Real Estate Investing Red Flags

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When it comes to real estate investing, there are certain warning signs that can indicate whether you are looking at a good investment or not. If you’re thinking about investing in real estate, it’s important to be aware of the red flags so that you can avoid making a costly mistake. Learn more below:

An Extremely Run-Down Property

One of the most common warning signs of a bad real estate investment is a property that is in need of significant repairs or renovations. If a property is in such poor condition that it would require a significant amount of money to bring it up to code, it’s likely not a wise investment. That being said, sometimes it’s the BEST investment. Always run the numbers to determine if the ROI aligns with your goals.

Bad Neighborhood

Another common warning sign of a bad real estate investment is a property that is located in a high crime area. While there are certainly exceptions to this rule, properties located in high crime areas are often difficult to rent or sell, and they may also be subject to increased insurance rates. Be sure to invest where returns are best and get to know your investing location.

Sale Price is Too Good to Be True

If a real estate investment property is being offered for sale at a price that seems too good to be true, it’s likely because it is. Be wary of properties that are being offered at significantly below market value, as there’s a good chance that there are hidden problems with the property that the seller is not disclosing. Work with a reputable real estate agent that specializes in investment properties and know the right questions to ask.

Beware of Clever Marketing

Finally, be cautious of properties that are using silly techniques for marketing. It could mean that the seller is hiding behind the marketing to cover up something else. 


If you’re thinking about investing in real estate, it’s important to be aware of these common red flags of a bad investment. In Keyspire’s real estate investment courses, we go over many tactics and other real estate investment strategies so you learn how to avoid a bad investment and you can be on your way to real estate investment results. Sign up today!

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Kelly Mendonca

Kelly Mendonca is a Communications guru extraordinaire who has served as Keyspire’s Communications Team and Social Media Manager since 2015. She likes all things outdoors including patios, concerts, beaches, lakes, and pizza...all the pizza.

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