Analyze the Right Data for Your Real Estate Investment

Analyze the Right Data for Your Real Estate Investment

If you’re looking for a great property to invest in, you may have already heard “Location, location, location!” Certainly, finding the right spot is an important starting point. Beyond identifying the right location, you’ll want to pick your asset class, such as opting for multifamilyretailoffice, or development, which I’ve covered in detail in previous articles. You’ll also need a business plan in place to show to others, including partnerslenders, and other investors.

As you go through the process, keep in mind that analyzing the right data can reveal many factors about the market you’re considering. The key is to find the right data and interpret it when evaluating a market. You may discover that the property you’re considering is in a growing area or could increase in value due to economic factors in the region.

Consider the following guidelines in mind as you review data and make a real estate investment:

Be Aware of Job Figures

When looking at investing in a city, it may seem reasonable to evaluate the job market. Areas that are growing and hiring more employees could be a sign of a strong economy. However, in today’s hybrid world, determining job growth could be more challenging. That’s because if a job is reported in one market, the person hired might live in another state and stay there to work remotely. Given this, the job data related to a city might not give the full picture of who is living there. Check carefully to see where the jobs are being offered.

Check Population Data and Demographics

If a city is growing, and more professionals are moving in, it could be a positive sign for the local economy. Look at studies on returning to the office or resources such as Kastle, which analyzes office occupancy rates, to see if employees are working face-to-face in the location you’re considering. You can also check what types of industries are operating in the area. Once you know this, you’ll be able to think about real estate assets that would complement the trends. For instance, if a market is known as a big tech center, you could look at what type of office space is needed. You could also check what kind of housing will be in demand, such as if the workers are looking for roommates in an apartment or prefer single-family homes. Look at apartment occupancy levels to get an idea of residential trends.

Understand Foot Traffic Numbers

With the advent of anonymized cell phone data, we can now access useful information about a market and view the related trends. You could look at foot traffic numbers for a location you are evaluating. You might be able to identify commute patterns and understand how people move through a particular space. This can be especially valuable when making office and retail decisions.

Look at City Tourism and Projects

Check transit studies to learn figures related to subway travel, along with rail and highway routes. Find how many people are coming through a nearby airport regularly, and review tourist numbers and hotel occupancy rates. If these statistics are up, it could be a sign of a strong local economy.

In some areas, you might spot changing infrastructure such as a new subway station that is being built or a train route which will be added to a line. You could learn about a plan to build a city park or other public space. Knowing which projects have been identified, along with when they are expected to be finished, can help you make a decision. You’ll be able to compare this insight to the other information you’ve gathered to get a strong sense of where the market is headed.

While considering location will also be essential when making a real estate investment, there are many additional resources you can tap. With the data that’s now available, you can look at the changes in population, see what industries are booming, and know how people are moving through the area. All these factors can help you see if the location you’re considering is right and has the potential to generate an outsized return on your investment.