Too often it is easier to see the negative in a situation so we can create a defence against it. Sometimes this approach is useful, making us find new ways of working and pushing our limits further. However a negative stimulus is only good for so long, depressing morale and creating division.
The human mind reacts better to positive motivation; resilience in the face of hard times and persistence in making it better is truly one of the greatest feats we as human beings can achieve.
This is only achieved by working together.
After our Annual Conference a couple of weeks ago, I came away thinking about how this industry works together. In the face of a continuing shortage of supply, the attack on the Buy-to-Let market and landlords, and rising house prices, we work together to push through the difficulties the market face.
For all of those difficulties, there is definitely an air of positivity in the market. Where we find a shortage of houses, our industry is pushing the limits by exploring modular construction. Where affordability is a worry for buyers, we’re launching new mortgage products to help and continually innovating to ensure homemovers receive the very best of what we can offer. And even though many Buy-to-Let landlords are facing tougher times, it’s bringing forward a more professional landlord that’s in it for the long-haul (which is better for tenants).
It’s the people in this industry that make it work. We create a coherent market despite its difficulties and no overarching government housing strategy.
No matter whether you are an estate agent, mortgage broker, housebuilder or conveyancer, collaboratively we are the drive behind this industry. Our understanding that working together as a collective is what keeps it moving forward.
With this in mind, we know that elections always cause the market to stall in the short-term, creating a moment of negativity. But whatever the outcome we know that by staying strong, focussed and united we will keep the market moving forward.
This post is dedicated to our friends and colleagues in Manchester and London and to all of those affected by the events of 23rd May and 3rd June 2017. #UnitedWeStand