By Ketan Patel
Date March 7, 2018

The 7 Deadly Sins of a Real Estate Investor

You can rest assured that you will make some mistakes when you start your real estate business. That’s ok, as long as you learn from your missteps. Here are seven of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs who make when they invest in real estate, and how to avoid them.

1. Not Keeping your Eyes on the Prize: When you start your real estate business, make sure to have a detailed plan and stick to your vision. It is important to stay focused on the big picture without becoming distracted by all the possibilities out there. That being said, avoid analyzing opportunities to the point where you are afraid to move forward.

2. Staying Isolated: Networking is one of the most important things you can do to grow your business. Attend networking events and join real estate business and civic associations to grow your list of contacts. Networking is crucial, even if meeting new people and introducing yourself and your business makes you uncomfortable at first. You might not see results instantaneously, but you can get clients and referrals down the road from networking. Forming relationships is the foundation of any real estate business.

3. Not Learning From Failures : Keep in mind that not every decision you make when you invest in property will be a winner. Setbacks and complete failures are sure to pop up, and hopefully they will not prove too expensive. The best thing to do is keep your perspective, figure out what went wrong and use the information to make better choices going forward.

4. Never Trying Anything New: The world is rapidly changing, and as a real estate investor you have to keep up with the times. Changes can come in the form of new technology or a new product on the market. Not keeping up by trying something new can give your competition just the right opening they need. You can try out your new product or service with a small group at first. If your new idea doesn’t pan out, simply get rid of it.

5. Responding Too Slowly: Your team, your existing customers and your potential customers have to feel that you are reachable. With today’s technology, there is no excuse for not getting back quickly, even if it is to say you will have a more detailed answer later on.

6. Not Soliciting Feedback: A while back there was a mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, who always asked the question, “How am I doing?” He was soliciting feedback so he could do a better job. Finding out what your customers are looking for will help you enormously.

7. Thinking you Know It All: Educate yourself in your field and find out the best practices of successful people in real estate. Go to the library, look at a podcast, attend a seminar or take a course. Never miss an opportunity to have a face to face conversation with an investor who has achieved success in real estate instead of simply picking up the phone. If you can, find a mentor.

Tips for Avoiding Mistakes as an Entrepreneur

When you start out in the real estate business, make sure you have a plan for where you want to be in a year, in five years and in the future. Learn the basics and network with others to build a list of important contacts. Even if you have some setbacks, try something new to grow your business if it fits in with your plan.

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