Our Five Favorite Fictional Real Estate Agents
Let’s take a walk on the lighter side this week, shall we? As real estate professionals, we all know there is a certain… stereotype… of our industry when it comes to popular culture. At best, agents are portrayed as bizarrely chipper sales folks, eager to please and nice to the point of annoyance. At worst, we come across as opportunistic, materialistic or conniving, chasing the almighty dollar at all costs. And then there are the “reality” shows (which may not be any more “real” than the scripted shows or films), which don’t do most of us any favors, either.
Not exactly flattering, right? It’s okay. There’s a long list of distinguished professions that have had their industry raked over the coals by Hollywood (Seriously: There are shows demonizing attorneys, politicians and Popes… yet somehow meth-cooking chemistry teacher gets hero status?). Our job here today is to honor our favorites of this fictional bunch. Not all of these parts are necessarily flattering, but they’re all entertaining. And at the end of the day, we’ll take that.
5. Peggy Hill, King of the Hill
The matriarch of Arlen, Texas’s Hill clan had a number of jobs in the show’s 13 seasons, the final one of which is real estate agent. Peggy’s earnest zeal, minimal attention to superficial details and the fact that she’s bilingual probably play well on the Texas plains. Also, we suspect she’s one who is able to find that work-family balance and still approach bread-winner status in the household. After all, that Alamo beer won’t buy itself.
4. George Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life
So this one is a bit of a stretch, but among George Bailey’s many contributions to the town of Bedford Falls via Bailey Building & Loan were his low-interest home loans, which reshaped the town and its middle-class. The move does little for George’s bottom-line, but grows his influence and esteem in the town. The evil Mr. Potter doesn’t share George’s humanistic approach to real estate but in the end, kindness wins. Watch a key exchange between Bailey and Potter here.