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3 Mistakes to Avoid as a New Real Estate Investor

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jan 08, 2023 | 0 Comments

Investing in real estate can be one of the most rewarding and lucrative investments you can make. However, it's not always easy - especially for new investors who are not aware of the common mistakes they should avoid. Knowing what pitfalls to watch out for is key to ensuring that your real estate investment journey is a success. Here are three of the most common mistakes made by new real estate investors and how to avoid them.

Not Knowing Your Market

One of the biggest mistakes new real estate investors make is not having a complete understanding of their local market. It's important to do your research before getting into real estate investing, so you know exactly what kind of properties you should be looking for and how much they're worth. Additionally, take time to understand the current trends in your area—such as population growth or economic changes—so that you can better plan for the future.

Underestimating Costs

Another mistake that many new real estate investors make is underestimating the costs associated with each project. There are more costs involved than just purchasing a property; other expenses include taxes, insurance, repairs/renovations, legal fees, closing costs, and more. Before taking on any project, it's important to carefully consider all costs associated with it so that you don't end up losing money instead of making profits.                                                               

Not Doing Your Due Diligence 

When considering a potential property to invest in, it's essential that you do your due diligence beforehand by thoroughly researching the market conditions as well as all aspects of the property itself (including its financial history). Not doing proper due diligence could result in costly mistakes like buying a property without knowing about existing structural problems or hidden liens on it. Make sure you look into everything before committing to an investment!   


Investing in real estate can be a great way to build wealth and create passive income streams if done correctly — but it also comes with its fair share of risks and pitfalls for those who aren't prepared or aware enough about their local markets. By understanding these three common mistakes made by new real estate investors — not knowing your market, underestimating costs, and not doing due diligence — you will be able to set yourself up for success on your own investing journey.

About the Author

Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson is the owner of Peterson Law Group. He practices primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estate planning; probate and trust administration; elder law; and business law. Chris is also the owner of Brazos 1031 Exchange Company.


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