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What’s the worst experience you’ve had as a house seeker?



A landlord telling my mom that he doesn’t rent his house to single moms. It was depressing.


I can never advise anybody to pay for a house under renovation because when they collect the money, they will never finish renovating.


The house we paid for that was under renovation was rushed and built with substandard materials. It was a nightmare living there…

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Vincent and Sons Property Managers Episode 3

Sharon had tried every emotional blackmail trick in her bag yet Vincent was not backing down on his request for a DNA test.

Things were definitely not going according to plan at all.

Vincent was supposed to be eating from her palms by now, taking care of the woman that would give him his first son. Instead, he was stubbornly insisting on an intrusive DNA test before the child was born.
He kept talking about Stanley, her MBA course mate that had dropped her off at home a few times.

Stanley would chat her up just to check up on her but Vincent would insist that they were sleeping with each other.

The news of the pregnancy turned Vincent into a monster. He was definitely not as happy with the news as Sharon had thought he would be.
“Hello beautiful. It’s been a while since I saw you in class…”
Stanley’s chat came in to lighten Sharon’s mood. He was definitely growing on her.

Barrister Johnson was having a terrible day. The flash drive that he had backed up his files on was corrupted and his laptop would not come on.

He had about 5 years worth of work on the laptop. He had an hour to upload the documents he needed on the portal the government had created to help his client demonstrate compliance.

He had deleted the email his client sent after downloading the attachments on his laptop and flash drive. His client was out of his location and was unable to get the document across again.
He got a broadcast message from his brother on how all things work together for good.
“How would this one work together for my good now, Chidi?”, he thought.
A light bulb went off in his head. He quickly replied Chidi and told him his issues.

Chidi, the IT guru, asked him to check his “Bin” and hope the email had not been discarded.
He checked and found the email. It was a huge relief.
He quickly retrieved the email, downloaded the attachments and completed the upload on a desktop computer.

He had never been as happy to receive a broadcast message from Chidi as he was at that moment. God bless Chidi!
He wished wriggling out of the water quality law suit he filed against the landlord and the property managers was just as easy. The process of opting out was an uphill task. He wished he counted the cost before agreeing to withdraw the law suit.

Vincent was relieved that the barrister tenant had agreed to withdraw his lawsuit.

Vincent and Sons Property Managers could not afford to have a lawsuit on their hands while bidding to get on the approved vendors list (Facility Management Services) for some heavyweight multinationals.

The competition was stiff and they had to be on their toes.

This was also a major reason why he couldn’t accept the baby Sharon was carrying.

The vendor selection committee was leaving no stone unturned. Someone would argue that such level of scrutiny was unduly invasive but he had to do whatever it takes to win that portfolio of contracts.
There was also the issue of his agreement with Ogbuefi Madu, Adaeze’s father. He definitely did not want to return to Awka-Etiti with belongings that could only fill one nylon bag…

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Vincent and Sons Property Managers – Episode 2

Adaeze wondered why Vincent was acting shadier than the already shady Vincent she knew. What was he up to this time? She was actually tired of harassing the women she suspected that he was having affairs with. He always lied that they were his clients whose property he was managing. She knew that one day, he would run out of lies. When that day would come, she could not tell.

She had put her all into raising their kids and building the home. She had tried all the tricks she knew to keep Vincent faithful but she knew he was jumping from bed to bed.

She had spoken with a counselor that advised her to start a business and take her mind off Vincent. She had decided to take her future into her own hands.


Sharon did not expect Vincent to request a DNA test. He said he wanted the test even while she was pregnant. She had read about the risks associated with that intrusive DNA test and had told him to wait till the child was born. He insisted that the DNA test was a condition for him to accept the child. There was a second condition but even that one was subject to condition #1. In addition, she was to resign as a property consultant in Vincent and Sons Property Managers Ltd and get paid off handsomely. She was not sure she wanted this entire drama. Vincent was definitely more shrewd than she gave him credit for. Things were definitely not going according to plan…
Barrister Johnson was getting ready for the day when someone knocked. His wife went to check who it was and told him that the “head tenant” was the one at the door. They had given Mr. Agboso the nickname because he was the tenant that had lived in the 20 flat apartment the longest. Everyone wondered if his umbilical cord was buried under the tree in the compound. Tenants had come and gone but Mr. Agboso remained. From the looks of things, Mr Agboso appeared to be doing well enough to have built his own house and relocated there.

“Barrister Johnson, good morning”

Mr. Agboso spoke gently, as usual.

“How are you doing? How is the family? I see you are heading out of the house for somewhere obviously important so I won’t waste your time. I’m here to discuss the law suit you filed against the property owner and the property manager”.

“Thanks for going straight to the point, Mr. Agboso. I have an 8am appointment I can’t afford to miss. Please can we schedule a better time in the evening to discuss the matter?”

“Sure, Barrister Johnson. That definitely works for me. Have a pleasant day and all the best with the meeting”.

After Mr. Agboso left, Mrs Johnson brought the issue up again.

“Ikenna, my beloved husband, this path you are taking scares me o. I don’t want to become a widow at this age o. We still have 4 kids to train and you know their school fees alone require both of our resources. This is not the UK o; this is Naija. Nna, reconsider your stance. The amount we are to contribute is far less than the resources we will commit to see this lawsuit to its logical conclusion. My husband, think deeply about this course of action”.

” Obidia, my Oriaku, I have heard you. I will think about it deeply. Now, can I go for my meeting, ma? I’m running late”.

They both laughed as she helped him knot his tie properly.
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Vincent and Sons Property Managers – Episode 1

Vincent was exhausted and it was just 11:30am. He got his third cup of coffee for the day.

He reminded himself that he preferred this cause of exhaustion to the other one he had to deal with when he first arrived in Lagos .

He had left Awka Etiti with a one bullet vision, mission, objective, action plan or whatever you choose – Get rich or die trying.

His ego had been bruised by his drinking buddies and he had vowed to get money at all costs since money stops nonsense.

He had left the village with his JS3 results, a few clothes, shoes and his uncle’s shop address at Alaba.

Today, 15 years later, he was dealing with “rich man’s problems”. He had to deal with either the owners of the properties that his company managed, their tenants or law enforcement agencies. The work was stressful, sure, but he preferred that kind of stress to the stress of poverty.


Today, he was dealing with tenants that were complaining about the quality of the tap water. They had just repaired the water pumping machine and now the quality of the water was an issue. The owner of the property was still trying to breathe after spending what he did on the pumping machine.

The property owner had recommended that the tenants contribute the money required to engage the borehole expert that would assess the water quality issue and come up with the solutions. After all, the tenants were directly affected by the issue.

Vincent was not really sure about the position of the law on an issue like this. He had recommended that the property owner have a meeting with the tenants but she insisted that she was not willing to discuss this. Vincent and Sons Property Managers Limited was verbally instructed to send an email informing the tenants of the decision to have them bear the cost of the investigation.

He had sent out the email, as instructed. To his surprise, one of the tenants approached the courts to challenge the decision. Vincent and Sons Property Managers was joined as a respondent in the law suit.

Vincent was glad he listened to his friend and engaged a freelance corporate lawyer. He quickly sent an email to the lawyer.

He decided to check his emails and he saw a proposal from a property development company for Vincent and Sons Property Managers to market their properties.

Just as he was about to put off his phone to save the battery, the message that changed his entire summer came in.

“I think I’m pregnant”
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