After coming over, Su Tang quickly realized that Hu Sande wasn’t just dismissing her because she was a little girl but was actually very polite, so she felt somewhat satisfied with the Brokerage Office’s service attitude and nodded contentedly. “I want to buy some plots of farmland. Can you recommend some to me?”
“Plots of farmland?” He responded in a shocked tone.
Hu Sande was very idle these days, so when he had seen Su Tang, a little girl who looked as delicate and beautiful as jade but who was wearing simple clothes and two white flowers in her double-ring bun, he realized that she was also in a mourning period and felt a little sympathetic for her, so he had spoken to her politely.
However, he really never would have expected that this little girl in simple clothes had come to buy farmland, so he had asked what she was here for without much interest. But who would have guessed her response would be so earth-shaking? She directly said she wanted to buy some plots of farmland, and that was “plots”, which was to say, not just one!
You should know that the plots of farmland near the Qingyuan County Seat, even the cheaper and smaller ones, were all worth at least one or two hundred silver taels. Thus, if he could sell even one of them, he would earn a lot from the commission.
Hu Sande was so surprised that his voice wasn’t low at all, so he ended up attracting the attention of the people nearby. Seeing that, Hu Sande quickly lowered his voice. “Little miss, you really want to buy plots of farmland? Are you aware that even the cheapest plots will cost one or two hundred taels of silver?”
Feeling a little afraid that Su Tang was too young and didn’t understand what she was talking about, Hu Sande hurriedly tried to confirm with her. However, after he asked, the little jade-like girl just nodded her head and replied: “En, I know. So do you have any recommendations?”
Hearing her confirmation, Hu Sande’s heart suddenly warmed up and he felt a bit excited. This was a big customer! He quickly reached out his hand and beckoned, “Please come right this way little miss, let’s talk inside!”
When the other people working the counters saw that Hu Sande was unexpectedly inviting this little girl to the inner hall to talk, they all showed looks of envy. The Brokerage Office did the work of middlemen and, generally speaking, all of the transactions could be completed here in the lobby.
But there was also a hidden rule that if one of the brokers came across a particularly large piece of business, they could invite the guests to talk in a special rest room in the inner hall. After all, for these kinds of deals, they would be discussing business worth hundreds, or even thousands, of taels, so it wouldn’t be good to talk about them in front of every random person in the lobby.
Therefore, for the brokers working the counters, seeing someone inviting a customer to discuss in the inner hall represented a deal worth at least hundreds of teals of silver, so how could they not envy Hu Sande?
Of course, being invited to the inner hall, Su Tang didn’t refuse. She just nodded and followed him for a while until they arrived at a rest room deeper inside the building. After she walked inside, Hu Sande followed behind her and closed the door, and then poured her a cup of hot tea and set it on the table in front of her.
“Little miss, what kinds of plots of farmland are you looking to buy? How big do they need to be? What are your requirements?” After he finished pouring the tea, Hu Sande directly sat down across from her and started to get down to business.
“I need several plots of more fertile land. My requirements are that they need to be located somewhere with better privacy and, if possible, for them to be located all in one place. If it’s impossible for them to all be in one place, then it would be best if they were all close enough to the County Seat that a carriage can complete the journey to them within a day. Also, it would be better if they could be closer to Qinghe Town. It’s fine if they are a bit more remote, but I need them to be reachable via carriage.”
Su Tang directly stated out all of her requirements. She knew it would be better to try to hide the tomatoes and chili peppers for a period of time, so she hoped that the land could be somewhere with more privacy. However, at the same time she knew that the tomatoes and chili peppers would also eventually have to be shipped out, so the land needed to be somewhere that carriages could reach, or else things would be very inconvenient.
Hearing Su Tang’s requirements, Hu Sande ponder for a moment. Finally, he asked, “Might I know what sort of budget the little miss is working with, so that I can decide which plots are most appropriate?”
Qingyuan County was considered mountainous land, however, the soil was also very fertile. Thus, there were actually many plots of farmland that were a bit deeper in the mountains and could be considered very private, so this request wasn’t too difficult. However, if the land also needed to be accessible to carriages, then that made things slightly more complicated.
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