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When to Back Out of a Real Estate Investing Deal

Aug 17, 2007
Yes, it is true; many people are making a very comfortable living through real estate investing. But while the majority of people have a great investing experience, there are those that get taken in by scam artists and end up purchasing a property that has been misrepresented. To save yourself the expense and hassle of making this mistake, you should look for obvious signs and know when to back out of a deal no matter how good it may seem.

The first and most obvious sign that an offer is too good to be true is that it just seems too good to be true. If you are approached with a deal that seems a little too generous, there is a good chance that you are going to get burned. Be sure to examine the offer thoroughly and find out why the owner of the property would sell it so cheaply. In some cases, there will be a plausible reason why the homeowner wants rid of the property. Maybe he is on the verge of bankruptcy or there is an illness in the family which makes in necessary to move quickly. In the absence of any logical reasoning, though, there are likely hidden problems with the property, problems that you do not want to make your own.

There are many overhead costs associated with real estate investing. These costs normally fall into the categories of repairs and advertising, but there are some costs that can follow you for a lifetime. These costs should be completely avoided and come in the form of financial liabilities and fines levied toward the owner of contaminated properties or properties that represent a health hazard. Even after you sell such a property, you can still be held liable for any ground water contamination or illness associated with the property. For this reason, never buy a property if there are health concerns of any kind involved.

Debts can become attached to a property and follow that property from owner to owner. If you purchase a property for real estate investing purposes that has several liens on it, you could lose all of your profit paying off someone else's bills. To avoid this, never purchase a property if you cannot have the title searched or if there seems to be some amount of obscurity about legal issues surrounding the property.

The key to building residual income in any real estate investing venture is to know which deals to make and which ones to leave alone. Be sure to do plenty of research on any investment property before you purchase it. If something seems odd at any point during the transaction, back out of it. There are plenty of investment opportunities out there that are worth your time and money. Do not throw all of your hard work away on questionable properties.
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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