The Importance of Location in Real Estate Investing: How to Identify High-Growth Markets for Long-Term Wealth Building


Real estate investing has long been regarded as one of the best long-term investments for wealth building. However, success in this field goes beyond simply purchasing properties; it hinges on astute decision-making and strategic planning. Among the various factors influencing real estate investments, location stands out as a critical determinant of long-term profitability. In this article, we will explore the significance of location in real estate investing and discuss effective strategies to identify high-growth markets that can fuel long-term wealth building.

Understanding the Significance of Location

When it comes to real estate investing, the age-old adage of “location, location, location” holds true. The location of a property has a profound impact on its value, rental income potential, and appreciation prospects over time. A well-chosen location can maximize returns and mitigate risks associated with real estate investments. Conversely, a poor location can undermine even the most promising properties.

Factors to Consider when Assessing Location

  • Economic Factors: The economic health of an area plays a pivotal role in determining its real estate potential. Consider factors such as job growth, income levels, diversification of industries, and the presence of major employers. A robust local economy is more likely to attract residents and businesses, creating demand for real estate and driving property values upward.

  • Infrastructure Development: The availability and quality of infrastructure in a location are crucial indicators of its long-term growth prospects. Look for areas with well-developed transportation networks, access to major highways, proximity to airports, and an efficient public transportation system. Additionally, examine the availability of essential amenities like schools, hospitals, shopping centers, and recreational facilities, as they enhance the overall appeal of a location.

  • Demographic Trends: Understanding the demographic trends in an area is key to identifying promising real estate markets. Analyze population growth rates, age distributions, and migration patterns. Areas with a growing population, especially younger demographics, often indicate an increased demand for housing, both for sale and rental purposes.

  • Market Supply and Demand: Evaluate the balance between supply and demand in a particular location. Examine vacancy rates, absorption rates, and the overall supply of real estate in the market. A low supply coupled with high demand indicates a favorable market for investors, as it increases the likelihood of rental income growth and property appreciation.

Identifying High-Growth Markets

To identify high-growth markets for long-term wealth building, investors must conduct thorough market research and analysis. Consider the following few strategies:

  • Study Market Reports: Stay updated with industry reports, market studies, and forecasts from reputable sources. These reports provide valuable insights into emerging trends, market conditions, and areas with strong growth potential. Look for indicators such as increasing property values, rising rental rates, and decreasing vacancy rates.

  • Follow Economic Development: Keep an eye on regions experiencing substantial economic development and job creation. Government initiatives, new infrastructure projects, and the relocation of major corporations often contribute to the growth of real estate markets. Areas attracting hospitality investment management and hotel real estate investment companies may present promising opportunities.

  • Engage Local Experts: Seek guidance from local real estate professionals who possess in-depth knowledge of specific markets. Their expertise can provide invaluable insights into local dynamics, market trends, and potential investment opportunities. Collaborating with professionals familiar with the area can help you make well-informed investment decisions.


When it comes to real estate investing, location is a crucial factor that can make or break your long-term wealth-building goals. By carefully considering economic factors, infrastructure development, demographic trends, and supply and demand dynamics, investors can identify high-growth markets with strong potential for property appreciation and rental income growth. Diligent research, careful analysis, and staying informed about market reports and economic developments are essential to successfully identifying these markets.

At Patel Capital, we understand the importance of location in real estate investing. We believe in the power of strategic decision-making and thorough market research to guide our investment choices. Our team of experts closely examines economic indicators, analyzes market reports, and keeps a pulse on emerging trends to identify high-growth markets for our long-term investment strategies.

By leveraging our extensive network and collaborating with local professionals, we gain invaluable insights into specific markets. This allows us to make well-informed investment decisions that align with our client’s objectives of long-term wealth building.

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Saumil Bhansali

VP of Acquisition

Saumil is a FINRA license holder and a qualified CFA. He is an experienced M&A and private placement investment banker with a proven record as a trusted advisor to public and private companies. Before joining the Patel Hotel Fund, he raised over 400 Million in Capital through various private placements for the business entities towards their growth.

