To be honest, I had all but given up. I mean, it's been more than two months since I wrote about Angela, the Virtual Tour Shark. As evidenced in the comments back then, a bunch of my AR buddies were as intrigued as I was by the mystery and charm of the shiny fish that seemed to randomly surface in certain downtown Washington DC listings.
I had emailed the listing agent who we suspected to have such a great sense of humor (according to his company website, it was a young guy with an MA in American art history from some university in Scotland).
But he never replied. How disappointing, right? Even worse, I felt slightly embarrassed thinking he probably thought I was spamming him with my strange inquiry that came coupled with an invitation to (and glowing promotion of) ActiveRain.
But then, last night, it finally came: News from the Shark! From the agent, that is. His name is Nate Guggenheim, and here is what he wrote:
"(...) Anne, my business partner, and I found that it was kind of fun to put a little stuffed animal in our listings, so we had a bunch – a turtle, a giraffe, an blue elephant, a couple others AND a shark. When the shark was in the listing, we used to get calls from people saying they wanted to “see the unit with the shark in it.” We would also hold open houses and people would say that they saw a unit with a shark with their agent, or that they wanted to see a unit with a shark.
"So we thought, the hell with camels and turtles and giraffes! Then we put sharks in everything. I think that it works for the price point at which we sell most of our properties and it is fun. For a while I was naming all of them and making up stories, but it got out of hand (...)"
Now let's see if we can get Anne and Nate to blog about all their fun. Maybe in another couple of months.
In the meantime, hold on to your camels and giraffes. Really. They don't seem to work.
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