The real estate industry has experienced significant growth in the recent past becoming an influential player in the world economy. Additionally, the demand for new building developments has also grown with many individuals preferring home ownership to house renting. This has contributed to the increase in real estate firms that practice real estate property. These firms offer a wide range of services which include; property sales, facilities and estate management as well as property planning. Therefore, in a bid to serve existing and potential clients effectively most real estate firms have turned into using virtual assistants. Hence, when outsourcing the best virtual assistant, one should consider the following;
Dedicated or task-based
When choosing a virtual assistant to assist it is essential to have in mind whether one wants long-term or short-term personnel. Dedicated virtual assistants tend to work with the firm on a long term basis as compared to task based virtual assistants who are hired to tackle select tasks for a brief engagement period. It is preferable to have a dedicated virtual assistant as they get to learn about the firm and are passionate about real estate hence engage with clients in a more professional manner which generates business to the business. Moreover, having a long term virtual assistant develops a close relationship which makes working with them easy which may be difficult with new hires that come on board on a project basis.
Local or remote
A business may opt to either choose a locally available virtual assistant who is within the business’s area of operation or it may hire a remotely placed virtual assistant who lives in another nation or state. Both local and remote virtual assistants contribute greatly to the business, but the local virtual assistant can handle clients physically and engages them with the local dialect or accent. However, when operating on a low budget a remote virtual assistant with the perfect knowledge of the products will act as great.
A virtual assistant is employed in the first place as a way to outsource the business function. Therefore, there are market set rates on how to pay the local and remote virtual assistants. Local virtual assistants, however, are more expensive than the remote virtual assistants. Moreover, the fees can be hourly, per day or monthly according to the agreement. Moreover, the real estate firm may consider its fees depending on the scope of work and real estate training of the virtual assistant.