Costly Investment Mistakes You Should Avoid
harkins / April 5, 2017
Property investment can be a rewarding experience, but it’s not easy. The outcome of your investment depends on many factors. Just like security investments have ups and downs in the market, real estate does too. That shouldn’t stop you from taking measures to protect your investment. To have the best shot at a solid real estate business, there are common investment mistakes you should avoid.
Buying property without a business plan
It’s tempting to only think about your plans and skip to the action step. You think about what you can do with the property and its potential to make money. Those good feelings make you want to get started right away. That’s exactly how many people get involved in a bad deal and lose their investment. Research and planning are at the foundation of starting any business. These are repetitive steps when it comes to property investment. Avoid being careless with your funds. Write down your goals and expectations from your investment. Take classes or read material to research the market, and create your plan before purchasing.
Committing to an investment without looking at the property
The internet makes it easy to find photos and descriptions of properties online. It’s convenient for who live out of town or have busy schedules. Researching a potential investment online is great start, but don’t stop there. See if the property lives up to the internet description. You can’t determine if the property is a good investment based on photos and marketing. View the surroundings in the location to decide if it’s suitable. You also need to make sure the property is in good condition. Scheduling time to look at the property in person is the best way to get all the information to decide if it’s a good fit. If it’s just not possible to visit in person, don’t just send a friend. Hire a professional real estate firm to oversee your project.
Being too relaxed once the investment takes off
Just because investing has the description of “passive income”, you shouldn’t be passive when it comes to your hard-earned money. It’s easy to fall into the trap of kicking back once the legwork is done and you’ve filled the vacancy. While a sensible investor will have a team in place, you should still be involved in knowing what’s going on with your properties. It’s still your “baby”, so it’s up to you to monitor the overall flow of the business. Make sure the building stays in good condition, the bills and taxes are paid, and the right amount money is coming in and out. Protect your investment by staying aware.
Assuming property is a short-term investment or quick way to make a profit
You’ve probably heard a lot about how to get rich flipping houses, but it’s not that simple. For starters, you’ll need to put in time and work to choose the right property at the right price. You’ll also have work to get the property ready or find the right contractor. All sensible real estate investments take time. Even deals you don’t plan to hold on to for long require commitment to make a profit. Don’t invest in property expecting an immediate return. Be patient and take the necessary steps to be successful.
Trying to do everything yourself instead of hiring experts
Getting into property investment means you’re joining people and companies with years of experience. While you may have a few good deals under your belt, it doesn’t always go smoothly. In a down market, you may need more expertise to make sure you’re getting a good deal and not overpaying. You also want to make sure the property is worth it, which requires experts in other fields. Take your knowledge and experience and combine it with a team that at least includes an inspector, contractor, attorney, and insurance representative. You’ll also benefit from involving a more experienced investment firm. With more expertise, you’ll cover all areas of creating a solid deal and protecting your investment. Every investment has risk, but there’s a difference between being risky and unwise or too ambitious. There’s no avoiding the steps it takes to be successful in property investment. Minimize your risk by starting with a plan, being realistic about the numbers, staying aware of business activity, and working with an experienced team.
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