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New Real Estate Investors Should Avoid These Common Mistakes

With its low risk and high return potential, real estate remains the best investment option today. Property values have a long-standing history of increasing over time, which provides a safety net against inflation.

This industry requires thorough planning, expert communication, quick decision-making, and excellent negotiation skills, all of which you can learn with time and experience. But, like all endeavors, it involves a lot of trial and error and won’t always go as planned. As a new real estate investor, committing mistakes along the way is part of the process.  

And while there’s wisdom in failure, wouldn’t it be better if you could learn from the mistakes of others instead? Here are five common investment mistakes you should avoid to save time, money, and frustration. 

1. Lack of planning

One of the primary mistakes real estate investors make is they tend to jump in headfirst. It means buying a house without knowing how it will generate income or gains. It can be hard to resist the temptation to invest, especially when there’s a hot real estate market. But it’s crucial to have an investment strategy and know what house you’re looking for before getting a mortgage.  

For example, are you looking for a single-family home or something closer to the city? Do you want to invest in commercial properties? If so, do you already have a business or plan to have one? Answering these questions makes it easier for you to develop a plan on how to achieve your goals.

2. Rushing the deal

Another common mistake that investors make is when they are in a hurry to close a real estate deal. While it’s understandable for you to be excited about a particular property, you still need to practice due diligence. Because even when you have a great strategy or plan, rushing it could still mess up your investment. On the other hand, staying calm and patient during negotiations allows you to swing better deals or find more relevant information about the property.

3. Not doing your research

Speaking of deals, never make one without doing your research first. There are several things you need to consider before buying a property. These include market value, location, neighborhood, crime rates, etc. If you want to avoid investing in a property where commuting is a struggle, crimes are everywhere, or flooding is frequent, better do your research diligently.

4. Overbidding on a house

Overpaying for a home is often a result of a lack of research or rushing the deal. Sometimes when you’re so eager to buy a property that meets your needs and wants, it can make you anxious to have the seller accept your offer. However, this eagerness can influence you to pay too much for a property.

Remember, the goal is to have a good return on investment, not lose money. You should look at the prices of comparable homes in the neighborhood and keep your bids consistent with those prices.

5. Doing everything on your own

Doing everything on your own in real estate investments could be your undoing, especially if you’re a first-time investor. If you want to succeed as an investor, you’ll need help from a team of experts, including real estate agents, home inspectors, an insurance representative, and an attorney you can trust.    


The truth is that investing in real estate is not easy, and not everyone can become successful in this industry. If you’re a new investor, it’s common to make mistakes along the way, especially when you don’t stop and think everything through.

But like any other endeavor, you can learn a lot from experience. The good news is that you can skip all the common mistakes and learn from those who tried investing before you. That’s not to say you’re guaranteed to succeed, but knowing what mistake to avoid increases your chances of making a lot of money.