As the world celebrates the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, Nick Churton of Michael Saunders & Company’s London office explores how a home can be just like the famous Sorting Hat.
Many of us are familiar with the Sorting Hat at J K Rowling’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. New students must place the hat on his or her head, and it will tell them to which of the school’s four houses— Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin—they are most suited.
If you think about it, a home is really just like the Sorting Hat. It’s as if it instinctively knows whether it’s right for you- and you for it. Often, if you listen carefully to the conversation the property is having with your inner self, it will guide you toward somewhere which fits your personality, as well as your financial and spatial needs.
Sometimes though, it’s not just about finding the right home for you. What about the market? Then there’s the economy, schools, transport and mortgages. And what about prices – are they going up or down? When is the right time to buy? Thankfully, this is where your Michael Saunders & Company agent comes in.
Apart from our families and ourselves, our homes are one of the most important things in our lives. Our homes protect and nurture us. They keep us warm – or cool. They keep us secure. They inspire us. Why do we become homesick when we are away for too long? When we are away we like to create a home-from-home and long for somewhere that is homely. We have home thoughts and like home cooking. We certainly like home comforts. When we look for somewhere to live we home in on a place that we can call home-sweet-home, for our home is our castle.
Yes, what’s happening in the real estate market is important. But let your Realtor focus on that, so you can focus more on belonging to the right house.