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Real estate investment mistakes and how to avoid them

The real estate market in St. Louis offers plenty of prospects for investment, but the wrong move could lead to disaster. In fact, would-be buyers should put a good deal of thought into strategy before beginning. According to the Huffington Post, determining short- and long-term goals should be the first step to investing in real estate, along with the research to identify whether they are actually feasible.

While real estate typically does appreciate over time, other factors will also determine whether the property makes money or slowly drains a person’s bank account. One of the easiest mistakes to make is to pay too much. Finding a home that seems perfect may inspire a bid that is too high. Even though it may seem as if the opportunity should not be lost, and a quick move is necessary, it is essential to do the research before making the purchase. It may be that rather than make a snap decision, the investor’s best bet is to walk away.

GoBankingRates.com points out that the purchase price is not the only expense a property buyer will encounter. Others include the following:

  • Insurance
  • Repairs
  • Maintenance
  • Utilities
  • Property taxes

If it is a property destined for rental, these should be balanced out by the rent payments. However, each of the costs should be researched to make sure that the estimates are correct and will not exceed the projected rental price. Comparable nearby property incomes and value, as well as their rental rates, should be analyzed to verify how much rent could reasonably be expected, as well.

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