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

Two Business Women Making an Investment DecisionIn regards to finding and seizing real estate’s best deals, even little mistakes can cost investors big time. Great deals are only great if investors are careful enough to use what they know to keep things on track. Otherwise, real estate deals can go south in a hurry. Getting more detailed, there are four ways that real estate investors can mess up and unwittingly shoot themselves in the foot. These errors are what may turn a great deal into an average one at best. By being aware of these mistakes in advance, Charleston real estate investors can better avoid them in the future.

1.     Lack of a Plan

Maybe the biggest mistake a real estate investor can make is thinking they can just dive right in and buy investment properties without a plan in place. These investors mistakenly believe that the most important part of the process is finding a great deal on a rental house. But if you’re not sure about what you’re going to do with that great deal before making an offer, then that may turn into a problem. By figuring out your strategy and investment model and then finding properties that fit it, you’ll discover a better way to move forward. Otherwise, you may be stuck with a property that may have seemed like a good buy at the time, but in reality, it does nothing for you and your financial goals.

2.     Letting Emotion Rule

In addition to failing to plan, letting emotions guide your investment decisions can also turn a great deal sour. Some rental property owners go on a search for a house until they find one that they fall in love with, then they abandon the search. They then let their emotions take the lead, making a mess of their investment strategy. That’s because once you’ve made up your mind that you must have a certain property, you would now overlook important warning signs or end up paying too much for it. To maximize your earning potential, you need to understand that buying investment properties should be all about the numbers – and you shouldn’t veer away from that. You have to stick to the numbers.

3.     Skimping on Research

Experience really is the best teacher, that’s for sure. But it can be a really painful teacher as well. When it comes to investing in rental homes, letting experience teach you can be a recipe for disaster. To be sure that a great deal isn’t actually too good to be true, real estate investors must have an in-depth knowledge of each market they buy into and must also know all they can about a property before they buy. This also includes 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 a clear mistake that may turn a great deal into a lesser one.

4.     Miscalculating Cash Flow

Buying and leasing a rental property takes time and a certain amount of cash flow. Real estate investors sometimes make this expensive mistake: They assume that the property they buy will begin generating an income right away. Properties usually have upfront costs that will need to be paid before you get a single rent check. 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, instead of holding a great deal, they would be holding a serious financial liability.

In Conclusion

The good news is that with the right information and planning, these types of expensive investment traps can be easily avoided. This way, when you find that great deal, you can go for it with confidence.

Real Property Management Distinguished Care can be that source of information and planning for you. To know more about what we can do for you, contact us online or give us a ring at 828-342-9683

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