Stories by Sarah

Property Value

Amy pressed the “Sold” banner across the For Sale sign. She thought about the commission she was making and smiled. She had really upsold this one, completely overstating the value. Suckers, she thought.

She put her hands on her hips, stood back and surveyed the property one more time. As she turned to leave, she noticed smoke billowing from the back of the house. An orange glow flickered.

Shoot! Amy cursed, frantically grabbing for her phone.

Although the fire department responded quickly, by the time they’d arrived, the house had gone up in smoke…and Amy’s commission along with it!

By Sarah ©2018

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Image credit Paulbr75 via Pixabay

Prompt: Carrot Ranch, Flash Fiction Challenge – May 17, 2018. Task: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about property values. Perhaps its a home, business or pencil museum. What makes them go up or down? Go where the prompt leads.

23 thoughts on “Property Value”

  1. Oh no, that’s tragic. What a great story though. Unfortunately, there seems to be a spate of house fires lately. It can only get worse over winter with the use of heaters. Fortunately, there haven’t been many deaths, but the loss of property must be distressing for those involved.

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  2. Real estate prices are so insanely high in the California Bay Area that even a fire damaged house can sell for over $1 million. A two bedroom bungalow in Palo Alto, near Stanford, just sold for $2.3 million. It’s out of control.

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