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When it comes to investing in real estate, it’s important to understand what to avoid…with that said, this is what NOT to do…enjoy. Add me on Snapchat/Instagram: GPStephan
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First: A big mistake is not properly running the numbers. This is why it’s so important that you KNOW how to properly evaluate a property, understand how much it’ll cost to renovate, AND realistically understand what the property will rent for.
Second: Taking on too much debt. Since you took on too much debt, your payments become considerably higher because you have a larger mortgage…and unless you either have the income or savings to carry the mortgage in the event of a vacancy, you can lose money really, really quickly.
Third: Don’t take out a short term loan, or an adjustable rate mortgage. Interest Tates will inevitably GO UP as time goes on…this means that your payments will get dramatically more expense. I recommend getting a long term, fixed rate, 30-year mortgage - this is the safest option out there, with the likelihood of the most profit long term.
Fourth: Picking a bad tenant. Do not necessarily pick the person who offers the highest price, either. Get a tenant who will stay long term, pay on time, no hassle, etc. You’ll make the biggest mistakes when you rush the process. Learn from my mistakes here.
Fifth: Overpaying for the property. When it comes to real estate, your money is VERY MUCH made at the time of purchase… Obviously don’t lose out on the perfect deal for a few grand, but also don’t pay more than what the numbers say it’s worth.
Sixth: Buying and renovating a property without having enough cash saved up as a reserve. Anytime you buy a property, it’s so important that you have enough money to cover ALL the renovations + 30% extra because that’s going over budget, AND enough to sustain the mortgage and all property expenses for at least 3-6 months. KEEP THIS AT ALL TIMES. That way when something comes up, it’s no big deal and I’ve already got all the money to cover it.
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