A modest estate agent found himself the focus of a search to find him after he became an unexpected hit on social media.
All Dan Stevenson, 26, did was go to value a flat belonging to Lorna Hayward, in Wandsworth, London.
But then Lorna uploaded a Facebook photo of him with her two small daughters Elsie and Marnie, aged three and 19 months.
She wrote: “‘In the last hour Dan (who is a complete stranger) has had both my daughters request cuddles, can he hold their hands, if he would watch Peppa with them, does he like cheese, if he was staying the night and the finale – Elsie walking out of the toilet announcing she had just done ‘her biggest poo yet – it was a bit spikey though, so please can you wipe my bum’.
“Poor Dan. Poor poor Dan. Gonna just pour meself a pint of wine.”
In a story of our times, her post was liked shared over 25,000 times, sparking the hashtag #FindDan, and causing the Motherload’s website to crash.
Step forward Purplebricks, who claimed him as one of their own.
Meanwhile, Lorna, 36, rang Dan to tell him he had coped very well with the children’s infatuation with him.
She said: “Dan seemed rather unfazed and told me that he had an email from the CEO of Purplebricks last night saying how he had seen a post and photo about Dan on a mum site.
“Dan seemed pretty chuffed at that. I also felt it was only right, and fair to the dedicated fans of Dan, to ask if he was single. The answer is YES.
“Soz Dan, I think you’re about to get a LOT of attention.”
That seems to be an under-statement.
He is now said to have been inundated with date offers, after describing what should have been his routine valuation visit: “When I went round to see Lorna I wasn’t really expecting anything but the kids were amazing. I walked in and they were having their dinner, I just started talking to them about what they were having and the next thing they were asking me to pick them up. They are just hilarious and I just went with it.”
Yesterday a Purplebricks spokesperson said: “Dan’s a really modest person and is finding all the attention a complete shock.”
According to his Linked In profile, Stevenson is unarguably a local property expert, covering south west London which he knows well. Although with Purplebricks only a month, he was previously with high street business Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward.