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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. Going into specifics, there are four ways that real estate investors can unwittingly shoot themselves in the foot. These mistakes can turn a great deal into an average one at best. By knowing about these mistakes, Grapevine real estate investors can see them coming and better avoid them in the future.

1.     Lack of a Plan

The biggest mistake a real estate investor can probably make is to not have a plan in place before buying investment properties. These investors mistakenly believe that the most important part of the process is finding a great deal on a rental house. But if don’t know what to do with that great deal and you go ahead and make an offer, that can easily become problematic. 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 have yourself a property that does nothing to help you reach your financial goals, even though it seemed like a good bargain at first.

2.     Letting Emotion Rule

Just like failing to plan, letting emotions guide your investment decisions can also easily sink a great deal. Some rental property owners find a house that they love and then let their emotions take charge. They stop their search and possibly make a mess of their investment strategy. That’s because once your mind is set and you must have a certain property, you may no longer pay attention to the important warning signs and just overlook them. This would affect your negotiation skills as well, and you may end up paying too much. Buying investment properties must necessarily be all about the numbers – and sticking to the numbers will help you maximize your earning potential.

3.     Skimping on Research

It’s true that experience really is the best teacher. But it can be a nasty tutor as well. 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. Among the things you need to know is 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 sure way to end up with an average deal instead of a great one.

4.    Miscalculating Cash Flow

Buying and leasing a rental property takes time and a certain amount of cash flow. An expensive mistake that real estate investors sometimes commit is assuming that the property they buy will begin generating an income right away. Before you get a single rent check, you have to deal with the upfront costs that will need to be paid. 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 turn into a serious financial liability.

In Conclusion

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

Real Property Management Five Star 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 682-831-1300 today.

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