Toilet in living roomThere is often confusion about counting bathrooms in RMLS.  Standard convention says that two full and one half bath would be 2.5 baths.  That’s pretty clear until you have two full and two half baths.  Now we have a problem.  .5 + .5 = 1 added two two full equals 3 baths.  But we just established there are two full baths and two half baths, not three full.  What now?

Realtor-speak says we have 2.2 baths.  The number before the decimal is the number of full baths and the number after is the number of half baths.  When you’re looking at RMLS listings, the vast majority will follow this system.  Some agents will still call 2 and a half baths 2.5 but it’s usually pretty easy to pick up on since we don’t see five half baths very often if there are only two full.

I know at least one of you out there is thinking, “what about the house with 11 half baths?”  I have no idea whether RMLS will let us go to .11 but it’s a problem I’ll be more than happy to report back on when I have first hand experience taking that listing!