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Five Major Mistakes People Make When Investing in Real Estate

Investing in real estate can, with the right investment strategy, become an incredibly good way to make money. However, it is also extremely easy to lose a lot of money in the real estate market, if you are not careful about how you choose to invest. Here are five major mistakes that people make when they invest in real estate:

  1. Failing to take operating costs into account
    • A common mistake that amateur investors make is they fail to take into account operating costs for their properties. In addition to the cost of actually buying and refurbishing the property, you will also need to keep the property in good shape until you are able to sell it. If you fail to do things like performing repairs and maintenance, calling an exterminator for insects or rodents, or paying for utilities, you may find the costs of your investment far exceeding what you originally budgeted for.
  2. Failing to do research into the property you’re investing in
    • Every real estate market is different, and knowing those markets can make a major difference in how much you wind up paying and how much money you make off your investment. For example, you should know the prevailing costs in that market for properties like the ones you are investing in, the availability of nearby civic services (such as buses or trains), and how much money you can make by renting the property out. You should also make sure to research the individual property and ensure there are no legal or financial issues you are taking on with your investment.
  3. Investing too much into one property
    • Plenty of people will tell you to diversify your investments, or tell you not to “put too many eggs in one basket.” What this means in practical investment terms, however, is that you should not put all your hopes on a single property with a large potential for a big payout. Instead, investing in multiple properties can help you to make more passive income off rent, and limit the harm that might be caused by a downturn in the market.
  4. Trading properties too frequently
    • A lot of people come into real estate investment with the expectation that they will get rich quickly, and begin trying to flip properties quickly to make a quick buck. While this can help get some short term gains, this can hurt your investments in the long term as you accrue transaction fees and other expenses. You may also wind up taking on unintended risks as you trade properties quickly without taking the time to do your due diligence.
  5. Trying to do everything yourself
    • Whatever anyone else may tell you, investing in real estate can be incredibly difficult, especially if you try to handle everything yourself. That is why you should make sure to get help from experts in the field who can help you with your investments. That way, you have the best chance possible to maximize your returns from your investments, and get the rewards you deserve from your efforts.

At Stable Holdings, we assist our clients with a variety of services related to buying and selling real estate, including purchasing homes for cash. We have experience handling real estate financing, especially for developers and house flippers. If you are interested in selling your home for cash, please contact us at 516-548-6553, or visit our contact page.

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