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Why I Want to be Reincarnated as an Estate Agent

Me, as an estate agent

“Trust me, you’ll love your neighbours. Once the screaming from the basement stops at 3am.”

I don’t really have strong beliefs about reincarnation either way, but today I’m going to take the stance that I do believe, and on this proviso, I dearly hope that in my next whirlwind trip of this green and blue flying rock, I come back as an estate agent.

As a long-term renter, I have had my fair share of experience in dealing with these beings and the time has come upon me to move from my single glazed, mould infested hamster cage. You may be wondering why one of such refinement as I would choose to live in such shabby lodgings, well, when you’ve just 2 days (long story short – life and a cruel twist of landlord greed got in the way) before you and your 60+ pairs of shoes are left begging for heel repairs and wine in the gutter, you tend to lower your standards like a whore does her knickers. Anyway, I’ve served my time and am searching for pastures warmer and less damaging to my shins, and so I must do battle once more with estate agents.

I know of no other profession that conjures up such passionate hatred and disdain in all I speak to than that of the agent of homes. Even the traffic warden and debt collectors get some allowance for “just doing their job”, but the estate agent is a whole other level of pond slime. They stand between you and the basic luxury of a roof over your head and all they demand in return for access to said roof is unfettered access to your pocket book, your first born and both kidneys. There is no way around them, no reasoning nor bargaining chip that you can wield in your defence. If you want to live within four walls, you must suffer at their greasy paws.

Some of you may be wondering why I do not simply buy a house and stay there until I rot into the carpet. I would dearly love to, but first I need someone disgustingly rich to fall in love with me and then kindly die. Pending such fortuitous events, I’m stuck in a level of Hell reserved for those affluent enough to afford food yet not affluent enough to own the larder to keep it in.

Based on my utter urine-boiling contempt for all estate agents, why then, would I like to come back as one in my hypothetical next life? As ever (I wouldn’t be me if I kept it to myself, would I?!) I shall tell you.

Imagine, all day you use creative language such as “cosy” (large enough to accommodate a mouse dropping), “needs a little cosmetic work” (don’t sneeze, the paint will fall off the walls) and “great transport links” (directly beneath a flight path) and people can’t argue with you. Well, they can try, but one of the key benefits to being an estate agent is that your ears are completely deaf to any and all protestations or declarations of need. In your head, all you hear is the sound of a particularly musical till kerchinging like a monetary orchestra.

Imagine, you’ve been told that someone needs to live in location X and they can only afford to spend amount Y. You have a property that has been languishing on your books for aeons that is 15 miles east of X, costs £300.00 per calendar month more than Y and isn’t actually available until 2 months after the crucial move date. This is what is known, in estate agent circles, as “the perfect property” and “must be seen” (at a time that fits round your social life and Eastenders). Little matter that the prospective customer is showing signs of hesitancy because you, as an estate agent, have an arsenal of mysterious “other people” who are perpetually interested in the place and if your target isn’t quick, they will be left with no other option than to rent a box from a tramp under London Bridge, sharing with a rabid pigeon who holds all night sex parties.

Are they still not interested in the place? Don’t worry, as an estate agent, your creative language is matched only by your half-arsed tenacity, so just keep inviting them to view other wildly inappropriate properties, using the pin-in-pile-of-dog-egg selection method, until they break and come sobbing to you to take the first place, just to make the intrusive 07:00 am calls and poorly written spam e-mails end.

It is one of the universe’s great mysteries that in spite of the urgent goading to put down a deposit on a urine-stained matchbox with windows, owing to the fact there’s “not much about at the moment”, all estate agents seem to scratch enough of a living from the housing market to have the latest road hogging, trollop snaring automobile, the cream-of-the-crop penthouse party pad and a designer wardrobe that would make Victoria Beckham weep into her celery stick. Not much about? Mysterious indeed.

I have to admit, not all estate agents are lying devious turds. I have in fact found one honest man who I believe is the exception that proves the rule. Before showing me my current abode, he declared that he didn’t want me to see it as it was basically a hamster cage with cellophane windows. On another showing, a couple meekly asked how much the landlord was asking and this particular letting agent roared with laughter, declaring that he couldn’t keep a straight face while uttering the overinflated figures. This, is a man who calls a squalid poxy hovel a squalid poxy hovel. With off-road parking.

So, having fooled a desperate mug client into putting down a deposit on their dream flea infested (“great for nature lovers”) wallpapered gusset of a home, you, the estate agent then get to reap your reward, and what a reward it is. For all the hard work and effort you put in (driving to a house, opening the door, vomiting superlatives all over the worn carpets (“rustic charm”) and filling in a form), you get to delve into the bank account of your victim client and pilfer several hundreds/thousands of their hard earned pounds, nabbing a liver and a soul or two while you’re at it.

So yes, in my next life I want to come back as an estate agent. For the princely sum of a huge wage, you get to live a moral-free life full of nice clothes, fast cars and luxury home ownership, and all in exchange for opening a few front doors and talking a load of old toot.  After that I’m going to get promoted to a cockroach.

About prettyfeetpoptoe

I live in London and have both my own legs so I am fortunate enough to get out and about on occasion. I form many views on the things that I see and do and love nothing better than a session of linguistic gymnastics in order to share these views.

19 responses »

  1. Odd, the last time my daughter looked for a flat in London, she too was desperate enough to consider that box under London Bridge. Seems it’s a popular spot for the nearly to-be-thrown- out -on-the-street! At least she doesn’t have 60 pairs of shoes…Very funny post!

  2. eremophila

    They are the same the world over…..

  3. Hmm a real estate company here is hiring for a “marketing” assistant – this article is making that job look very appealing! I can use euphemisms – my grandparents told me to be both honest and polite, so there you go.

  4. Why wait for the next life, your future waits dead ahead. Lying and exaggeration are an art form you must master, start with a job at a used car dealership. When you’ve risen to the top, you’re ready for your career as an estate agent – no lie!

  5. Even though you have sold it exceptionally well (good for your next life!) my horrendous former housemate is studying to become a real estate agent, and I can’t bear the thought of crossing paths with her ever again.

    Although, come now I think of it, how ironically awful would it be if she sold me my first house?

  6. Beleaguered Pop-Toe! I just can’t see this turning of the karmic wheel. You’ve already mastered the arts of hyperbole and urine-boiling.

  7. Wonder how you write these without swearing…but on second thought yours are way better than swear words…hope you don’t mind me using them in my vocab……
    ps-btw how the hell did you come up with ‘rabid pigeon’ ?… couldn’t stop laughin!

    • I have to admit, topics such as this really test my ability to keep it clean. Fortunately I can vent on my disgustingly profanity riddled Twitter account.

      As for how I came up with “rabid pigeon”, my imagination is a terrifying place.

  8. Wait. So no more PFPT Towers? Because you cannot very well name any building that contains your new flat “PFPT Towers.” That would be like building another spindly iron tower in Paris and calling it Eiffel. It simply is not done.

    • Just like they say “home is where the heart is”, PFPT Towers is where I drink copious amounts of wine and type acerbically on my laptop. This will be my 3rd incarnation of PFPT Towers, sorry to shatter the illusion.

  9. I’m beginning to think you should be called “The Voice for the Nation”. Either that, or you need to get the hell out of my head and stop nicking all my thoughts and attitudes! 😉

    • Every so often I think it would be nice to have a hearty debate with someone who disagrees with one of my posts, then I remember I’m 100% right about absolutely everything and that would never happen and I laugh myself into a cocktail bar.

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