Starting real estate business is not that simple. Multiple aspects of stable business should be considered before you invest even 1$ in real estate. Owning real estate is no guarantee of wealth. There are a lot of things you have to do right to receive your reward. One of the most important points is to stay financially healthy, while waiting on your big pay day.
If you're considering real estate investing, you should start from your business plan. Yes, you also will have to read books, attend seminars and have lots of practice. You can find a lot of the books, useful links and other helpful information on starting real estate business at www.RichTrack.com.
Common mistakes to avoid:
1. Work with reputable companies. This is the most important choice you can make when starting your business.
2. Don't trust promises which are not written in agreement. If some company tries to make you sign a sales or a purchase contract that does not include any verbal commitments, stop! Written documents almost always override verbal agreements. For instance, when a mortgage company tells you they have locked your rate, get a written statement which details the interest rate, the length of the rate lock, and details about the program.
3. Don’t count on market moves when you lock in to a mortgage rate. Deciding when to lock in to a mortgage rate can be difficult. People usually wait, trying to guess when rates have hit bottom. Unfortunately, a great deal of times they will wait too long and end up with a higher interest rate. There is nothing wrong with floating but keep trace of market indicators as well.
4. When buying a home, don't forget a professional inspection. Unless you are buying a new home with warranties on all equipment and appliances, it is recommended that you get a property inspection, a termite inspection and a roof inspection. Start learning what issues are quite common in inspecting a property. If a professional home inspector tells that certain repairs need to be done, the seller is more likely to agree to do them. If the seller agrees to do the repairs, have your inspector verify that they are done. As always do not trust verbal promises.
5. Beware of hidden fees. Check for certain miscellaneous fees such as notary and document preparation. These types of fees can mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars in closing costs. As always do not trust verbal promises. Ask people questions, if you don't understand something they do.
Written by Helen Peshkova, RichTrack.com.
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