Client Checklist of Obscure Phobias...

By
Real Estate Sales Representative with for real estate results in the Tri-Cities.

Since REALTORS® are into checklists, here's a dandy.

Please check below any from which you suffer:

A fear of open places

agoraphobia

A fear of heights or high places

altophobia (also bataphobia)

A fear of dust

amathophobia

A fear of looking at high places

anablepophobia

A fear of floods or flooding

antlophobia

A fear of defects or imperfections

atelophobia

A fear of tall buildings

batophobia

A fear of enclosed spaces

cleisiophobia (also clithrophobia)

A fear of falling downstairs (usually fond of ranchers)

climacophobia

A fear of houses or being stuck in a house

domatophobia

A morbid fear of one's home surroundings

ecophobia 

A fear of mirrors (mainly on ‘bad hair' days) 

eisoptrophobia

A fear of electricity

electrophobia

A fear of insects

entomophobia

A fear of dampness

hygrophobia

A fear of high prices (common with buyers)

hypselotimophobia

A fear of termites

isopterophobia

A fear of mice or rats

musophobia

A fear of home surroundings

oikophobia (also eicophobia)

A fear of property

orthophobia

A fear of heat

thermophobia

A fear of neighbours or a neighbourhood

viciniphobia

I think this list must have been compiled circa early 1900's by a British Estate Agent; what do you think?

Feel free to suggest more modern phobias (accompanying anecdotes welcome)...

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Rainmaker
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Susan Neal
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Hi John - I had a buyer whose phobia I guess could come closest to musophobia.  She was afraid of palm trees.  When I was showing her homes, she wouldn't even get out of the car if there was a palm tree in the yard.  Finally I got her to explain that she had heard that rats live in them.

Nov 20, 2009 03:16 PM #1
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John Grasty
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That's hilarious Susan; thanks for sharing.

Take care, John

Nov 20, 2009 03:19 PM #2
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I have had clients with the following phobias.

Elevators, Bees, Spiders, Cemeteries, Schools, Beltway Driving, Basements, Oil heat, Propane heat, Windows without shades at night...

 If it was not so late, there would be more.

Had a teacher once who could not have anyone turn pages in class.

I have a wonderful person to refer them to.

Nov 20, 2009 03:33 PM #3
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John Grasty
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Wow Margaret; that's a lot of phobias. Is this a niche? *lol*

Perhaps you've uncovered something. Were they all in Baltimore?

Take extra care, John

Nov 20, 2009 03:40 PM #4
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Mark Brian
Silver Star Real Estate LLC - Anderson, SC
Anderson SC Realtor

Interesting post. I had to read through it several times to make sure I do not have any of these phobias.

Nov 21, 2009 09:49 AM #5
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John Grasty
for real estate results in the Tri-Cities. - Port Moody, BC
Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

We'll have to name a phobia for those who have to read through things several times to make sure...

Any suggestions Mark?

Nov 21, 2009 12:30 PM #6
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Kathryn Acciari
Century 21 Real Estate - Shrewsbury, MA
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John, this is some list.  A new one on the horizon:  palmovirophobia - fear of catching a virus by shaking hands. 

Nov 22, 2009 09:44 AM #7
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John Grasty
for real estate results in the Tri-Cities. - Port Moody, BC
Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

That's funny Kathryn, and certainly timely given today's threats.

A fear for hands is Chirophobia and a fear of being touched is called Aphenphosmphobia, Haphephobia, or Chiraptophobia.

A fear of contamination is known as Molysmophobia or Molysomophobia, a fear of germs is called Spermatophobia or Spermophobia, a fear of being contaminated with germs is Misophobia or Mysophobia, and a fear of actually being contagious is Tapinophobia.

A fear of becoming ill is called Nosophobia or Nosemaphobia, and a fear of disease is Pathophobia.

One thing you don't have to fear here at AR is Ombrophobia or Pluviophobia; fear of rain or of being rained on.

Nov 22, 2009 02:12 PM #8
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John Grasty
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Your Tri-cities REALTOR, neighbour and volunteer.

Postablogaphobia doesn't seem to be a problem phobia around the AR online forum; everyone's doing it!

We just passed Friday November 13th Rick. Did you feel a little triskaidekaphobic?

Nov 24, 2009 04:30 AM #10
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Lemony Snicket: “There are two kinds of fears; rational and irrational - or, in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don't. For instance, the Baudelaire orphans have a fear of Count Olaf, which makes perfect sense, because he is an evil man who wants to destroy them. But if they were afraid of lemon meringue pie, this would be an irrational fear, because lemon meringue pie is delicious and has never hurt a soul. Being afraid of hurricanes is quite rational because they can be very sinister and destructive, but a fear of real estate agents, a term which here means; people who assist in the buying and selling of houses, would be an irrational fear, because nothing sinister has ever come from the real estate market.”

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