Top 5 Real Estate Investing Mistakes and How to avoid them


If you’re thinking about buying a property, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. It’s important to know how to avoid these mistakes so that you don’t end up with something that won’t be good for either yourself or the person who buys it from you. We’ll look at some of the most common ones and how they can be avoided in this series:

Buying property at a bad location

Location is the most important factor when it comes to real estate investing. You don’t want to buy a property that is too close to a busy road, or too far away from the city center and its amenities. You also need to consider how close your investment will be to industrial areas, as these can pose serious health risks for occupants of nearby homes.

Buying a house without an inspection

You should always hire a home inspector before you buy a house.

A home inspection is an important part of making sure that the property is safe and meets your needs. If you’re not sure what to look for, here are some things to consider:

  • Check for any major problems with the structure of the house or foundation (cracks in walls and ceilings; water damage).
  • Check electrical wiring and fixtures. Do they work well enough? Are there any frayed wires or loose connections that could cause fires or shocks? Is there mold growing around pipes under sinks? Do all smoke detectors work properly when tested by an electrician who knows how much current must flow through them before activation occurs so as not to cause electrocution if touched during testing sessions with random objects floating around inside (like those paper clips from earlier)?

Purchasing a property for more than its worth

The importance of knowing the value

You should never purchase a property for more than it’s worth. If you do, there is a good chance that you will end up in financial trouble, especially if there are any unforeseen developments or events which cause the value of your investment to drop significantly. The key here is not only knowing how much something costs but also knowing what kind of return on investment (ROI) can be expected from it over time. For example, if someone buys an apartment building at $100 per square foot and rents out all 80 units at $1 per square foot each year then they would make $800k per year after expenses (80 x 1). However, if someone else buys that same building at $50k/foot then they could rent out just 15 units (15 x 1) and still make nearly as much money!

Not being on the same page with your spouse/partner

One of the most common mistakes people make when investing in real estate is not being on the same page with their partner.

When you’re thinking about buying a house, it’s important that both of you are in agreement on what kind of home will work best for your situation and needs. If one person wants to live in a large home while another prefers something smaller, then this could lead to tension or even divorce (not necessarily because they disagree over which type of house would be best—but because they may feel like they were taken advantage of).

The solution? Make sure that everyone agrees before making any decisions so there aren’t any surprises later down the road!

Failing to do your research

The first step to avoiding these mistakes is doing your research. This can be as simple as picking up the phone and calling a real estate agent. They will be able to tell you everything you need to know about a property, including:

  • The neighborhood where it is located
  • The type of home or apartment building, if applicable (condos are not always considered rentals)
  • How much tax liability there is with respect to this property, how much income tax liability there is with respect to this property and so on…

Learn from other people’s mistakes if you want to avoid making the same ones! 

  • Learn from other people’s mistakes if you want to avoid making the same ones.
  • Don’t give up on your dream of becoming a real estate investor, even if you’ve already made one of these mistakes.
  • Even if you think that your current situation makes it difficult or impossible for you to make progress in this field, don’t give up on it! There are ways around any obstacle—just keep trying until one-day things start working out for us again as well as they did before our mistake occurred (if there truly was an error).


Investing in real estate can be a great way to make money while also saving money. However, if you are not careful and follow these tips, you may end up losing more than you gain.

Author: Shiral Alexander