How to Avoid Mistakes Investing in Real Estate?

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Real estate can be a great investment opportunity. Property and real estate tend to build value over time, which produces a return on your initial investment. Another option is renting or leasing a piece of real estate and enjoying the renal income. That said, there are dangers and common mistakes that can easily be made when investing in real estate.

By educating yourself, you can avoid costly mistakes and get the most out of your investments. Do your research on the area you are looking to invest in via a competent Realtor, an active real estate investor or Realtor that is also an investor for investment property, Realtor.com, zillow, etc. Perhaps build a spreadsheet to track sold prices and per square foot costs. Try to buy below market if possible. Accurately calculate repair cost if considering a fixer, enlist a competent contractor or specific trade quotes. If you are looking to purchase a rental, do the same thing to build rental comps. Figure out all of your expenses associated with the purchase and ownership, then verify that you have positive cash on cash return form day one if its an investment. Let the numbers drive the decision making. You can eliminate a lot of headaches and financial losses with a little number crunching and market research. Reach out if you need assistance.

Published by Wesley Fikes

Wes Fikes is the owner of North Forty Realty, North Forty Property Management and North Forty Construction located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Mr. Fikes is a well-diversified real estate Broker, and cash flow investor with a portfolio of single and multi-family properties and Limited Partner interests in 1,200+ doors located in Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Prior to his real estate career, Mr. Fikes spent 10 years with Pepsi-Cola Company in small and large format sales. Mr. Fikes was first licensed as a realtor in 1999 in California and acquired his first rental property in the same year. Mr. Fikes holds a Bachelor of Science: Business Administration degree - Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University and is a Certified Retail Analyst. Over the past 20+ years in the real estate industry, Mr. Fikes has personally participated in 1031 like-kind exchanges and assisted fellow investors with selling and locating real estate investment opportunities, as well as traditional home sales.

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