Dealing with real estate agents seems a quite distant experience for most millennials right now. However, at some points in your life, you will need their service to purchase properties. Either for investment, place for living, or other reasons.
Ie Uru Onna (lit. The Woman Who Sells Houses) or as known by its English title: Your House Is My Business is one of 2016 summer comedy drama from Japan.
The drama’s heroine is 30-year-old Sangenya Machi (Kitagawa Keiko). She is a real estate agent who has unconventional method to sell houses. “There is no house that I can’t sell,” is her life motto.
Her unique ways to increase sales include digging her client’s personal life. For her, it’s important to get to know her client’s family, lifestyle, or their principles. So that she will be able to find the perfect property that suits her client’s needs.
Mostly what makes the show funny is Machi’s deadpan facial expression in any kind of situation. Machi’s colleagues and boss often find her strange, as the only thing she seems to care about is selling houses.
She even would go as far as abusing her subordinates to get the job done. (Though it seems funny, I don’t find it’s fun to abuse people). Also, no one can defy her intimidating, “Go!” command. No, not even her boss.
I dare you not to laugh at this scene.
Despite being short-spoken and lacking of social relationships, we can learn some life skills from this fierce woman.
Problem-solving skill: on point
You will often hear Machi says, “There is no house that I can’t sell.” The truth is, that motto is no nonsense. One of her successes is selling a house where a murder incident took place. She knows that most people are afraid of it, so “common people” are not within the target market for that house.
So, Machi went distributing brochures in the hospital area, following the common sense that doctors or nurses are not easily disturbed by nonsensical stuff. And voila, a nurse who works in morgue ends up buying the said house.
It’s not our job to question people’s morality
Adachi Satoshi (Chiba Yudai), one of Machi’s subordinates, juggling with personal issues while trying to sell a house for his former client’s mistress. Adachi feels bad for the man’s family, as he also grew up without his father because he left with his mistress as well.
Knowing his problem, Machi boldly states that it is not a reason to not sell house to a certain person. Their job is to sell houses, not to question people’s morality.
Finally, Adachi suggests his client to buy a house using consolation money. The result? Another sales closed.
In an earlier episode, Machi also succeeds in selling an apartment for a hikikomori (a person who withdraws from society). While her colleagues oppose her idea to support the hikikomori, she proves that she is only trying to find a property that’s suitable for her client’s needs. It’s the property that should match the person, not the other way around.
Believing common stereotypes means losing without starting
Although being known for digging with her client’s personal life (without meddling), I love how Machi handles her clients’ stigma and common stereotypes. For example, she does not bother asking why one of her clients, a single woman, wants to buy a condo.
The woman says that every real estate agent often asks her if she wants to have a family, but Machi does not. To her statement, Machi answers brilliantly.
Machi also scolds her subordinate, Mika, for neglecting an old man who wants to purchase a house. Mika reasoned that the old man does not look like upper-class citizens, as he dresses in shabby clothes. However, Machi finds out that the man was a president of an electric rice stove company.
In the end, Machi manages to make him purchase an old house of her boss’s former client, making both parties happy with the result. While this fact serves for a humorous purpose, we will also find that being stuck to prejudice means losing without starting.
So, if you’re looking for a comedy drama with less romance intake, this drama might be the one you’re looking for. With only 10 episodes airing, it shouldn’t take much of your time. Watch Ie Uru Onna for free at KissAsian.
Special thanks to Riana who recommends this drama, who says that Machi’s straight face and short-spoken attitude reminds her of me.