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Photo: David Papazian (Shutterstock) Fans of TV shows featuring house-hunting, flipping, flopping, or home improvement may have noticed a new term popping up in more recent episodes: “primary bedroom.” It’s also slowly becoming the norm in real estate descriptions, and even if the term is unfamiliar at first, context clues will tell you that “primary bedroom” can—and, we argue, should —be used in place of “master bedroom.” Here’s why it’s time to make the switch. What is a primary bedroom? Simply put, the primary bedroom (previously known as the “master bedroom”) is the largest bedroom in a home, and often has its own attached bathroom. Sometimes, real estate listings refer to it as the “owner’s suite” or “owner’s retreat.” The use of the term “master bedroom” has been a topic of discussion in real estate and architectural circles for years . In June 2020, the Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) became the first industry group to stop using the term, and others—located in places like Toronto , Cincinnati , and northern Kentucky —have followed suit since. But there is not yet an industry-wide consensus. The National Association of Realtors has cited a 1995 memo from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development explaining that “master bedroom” was not discriminatory, and didn’t violate fair housing laws, the New York Times reports . What’s problematic about the term “master bedroom”? As far as the objections to the term “master bedroom,” the one that’s most frequently cited is the association of […]