No more ‘Master’ Bedrooms or Baths in Houston: Realty Association

The term “master” is officially canceled when it comes to describing bedrooms and bathrooms … at least when you’re searching for a home in Houston.

The Houston Association of Realtors is no longer using the word “master” to hype bedrooms and bathrooms on its Multiple Listing Service … instead, the realtors are going with the word “primary.”

The change in terminology, which happened quietly earlier this month, is already in place on HAR’s property listing database … and it came after several members demanded a review of the language, which some believe carries connotations to slavery.

According to HAR, the change has been raised and considered for several years … and they are finally pulling the plug on “master.” It’s worth noting … Houston has one of the nation’s highest African-American populations.

Don’t celebrate or scream into the void just yet … HAR says the change is merely a suggestion, and does not constitute a ban of the term “master.”

Other “masters” are already on the way out … like the Court of Master Sommeliers, which says it will no longer use the word “master” before a wine sommelier’s last name.

And, it begs the question, what’s next on the chopping block?!?

There’s The Masters golf tournament, Oprah‘s Master Class and Master’s degrees to name a few.


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