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

Two Business Women Making an Investment DecisionWhen we’re talking about going after and seizing real estate’s best deals, even little mistakes can cost investors big time. Great deals are only great if investors use care when they apply their knowledge and skills to keep things on track. Otherwise, real estate deals can go south in a hurry. Being more specific, there are four ways that real estate investors can unwittingly shoot themselves in the foot. These errors may turn a great deal into an average one at best. By knowing about these mistakes, Lakeway real estate investors can see them coming and 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. These investors think that the most important thing they could do is to find a great deal on a rental house. But if you don’t know what you’re going to do with that great deal before you make an offer, that can be problematic. It might be a better idea to figure out your strategy and investment model and then find properties that fit. Otherwise, you may end up with a property that started off looking like a good bargain, but in reality, it doesn’t help you meet your financial goals.

2.     Letting Emotion Rule

Aside from failing to plan, another mistake that can sink a great deal is letting emotions guide your investing decisions. 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 you’ve convinced yourself that you must have a certain property, you would overlook important warning signs and fail to negotiate properly— you may end up paying too much for it. To maximize your earning potential, you need to appreciate that buying investment properties is all about the numbers— and you have to stick to the numbers to make it work.

3.     Skimping on Research

The best teacher is experienced, there’s no doubt about that. But that doesn’t mean you you should rely on it entirely. 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. Before you even receive a single rent check, you’ll need to pay the upfront costs for your property. 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 with the right information and planning, you can easily stay away from these types of expensive investment traps. This way, when you come across that great deal, you can go after it with confidence.

Real Property Management Longhorn can be that source of information and planning for you. If you are interested in learning more or have additional questions, please contact us online or by phone at 512-580-3099 today.

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