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What is the meaning of the word Realty?

Realty is an industry term which most accurately describes the services rendered by real estate agents, property managers and brokerages related to the purchase, sale, leasing and managing of real estate. As a word, it most likely originated from the term real property (or real estate), taking the ‘real’ and adding the -‘ty’ from ‘property’.

Real Estate Agent Explains Realty

The word realty may have originally meant real property, but currently is used much more often as a replacement for the term ‘real estate services’ because it’s a short, quick way to describe a company, but it is not really used anywhere else. It may still be defined online as a synonym for real property, but I have never actually seen it used to that effect. It is almost always associated with a company name or a description of the services that company provides.

Why Does It Matter?

I think the word realty will continue to be used more often to describe services and the companies that provide those services and rarely to describe property itself. So far, its most recent meaning is understood by the public, but a new official definition has, as of yet, not been written.


by +Alan F Macdonald REALTOR® | Copyright © –


Alan F Macdonald

Author Alan F Macdonald

Alan F Macdonald is a real estate agent with Maxwell Challenge Realty in Edmonton, Alberta.

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