The seasons: nature and property search agents in harmony

 

DucksWe are very lucky in Hampshire to spend our days as property search agents surrounded by beautiful countryside, alive with an abundance of nature’s creatures, big and small. As I sit and write, watching the housemartins that share our home in the summer months soar and dive around the garden picking off insects in the sunshine, it makes me reflect how similar their yearly cycle is to our own business.

Early spring is the time when most people start looking to move house, having hunkered down and weathered the storms of winter, and this is typically when Hatchards is at its busiest with the arrival of new clients with new challenges. These early months are the time when ducks reappear at the village pond, the housemartins and swallows start moving in under eaves, the pheasants strut, the partridge scuttle to find their own little patch and the buzzards return to their tree top nests. Obviously this involves plenty of fevered searching for the best location, battling for the prime address and, inevitably, disappointment for some.

As spring turns into summer there is time to enjoy the roost, some patching up to do and new arrivals to enjoy. This is when nature is at its busiest and that certainly is indicative of the months of May and June for us. As the sun starts reaching its zenith, things seem to quieten down a little as the fledglings spread their wings, start to stand on their own two feet and everyone can enjoy the long summer evenings. And so, the housing market starts to slow down as exchanges turn to completions and estate agents, buyers and even property finders take time off to enjoy some much needed rest.

However, as August turns to September, suddenly decisions need to be made again. Do you fly off to pastures new or settle on home turf? Do you look to see if the grass is greener on the other side of the hill, or up sticks and take your chances with far flung lands? Autumn brings a hive of activity in both nature and in property finding, as we search for something new, desperate to be settled before the cold of winter catches up with us. We invariably spend our autumns viewing every property on the market, trying to find that elusive house in time for Christmas.

Buying a house can seem to get more complicated, hazardous and unpredictable as the years go by, but perhaps millions of years of nature has something to teach us – if we just look out of the window.

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