When looking for investment properties to fix and flip or buy and hold, what is the benefit of using a Realtor? I understand they have access to MLS and other resources most people do not, but wouldn't you, as an investor, want to work with a wholesaler instead? I mean I have been give some awesome off-market deals from Realtors don't get me wrong, but deals that you don't have to fight for seem more appealing to me.
I guess my question is, who do you rely on more for good deals, a licensed agent or a wholesaler? And why?
Use them both or better yet an agent that wholesales. No reason to limit yourself to one or the other. If you are fix and flipping it will be smart to have both wholesaler and realtor. For buy and hold it is a matter of who in your area will find the better deal, at any given time there is no definitive answer as to who that will be.