Funny thing about Real Estate

Contributed by Duncan Fremlin

When the editor of this fine publication informed me that this issue would feature humour, my big ears perked up and I sat down to write about some of the funniest incidents I’ve encountered selling real estate these past 26 years.  Turns out, I drew a blank. Well, almost a blank.

After 20 minutes of serious thinking, I was exhausted and required a nap and sadly, I had thought of only one funny incident fit for print.  It didn’t even involve a Realtor.  It was a simple story about the home inspector with a rather large untraditional shape who found himself stuck in the attic opening.  That was definitely funny.  But what was even funnier was the pleading in his voice when he realized he needed me and the client to each grab a leg and pull him out.  Our only other option was to crawl in through the attic window to jump up and down on his head until he popped free.  After much discussion, we concluded that wasn’t likely going to happen.  Our options were limited.  911 was a last resort.

It turns out, much to my surprise, that I don’t find my profession all that funny.  Perhaps doctors,  lawyers and priests don’t think their occupations are all that humorous either, although they often get picked on by the jokesters out there.  Sometimes I’ll see an agent with a funny hat and I might chuckle at that but there are some things that don’t inspire humour and buying and selling houses is apparently one of them.

I tried reaching out to social media to help me with this.  I pleaded with my associates on the company Facebook page to share their funny stories.  Guess what?  There was only one.  The agent was on an open house tour, walking and talking on her phone (multitasking).  She inadvertently, and quite understandably, followed someone who resembled an agent into what she thought was the open house. Mmmm… apparently the house was that person’s residence, which as it turns out was not for sale and would not likely ever be (the agent had to ask!).  That’s as funny as it gets.  Sad I know.
I am pleased however to have given this subject more thought than it probably deserves.  I’ve concluded that I’m more sensitive to the public’s opinion of my profession than I originally thought and most certainly would resent Realtor jokes should they become as common and popular as lawyer jokes.  Therefore, from now on, I swear, I will never tell another lawyer joke.
Duncan Fremlin is a Real Estate Broker in Toronto and can be reached
duncan@morethanahome.ca

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