Real Estate Brokers: Valuable to Investors?

3 Reasons Why Real Estate Brokers Can be Helpful to Investors

how to invest in real estate wth real estate brokers

If you have ever purchased a house then you’ve probably had at least one experience with real estate brokers.  Real estate brokers are in abundance. We see their faces all over bus stops and bill board signs.   If you want to know how to invest in real estate, you’ll need to know how do you choose the right ones that can help you grow your business.

Today I’m going to share with you 3 important characteristics that we here at Simple Acquisitions look for if we want to engage real estate brokers.

  1. Investment Property Experience

Just because a realtor knows how to SELL real estate doesn’t mean he/she know how to INVEST in real estate. Marc and I like to develop relationships with brokers that have investment properties of their own or at least have experience helping others buy and sell investment properties.

The realtors and brokers we work with need to know acronyms such as NOI,  CAP rate, DSRC and ROI. They need to understand a property as an investment, and not as a private residence.  The two are bought and sold quite differently. Typically realtors with this level of knowledge are usually commercial agents or brokers.

  1. Market Knowledge

Great real estate brokers will have detailed knowledge of their market. This is especially important to investors who may not live in the city in which they invest. Although we do our own research, we rely on local professionals to provide us valuable market data and insights into the markets that they live and breathe every day.

  1. Access to off Market Deals

Anyone can find and buy a property on MLS or LoopNet.  A good real estate broker will have strong networking skills and have useful connections in the community. As a result they will be able to find you those pocket listings and below market deals that we as investors crave.

Real estate agents/brokers can play a huge role in helping us acquire a deal, assessing the value of a property or even helping us close a difficult sale. Real estate is all about relationships. We rely on brokers to help find us great properties to buy, and they rely on us to bring them repeat business.

 

Developing these relationships take time. As you learn how to invest in real estate you’ll see that you can’t expect a broker you met over coffee to just hand you over an amazing off market listing opportunity. Both sides need to build and earn trust and show commitment to doing business with each other. Real Estate Brokers are a power team member that can help you build wealth.

 

If you want to learn more about how to invest in real estate or find out how getting involved in real estate can benefit YOU contact us.

Remember, real estate doesn’t have to be complicated. With Simple Acquisitions, it’s smart and simple!

Marc Dupuis

About Marc Dupuis

Marc got the real estate bug in his early twenties, and it’s never left. He has multi-faceted experience dealing with real estate investment companies. Marc’s is what you can call a real estate jack of all trades. He’s been an investor, landlord, property manager and builder in the Ottawa area since 1996 when he bought his first income property. He has since acquired a dozen income generating properties. He’s brokered property purchases for friends. He’s a partner in a commercial building and has built several new homes. His most recent build was featured in the May 2012 edition of Ottawa Magazine http://www.ottawamagazine.com/homes-gardens/2012/05/11/a-house-we-love-a-cliff-side-dwelling-in-chinatown-and-on-lebreton-flats/ Marc manages the research and acquisition activities for Simple Acquisitions, LP. He creates strategic alliances with financial institutions, property managers, brokers, attorneys, contractors, developers, and real estate investment companies on a daily basis. Marc is also the liaison between the company and its private lenders. Marc has an innate ability to see the end result when nobody else can. He’s known for bringing all the necessary resources together to achieve his goals. He loves to talk to aspiring investors and provide education and guidance where he can. He even sent a laptop to an unemployed man that he met at a gas Station in North Carolina who was down on his luck, in the hopes that it would be a tool that could help him learn about way to make a living.
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