Buying a Home to Live in… Property
Consultancy or a Solo Adventure?
Locally many people are well informed about property, even if you
ask the man in the street, he could most probably give you a piece
of information or some sort of advice.
Yet, just as in all walks of life, even in real estate one finds
all sorts of people… from the genuine to the less genuine, from
the professional to the amateur, from the experienced to the inexperienced
and so on.
I recall my first days when starting to work in real estate and
to my surprise after just a week I had been issued a set of business
cards with my name and the title ‘Property Consultant’. Upon seeing
the pack I recall asking the person concerned, how could it be that
I’m going to present myself to people as a consultant when, to say
the least, I did not even receive any form of training and did not
even know the basics of property, such as the difference in the
types, or the meaning of the word ground rent!
I remember asking, if we could at least write the words ‘trainee’
before consultant for fairness sake, just to make people aware of
reality. His reply was to just go out and learn from experience
and that’s what happened through trial and error. After some time
I was lucky enough to meet Simon De Bono from Simon Estates who
offered a professional training package and from then on, luckily
things took another shape. Just as explained above, one finds various
brokers ‘sensara’or agents that do not have the experience or knowledge
to deserve the title of a ‘Property Consultant’ so my piece of advice
is to choose your advisors carefully.
The point is that sometimes it might be profitable to employ a reputable
Property Consultant, especially if you are lucky enough to find
an honest, genuine and experienced one. You might be saving thousands
of Euros in the long run, thanks to his wise advice. If he’s also
a good negotiator, you could save more than the commission paid
in price reductions, thanks to his negotiating skills.
Director AWBG Ltd. www.awbgltd.com
Property Consultant - Simonestates Naxxar Ltd.
Contact Number: 00356 79058001