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Mistakes that People Often Make in Real Estate

Aug 17, 2007
When the average person jumps into the real estate investing market, there are several possible pitfalls that can await any potential investor. People should know before they spend their first dollar that they need to be in for the long haul since experienced investors can tell you that buying or selling properties usually takes a while. With that known, its easy to see how potential mistakes in investing in real estate can destroy the bank accounts of investors. One aspect that the potential real estate investor needs to remember is that since you are dealing with such huge amounts of money, loans will be needed and if mistakes are made and money is lost, you could end up owing a boat-load more money than you originally borrowed. What is needed is expertise in the real estate investing field. You will find that even the best known real estate investors tend to enlist the help of tax experts, professional realtors and lawyers to help demuddify the waters. Another good friend to have would be someone at your bank to help get properties that have favorable commitments in place to help make them sell sooner rather than later.

Mistakes in real estate investing is common and you need to really evaluate ALL the risks before starting. Some of the common mistakes even the most seasoned investors make are things like not drawing up contracts properly. You need to have every part of the real estate deal on a document in front of you. Even a professional writer can find legal writing to be intimidating. Dont be intimidated by the extra cost of hiring a lawyer to draw up a contract and get everything right the fist time. Another common mistake is a lack of research on the property you are trying to buy. Real estate investing is the business world so that means its sneaky as hell. People cant lie about a properties condition, but they also dont have to tell you every little detail, especially if its going to make them look bad. If you ASK if there is 50 barrels of nuclear waste buried under those ocean-front condos, they have to tell you, but if you dont ask, they dont have to tell you anything. Do the research, use a realtor, get the records from the city, do whatever you have to do to make sure you are not buying a lemon.

Another potential pitfall any real estate investor needs to avoid is making sure you have the funds available to close the deal by the date in the contract. If there is one thing that any house-buyer can tell you, there are so many closing costs and points that it can make you head spin. If you dont close on a property by the time you are suppose to, it can open you up to a ton of potential extra cost. This is something that any real estate investor will only have to learn once.

Again, this has already been stated, but the best thing you can do is to invest in professionals to help you through the process. Its likely that the person you are dealing with is going to be using a whole host of professionals, you should too. This philosophy extends to the time after the purchase has gone through. One major part of real estate investing is to make sure that the property is managed correctly once you own it. Again, the best course of action is to go with a professional and outsource the work to a professional company.
Finally, this is probably common sense, but dont take the whole process too lightly. You might have to hang on to a purchase longer than you thought if you misread the market. Be prepared to take a loss or two before you start flipping properties like a pro.
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