If the investor has a short-term horizon, they may buy into developments and attempt to sell the property before or at completion. This can be a risky strategy depending on the volatility of the market.
You can access property investments in different ways such as purchasing properties directly or via units in a trust that purchases the properties on behalf of investors (these are called property trusts). Accessing property via a trust often allows you the ability to gain exposure to more properties than if you used your own money to purchase individual properties. This spread of properties can help diversify the overall risk of your property investment (see section below on diversification).