How to do your Homework before Investing in Real Estate

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Real estate investing advice is as plentiful today as Kardashians on reality TV.  But much like the Kardashian phenomenon, most of that advice is pretty fake and superficial, and largely there because they want your money.  So how do you do your homework and learn to separate the real advice from the fake and misleading?  Three words: experienced, licensed Realtors.

The media won’t stop telling us the extent to which the real estate market is a mess, but when they report these things, they’re reporting for the standard viewer, the real estate consumer.  That’s a good sign for the investor, but it’s just not that simple.  Every market is different and it’s impossible to be familiar with every area in every city that’s prime for buying property.  For these (and a million other) reasons, licensed Realtors with experience in your target market is an invaluable asset that IS FREE TO THE INVESTOR/BUYER!

For example, an experienced agent or broker can tell you where the hot areas are for buy-and-hold investment or fix-and-flip properties.  A seasoned Realtor can tell you that REIT investing is off the charts right now, growing steadily toward its high point in 2007.  An experienced broker can show you what properties and what locations will command the highest rent and attract the best tenants.  A highly embedded agent knows which school districts and employment centers are pushing resale values up.

So how do you find a Realtor that is the best fit for you?  Do your homework!  Search the internet for broker sites that speak intelligently about your areas of interest.  The novice investor jumps from agent to agent, looking for the person they can beat up the most over fees or other nickel-and-dime issues.  The astute investor wants an equally astute real estate professional to partner with in the long term.

A strong broker will do most of your homework for you.  All Realtors are legally accountable to give you the best information possible to benefit you, but the experienced, knowledgeable agent already knows all the important information and will be happy to share with you all those things that will help you grow your wealth and build your portfolio.

Real estate investing must be undertaken with diligence and fiduciary wisdom, but the real estate investor doesn’t have to know everything himself.  The wise and successful real estate investor is the one that knows how to find (and keep) the best partners.




NOTE:  We pride ourselves on bringing you the most informative, up-to-date, and accurate information possible about the often-confusing world of real estate investing.  Nothing we post however is intended to be taken as investment, real estate, or legal advice.  You should always contact a licensed investment, real estate, or legal professional for information and advice about your own unique investment scenarios.

Artisan Real Estate Group is one of the top boutique real estate firms in Arizona.  We provide an end-to-end suite of services to our investor clients, including a full range of residential and commercial real estate services, income property location service, investor services, property remodeling, restoration, and rehabilitation, real estate finance consultation, REO and bank-owned property services, trustee sale consultation and bidding representation, and new home builder services.  Our international team specializes in helping investors from all over the world with their Arizona real estate transactions.  Our goal is to find the best properties with the highest cap rate and ROI for our investor clients.  Contact us today to find out how we can help you grow your personal wealth and investment portfolio.  Artisan Real Estate Group,  or call us at (602)644-1280.  Email:

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