She was harassed by client's ex-wife

She is a property agent who is also, in a sense, a social worker.

Ms Riyan Ria's clients are mostly couples going through acrimonious divorces.

Indeed, she once acted as a human shield when a woman got angry with her ex-husband. In another case, she was filmed by a disgruntled ex-spouse who refused to move out of her flat.

For the past five years, Ms Riyan has specialised in helping home owners going through divorce sell their HDB flats.

The vice-president of Francis Tan Realty told The New Paper she chose to enter this "niche market" because of the satisfaction it gives her.

She said: "I can't get it from any other job. It's more than just the money, I think it is one way for me to fulfil my self-actualisation needs - to be able to reach out to people."

The property agent of 10 years added that about 90 per cent of the 70 or so flats she sells annually are from people who are divorced. A divorcee herself, Ms Riyan said divorce cases are often problematic for property agents.

"Some of them (the agents) have the perception that they have to handle the emotional aspects (of their clients' divorce) as well," she said. "Sometimes, you just need to make it clear (to them) that you are just their property agent."

Ms Riyan said couples who are the keenest to sell their flats are usually those who are undergoing a bitter divorce.

"Either they have a bad relationship or they want to move on, so they want to sell the flat as quickly as possible," she explained.

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