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What does 1.2 bathrooms mean: Decoding real estate data

May 02, 2017

"What does 1.2 bathrooms mean?" It's one of the most common questions our agents are asked by potential buyers each day. People assume that they know what a home with 1.5 or 2.5 bathrooms means, but numbers like 1.2 and 2.3 throw them for a loop.


But the truth is that 1.5 baths doesn't mean that a home has one full bathroom and one half bathroom - code for a room featuring just a toilet and sink. You've had it wrong all this time!


The proper way to read a listing's bathroom count is like this: The first digit represents the number of full bathrooms - toilet, sink, shower and/or tub, while the second digit represents the total number of half bathrooms in the home.


A home with 1.2 baths actually has three bathrooms; one full and two partial. A home with 2.3 then has five bathrooms; two full and three partial. Therefor a home with 1.5 bathrooms actually has a whopping six bathrooms; one full plus five partial baths scattered about.


Chances are, you haven't actually been seeing listings boasting that 1.5 or 2.5 figure. You've likely just been saying 1.5 baths as a shorthand that you and your homebuying partner made up along the way. Think we're just making this up? Go take a look at some listings, and you'll see the truth was right there in front of you all along.


BAM! Instant real estate knowledge.

Learn more about what a first time home buyer should know here.

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