On your marks
On your marks . . . get
set . . . go!
A global sporting event may be upon
us, but for some this summer matters of even greater personal
significance are happening closer to home. Nick Churton of Mayfair
Office puts things into perspective.
This August there will be a great deal
of huffing and puffing going on in East London. There will be
running and jumping, throwing, swimming, rowing, diving, sailing
and cycling - plus much more.
But for some, who won't actually get
much closer to a stadium than their sofas, there will be another
demanding prize to compete for this summer – a new home.
Competitors won’t be representing their country but they may
well be representing their families.
Like top-flight sport, house buying
takes a great deal of preparation. It is not an easy undertaking.
It takes the long distance stamina of a Mo Farah and sometimes the
sprint speed of a Usain Bolt. It takes the versatility of a Jessica
Ennis, the grit of a Steve Redgrave, the tactics of a Ben Ainsley
and the agility of a 16-year-old Russian gymnast, named Olga.
Buying a home is not as pretty as Tom Daley in a 10-metre dive or
perhaps as explosive as Chris Hoy in the velodrome. But winning
this discipline - and it does take discipline - means dedication,
planning and some sacrifices.
Winning the perfect house is a great
personal achievement. But unlike so many sports there are no silver
and bronze medals for being a runner-up. There is not even a gold
medal for winning. But, besides satisfaction, comfort, safety,
investment and shelter, there is one other prize for the winner -
he or she can choose to plant a laurel in their new garden.
Whether you are competing for gold or
for a new property this August, we wish you well.
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