The Critical Reasons to Understand Your Risk Profile
Australia has become synonymous with real estate, where investing in property has become a national pastime with a large percentage of Australians either owning their own property or looking at entering the market.
While people will generally set positive and sometimes lofty goals in their real estate missions, only a small percentage are able to fully follow through with their plans. If you’re keen to getting started on the right foot and wondering what will help you set yourself up for success, it’s critical to understand all the aspects of the industry including personal risks.
Risk is the term technically used to refer to the extent by which a person or individual is willing to expose themselves to loss, in exchange for a specific level of gain. Unfortunately, many property investors and homebuyers do not consider risk as part of the buying process.
While people taking big risks can be applauded in dramatic scenarios – discovering conspiracies, scaling mountains, overcoming oppression, and winning the love of one’s life – the same does not hold true in property investment.
Whether you’re just starting out or already growing a property portfolio, you should consider all investments as a business and consider risk as if you were the business owner. If you are not able to view the scenario in this manner, then you’re pretty much gambling with your eyes closed.
Many people openly declare that they have a low-to-moderate risk profile but are still eager to test the waters of property development. In this situation, they are unaware of just how highly exposed property development is to risk. Sure, property returns can be lucrative and no doubt appealing however the risks are always present. Considering risk tolerance carefully allows them to revise their property investment strategies to ensure it matches with their personal risk profile.
Here, it should be emphasised that understanding the relevance of risk when establishing or creating your property portfolio is essential so as to be able to mitigate or manage it. At the very least, understanding your personal risk profile will give you a well-founded ability to make appropriate and informed investment decisions from the outset. At best, this understanding of risk will save time, effort and the loss of potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It’s important to note that buying property is likely to be your life’s most expensive purchase – and for some, the only property purchase that you will make in your lifetime. Furthermore, it’s a purchase that you will largely depend on the most for leverage to successfully create financial prosperity and maybe even financial freedom for your family. Hence, it is critical to fully understand your risk profile when buying property. This will ensure you get the best investment opportunity available and will keep your stress levels to a minimum.
Throughout life, your property investment risk profile may fluctuate depending on factors such as market status, your financial and income situation and other lifestyle factors. You should therefore assess your risk profile at periodic intervals. Risk profiles are based on how cautious or daring you are, your conservatism level, and how prudent, assertive or aggressive you are.
For assistance with risk profiling, enlist the services of an investment specialist buyer’s agent. An experienced buyer’s advocate will thoroughly assess your situation and personality to recommend the best property buying strategy for you.
One’s intended level of involvement in the buying process should also be gauged early on. You should be able to determine whether or not you plan to be actively or passively involved in the buying process. If you think you want to keep your involvement to a minimum a professional and licensed buyer’s agent will benefit you greatly. Their training, qualifications, professionalism, and expertise will help ensure they get best possible outcome for you. However if you believe you have what it takes to tackle the buying process actively alone, then make sure you are fully equipped with due diligence and knowledge to properly determine the means to mitigate the risks involved.