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12 strategies for finding off-market properties in 2024


In today’s dynamic real-estate investment landscape finding properties off-market is an increasingly popular strategy. Off-market properties, also known as pocket listings, or private listings, are properties not publicly advertised or listed on the open market. These are typically sold through private channels, such as exclusive listings within professional networks or, ideally for an investor, through direct negotiations between buyers and sellers.

The growing appeal of off-market properties

The real estate market in 2024 is characterised by shifting dynamics and emerging trends. Many factors, such as urbanisation, demographic changes, and technological advancements shape how investors approach property investment. In this dynamic environment, staying informed about market trends and adapting to changing conditions is essential for success.

As the real estate market evolves in 2024, the significance of off-market properties continues to grow. By tapping into off-market properties, investors can access a unique pool of assets that may not be available through traditional channels. Investors are drawn to off-market opportunities for several reasons, such as reduced competition, and the potential for customised deals where you negotiate favourable terms for all parties.

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Of course, the on-market approach has three advantages. Properties are publicly listed they are easy to find, you know the price they are looking for, and you know where to go to make contact.

However, in today’s competitive market, going off-market properties is an increasingly appealing strategy for many investors, offering several advantages. By bypassing traditional channels investors can access properties before they are widely available, side-stepping competition. This can lead to better deals and increase the potential for profit for both buyer and vendor.

12 ways to source and acquire off-market properties in 2024

Finding these off-market properties requires a multi-faceted approach and here are twelve strategies that investors can employ to expand their property portfolios:

  1. Build a network. Cultivate relationships with industry professionals, including real estate agents, brokers, investors, and property owners, to access exclusive off-market listings and referrals.
  2. Join investment groups and clubs. Join local investment groups, clubs, and networking events to connect with like-minded investors and share insights on off-market properties and investment strategies.
  3. Network with local property investor communities. Engage with local property investor communities, attend meetups, and participate in networking events to exchange ideas, share insights, and discover off-market opportunities.
  4. Connect with real estate agents and brokers. Collaborate with experienced real estate agents and brokers who have access to off-market listings and can facilitate transactions on your behalf.
  5. Adopt localised strategies. Adopt localised strategies tailored to specific markets, neighbourhoods, and property types to uncover off-market properties that align with your investment criteria. For example, is there a thriving student market in town? If so, repurposing empty office buildings into student accommodation could be a viable option.
  6. Public records. Harness public records and online databases to uncover off-market properties, track ownership history, and identify potential leads for investment opportunities.
  7. Try real estate auctions. Attend auctions to discover distressed properties, foreclosure sales, and other off-market opportunities that may not be publicly advertised.
  8. Explore creative financing. Explore alternative financing options, such as private lending, seller financing, and joint ventures, to facilitate off-market transactions and overcome financing challenges. (Our webinar on creative ways to buy properties with less of your own money is a great starting point for this).
  9. Use social media. Explore social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and X, to connect with property owners, real estate professionals, and industry influencers, and explore off-market opportunities.
  10. Use direct marketing. Use targeted direct-to-vendor letter campaigns to reach property owners and initiate conversations about potential off-market deals. Our DTV Letter Sending tool will help you craft and send your letters.
  11. Leverage technology. Embrace technological advancements in real-estate platforms and data analytics to identify hidden opportunities and gain insights into market trends. Nimbus is a great example – book a demo to learn more!

By incorporating these twelve strategies into your real estate investment approach, you can enhance your ability to source off-market properties and unlock exclusive opportunities for growth and success.


Let technology speed your search

As the demand for off-market properties rises, investors need reliable tools to help them navigate this competitive landscape. We think the best way to do this is the last of the 12 strategies listed above – using technology to your advantage.

Of course, it's important not to ignore traditional approaches such as networking, but a technology solution such as Nimbus will save you a huge amount of time doing your due diligence. Using data sourced from over 1,000 reliable and trusted locations, it provides everything you need all in one place to help you identify and assess off-market opportunities with ease. Thanks to this comprehensive data and integration of features such as Google Maps it will even enable you to acquire comprehensive local market knowledge at a distance, so you can access opportunities in other parts of the country.

To make the best use of tools such as Nimbus, however, you’ll really want to hone your approach to finding property – and the best way to do that is to pick a single strategy that you’re comfortable with – check out our upcoming blog post on the topic to learn about why you should do this and the best property strategies to pick.

Want to know more? We’ve put together an eBook guide called Secrets to buying right: The ultimate guide to scaling your property business in 2024. Download it now and get a step-by-step guide on why and how to build a strategy and act on it, to achieve success in the property market.


You can also schedule a demo today, so we can show you how Nimbus can empower you to find exclusive off-market properties and achieve your real estate investment goals.

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