Top 5 Biggest Mistakes Every Real Estate Investor Should Avoid

Real estate investing can be a great way to build wealth, but it’s important to avoid common mistakes that can derail your success. Here are five of the biggest mistakes real estate investors make, and how to avoid them:

1. Not doing your research

Before you invest in any property, it’s important to do your research and understand the market.

This includes understanding the current market conditions, the potential for appreciation, and the risks involved. You should also research the specific property you’re interested in, including its condition, the neighborhood, and the tenant profile.

One way to do your research is to talk to other real estate investors who are familiar with the market you’re interested in.

You can also read books and articles about real estate investing, and attend seminars and workshops, like our FREE Multi-Family Millions Workshop.

2. Not having enough money available

Real estate investing requires a significant amount of upfront capital. You’ll need to have enough money saved for a down payment, closing costs, and any repairs or renovations that may be needed.

You should also have a reserve fund to cover unexpected expenses, such as vacancies or repairs.

A good rule of thumb is to have at least 20% saved for a down payment on any property you purchase. 

You should also have enough money saved to cover six months of expenses, in case you have a vacancy or other unexpected expense.

By having investors, you can make sure you have enough money on hand for any situations that can happen.

3. Not being patient

Real estate investing is a long-term investment. Don’t expect to get rich quick. It takes time to build a successful real estate portfolio. Be patient and stay focused on your long-term goals.

One way to be patient is to set realistic expectations for your returns. Don’t expect to double your money overnight. Instead, focus on making steady, consistent returns over time.

4. Not diversifying your portfolio

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Diversify your portfolio by investing in different types of properties or different sizes of the same properties in different markets. This will help you reduce your risk and maximize your potential for returns.

One way to diversify your portfolio is to invest in a mix of residential and commercial properties. Or you can choose multifamily/apartment buildings and vary the number units for each property.

You can also invest in properties in different markets, such as different cities or states.

5. Not creating a network of professionals

If you’re not experienced in real estate investing, attend RE Mentor’s Multi-Family Millions Workshop to get the basics in real estate investing.

Once complete, gain more education through our Boot Camp, where you’ll learn how to create a network of investors and professionals (real estate agents, financial advisors) that can help you through your real estate investing journey.


By avoiding these common mistakes, you can increase your chances of success in real estate investing. Remember to do your research, be patient, and diversify your portfolio.

Here are some additional tips to help you avoid common real estate investing mistakes:

  • Set realistic goals. Before you invest in any property, it’s important to set realistic goals for yourself. What do you hope to achieve with your real estate investments? Do you want to build a long-term portfolio that will provide you with passive income? Or are you looking to flip properties for a quick profit? Once you know what you want to achieve, you can make better decisions about which properties to invest in.
  • Do your homework. Before you invest in any property, it’s important to do your homework. This includes understanding the local market, the property itself, and the potential risks involved. You should also get professional advice from a real estate agent, a property manager, or a financial advisor.
  • Be prepared to put in the work. Real estate investing is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It requires time, effort, and knowledge. Be prepared to put in the work if you want to be successful.
  • Don’t be afraid to walk away. If you’re not comfortable with a deal, don’t be afraid to walk away. There will always be other opportunities. It’s better to wait for the right deal than to make a mistake that you’ll regret later.

Empower yourself and gain confidence in multi-family investing by signing up for my live 2-hour Multi-Family Millions Workshop to learn about the system I use to invest in multi-family properties, which I once controlled over 8,200 units across the United States!

David Lindahl
Founder, RE Mentor
Transforming lives since 2002

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