Friday Fictioneers — The Honest Estate Agent

Kitche picture prompt

When you do business with me, you’ll discover I’m the most honest estate agent in the world, which is why I don’t wear a suit and tie.

Sir, Madam, even though this house seems tranquil, it’s my duty to warn you about the poltergeist. Once upset, she bangs pots, hurls dishes around the kitchen, and turns on gas rings in the night, or worse.

You might think it impertinent of me to ask, Mr Johnston, but do you take your turn with cooking and washing up? If the answer is no, forget this house. The poltergeist will give you hell.


Friday Fictioneers: 100 word stories
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Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

34 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers — The Honest Estate Agent”

    1. Would you believe it, I’ve actually met one who is straight down the line. He does no sales talk and is quite honest about the flaws in his properties. As a consequence, people trust him and he gets lots of business.

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    1. I’m glad it made you smile, Kate, as implausible as an honest estate agent might seem. My son has applied, without success, for a few trainee estate agent jobs but I guess they decided he wasn’t full of the required blague/blag! That being said, the estate agent who dealt with our house purchase was great and not a smoothie at all, so there are gems out there.


      1. I guess what I find difficult isn’t really the positive spin, that’s understandable, but the ambiguity over the process and what’s going on.

        Also, the contract I’ve just signed was completely devoid of commas, which just did not work.

        I hope your son has luck becoming one of those gems.

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      2. That contract thing is more to do with property law and regulations. My husband used to be a lawyer. Even though he turned his back on the profession more than a decade ago, he still has an aversion to commas. He says that if things are ambiguous, there’s still room for argument (i.e. an excuse for lawyers to earn extra money!). I think my son has gone off becoming an estate agent and is looking for something that suits his introvert personality.


    1. Absolutely, so husbands be warned that when a woman starts banging pots and throwing things around when still alive, she’s practicing for the afterlife! Even heavy sighs or pregnant silences could be seen as a prelude to poltergeist activity.


    1. Dear Rochelle
      Thank you. It definitely is a woman’s poltergeist. I’m noting with particular interest, the notable lack of comments from male readers this week, apart from a few brave souls!
      All best wishes


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