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Decoded: The Nation's Most 'Intricate' Listings

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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? Send them to the tipline.

Intricate, in broker-speak, most often means "not completely standard" or "slightly more complex than a completely flat piece of wood." It's just like those brokers, really, to take a word that is basically the most extreme version of what they're trying to describe and use it ad nauseum. Take the above listing, for example. It's a little difficult to make out, but the molding consists of three ridges of descending protuberance. Is it nice? Sure, maybe, if you're some kind of molding connoisseur. Is it intricate? No; it's three ridges of descending protuberance. Something intricate should require more than five words to describe it.

Intricate means "having many interrelated parts or facets; entangled or involved" according to the dictionary, and they should probably know. So, this inlay. It's a nice inlay. Don't get us wrong. We should all be so lucky as to have such a fine inlay in our dining room floors. But it's not exactly entangled. It's three straight lines, you know? It's not terribly difficult to figure out how they did it. Step up your adjective game, brokers.

Again with the molding (sorry, millwork.) Well, our complements to the millworkers.

This one may be overstating its case just a little bit.
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