BRITAIN’S estate agents are showing houses to each other to combat loneliness and prevent their traditional skills from dying out.
With the property market moribund, there is mounting concern that the ancient art of describing the different rooms inside a property while walking around it could become extinct.
Estate agent Tom Logan said: “This morning, I showed Bill McKay of Reeds Rains a charming property that’s undergone extensive renovation which although it’s at the upper end of his budget he won’t regret looking at.
“He agreed the renovations are tasteful but wondered what he would do in a large room containing both a cooker and a refrigerator, and I explained it was a kitchen where he could not only store but prepare food.”
McKay said: “Tom then directed me to a large cupboard under the stairs that not only contained a toilet but had storage room for cloaks and other outdoor garments.
“I admitted this was attractive and useful, but stressed I was a keen sleeper and wondered if any rooms had been put aside for that specific purpose.
“I was delighted to find there were three, one of which contained a smaller, tiled room ideal for bodily ablutions and the expulsion of human waste. It really was a marvellous morning with someone who spoke my language.”
Logan said: “I couldn’t agree more. And I’ll be phoning eight times a day until you agree to put in an offer.”