Mistakes! They are a part of life. We know them, make them and see them. In real estate investment, no mistake hasn't been made. Significant errors are caused by beginners in real estate who need to possess experience in the field to avoid making them.

In this post, we will talk in detail about common Real Estate Investment mistakes and how you can avoid them to enable you to have a smooth and successful career in real estate. All these mistakes are self-evident; being aware of the risks and knowing how to prevent them will save you a lot of time and money.

Create a master rental property analysis spreadsheet

Always have an Excel spreadsheet to help you analyze all deals. Begin with fair market value (FMV), improvements, money down and mortgage/carrying the cost. Secondly, move it through rental income, expenses and finally, cash-on-cash ROI figure.
Ensure to always run by your property through your spreadsheet. Always base your decisions on key factors produced by your spreadsheet. After putting all the numbers and if your ROI could be better, do not gamble and move on to the next property.

Do thorough research

This is the most critical aspect; many investors always need to buy the first property or rental they set their eyes on. Don't be in a hurry; take your time. Never look at a property and ask, "Why shouldn't I get this?" Instead, always ask, "Why should I get this property?".

Let the numbers do the talking, and only assume you will buy a property if something is wrong.

Keep in mind you are purchasing 'numbers.'

Common mistakes property investors make are getting overly emotional about their purchase and envisioning themselves living in that property. In that situation, investors always overestimate and improve the property, causing them to invest a lot of capital and time.

It's not always about your needs and preference; instead, it's all about how much you can make off that property. Investing much money to get a higher rental rate can backfire badly.

Try to buy local if you can

The critical word to note is 'if you can.' It's essential to purchase quality rental properties rather than local ones, be flexible, and refrain from being hyper-focused on local properties. However, it's an exception if you reside in an area with a legitimate return on investment and a vibrant rental market. Don't think twice, and act fast.


For beginners in property investment, purchasing properties in one or two markets is advisable. Employing bundling will help your property managers manage your properties at the same time.

Bundling will enable you to save on time and cut expenses; it's also advantageous as you will familiarize yourself with the property's location rather than having your properties scattered all over, enabling you to be more efficient with your legal planning and tax. In the long run, bundling will be economical and cost-effective.