If you are looking for a new home or apartment in Texas, you may notice a difference while the realtor/leasing agent is giving you a tour of your future home.

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The Houston Association of Realtors has come to the decision to discontinue using the term "master" when describing their main bedroom and bathroom, citing the term has racial undertones, according to Chron.com.

The decision when into effect on Monday (June 15th). Home listings will now be using the term "primary" when showing the main bedroom and bathroom and you will notice the change already on their website.

A statement has been released on the sudden change on the terminology:

It was not a new suggestion to review the terminology. The overarching message was that some members were concerned about how the terms might be perceived by some other agents and consumers. The consensus was that Primary describes the rooms equally as well as Master while avoiding any possible misperceptions.


The National Association of Realtors has also voiced their concern over the term and while they are looking into focusing on discrimination that still takes place in home purchases, they feel as if the term "master bedroom" isn't racially motivated or violates their rules and regulations.

I wonder if other cities in Texas will follow suit?

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