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3 Tips for Finding a Real Estate Agent (for Investors!)

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New to investing and looking to find great deals? Here's your best bet: Find an investor-friendly real estate agent.

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There’s no shortage of agents—it’s not difficult to find one. There are fewer agents, though, who possess the necessary knowledge and skills to help out investors.

I’m an agent and an investor, and I want to share with you some tips for tracking down the best possible real estate agent for your purposes.

Related: The New Investor’s Guide to Hiring a Real Estate Agent

How to Find a Real Estate Agent (for Investors)

  1. Google isn’t going to help you. You’d be hard-pressed to find a real estate agent who labels himself or herself as “investor-friendly.”
  2. Look for agents who consistently list renovated properties. More than likely, the investor who renovated the property is listing it with the same agent who helped them find the deal.
  3. Get out and network. Go to meet-ups. Ask questions. Most people love to share information.

In the video above, I go into further detail about how to successfully search for and find agents who have experience working with investors. By implementing these things, I assure you that you’ll take your business to the next level!

Is this information helpful? Do you have any tips or tricks to add? 

Let me know in a comment below.

Neva Williamson is among the top-producing real estate professionals in Virginia. For over 11 years, she has managed to master every aspect of real estate. Prior to her stint as a full-time real es...
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    Grant Berthold Rental Property Investor from Ames, IA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Great Tips! I would never have thought about looking for agents that are consistently listing renovated properties, but that totally makes sense!
    James Gorman IV Investor from Gig Harbor, Washington
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Agents & even many Brokers seem to have little enthusiasm to be an investor-friendly real estate agent; it could be a skill set matter or a preference in dealing with residential sales only. Commercial agents quite often tend to be proposed future Proforma Oriented, interested in providing what may happen into the future rather than factual data of today.
    Katie Rogers from Santa Barbara, California
    Replied over 1 year ago
    The reason they do not want to work with investors is that a lot of investors are not moved by their typical closing tactics. Investors run the numbers and if the numbers don’t work, the investor won’t buy. Investors tend to be savvier and will not be swayed by nonsense. Offers from investors tend to be lower than naive homebuyers because investors need to have at least a little room for profit. In my community, seller are listing their trash houses at their ARV, and end up languishing on the market for months while incrementally reducing the listing price until they finally get an offer,
    Account Closed from Kyparissia, Messinia
    Replied over 1 year ago
    I found my “investor friendly” agent by chance. My sister was looking for a house to rent, and so I figured that if the agent helped in finding tenants for rentals, she must be investor friendly. I asked her to contact the agent and put me in touch. I was pleased to find out that she could help me find properties, but would also be able to find tenants, do the necessary screenings, etc. The MLS listings she sends me are often houses that have been recently renovated or need renovations. Some are in OZ. Others are already occupied by tenants.
    Korey Rowlson Real Estate Agent from Jackson, MI
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Any ideas for agents to stand out as investor friendly?
    Maria Teo
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Real estate agents reach out to me about my properties but I am hesitant to talk with them too much because I don’t want to give the false assumption that I want to work with them. The real estate world is relatively small so I don’t want to burn bridges but I also want to be able to shop around to see what services/expertise various agents/companies can offer me. What is the best way to navigate this? How can I get to know an agent without committing myself? What questions should a prospective client ask an agent to better get to know them? Thanks!
    Goke Akingbade Investor from Glen Burnie, MD
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Great tips !!!!
    Rob Massopust Real Estate Broker from Garden Grove, California
    Replied 8 months ago
    I'm and investor friendly agent in Orange County CA. I am investor and rehabber my self so I know all the details that investors are looking for and try to solve their problems. I get off market, REO and find deals frequently. Its tough though investors can be unreasonable and so can sellers. Remember brokers dont want to waste their time with tire kickers and those that cant close. Its frustrating for both ends. If I can help you or give value or solve your problem then it will behoove you to work with me. Many times buyers just want info and go somewhere else. A broker that knows the area and can instantly point you to a good deal then that is worth alot to you. In an ideal world I could just push a button and buy a good deal when I see it and you would just have to trust that it is, once the market sees it its too late. If you find and contact a broker do not say things like -"I want to find 20 deals this month" ugh, what wholesale class did you just come from? Or "I want to find a good deal" yeah we all do. Good deals are created vs found.
    Bruce Dalis Flipper/Rehabber from Bayville, NY
    Replied 8 months ago
    I am an investor / broker. Ive been working with investors and know what they want and need since investing is my primary gig. I am now just opening a brokerage that specializes in the investor space. The investor market is the only segment that has constant repeat sales. Why wouldn't any agent recognize that potential? Help and agent find a good property and then assist them in selling it. What could be easier and more lucrative for the agent. To the investors out there, if you're on Long Island of eastern Queeens, contact me. [email protected] If you aren't local to me, my advice is to find a good buyer's agent and work exclusively with them.
    Larry Barther Real Estate Agent from Saint Augustine, FL
    Replied 8 months ago
    Great information! I’m an investor friendly agent in the Northeast Florida area. I really like the fact that investors have NO emotion when looking for deals. Only the numbers matter. The negotiation of the future listing after the home is renovated suits me fine. I’m looking to build relationships and not merely the highest commission possible.
    Tim Davids Real Estate Broker from NW Indiana
    Replied 8 months ago
    I'm a Broker in North West Indiana. I also have been attending Investor meet ups for about 7 years. Here and in Chicago. Happy to work with anyone looking in my area. My experience is that investors don't think Brokers can find something the investor can not. This is partly true but you can't be everywhere all the time. I might find something on the MLS that, yes, you could have found yourself but I took the time to dig and run some numbers. If you don't let me know I'll be your guy when its time to sell, I'll be working with someone e Your goal really should be that your so busy rehabbing that you don't have the time to search for and sell your properties. P.S. I'm investor Friendly :)
    Kim Tonetti from Bryn Mawr PA
    Replied 7 months ago
    Choose an agent who's also an investor, so they understand best how to help you. If they've had real world experience in your business model, they can help you avoid the pitfalls of poor contracts, bad areas and anomaly property types that will not be able to reach the highest ARV that you need. They are licensed to keep your interest above their own and you'll need to impart what is important for you in order to be on the same page. Check with the local board of realtors to determine whether they have been reported for misconduct in the past. In our area, its with the SWRA . Ask a realtor how they operate as an investor, whether it be in wholesaling/flipping, as a developer, or with buy and holds, etc. Also, in which asset class - singles, multi's, self storage, etc. If they are savvy with experiences in the same capacity that you wish to execute, they will be better prepared to help you. I prefer to provide defined sales and trend analytics to help my clients' confidence in their ARV estimates and share resources. This helps them to plan strategically for winning outcomes that keep repeat business coming. There is a certain path for each business model, but it starts with you explaining your goals to build trust in working together. Investors take up a lot more time for agents, relative to a 'retail' client, but a good realtor will share their pocket listings with investors who demonstrate a mutually loyal relationship.