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The Perils of Being a Real Estate Agent: The Unavoidable ‘What’s My House Worth?’ Question

Howard Hanna Real Estate Agent
Collier, Pa.

I love being a real estate agent but it comes with its fair share of challenges, but one question seems to follow me no matter where I go. It’s like an invisible force that compels strangers to ask me, “Can you tell me what my house is worth?” Whether I’m at the grocery store, the dentist’s office or even in the most unexpected situations, this question knows no boundaries. Join me on this humorous journey as I recount some of the most outrageous instances where this query has invaded every aspect of my life.

The Grocery Store Ambush: Imagine this: you’re serenely inspecting the apples, trying to find the juiciest one, when out of nowhere, someone taps you on the shoulder. You turn around to see a determined face and before you can say “fruit salad,” they demand, “Hey, can you appraise my house?” It’s like they think you have a crystal ball hidden among the produce.

A Brush with Dentistry and Home Evaluation: As you recline in the dental chair, with a bib around your neck and your mouth wide open, the dental hygienist seizes the perfect moment to strike. Between prodding your molars, they ask, “You know a thing or two about homes, right? What do you reckon my place is worth?” You do your best to respond, but it’s challenging when your tongue is numbed from the Novocain.

A Grave Situation: At a funeral home, where emotions run high and somber thoughts prevail, you find yourself standing in line to offer condolences. Just as you’re about to extend your sympathies, someone pulls you aside and whispers, “I’ve got something important to ask… How much moolah do you think my house is worth?” You can’t help but wonder if the afterlife includes a heavenly MLS service.

Highway Home Evaluations: Cruising down the road, minding your own business, your car adorned with the Howard Hanna logo, you become a beacon of real estate expertise. Suddenly, a driver in the adjacent lane rolls down their window, points at their house, and screams, “Quick, estimate the price! Is it a golden goose or a real estate turkey?” You consider wearing sunglasses and a fake mustache on your next road trip.

Unveiling the Naked Truth: In the sacred realm of the dressing room, where fashion decisions are made in hushed tones, you find yourself in a predicament. Just as you’re attempting to wiggle into a new pair of jeans, a neighboring shopper pops their head over the partition and exclaims, “I couldn’t help but overhear you mentioning real estate. Can you take a  peek at my house’s value?” The fashion show turns into a comedy sketch, with you in the starring role of an impromptu home appraiser.

But wait, the invasion of the real estate question doesn’t even spare medical procedures! As if getting prepped for a colonoscopy isn’t nerve-wracking enough, the nurses seem determined to squeeze in a property assessment. While lying on a hospital bed, draped in a flimsy gown, the nurses can’t resist firing off questions about their homes.  Finally, the doctor enters the room, asking why no one has administered the anesthesia for the procedure, and just when you think you’re safe, she leans in and asks, “By the way, what do you think my house is worth?” You’re left speechless, praying that the anesthesia will not only put you to sleep but also end this unexpected real estate consultation.

 In conclusion, a real estate agent’s life is like an amusement park ride—filled with twists, turns and the unavoidable question of “What’s my house worth?” It doesn’t matter if you’re at a grocery store, a funeral home, or even in the middle of a colonoscopy (yes, you read that right), there’s no escaping the inquiry. 

And if you’re a real estate agent, lean in and seize every opportunity! Embrace the chaos and turn every gathering into a potential business transaction. Who knows, you might end up striking a deal while picking out avocados, discussing property values with dental hygienists, or even sharing your expertise in the midst of a colonoscopy. It’s all part of the wild ride that is the life of a real estate agent!

Remember, the real estate market never sleeps, and neither does the question of “What’s my house worth?” Embrace the unexpected, keep your sense of humor intact, and may your ventures be filled with prosperous transactions and the occasional absurd inquiry. Happy real estate adventures!

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Last modified: July 12, 2023