Anxious People

Anxious People

by

Fredrik Backman

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on Anxious People can help.

The Real Estate Agent/The Realtor Character Analysis

The real estate agent is selling both Estelle’s apartment and the apartment across the landing. She works for the House Tricks Real Estate Agency, whose tagline is “HOW’S TRICKS?” The narrator makes it clear that the real estate agent is very bad at her job: in addition to being insufferably annoying and parroting her agency’s tagline at every opportunity, she does a poor job staging the apartment and chooses an objectively bad day to hold the viewing. Roger also resents her for having incorrect information on the apartment’s floor plans. For much of the novel, the agent is absent—she was collecting herself in the closet when the robber took the prospective buyers hostage, and she climbed into the attic vent to hide and remains there for much of the hostage drama. This leads Jack to briefly believe that there was never a real estate agent at the viewing and that the robber escaped the apartment by posing as the agent, as the agent was still hiding when the hostages sent their pizza order down to the police.

The Real Estate Agent/The Realtor Quotes in Anxious People

The Anxious People quotes below are all either spoken by The Real Estate Agent/The Realtor or refer to The Real Estate Agent/The Realtor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
).
Chapter 66 Quotes

“This isn’t just an apartment, it’s my home, I don’t want to hand it over to someone who’s just going to be passing through, to make money from it. I want someone who’s going to love living here, like I have. Maybe that’s hard for a young person to understand.”

That wasn’t true. There wasn’t a single person in the apartment who didn’t understand perfectly.

Page Number: 305
Explanation and Analysis:
Get the entire Anxious People LitChart as a printable PDF.
Anxious People PDF

The Real Estate Agent/The Realtor Character Timeline in Anxious People

The timeline below shows where the character The Real Estate Agent/The Realtor appears in Anxious People. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...a medium-size town. A young policeman is in an interrogation room with a real estate agent, and the questioning isn’t going well—it takes the officer too long to understand that the... (full context)
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...showing. Ignoring the officer asking if the apartment has any hidden closets or passageways, the Realtor describes the open floor plan and light, bright atmosphere. It’s also a great spot for... (full context)
Chapter 4
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
The narrator explains that truthfully, the robber released the Realtor and the seven prospective buyers all at the same time. The eight hostages walked downstairs... (full context)
Chapter 6
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
The young policeman is massaging his forehead when the real estate agent asks how he got the huge lump on his forehead. The policeman explains he got... (full context)
Chapter 9
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
...and begins to pull out a crumpled sheet of paper to show the real estate agent, the older policeman shuffles into the room. The older officer offers his help, but the... (full context)
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
Surprised, the older policeman observes the younger policeman hasn’t told the real estate agent yet. The younger officer begins to explain, but the older officer interjects: the bank robber... (full context)
Chapter 11
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...policeman stands outside the interview room, while his dad sits inside with the real estate agent. The young officer’s mom was right: he and his dad shouldn’t have worked together. She... (full context)
Chapter 12
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Back in the interview with the real estate agent, the older policeman awkwardly explains that the young policeman is his son. He adds that... (full context)
Chapter 25
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...people were in the apartment. Zara says she was there, there was the real estate agent, two couples, and the rabbit. But she’s certain nobody helped the robber, since they were... (full context)
Chapter 28
The Modern World Theme Icon
...Year’s Eve, the apartment showing is a disaster before it begins because the real estate agent is awful. There’s a bowl of limes on the coffee table, but the apartment is... (full context)
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...Roger reminds Anna-Lena to say that this place needs serious renovation and to tell the Realtor that she can smell mold. These two never fight anymore—unless they’re fighting all the time. (full context)
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...cake after shopping on a significant day. Roger walks over and loudly snaps that the Realtor didn’t have to label the second bedroom a “child’s bedroom” on the plan; anyone can... (full context)
Chapter 30
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...go. Roger suggests the robber let everyone go, except for him and the real estate agent. (full context)
Chapter 35
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...too), Jack asks where the bank robber might be hiding. Roger says the real estate agent was an idiot, as the plans didn’t account for an extra three feet between the... (full context)
Chapter 45
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...Anna-Lena, Roger, Ro, and herself—were in the apartment when they ate pizza. The real estate agent was there too. Ro and Julia then argue about if it’s appropriate to eat food... (full context)
Chapter 46
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...in the apartment, and with Jack’s help, Jim counts nine people, including the real estate agent. Jack waits for his dad to get it, but Jim never gets it. Jack’s mom... (full context)
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...in the apartment, but the pizza order only asked for eight pizzas. The real estate agent must be the robber posing as a real estate agent—she walked out onto the street... (full context)
Chapter 48
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...the interview room, ignoring Jim’s attempts to get him to calm down. The real estate agent tries to give her spiel, but Jack roars that he knows who she is: she’s... (full context)
Chapter 50
Assumptions  Theme Icon
Back in the interview room, the real estate agent’s face goes white. She looks ready to cry as Jack says that the agent knows... (full context)
Chapter 58
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...that they should help the bank robber. Estelle suggests that since there’s no real estate agent in the apartment and the police will certainly expect one, the robber can pose as... (full context)
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...to the back of the closet and Lennart starts to climb up. The real estate agent is sitting in a cramped space above the hatch. (full context)
Chapter 59
Assumptions  Theme Icon
Back at the police station, Jack is shouting at the real estate agent to tell him why she asked for fireworks and where the real real estate agent... (full context)
Chapter 61
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...used in years, but it’s just the right size for a small, scared real estate agent. When Lennart sticks his head into the vent, his rabbit head gets stuck and comes... (full context)
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...the balcony. To her surprise, she doesn’t hate him. Roger turns to the real estate agent and asks where she’s been. She explains that she was nervous for the showing, so... (full context)
Chapter 63
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Jack storms out of the interview room, leaving Jim with the real estate agent. Jim passes her a glass of water, and she says she’s not the robber. Nodding,... (full context)
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
Jim joins Jack in the hallway. Jack says the real estate agent must be the robber. Jim says the robber wasn’t in the apartment when Jack stormed... (full context)
Chapter 64
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...police station. On the stairs, Zara, Lennart, Anna-Lena, Roger, Julia, Ro, and the real estate agent stare at one other. Roger asks what the police asked everyone else, and Ro declares... (full context)
Chapter 65
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...was using a real estate agency with a silly name, and if the real estate agent is still inside, maybe she has keys. Maybe the robber can hide in the other... (full context)
Chapter 66
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
...the apartment, almost everyone is laughing (except for Roger, who’s arguing with the real estate agent about the incorrect apartment plans). Zara and Lennart are standing by the window. Zara doesn’t... (full context)
Parenting and Fear Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...and everyone goes back inside, the robber tries to discreetly signal to the real estate agent. But the agent is arguing with Roger about how much Julia and Ro should pay... (full context)
Chapter 68
Marriage, Conflict, and Communication Theme Icon
Mental Health and Connection Theme Icon
The Modern World Theme Icon
Assumptions  Theme Icon
...attempt). Julia invites Estelle to have coffee with them, but Estelle refuses. She tells the agent she doesn’t want to sell, and the agent says that’s lovely. Lennart says all the... (full context)