Alone again! –  so was William

William Shakespeare, who died a little over 400 years ago, knew nothing about the EU, but he knew a thing or two about plots and not just plots for his plays; he also developed an eye for plots of land and the buildings on them.

Part of Shakespeare’s genius was colourfully exploring human nature in all its brutal, funny, frail, tragic and complicated guises. Over the centuries human nature hasn’t changed much so it is easy to imagine that the bard would have handled his property affairs today as he did four centuries ago. Shakespeare, it seems, not only had a way with words, but a talent for investing in bricks and mortar.

He apparently demonstrated a true understanding of the art of property. For instance he understood about investing in areas he knew well: his birthplace, Stratford upon Avon, and his workplace, London, where he invested in up-and-coming areas such as Bishopsgate, Blackfriars, Southwark, and what we know now as the Barbican.

Shakespeare really appreciated location. Although he did not coin the phrase, location, location, location, he certainly could have done, such was his appreciation for finding the ideal position for a home or a theatre. Shakespeare clearly understood that knowing the market is key to successful investment in property.

With his outstanding knowledge of human nature Shakespeare may well have proved a skilled negotiator by identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in people as well as the property market. And although he had a wonderful appreciation of history he must have had a very clear view on the future as well.

There were no estate agents in the early 17th century. They wouldn’t start to appear in the UK for another 250 years, so Shakespeare was on his own.  The housing market is so much more complicated now and a little uncertain following the EU referendum, but you need not be alone.  If you are moving home, ask a well-established and reputable estate agent like us because we have the know-how and the experience. We will also show you that we care about you and your home. “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”  Never more true.

For a friendly, no obligation chat about the value of your home, please call 01993 779020 and speak to one of our senior valuation team.