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A fixture is something that used to be personal property, like a thing you can move around, but becomes part of the real estate when it's attached to the property in a way that makes it permanent.
Let's say you bought a fancy chandelier for your dining room. When you first got it, it was personal property. But when you installed it and attached it to the ceiling, it became a fixture because it's now permanently part of your house.
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A few more examples of fixtures in real estate:
Built-in appliances: Appliances like dishwashers, ovens, and built-in microwaves that are permanently installed in a home usually count as fixtures.
Wall-mounted shelves: If shelves are bolted to the walls in a permanent manner, they're considered fixtures.
Window treatments: Custom-made window treatments, like blinds, shades, or drapes that are attached to the window frames, often become fixtures.
Ceiling fans: Ceiling fans that are hardwired and mounted to the ceiling are considered fixtures, as they're not easily removable.
Built-in cabinets and bookcases: Cabinets or bookcases that are permanently attached to the walls or floors are fixtures.
Wall-to-wall carpeting: Carpeting that is installed and attached to the floor of a room is considered a fixture.
Central heating and cooling systems: HVAC systems, including furnaces, air conditioning units, and built-in humidifiers, are considered fixtures since they're permanently connected to the property.
These are just a few examples, but the key thing to remember is that if an item is permanently attached to the property in a way that removing it would cause damage, it's likely a fixture.
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In a house, oh what a sight,
Fixtures shining, oh so bright.
A chandelier that hangs with flair,
Window blinds that block the glare.
Built-in shelves upon the wall,
Kitchen cabinets standing tall.
A ceiling fan that whirls around,
Carpet hugging the floor, tightly bound.
These fixtures, yes, they're here to stay,
Real property, they won't sway.
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In real estate, they're meant to be!