Investment Risks


TOO OFTEN WHEN WE START OUT, WE ARE SO ANXIOUS TO PULL THE TRIGGER AND ARE BLIND TO THE FLAWS IN THE DEAL…

All good things carry with them some degree of risk. The same holds true with real estate investing. Despite the promise of high rewards you should temper those ambitions with the reality that the risks involved are more often than not just as high as the potential rewards. For this reason you need to take every possible precaution in order to insure that you minimize your exposure to risk whenever possible or at the very least are prepared, financially and mentally to accept the consequences of those risks if the time comes.

POTENTIAL MISTAKES WITH REAL ESTATE INVESTING THAT YOU WILL NEVER EVEN ENSURE UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE

The most obvious risk when it comes to real estate investing is the immediate risk of losing your investment. This risk can be a huge blow depending on how large your investment was to begin with but isn’t the worth thing that can happen during the course of a real estate investment gone wrong. While I’m certainly not trying to talk to you out of investing in real estate all together it is a good idea to have a realistic view of the risks and the potential rewards.

LET’S BE REALISTIC NOW…

If you are flipping houses as your real estate investment you have the potential to lose a little more as you can become injured during the course of your work. The sad truth is that many who are attempting to break into the business of flipping houses have neither adequate coverage (that is true of themselves and the property in general and others that may be working on the property), the money, not the time that a serious injury might require.

ARE WE TOO BLIND TO NOTICE THE LITTLEST OF THINGS…

Another risk common to real estate investing is the fact that stuff happens. Market trends tumble, companies go out of business leaving towns and the local real estate market in shambles, accidents happen during the course of the work, natural disasters occur, and buyers change their mind and pull out at the last minute. Each of these things can be devastating consequences and are almost always events that are completely beyond your  control as a real estate investor.

Lack of Money

INSPECT FOR THE UNEXPECTED…

If that wasn’t enough many investors fail to have a proper inspection and find out when it is really too late that there are serious structural problems and other sorts of things wrong with the property. These things cost money to repair and cut into profits, occasionally resulting in a loss. The thing is that once you find out something is wrong with the property you are honor bound to either reveal the problem to potential buyers or fix the problems before selling the house. In the case of a flip, many major problems will undo the work that has already have been. If this doesn’t remind you of the importance of a through inspection I have no idea exactly what will but inspections are important for many reasons and can save a lot of time and money if you have one done ahead of time.

BE WISE, IRRATIONAL…

Do not allow the risks of real estate investing prevent you from taking the plunge. They are spelled out here to remind you that prudence and caution are wise when investing in real estate not to talk you out of this potentially lucrative field of investing. If you are interested in real estate investing there is no reason on Earth you shouldn’t take the time and make the effort to learn more about its potential.

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