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Real Estate Education: Overcome Common Mistakes

Published on Monday - July 15, 2013

There are several real estate investing mistakes that seem to plague more and more investors in the current market. What are they and how can you avoid them?

With real estate seen as the easiest and fastest route to generating income, many green investors are rushing in without any real estate education. This means many are making huge mistakes before they even get started.

So what are the most common real estate investing blunders and how can a proper real estate education prevent you from making them?

1. Fraud

Bargain house deals might be great, but bargain basement real estate education courses are not. Skimping on education may result in many outcomes, one of which is fraud. Aspiring investors may be forced to rely on out of date books and courses which apply tactics that are now considered illegal. These sources of education may offer creative measures of financing, but they are no longer practiced for their propensity for fraud. Those following the advice of fraudulent sources may wind up in jail. Be careful where you receive your real estate education.

2. Rushing into Partnerships

Partnerships are an essential part of real estate investing, especially for those that want to grow fast. However, many newer investors are completely neglecting to educate themselves on how to wisely select partners. Their rush often leads to expensive blow ups later on, and sometimes right away if no due diligence is practiced.

3. Running Out of Cash

It’s entirely possible to get started in real estate investing with no money down. However, many are either pouring their life savings into cheap homes or maxing out credit cards to do it. Some run out of funds before repairs are completed, becoming stuck with dead weight homes that can’t be rented or sold. Many of these investors would be better off using financing for acquisitions to complete remodels. A better grip on due diligence and knowledge of end financing is also required.

4. Failing to Leverage

Many investors experienced financial hardships from the last boom. More than likely, you have at least witnessed the woes of those that wildly and carelessly over-leveraged. This does not mean that all leverage is bad. In fact, one of the biggest blunders real estate investors are making right now is not taking advantage of smart leverage. If there was ever a time to do it, that is now, and it can add millions in compounded returns over the next few years.

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