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Selling a Washington DC Home: Phasing Out the Term "Master Suite"

Homeowners selling a Washington DC home, as well as new home builders, are phasing out the term “master suite.”

According to The Washington Business Journal “master” bedroom or “master” suite is being replaced with “owner’s suite” or “owner’s bedroom.” This is due to an increased sensitivity to gender and race-related language used in our daily lexicon when selling a Washington DC home.

Winchester, Pulte Homes, NV Homes and Ryan Homes (both under the NVR Inc. umbrella), Van Metre Cos. and D.R. Horton Inc. have all replaced the term “master” in their floor plans.

The wording change has trickled down to the resale market, where “Owner’s Suite” is sometimes used in higher-end listings when selling a Washington DC home. And that is an apt description, when the usual “Owner’s Suite” contains a large bedroom, sitting area, enormous walk-in closets, and lavish bathroom.

Still, many Realtors are conflicted about using the new terminology, because it is not familiar to many homeowners who are selling a Washington DC home. However, with time, it’s believed that the term “master” will be phased out completely.

Want more information on how selling a Washington DC home? Contact Michelle Buckman, who will help you showcase your home’s best features to the right buyer. Specializing in real estate in Washington DC, real estate professional Michelle Buckman will help you in selling your Washington DC home.

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