May 17: Flash Fiction Challenge – Property Values


May 17, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about property values. Perhaps it’s a home, business or pencil museum. What makes them go up or down? Go where the prompt leads.


Property Values sat back in his luxurious office chair and surveyed the street. Saturdays were always busy. The real-estate market was good and the deals sensational.

He wondered how long it would be before his next sucker walked through the door.

He’d been very successful, his new home on the Gold Coast was looking good, his expensive holiday car stowed in the garage, he knew he’d make a big impact this coming summer.

Last week he’d sold a worthless stone riddled block to a family wanting a sea change.

The doorbell rang alerting him to his next gullible customer.


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21 Responses to May 17: Flash Fiction Challenge – Property Values

  1. Michael you’ve captured how we feel about real estate agents (second to used car salesman) but I have to admit I’m glad they exist. They do the job much better than I ever could.

  2. Colleen Chesebro says:

    This was perfect, Michael. 😀

  3. calmkate says:

    i met that guy on the Sunshine coast … two actually, other chap must have been his brother!

  4. susansleggs says:

    The correlation of used car salesman and real estate agent is new to me. I guess the buyer has to know how to do his homework. Liked the fact the man’s name was Property Values.

  5. Ah. memories of a des res in Scotland advertised as in need of modernization but with it’s own paddock and private water supply. Inside, the only thing holding the front door together was a coat of paint, the bath was too long for the bathroom so they’d cut a hole in the dining room wall for the lip to poke through (I kid you not) and the kitchen was a dark room with no window and just a tap on the wall. The ‘paddock’ was 90 degrees straight up to the road and the water supply was a heap of stones in the front yard where the well had caved in. Estate Agents? Up close with politicians!

  6. I am in agreement with Irene. I have only ever been a buyer and it was stressful, but there are laws and regulations in place that protect both sides. And yes, there are yet those realtors and developers that just come across as sleazy.

  7. mandibelle16 says:

    What a horrible man! You describe his treachery well.

  8. Jules says:

    When we move from one state to another the agents wanted us to get more than we could afford –
    We plainly stated that we were not going to exceed the payments we had been making even if it meant loss of rooms (which it did!). And as it turned out it was my hubby who while driving around found the for sale sign in what would eventually be our home for over 25 years now 🙂

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