A stereotypical Estate Agent?

Print Friendly

I have always thought of myself as a non stereotypical and un-clichéd estate agent, but as I slip on my Barbour and Hunters every morning at 6am and trudge out in the dark with my two Labradors, I wonder if people think that I really do carry that very image.

Lately, I have found myself wearing comedy trousers and a tweed cap whilst shooting pheasants with my trusty gun dog at my side and I have to laugh at the image of the typical country estate agent that I have morphed into without even noticing it! Wasn’t I supposed to be that non stereotypical un-clichéd estate agent?

I admit that I have ditched the string of BMW’s that I have owned over the years and opted for an Audi, but now I hear that this is also a typical estate agent thing to do!

How many times have I knocked on a potential client’s door with a shiner of a black eye on a Monday morning and wondered if this is a stereotypical estate agent’s image? The stud marks across the face and stitches across the nose have, without fail, been a wonderful ice breaker on door steps, but an issue that one of my previous business partners had remained completely paranoid about! I found myself apologising for my looks and assuring the potential client that I had not been involved in a drunken brawl at the weekend, but I had actually being playing rugby. At this point, and without fail, I was welcomed over the threshold with open arms!

So are rugby players all stereotypical estate agent types and are estate agents stereotypical rugby types? I don’t think so, but as I stride out across the fields with my black Labrador and shotgun, I still wonder if I have morphed into that dreaded being.

The challenge that presents itself to any estate agent is the lack of knowledge of the character of the person who is going to open the front door as you stand on their doorstep, black eye or not, and the challenge of how you will be received during your one hour interview with that potential client. This is why an ice breaker is always a good start to any such meeting and I will always search for one if my fellow rugby combatants have not already unwittingly provided me with one.

So, rugby player or not, an agent’s day is never typical or mundane and, ideally, an estate agent should also not be stereotypical or mundane, and I still sincerely hope that I am neither of those things. The ability to change ones persona to match that of your potential client is a great asset and a good start to every potentially fairly involved transaction. I have equally enjoyed the company of a family-moneyed old gentleman and then a young self made millionaire in the space of a few hours and both have invariably become clients and friends.

So every estate agent’s day is a challenge and every door opening within that day is also a great challenge and a potentially exciting one to every keen estate agent, whether he or she is a stereotypical one or not!

Scott Wishart, Hill Clements, Guildford.

To view more about Hill Clements click here

The following two tabs change content below.
Hello ... I am the Creative Director and Website Editor for Silversurfers and manage all the social media too. I hope you find the features and articles we have shared with you of interest and relevance. Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts with us ... I hope you enjoy Silversurfers and all that we offer ...

Latest posts by Silversurfers Editor (see all)

Not a member?

Join the silversurfers community today! It's free, easy to do, and is packed full of features and amazing offers!

Join the community!
Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!

More Members Blogs

One Special Day Vintage Christmas card with snowman and Christmas decoration in the snow
This poignant poem was written by Dr Barrie Penhaligan, about the excitement of Christmas Day in...
Armistice Small, wooden crosses with red poppies stand proud in the dirt on Remembrance Sunday. With copy space for message on cross
This poignant poem was written by Michael Whitehead, as we approach Armistice day, reflecting...
The Gate Hand-Drawn Back to School Chalkboard / Blackboard Sketchy Notebook Doodles with Lettering, Apple, Pencil & Music Notes. Vector Illustration Design Elements on Lined Sketchbook Paper Background
Martin Silvester has been doing the school run lately for his grandchildren, which inspired him to...
HRT (Horrible Repulsive Thing) and Mood Swings! Time To Cool Down Concept text heard
I don’t even have to open my eyes to know he’s back in the bed with me, he’s sounds like an...
Under Foreign Skies I danish armoured infantry soldier returning after operation in Helmand Province
With Poppy Day and Remembrance fast approaching, Michael Whitehead as shared this poignant...
Circles Four season tree, photo manipulation, magical, nature
This poignant poem was written by Michael Whitehead about the seasons and how they parallel the...
The Slippery Slope conceptual sign post with, danger slippery slope
Another thought provoking, reflective poem written by Martin Silvester … easy to identify with!...
Mr Rabbit’s Hat in a Rabbit Habitat Satin Mini Lop rabbit facing with a straw hat, on brown vintage background
This witty ditty was written by Don Read ...    Mr Rabbit’s Hat in a Rabbit...
Freshers' week A reminder of Freshers' Week on a yellow sticky note posted to a wall calendar
For eighteen years September has always been an important month in our house. Firstly because...
Singles at Sea Cruise Ship Liner Tropical Island Sunset Orange Sky Summer Ocean Vaction Flat Vector Illustration
A very touching poem written by Claire Baldry about a first holiday venture alone. As we grow...
My empty nest! Empty egg shell halves in bird's nest over white background
We’re surrounded by anxious parents all queuing in their cars to get onto the university...
High Tide at Crescent Beach Driftwood on a Lake Huron Beach at Twilight - Grand Bend Ontario Canada
This descriptive poem was written by Irene Kerr after one of her adventures on the Canadian...