At a recent meeting of the Association, Mr Snead said:
Whenever I fly these days, people ask me what I do. I tell them. It makes for an uncomfortable flight and on more than one occasion the passengers have mutinied and asked to be taken off. Many have objected to my wearing the trademark Tattersalls shirt, Masonic tie, Tweed jacket and heavy cord Trousers and said such offensive things as "why don't you wear what normal people wear?"
Mr Snead points out that the majority of Estate Agents are honest and hardworking and that the actions of a few unscupulous members should not be used to target an entire profession. In an attempt to appear cool and with it, Mr Snead also added (in an oblique reference to the hit song of the popular entertainer Shakira and the now defunct Home Information Packs), "The HIPs don't Lie".
Lord Mandelson was interviewed by this blog on the issue and said:
It is quite wrong to single out a community for scrutiny, even if you are buying a property and are worried that you might have problems. Not all houses are bought and sold by Estate Agents, but I know in my own experience that, when I was filling out my Mortgage application they were more than helpful.