The Dating Game
Richard Ashton of Allan Morris considers some similarities between Love and Property when searching online.
Going back into the singles market after a period of life spent in a relationship can be difficult, troublesome and unnerving. Dating in 2017 is a lot different from ten years ago – never mind twenty! Society, expectations and even the rules of the game have changed. Those entering this arena after some time have to learn these new rules and quickly.
Moving home is very similar. The way we buy property has changed a great deal over the past decade or two. The internet for instance has altered how we search for property, and it has had a similar effect on the dating business. Most people nowadays use a dating site or their smart phone to find a partner, much as they use technology to find a new home.
Then there is the first date. Perhaps there are fewer blind dates nowadays because 21st century technology provides the opportunity to communicate in all sorts of ways before the initial personal encounter even takes place. Home buying is similar. Now, before one visits a property for the first time there is the opportunity to look around it in the anonymity of one’s own home. Through the internet one can see photographs, floorplans, and perhaps drone footage too. Google’s Street View will show the location, position, outlook and the condition of the neighbouring properties. Through Google Earth one can even see what it all looks like from outer space!
Once upon a time estate agents had to know all the local details. Now the internet can provide the entire lowdown on property values, schools, transport, communications, security, crime rates and much more. In the same way a dating site will know the details of its applicants and from that information it will try and find a perfect match.
But like dating, home finding can be a highly personal business. You can try to find an idea partner online but it is not exactly personal and often can be a rather hit and miss affair. So despite the march of time, the change in rules and the advance in technology many still rely on an age-old, tried and tested, highly successful means of finding their perfect partner – a matchmaker. Down the centuries, in cultures all over the world matchmakers have made couples happy.
Well, consider us as your matchmaker. You can do all sorts of research online but being good agent we will understand what your heart wants in the way a machine never can, with empathy, understanding and knowledge. We will also know what is not yet on the market but soon will be – and of course you will want to be the first in line.
If you are thinking of moving and would like any assistance please give us a call on 01684 561411 and we’ll find the perfect match for you.