Always be sure of the time frame that you can expect a return on your money. Long term investments may take longer to see gains but they may also pay off bigger returns for taking that chance. So only invest in something that you have the time and patience to dedicate your money to. The name of the game in investing is to buy low and sell high. Don’t just buy a stock because it has made exponential gains and everyone is buying it. By that time, it is almost certain that it will level out or even drop exponentially. The time to buy is before a stock rises to the top.
Avoid spending too much effort and time on a specific deal. Things that take too much time lessen greatness of the deal. It means that you do not have time for other deals. You don’t want to use up too much time when considering any certain real estate investment. It’s not really a “deal” if it takes up too much time. What is really happening is that potential deals aren’t being seen because you’re not able to spend the time you need to market towards what you want.
A fixer-upper may be cheap, but think about how much you have to renovate to bring it up in value. If the property only needs cosmetic upgrades, it may be a good investment. However, major structural problems can very costly to fix. In the long-run, it may not give you a good return on your investment.
Be aware of whether your purchasing will be short-term or long-term. This affects the costs you need to start with. You you plan to buy a house that people call a “fixer-upper”, be sure that you can afford to renovate it. If you are purchasing a home for yourself and plan to spend some time in it before selling it, you will be able to put more into repairing and improving the home.
Stick with the same type of real estate if you are just starting out as an investor. While certain properties and prices may look good, you will be more successful if you develop expertize in one sector first. Become familiar with regulations, rennovation prices, what lenders are looking for and other relevant details and build your investment skills from there.