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Estate Agents

An estate agent showing people around a house for sale

Yvonne and Alice discuss the langauge used by estate agents and find out how a more poetic approach can appeal to not only the pockets and minds of people hoping to buy a new house or flat, but also to their feelings.

This week's question:

The smallest house in London was built 1805 and it's said that it was used by people who were watching out for body snatchers – people who stole bodies from the nearby cemetery for medical examinations. Can you guess how wide that house is?

a) 2.4 metres

b) 5.6 metres or

c) 1 metre

Listen out for the answer in the programme.

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Estate Agents

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Vocabulary

estate agents

people who sell properties including flats and houses

characterful

a word used by estate agents to suggest a building is full of character, perhaps old or unusual

illegal

not allowed by the law, against the law

discriminatory

unfair; treating some people worse than others

synonyms

words that mean the same thing or have a similar meaning

compact

small, with just enough space to fit what is needed

bijou

small and elegant (in French this means 'jewel')

panoramic

a good view of the surrounding area

poetic

like poetry

intellect

idea of what is makes sense

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