Concrete Dreams

David Aaronovitch presents a series about estate agents and the dreams of their clients.

'What do I do? I sell dreams!' Every estate agent knows that although they appear to be selling a view, a floor space, a three piece bathroom suite, they're really selling a dream.

David Aaronovitch goes in search of the dreams being sold in four locations around the world through the eyes of estate agents.

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01Arizona - Phoenix2002072520030414
20130101 (BBC7)

David Aaronovitch presents a series about estate agents and the dreams of their clients.

'What do I do? I sell dreams!' Every estate agent knows that although they appear to be selling a view, a floor space, a three piece bathroom suite, they're really selling a dream.

David Aaronovitch goes in search of the dreams being sold in four locations around the world through the eyes of estate agents.Phoenix is the fastest growing city in the US, located in the heart of the Arizona desert.

It's a town where you have to declare your scorpions to incoming purchasers, where there are more swimming pools per head than anywhere else in the US and more deaths by drowning too.

The Hopi Indians made this the centre of their civilisation for hundreds of years - so how did they cope without the air conditioning?

In the city of swimming pools, David Aaronovitch checks out some Arizona real estate with the agents who peddle dreams.

02Mumbai - City Of Stars2002080120030415

Where in the world is it possible to find real estate which cost more per square foot that Silicon valley and New York city? David Aaronovitch continues his series about estate agents worldwide talking about a city where housing the servants is more expensive than employing them, Mumbai.

03Venice - That Sinking Feeling2002080820030416

Despite subsidence and flooding, property prices in Venice are the highest in Italy.

04Reykjavik2002081520030417

In Iceland's capital, evidence of local elf activity can make all the difference when buying a home.

05 LASTAnd The Wall Came Tumbling Down - Berlin2002082220030418

A story of property speculation and soured dreams.