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Understanding the Ads

Information about available housing is distributed through a number of sources. The local housing authority can inform consumers of available public housing. Friends are often a good source of unbiased information. Some realty companies manage apartments and other rental property. Rental offices at private apartment complexes can provide information about available housing units. Some larger cities offer free tabloids at local variety stores and supermarkets detailing housing available for rent. The most common source of information about available housing is generally the classified ads of the local newspaper.

Advertisements in the classified section of the newspaper are not written in standard English. Instead they use abbreviations so that as much information can be given in the smallest amount of space. This saves money for the advertiser.

The ads below are samples of ones that might appear in the newspaper. Try your hand at decoding them. Here are some tips for understanding ads:

Sample Ads

West end, lg 6 rm unfurn apt, crpt, fplc in lr. Nr to schls, shpng, trans. Ref req. Call 123-4567 aft 6 pm.

Dplx, 2nd flr, 2br, mod eat-in kit, d/w, all elec., spac. Lr. Pvt pkg. No pets. Call 234-5678 for appt.

Furn 1br apt. Good nbhd. Pvt dr. off st pkg cen. Air, ww crpt, mod kit, lg lr with ocean vw. Adults, supt on prem. 1 yr lease and sec dep req. Call for appt 456-7890.

Downtown. Sngl fam 3 br hse for rent. Lg yd. Riv vw. Nr schls and shpng. Lr, din rm, mod kit, 2 ba. Fin bsmt. W/d hkup. Gar. Maybe opt to buy. Call Smith R.E. 123-5656

Stu apt. Lg clsts, beaut dec. Sep ent. New appls, wat. Incl., ww crpt, a/c, drps. $225/mo plus dep. Call 345-7799

Lux 2 br apt. Adults only. No pets. Hi rise w/lvly vw of cty. Hdwd flrs. Bkcses, wbfpl. priv. Undrgrnd prkg. Terr. Ref req. Avail June 1. Call age: 234-1212

Furn bsmt apt. Outdr entr. Kitchnt. Utils inc. Brk walls, ww crpt. Clean, safe. Owner lvs upstrs. Come to 155 Maple Str.

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