Have a business account, and stick to using it. If you invest too much of your personal money in a property, you could lose money. This might leave you short on funds to pay your bills or take care of personal needs. Treat this like a business so you don’t risk losing it all. Remember that real estate investing is all about the numbers. When you’re buying a home to live in, you may get emotional about the place, but there’s no room for that in investing. You need to keep your eye on the data and make your decisions with your head, not your heart.
Always know the risks that you are dealing with. Usually, the higher the risk, the bigger the potential payoff will be. But along with that higher risk also comes a bigger chance of not making any money at all. So assess the risk level and make sure it is in your comfort zone. Remember two things when your negotiating a real estate transaction. First, you should listen more than you speak. Second, think of yourself, not the seller. Keep your interests in mind and protect your investments.
Don’t purchase a fixer upper home. Though you might be looking at a great deal, the costs associated with the renovation can hurt you. Consider properties that can be rented now or just need a minor touch-up. The best of both worlds is when you find a good rental property that already has good tenants in place.
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.
Go into the meetings that you have with potential investors with a positive mindset, but understand that a negative outcome is possible. Always have a jovial, but businesslike personality to get the people who want to invest to like you. This will go a long way and make your potential investors more comfortable.