In the vast majority of states, you would have to disclose that you are a licensed real estate professional to any party that you are purchasing from. What I do when I buy property for myself is include the phrase "Buyer is a licensed Real Estate Professional" on the purchase contract itself. I have yet to have a seller nix a deal because I was a real estate broker. Sometimes I speak with sellers after a successful closing and they confide in me that they were comforted that they were dealing with a professional buyer.
I respectfully disagree with the notion that because I'm a license real estate broker I'm expected to not to offer an extremely low offer on a property. The only requirement once you're licensed is to disclose that you are licensed, that's it. I don't care what the asking price is on a property as I will offer a price that is in line and makes sense for my own investment strategy. Some sellers out there are disconnected with the current market and are asking comical asking prices for their properties. If I like a property on the market but not it's asking price, I am not obligated to offer close to the asking price just because I'm a licensed real estate professional. That is absolutely false. I can legally and ethically offer any price that I wish and the seller can either accept, counter or decline the offer as long as I disclose my status.
I always recommend that investors get licensed because you learn a great deal by going through the process. Not so much from the course/exams that you are required to take, but more so from if you take a job in a real estate brokerage and get to assist/mentor off current top producing brokers/agents. Most importantly, you'll learn how to acquire information. And information in the real estate investment world is powerful and potentially worth a great deal of money. If you really love the game of real estate investment (like myself), I believe it makes sense to totally immerse yourself in the profession.
Nov 30, 2008