Welcome to The Brokerbabble Glossary. The concept: take a word or phrase that shows up in an unreasonable number of listings and decipher its true meaning. Ideas? Hit up the tipline.
Updated is one of those words that shows up in a ton of listings, and even though we all might suspect that it's not really being used in good faith, it's fairly difficult to disprove without before and after pictures. Making it even more difficult to disprove is the fact that many listings simply describe the property as "updated" without specifying which part, or parts, the word applies to. Are we to assume that every part has been updated? Probably not. Are we to choose a random aspect of the house and pretend that it's the "updated" part? Don't mind if we do. Hey, above listing, nice mottled glass window. It looks very new and very chic. Also, great photo. Well framed, good light, etc. Good job all around.
Isn't it interesting how "partially updated" and "partially demolished" can mean almost the exact same thing? This listing says the house needs "a little TLC" which is either an acronym for Tender Loving Care or a brand of kitchen appliances.
Not to be too pedantic, but you don't really update paint. Paint is not iTunes. "Hey, where you going?" "To the hardware store. I need to update my paint."