Saumil has led an investment banking team in New York for 4 years and represented debt and equity capital raising on Wall Street, deal structuring and managed operations of investment banking.

He has the Series 24, 63, 79, and 82 FINRA licenses. He is a CFA, has an MBA in finance from Boston University, and a bachelor’s in computer engineering from Mumbai University. In the Bloomberg Aptitude Test, Saumil was ranked #3 worldwide and #2 across North America.

Saumil Leads the deal screening as well as the market analysis desk. He is actively involved in the Investor relationship, reporting, and operations management of the fund.

Tulsee Nathu

VP of Acquisition

Tulsee is a third-generation hotelier, ranked 30 Under 30 in hospitality by AAHOA. She brings in 3 generations of family relationships and contacts across the United States with her unique way of analyzing deals beyond the financials in the operational as well as the market future forecasting.

The family business took her to the Bay Area. What started with 1 project turned into underwriting 12 development opportunities and holding 3. She later went to join Marcus and Millichap where she enhanced her knowledge underwriting complex hospitality investments ranging from $2 to $35 million. In her current role, she is responsible for investment sales, debt and equity placement, strategic advisory, and asset management.

Tulsee was an AAHOA North Pacific Ambassador, one of America’s largest non-profit bodies that integrate the hoteliers across all states for 2 years, and North Texas Ambassador for one year where she bridges hotelier feedback with brand representatives and elected officials lobbying biannually in DC.

She is also passionate about her involvement with female empowerment and communities; annual scholarship judge with Girls Inc Oakland, packing snacks for food insecurity in Texas with Snack Pak 4 Kids, cleaning up with the elected councilman of her old childhood neighborhood near Fruitvale BART in Oakland, and taking time to support elected female representatives.

Tulsee earned her business administration degree in Marketing with a minor in Sales from the University of Houston.

Purnima Doshi

Chief Legal Officer

Purnima brings 30 years of hospitality legal transaction experience and her network of hotel owners to the fund. Beyond the hotel transaction experience, she holds over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential real estate law and immigration law. She specializes in hotel and motel acquisition, sale, construction, franchise, and financing.

Purnima worked as a municipal attorney for the City of Binghamton for six years. She also has experience working in the real estate department at Hinman, Howard, and Kartell. Purnima is known for her unparalleled work ethic and dedication to her clients in advocating for their best interests. She has enjoyed and cultivated a 25+ year relationship with most of her clients and has seen a repeat client rate of 100%.

Purnima has owned and operated her practice since 1993 and has been a shining exemplar as a female and minority lead counsel well ahead of her times. A Singapore native, she holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Singapore, where she graduated in the top ten of her class. She is admitted to the bar in NY and as a corporate counsel in PA. Purnima is an in-house counsel, leading legal and compliance to asset transactions.

Dipika Patel


Dipika has over 22+ years of experience in the hospitality industry and is a seasoned veteran in hotel operations and real estate. Dipika served as the President and CEO of Hayden Holdings, a hospitality investment and management company with real estate assets valued at more than $250 million.

Dipika is a corporate professional turned entrepreneur known as Dee in the Hospitality circle. Before carrying the family mantle into the hospitality industry, she spent 14 years on Wall Street with leading banks and private equity firms; Citigroup, Merrill Lynch/Bank of America. She carries 20+ years of experience in developing, managing, and transacting hotels in Select Service and Full-Service segments across various geographies in the U.S. She has also managed investment exposure in multi-family properties and real estate beyond hospitality across various states. In the last 10 years, in her capacity, she has developed 25+ hotels and transacted 50+ hotels. She has also created and owned the boutique hotel brand “Hayden” in NYC.

Dipika holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Finance from the Business School of Manchester, the UK, and an MBA in Business Management from NYU, New York. She is also a Six Sigma black belt certified in process management from GE Jack Welch Academy.

Dipika Patel is a Managing Member providing overall strategic guidance for the fund and she oversees the origination, structuring, and asset management of the company’s investments.