Four questions to ask your property investment strategist

Article supplied by Ryan Crawford
of Crawford Realty

Four questions to ask your property investment strategist

Today’s property investor is faced with an increasing number of investment options delivered by “experts”, all promoting their strategies for success.

With so much on offer how does the modern day investor select this all important mentor to advise, motivate and guide them to investment success?

Before engaging with any property investment strategist, investors should undertake their own due diligence to ensure they are taking advice from someone experienced in the market with a proven track record of success - not someone with a mandate to sell product.

A true mentor can offer unbiased, honest advice and develop a strategy in line with your financial capabilities, goals and appetite for risk.  They will put you on the right path to achieving your goals.

Here are four questions to ask your strategist to separate the investment coach from the overzealous salesperson:

 

  1. Are they themselves a successful property investor? Take advice from those who have already walked your desired path.  Ask them how long they have been in the market, what their portfolio looks like and where they have had successes and failures.
  2. Do they own or are they investing in property in the areas you are discussing and what products have they invested in? Are they established houses, apartments, off-the-plan, development sites? They should practice what they preach.  If they are not taking their own advice, there is cause for concern.
  3. What is their current investment strategy and growth achieved? Your strategist should have the ability and confidence to share their own investment strategy with you and the growth and cash flow they are achieving from their portfolio.  This includes how they have structured and financed their investments, techniques for maximizing equity and cash flow, where they have bought and why and where professional support services are required. This is not undertaken with a view to replicating their own model for success - everyone’s financial situation is very different - but they must be able to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and experience across all facets of property investment - finance, investment and property markets.
  4. Ask to speak to a number of their long term clients who have successfully created wealth with their help Many will have case studies and success stories to refer you to but it is also extremely valuable to speak direct to other investors who can tell you one to one what their experiences have been like.  Positive client references are a reliable indication of the credibility and capabilities of your strategist.


Ryan Crawford - Managing director of the Crawford Property Group, is an avid investor and investment coach, specialising in positive property Investing. Beginning his personal investment journey in the Pilbara region, The Crawford Property Group now specialises in assisting their clients build positively geared portfolio's Australia-wide


The above information is supplied by Crawford Realty.
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