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5 Success Tips for Novice Real Estate Investors

Real estate investing has the potential to be a great source of secondary income and could even become a primary source of income for some investors. Starting on the right foot and understanding the process is imperative and can save you time and money in the long run. If you are currently a real estate investor, or thinking about becoming one, here are five essential tips that every novice real estate investor should know when setting out on the path to success.

1. Network and Research

Investing your time researching, networking, and understanding the market is the first step in safeguarding your financial investment. A great place to start is by attending free real estate workshops, seminars, and clinics in your area. You can visit National Real Estate Investors Association to locate local investor groups.  

2. Set Goals and Start Small

Start small, local, and slow. Remember, this is your money, time, and effort that you are investing. It is important to have a written budget and plan how you will achieve your goals. Keep in mind, you may not earn a huge return on your first investment because it takes time to fully understand the market. Keep an eye out for smaller deals that will give you the opportunity to still make a profit and provide the experience needed to become a more seasoned investor. Focus on deals closer to home, and keep your expectations realistic. 

3. Be Ready to Work

Whether you are a DIY expert or plan on delegating the entire process of acquiring your investment property, it will require hard work to be successful. Be prepared to work long days, evenings, and weekends. Overall, the amount of work you put into your real estate investments will show in the end. 

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4. Use Real Numbers

Never manipulate the data regarding the potential return on your investment. Over inflating potential returns on your investment may cause you to make a bad investment decision with large losses that could be difficult to recoup. Don’t expect to sell or lease your investment property for substantially more than market value. Remember, this is a business decision that should be free of emotion and spontaneity. 

5. Consider all Costs and Protect Your Investment

It’s an exhilarating and exciting moment once you’ve done your due diligence and decided you are ready to make an acquisition, but you should always be aware of all costs associated with making this purchase. For example, you may have legal fees for a real estate attorney, listing fees to find tenants or buyers, unforeseen repair costs, property taxes, and most importantly, property insurance to protect your investment.

In my opinion, protecting your investment is critical, and in some cases, can be challenging. With each new hurricane and weather system seemingly doing more damage than ever, and an increased litigious environment, it is important to have the appropriate insurance coverages to safeguard you from large financial losses. Some things to consider are whether or not your insurance policy has the appropriate level of liability insurance and what steps you need to take to properly insure your investments. 

These five tips will help guide you to make the best real estate investing decisions, help you gain more experience, and protect your investments. Don’t rush the process, and in time, you will reap the benefits from all your real estate investment properties.

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Lacie Brown

Lacie Brown is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SWBC Insurance Services. She joined SWBC in 2005. Lacie is a licensed broker who consults financial institutions and investors on how to mitigate risk by helping them find an insurance solution custom-fit for their unique needs.

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