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4 Investment Mistakes That Turn a Great Deal into an Average One

Two Business Women Making an Investment DecisionIn regards to finding and seizing real estate’s best deals, even little mistakes can cost investors big time. Great deals are only great if investors are careful enough to use what they know to keep things on track. Otherwise, real estate deals can go south in a hurry. Going into specifics, there are four ways that real estate investors can unwittingly shoot themselves in the foot. These mistakes can turn a great deal into an average one at best. By understanding these mistakes in advance, Dahlonega real estate investors can better avoid them in the future.

1.     Lack of a Plan

Maybe the biggest mistake a real estate investor can make is to think they can wing it. That won’t work. You need to have a plan in place before buying investment properties. Investors sometimes think that finding a great deal on a rental house means a guaranteed success in your investment business. But if you’re not sure about what you’re going to do with that great deal before making an offer, then that may turn into a problem. It might be a better idea to figure out your strategy and investment model and then find properties that fit. Otherwise, you may be stuck with a property that may have seemed like a good buy at the time, but in reality, it does nothing for you and your financial goals.

2.     Letting Emotion Rule

Just like failing to plan, letting emotions guide your investment decisions can also easily sink a great deal. There are rental property owners that look at houses until they find one they fall in love with, and then their objectivity just disappears, making a mess of their investment strategy. That’s because once your mind is set and you must have a certain property, you may no longer pay attention to the important warning signs and just overlook them. This would affect your negotiation skills as well, and you may end up paying too much. Buying investment properties must necessarily be all about the numbers – and sticking to the numbers will help you maximize your earning potential.

3.     Skimping on Research

Experience is really the best teacher, that is true. But it can be a nasty tutor as well. When it comes to investing in rental homes, letting experience teach you can be a recipe for disaster. Real estate investors need to have an in-depth knowledge of each market they buy into so that they can be sure that a deal isn’t too good to be true. On top of that, they must also know everything they can about a property before they buy. You’ll need to know the condition of the house and market conditions, both present and future. Assuming a property will appreciate without any research to support that assumption is an example of how the lack of research can turn a great deal into an average one.

4.    Miscalculating Cash Flow

Buying and leasing a rental property takes time and a certain amount of cash flow. Sometimes, real estate investors assume that the property they buy will begin generating an income right away. They will find out that that is an expensive mistake to make. Most properties have upfront costs that will need to be paid before you get a single rent check. These costs could include things like repair or maintenance costs, mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, condo or homeowner association dues, and property management fees. If an investor hasn’t budgeted carefully for such expenses, a great deal may prove to be a serious financial liability instead.

In Conclusion

The good news is that the right information and planning can help you avoid these types of expensive investment traps. This way, when you find that next great deal, you can confidently pursue it.

Real Property Management Stellar can be that source of information and planning for you. To know more about what we can do for you, contact us online or give us a ring at 706-864-5456.

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