis Courts TENCT
    Tobogganing TOBOG
    Workshop WRKSP

    Of course there may be other items that are of importance, but the above amenities are those that the Edmonton Real Estate Board has included in searchable MLS field. And they have a lot of what would be important included. Many of these items are included because they would be important in a condominium. That is, a condominium may have a security guard or racquet courts that the owners may use. Of course some private residences have racquet courts, too – it’s just rare this side of Graceland.

    Why Does It Matter?

    Amenities can make a huge difference in the ability to sell a property; they’re also important considerations for most buyers. For example, if you are looking for a condo, but you just absolutely want in-suite-laundry, there may be no point in looking at properties that do not have this arrangement. By the same token, to attract buyers who want this amenity, a listing real estate agent would surely want to mention it. And just mentioning it in a description may not be adequate. Amenities can be searched in the MLS system by a buyer’s agent so that all searches either include or exclude this particular amenity.

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