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Investor’s Guide to Real Estate Market Research

Analyzing real estate information with a pen in handMarket research involves conducting due diligence on an investment opportunity to determine its viability before you put your money into it. While every investment comes with some risk that is impossible to eliminate, market research helps to reduce the risk.

Market research ensures you do not make investment decisions based on surface-level information, emotions, or public opinion. Instead of these misleading premises, the investment decisions are founded on data. Your actions derive from what the market has done in the past and what it is likely to do in the future rather than what you hope it will do.

Investors can benefit from real estate market research as it provides an effective framework for discovering, gathering, and assessing pertinent data concerning a specific location when engaging in property investments. The investor can accurately determine the rental potential of a given city or district and the desirability of a specific type of property investment in that location.

In-depth market research can help new and seasoned property investors gain an edge over their competitors. It can serve as a tool for detecting when the real estate market in a location is about to turn for the worse or the better. Instead of shooting in the dark, market research gives property investors some degree of control over the outcomes of their investments.

What are the exact benefits of conducting real estate market research?

  • It can help you identify trends in a given housing market.
  • You will get enough data to compare the prices of similar properties with yours.
  • You can set your rental rate objectively instead of arbitrarily.
  • Market research also helps you market your properties effectively.
  • Lastly, you get accurate data to choose the best investments.

How to conduct real estate market research

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1. Choose a specific region or neighborhood

The first step is to decide on the location you want to conduct the research. You may already have some areas that you would like to learn about. Identify your target demographic within the location and choose a method for gathering that demographic data. In addition to getting the data yourself, you may use secondary data sources, such as census demographic data for the target area.

2. Study the market’s evolution

As a first step, you want to get an overview of real estate trends in the area. That will help you create a more up-to-date picture of the market. Some of the questions you want to ask are:

  • What is the volume of the market (properties sold, turnover, and customers)?
  • What is the current state of the market?
  • Is the market growing or stagnating?
  • In what direction is the market likely to go?

3. Analyze the physical characteristics of the neighborhood

You want to evaluate the neighborhood in terms of its physical attributes. Some data that affect a location’s standing include the quantity and quality of available water resources, the transportation network in the area, the region’s climate, the utilities, and the level of their functionality. Other data you will want to look at are the presence of social amenities, shopping centers, the number of major employers, and upcoming infrastructure projects in the area.

4. Studying the demand

This is to know the approximate number of customers in the market. The data will help you evaluate the area’s potential. Based on the census data, what is the estimated number of buyers? Who are these customers? Is there a potential for future growth? What kind of properties are they interested in? Where can they be found? What are their preferences in terms of amenities? What are the most important factors that influence the customer’s behavior in this market?

5. Look at the environmental or legal factors

Are there specific legal or environmental obstacles that make the location unfavorable for investment? Even if the legal and environmental frameworks are conducive to real estate investing, are there developing or imminent events that can change that? The essential legal frameworks can take many forms, such as new legislation that may affect the area’s business climate. You also want to look at technological innovations that may affect the property market and the area’s economy.

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6. Think of the competition

Who are your direct and indirect competitors? What are the products or services they offer that set them apart in the market? Are there any similarities between your product or services and what this competitor offers? What is the average size of these competitors; are they small businesses or large real estate organizations? Are there any identifiable real estate investment niches neglected in the area?

Finally, you want to analyze the results to see the picture from the data. You can determine whether the location is a good choice based on the information you derive from your market research. If you decide to invest in the area, the next step is to choose your investment strategy.

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