Real Estate is far beyond just building houses. It has evolved to something that everyone in the world is now a part of or affected by. The feeling of finally getting the keys to your dream house. A family displaced now off the streets. A business person standing in awe of the office building they had always dreamt of owning. The innovations and nearly impossible feats of the buildings standing all over the world today. The lucrative nature of the business. Whichever it is, it strikes a core in each and every single one of us.
A rapid growth in civilization created the need for schools, hospitals, and housing. In the present day, it has expanded into much more than that. While it is still about the basic human need for infrastructure, we have gone from mud houses to bricks, cement, and even beyond that to style (interior design). But with this expansion came a problem. Nigeria, like many other countries, must now balance the demand for luxury accommodation for high-income earners versus low-cost, affordable housing for the masses. Although real estate presents to its players this near impossible task, it is important to still praise it for the many things it does bring.
To many individuals, it brings with it the opportunity to actualize the dream of owning a beautiful home. To the lawmakers and defenders, it is another honest day’s work. To the bricklayers, masons and other labour workers, it is food on their tables and the dignity of their person. It is a job. To the artist that loves to create either in the form of architecture, interior design or through technology, real estate brings an avenue to create beauty. To the businessman, another opportunity to thrive and make money while creating numerous jobs in the process. From the one who plans the landscaping to the other artist who captures it on canvas, and then to the art lover who buys the masterpiece and hangs it on their wall; whatever your passions are, real estate has something for everyone. It ties us all together in the most extraordinary way.
It has also been an industry of growth and innovation. A field in which mankind has pushed itself and realized that we don’t have as many limits as we thought. Creating, for example, the Burj Khalifa, Harpa Concert Hall, The Pantheon in Rome, The Dancing House, the Shard, and so many others further proved to man that he can truly accomplish the impossible. And as Nigeria is concerned, architects like Olajumoke Adenowo and Baba Oladeji are sure to put us on the global map very soon. And to all of us together, to all Nigerians, it is a boost in our economy which gives hope for a better life for us all.
If you care to look for it, you will see that there is more to the real estate industry than meets the eye. It will be here long after we all are gone, continuing on from generation to generation. It preserves history while building the future.
To all nations, it is development, beauty, and pride. This is the spirit of real estate.