CIAS is a designation given to real estate agents who have completed training to become Certified Investor Agent Specialist(s). As of November 3, 2010 there are only about 100 CIAS’ in the US and 3 of us are at All Stars Realty/The Driver Team in Memphis, TN. We recently returned from a jam packed training session in Austin, TX where we learned the intricacies of working with the different types/levels of investors as well as how to get the most out of every property, for every investor, by doing things the smart/right way!
With the real estate market being what it is today, investment opportunities are at an all time high while purchase prices are at an all time low. A side by side comparison of the real estate market to the S&P 500 shows that from 1969-2009 Residential Real Estate has shown only 3, out of 40, years with negative appreciation in value, while the S&P has had 11, out of 40, years of negative appreciation. Add to that, that the max loss in Residential Real Estate was only 13% while the max loss in the S&P was 38% and you start to see why Investing in Real Estate is a smart move!