I know I’m not alone in discovering the joy of searching for properties online. In fact as a thirty-something it seems that there are lots of us out there spending quiet Sunday mornings scrolling endlessly on rightmove or primelocation. A few of my friends and I have a dedicated ‘rightmove’ WhatsApp group for sharing the weird and unusual looking properties that we discover.
I thought I’d share a little bit on the the joy of searching for properties and why it’s a positive obsession. The joy of searching properties online is a bit of a cultural phenomena, which has led the term ‘property porn’ to be entered into the Collins Dictionary. Searching for properties online doesn’t necessarily mean that your longing for something or discontented, in fact it can bring great joy…
Discovering a New Area
One of the joys of searching for property online, for me is the prospect of discovering a new area. Say for example we are driving through the countryside on our way to visit friends and we pass through a pretty village- I’ll get on my phone and take a look at the properties available. Looking at the area, the house prices and the types of properties for sale is exciting. Searching online gives you an idea of what sort of property is available there from ancient country manors to new properties from developers like Redrow Houses.
Actively Explore What’s Around
Searching for properties online, can inspire your real-world activities. It can be very easy to keep yourself at home or stick to the same places to visit, however, there are probably lots of areas nearby to explore. Whether you enjoy going on long walks or have a passion for food, make an effort to actively explore the areas that you might have been looking at online. Say for example you’ve been looking for properties in countryside villages, maybe you want to take a train out to the village and enjoy strolling around at the weekend.
Using your imagination is always a pleasure. Perhaps you’re looking at crumbling Scottish Castles or Beach Properties in Southern California. Taking your imagination for a spin can bring great joy. I guess searching for properties is a form of escapism like reading a great piece of fiction? Maybe for that short period of time your imagining another world. Your redecorating a place in your mind or adding that extension. Picturing the possibilities and how you would make a place your own can bring joy.
Get To Know Your Transport Routes
A bit of a geeky point, but searching for properties online will help you to get to know your transport routes. It’s good to know your nearest motorway points for when you want to go on your travels, but it’s also important to know how you’re going to get to and from work. When looking at properties, you’re considering the commuting time and whether you are driving or traveling by public transport. When it comes to public transport, you might be looking at the stops on the train line and exploring the properties in each area along the route. Do some research and explore different routes, there’s great joy in joining the dots and brushing up on your geography!
For a lot of people searching for properties way above their current budget can be thrilling. Dreaming and thinking about how you would live in a large, grand pile can bring joy. Dreaming big can be a fun activity. Visualisation is alway encouraged around here!
‘Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will’ -George Bernard Shaw