Welcome to the real estate industry! You'll quickly find out how easy it is to lose money when you don't know what you're doing. And even if you do know what you're doing, you can still lose money if you're not careful. But let's assume you're new.
I'm not trying to be a "party pooper" or anything like that. As a real estate investor myself, I just want you to know what you're getting into. So what exactly are the two biggest reasons why new real estate investors lose money?
While it's not necessarily a guarantee that you'll make bad investments, the probability is high. However, it's only natural to be "bad" at something when you first start doing it. *wink wink*
But is there really any other way to learn other than from your mistakes? Yes and no. I recommend new investors do joint ventures with more experienced real estate investors before they go out on their own. Just make sure you find someone who knows what their doing if you choose to do that.
So what's the other big reason why new real estate investors lose money?
This one might surprise you. The truth is anyone can and will sue you if you're worth enough. It could be a random person off the street or even a business partner. You never know when it'll happen, but you have to be prepared. Otherwise you could lose everything.
Luckily for you, preventing lawsuits is easier than learning how to not make bad investments. The most proven way to prevent lawsuits is through asset protection. Asset protection involves the use of LLCs and other legal structures when doing real estate transactions and signing contracts.
Like I said earlier, anyone can sue you. But that's only if you're worth enough. Asset protection can make it appear as if you're worth nothing. Or, you can use asset protection as leverage to convince someone not to waste their time suing you.
Well that's everything. As always, if you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments below. For questions about your individual situation, contact us directly.
Scott Royal Smith is an asset protection attorney and long-time real estate investor. He's on a mission to help fellow investors free their time, protect their assets, and create lasting wealth.
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