These are the kinds of investment horror stories that make me sick to my stomach and cringe. I fail to understand how someone with no experience swimming will so willingly jump into a pond filled with crocodiles. It’s a story of broken dreams: this woman has sunk all her savings into this project, dreaming of the day her fat goose will start laying golden eggs.
The bottom line is–if you do not understand basic real estate terms like “short sale”, “wholesaling” and “wrap deal”, then you are at a serious disadvantage. Also if you don’t know how to negotiate with contractors, realtors, loan officers, sellers and even the government, then you are a statistic waiting to happen. However, I believe that the investors who make the mistakes noted above are still better than the investors who analyze and then analyze and then analyze without ever taking action. Mistakes will happen, that’s inevitable, but learn from them and that mistake becomes invaluable.
The best way to find a power team in a short period of time is find another investor or realtor who is also an investor; ask for referrals from them. If you offer to include them in on one of your future property deals, they will most likely pass on a referral of some of their power team members.
Here was her first shocker. Two of the four tenants wouldn’t pay any rent, and still haven’t since her official possession on November 1st, 2010. One of these tenants even had 3 dogs living in the small apartment. Yikes. So here she has two families paying rent and the two others zero, nada.
However, an investor is not guaranteed to get a good return by investing in real estate. Let’s look at the 2008 financial crisis. Some unfortunate investors purchased property just before the crisis hit. They probably observed the housing market and believed that prices would continue to increase. Unfortunately, most of them lost out.
If you are returning to property investing then you must take note of how lending has changed. Gone are the days of easy credit and quick closings. In order for an investor to survive in this market, they need to have a strong plan on what they will do with a property and they need to look at how they will finance their investments.
Know your numbers. Before you make your first real estate investment, you must do your homework first. For instance, if you plan on rehabbing a property, find out the house’s after repair value. Then calculate all your projected expenses and subtract the figure from the ARV to get your expected income. If the income is to your liking, then you should start the project immediately.