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Pay Attention To Detail

Aug 17, 2007
It is the details in real estate investing that can make you or break you. As you can imagine, unplanned repairs can put a serious dent in any profit that you were planning to make from a deal. The failure to notice a crack it the foundation can leave you financially devastated when major repairs need to be done before you can sell your investment. And if you have a knack for noticing details that others do not, you could find profitable properties that other investors pass over.

The key to noticing the small details of any real estate investing opportunity is to slow down, be observant, and ask questions. Do not accept any investment opportunity if you are not well versed in every detail of the agreement and know all there is to know about the property itself. Granted, gathering and studying the necessary information might take up some of your time, but it is time well spent as the time spent researching a property directly corresponds to the amount of money you will have in your pocket after the investment has been sold.

One of the first instances of any real estate investing venture where your eye for detail will be needed is during the initial walk through of the property. This happens before any agreement has been made and is meant to give you an idea of what kind of condition the property is in. Be sure to inspect all of the major mechanics of the property such as plumbing, heating, electrical, etc. You should look for any flaws in the structural integrity of the home and make note of any repairs that need to be done. Even though you are not an expert in these areas, you will be surprised by what you can learn about a property if you pay attention.

If you have any questions about issues that arise during the walk through, you should consult a professional to evaluate the property. This is because seemingly small problems, such as cracked drywall, may not be purely cosmetic but may point to a major structural issue that will cost a great deal of money to fix.

Another area where attention to detail is vital in real estate investing involves paperwork and the legal mumbo jumbo that makes up every real estate transfer. Be sure to read all paperwork thoroughly and ask questions if you are having trouble understanding a particular clause.

The bottom line is to not be afraid to inspect and ask questions. Never make a deal based on the seeming honesty and upfront attitude of the seller. Dig deep; find the hidden details of the property. After all, it is going to be your money on the line and your potential profit that will be lost if the investment fails.
About the Author
James Klobasa, once broke with no job and $20,000 in debt made a choice that changed his life forever. That choice was investing in Real Estate. With the founder of, The Little Building Co. you too, can learn at Real-Real Estate Investing
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