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  • Writer's pictureDan Caradonna

Five Key Factors I Consider When Evaluating Real Estate Partners

In the real estate industry, building successful partnerships is as crucial as finding the right properties. When I'm considering a partnership, whether it's with another investor, a realtor, or a contractor, there are specific criteria I evaluate to ensure the relationship will contribute positively to my business objectives. Here are the five key factors I look for:

1. Experience in the Industry

Experience is often the best teacher, especially in a field as complex as real estate. I look for partners who have a solid track record in the industry. This doesn’t just mean years of experience, but also the depth and breadth of that experience. Have they navigated both up and down markets? What specific areas of real estate are they most familiar with? An experienced partner can provide insights and foresight that only come from having been through multiple market cycles.

2. Number of Deals Completed

While the quality of experience is paramount, the quantity cannot be ignored either. The number of deals a potential partner has completed often provides a practical insight into their level of expertise and reliability. More deals generally mean a better understanding of the intricacies of real estate transactions, from negotiation to closing. It also suggests a robust network and a proven ability to handle various situations that can arise during a deal.

3. Financial Acumen

Real estate is as much about numbers as it is about properties. A good partner should have strong financial acumen. This includes understanding how to evaluate an investment, manage budgets, and optimize returns. They should be able to perform or at least understand detailed financial analysis and risk assessment. This skill is crucial in making informed decisions that align with strategic investment goals.

4. Communication Skills

Effective communication is critical in real estate transactions. I value partners who can communicate clearly and effectively. This means being able to discuss issues openly, provide updates regularly, and articulate thoughts and strategies in a way that aligns with mutual goals. Good communication helps prevent misunderstandings and ensures that both parties are aligned throughout the course of any deal.

5. Ethical Standards and Integrity

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I look for partners who adhere to high ethical standards. Integrity is non-negotiable. This includes honesty in communication, transparency in dealings, and a strong adherence to legal and ethical guidelines in business operations. A partner’s reputation for ethical behavior not only influences our working relationship but also impacts the reputation of my own business.


Selecting the right partners in real estate is fundamental to the success of your investments and the growth of your business. By focusing on these five criteria—experience, deal count, financial savvy, communication skills, and integrity—I ensure that my partnerships are robust, reliable, and mutually beneficial.

If you’re looking to navigate the complex world of real estate investment with a trusted transactional funding partner, Elite 360 RES is here to help. We bring expertise, transparency, and a commitment to excellence to every deal. Contact us today to explore how we can work together to achieve your investment goals.



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