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When navigated properly, real estate investment can provide benefits ranging from long-term wealth to increased portfolio diversification. Occasionally, however, aspiring investors fall victim to a variety of pitfalls spawned by improper research; many of them rush into the process only to backtrack and put more distance between their vision and their desired endpoint.

To help you bypass these growing pains altogether, here are a few quick tips for first-time real estate investors.

 

Take research seriously

Arguably the most glaring, yet most consistent, mistake plaguing new real estate investment plans is a lack of quality preparation. Learn as much as you can about your target market, developing a working understanding of current trends, future implications, and shifting demographics relevant to both. The best rule of thumb is to take as much research time as you need — do not rush into new investments until you are sure you are ready.

 

Take advantage of all learning opportunities

When it comes to real estate investment, “school is always in.” There are countless opportunities to learn the ins and outs of the industry, whether you choose a webinar or an in-person conference. It may be wise, for instance, to join a real estate investment group and association in your area; this will not only provide you a continuous stream of information, it will also allow you to build rapport within your community’s real estate market.

With the previous section in mind, an informed investor is usually going to become a successful investor, so start building your skillset as early as possible — you will establish a wealth of knowledge that will only make the infant stages easier to approach.

 

Consider your business structure

Business structure is a vital focal point in any potential investment scenario, and in real estate investment, it can be the basis for crucial aspects of your initial endeavors. For example, though some real estate investors prefer to hold rental estate in their own names, many others opt to establish a separate legal entity for such holdings. Your business structure will likely reflect your unique goals as a new investor, but regardless, an appropriate approach may help you reduce liability, minimize taxes, and ultimately maximize your return on investment (ROI).