A global sporting event may be upon us, but for some this summer matters of even greater personal significance are happening closer to home.
This August there will be a great deal of huffing and puffing going on in East London. There will be running and jumping, throwing, swimming, rowing, diving, sailing and cycling - plus much more. (I forgot to mention the beech volleyball)!!
But for some, who won't actually get much closer to a stadium than their sofas, there will be another demanding prize to compete for this summer – a new home. Competitors won’t be representing their country but they may well be representing their families.
Like top-flight sport, house buying takes a great deal of preparation. It takes the long distance stamina of a Mo Farah and sometimes the sprint speed of a Usain Bolt. It takes the versatility of a Jessica Ennis, the grit of a Steve Redgrave and the tactics of a Ben Ainsley. Buying a home is a discipline that requires dedication, planning and some sacrifices.
Winning the perfect house is a great personal achievement. But unlike so many sports there are no silver and bronze medals for being a runner-up. There is not even a gold medal for winning. But satisfaction, comfort, safety, investment and shelter, there is the prize for the winner.
Whether you are competing for gold or for a new property this August, we wish you well.