One of the biggest questions among local investors is “How to find good investment properties in San Diego.

Foreclosure deals are not as numerous as they were a few years back… finding the best deals in San Diego requires more creativity.

There are many sources of properties from different marketing routes… online, offline, etc… so there is no a one way that is the best way to find good investment properties in San Diego.

This article will show you some ways you can put to action to find great properties to add to your investment portfolio.

First, think long termInvestment property

Real estate doesn’t move like the stock market. It’s where people live, work and play – not just numbers on a screen. It’s almost impossible to make a huge amount of cash in a short-term real estate deal, those come few and far between.

Fancy tricks are useless, or thinking that you are smarter than the experts who have been doing this stuff for years. Thinking long-term means learning from the past to better anticipate the future.

It’s a great idea to find many sources of properties that fit your criteria so you have a better flow of deals to look at.

Second, focus on relationships

The investment community in San Diego is much smaller than most people think.

There are only a handful of brokers and investors who conduct most of the business in the market.

They’re used to working with the same people on a regular basis. It’s worth the time and effort to find them and learn from them. If you can, work with them. They’re your best source of good deals, now and in the future.

How do you get to know them? Go to your local REIA and find the people who are active and talk to them. Ask them which real estate agents they use, what wholesalers in the area are active (and get their info) and let everyone you can find know that you are looking for investment properties that fit your criteria.  Learning how to find good investment property in San Diego isn’t hard thing… but relationships can be a key element in getting some of the best deals on properties that no one else has access to in the San Diego, California market.

Who should you get to know?

  • A few of the top investment friendly real estate brokers in San Diego
  • A couple real estate appraisers who deal w/ the types of properties you deal with
  • The top handful of property wholesalers in the area
  • The top handful of property rehabbers / flippers in the area
  • Title agents that deal with investment properties a lot

Third, identify your target investments.

In order to create long-term wealth it is necessary to define your target market.

Being focused often will make you succeed the most. An investor or realtor may market themselves specifically to luxury properties, for example, or to families with young children, and gear their marketing efforts and materials to their desired clientele.

Take your time to research the different segments of the market to see which opportunities are truly the best for you. Once you know what you want to own, you can create a plan to find out who owns it and make sure that they know to call you when they want to sell that property.

Finally – use technology.

Contact us to receive our list of exclusive properties, and we’ll notify you instantly when we find a great investment.

In Casas Advisors we frequently source properties for deep discounts, secure them and then sell them for a discounted rate to the people on our list who are ready, willing and able to invest. There’s other ways to get notified about properties on the open market – you should get familiar with searching the multiple listing service with the rest of the herd, because every once in a blue moon a great deal shows up.

We don’t deal with average deals – we only pass along great deals to our partner investors. We’re not real estate brokers, and our business is a niche within San Diego.

If you’re looking to seriously invest in San Diego, we’d love to chat with you to learn your wants, wishes and objectives.

So hopefully you now know how to find great investment properties in San Diego. If you have questions give us a call or email!

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