Are you searching for a new property? Do you need some help on where to start or what to look for? Or maybe, you are simply in need of some advice on how to get the most out of your investment? If so, you may consider hiring a property consultant, advisor, or agent. But what is the difference between them all, and which is right for you?
In today’s article, we will check out each of these roles in more detail and help you decide who will be able to help you find – and buy – your perfect home.
A property consultant is a very general term for a professional who can advise or guide your prospective purchase. They might have any degree of experience, from being relatively new to the profession to having been in it for decades.
For example, they may be a marketing expert that got into real estate investing because of an interest in advertising and personal branding strategies that stand out, allowing them to increase their client base and start developing properties of their own. Or they may have years of experience working for an established firm as a manager or office leader, gaining insight on how best to manage both employees and clients alike before striking out on their own.
Their range of knowledge could even stretch further than this, to business planning, marketing strategy, and more. But the point is that they are not tied down exclusively to real estate. They also provide advice on a range of other matters that might be relevant to your purchase – for example, financial strategies or legal contracts – but this is not necessarily what they are known for doing.
Property Investment Advisor
Unlike consultants who come from all kinds of backgrounds interested in real estate, advisors specialise in advising people on their investments. They focus specifically on putting together portfolios for clients to maximize returns based on risk profiles and client needs.
They may have experience working at major accounting firms or banks where they got their hands dirty, gaining insight into cutting-edge investment methods, particularly those related to real estate markets. But more often than not, they will have amassed their knowledge and experience through studies and hard work alone.
Advisors can provide you with a vast array of options for your investment strategy, which means that while some may be good at putting together low-risk portfolios for clients who are looking to keep their money in the market rather than pull it out for use elsewhere, others may focus on high reward tactics that potentially involve higher risk but could pay off big if they hit the right way.
Finally, there are the buyer’s agents. These professionals do what you would expect them to do: assist in purchasing real estate properties. They only help buyers choose the best homes based on their desires, so they cannot advise on other matters such as taxation, finance, or legal documents.
However, with their responsibilities, they will help you save time, effort, and money as you invest. Their primary goal is to assist you in finding properties at the best prices and under excellent terms.
In a nutshell, a buyer’s agent will handle matters for you, including the following:
- Assessing the market for the value of a potential investment property
- Researching details about the property for you to make an informed decision
- Looking for properties that perform better than the average ones in the market
- Negotiate with property sellers or owners on your behalf
- Help you build your property portfolio in a secure manner
Getting in touch with a buyer’s agent is good if you do not want any distractions from working with a professional whose focus is not solely on the purchase itself. But it is not so good if you have a specific need and are looking for someone to fill it.
While some agents may be happy to guide you through all your options before helping you make a final decision, others will take a more hands-off approach and leave it entirely up to you whether or not what you choose fits within your budget or reflects your needs.
So, if you decide to hire a buyer’s agent to help you, look for experience, network, and excellent negotiation skills. If you find the right buyer’s agent, you will have a higher chance of landing the best term for your property investment.
So which should you go for?
It primarily depends on the type of approach you are looking for. For example, major accounting firms and banks always have a team dealing with clients’ investments, which means that if you go there directly, you would be sure to get the kind of professional attention that someone working in their industry is expected to provide.
But at the same time, their experience and expertise in real estate markets specifically to advise you appropriately on your options when it comes to buying a home may not be enough. So while some may aim to give you a detailed account of all your options to leave nothing out and ensure that you do not miss anything important when making your choice, others might prefer taking a more hands-off approach instead.
In contrast, though, property investment advisors can be great because they know how to make your choices count. They know how to interpret data in a way that enables them to provide you with the kind of professional guidance when it comes to choosing what is suitable for you or whether an option is good enough for your needs, which makes them much better equipped than consultants who have not had the same level of training and experience being able to put their knowledge into practice.
But then again, buyer’s agents are just as good because they understand what you want. However, they may be less skilled at putting together portfolios based on this information alone. Still, because they specialise entirely in purchasing property only, they are very well suited for performing this single task exactly suitable rather than getting distracted by other things along the way.
If you want someone to teach you as much as they can about real estate markets as a whole, then these professionals will probably be the ideal choice for you just because of their extensive knowledge and experience in this area. So it all depends on what you want and whether or not asking these questions yields results worth your investment.
Regardless though, remember that no matter which path you decide upon, there is always something to gain from acquiring professional help when making an important decision such as investing your money.