Top 10 Real Estate Investment Mistakes to Avoid in 2024

Do you know that up to 80% of new real estate investors make at least one or more critical real estate investment mistakes in their first deal? Yes, they do, for varying reasons.

We know you are excited to make your first real estate investment that would give you a steady income, has the potential for appreciation and an opportunity to build long-term wealth.

However, the journey isn’t without its pitfalls. Novice investors can fall prey to common mistakes that hinder their success.

As a real estate investor, there is a handful of items that could stand as a roadblock to a successful investment and that is what we will be sharing in this article.

It is also important and necessary to state that your first investment will be a learning process, you still don’t want it to be so bad that it will knock you out of the game.

Real estate investing, even on a very small scale, remains a tried and true means of building an individual’s cash flow and wealth.” 

-Robert Kiyosaki

Let’s get right into it. But before then we want to assume you have an idea of what real estate investment is, in case you don’t, we have recommendations for you at the end of this article.

Mistake 1: Investing without a plan

Like every good and bad thing that exists, especially if you are expecting results, it is important that you have a plan before starting anything.

Simply buying the first property you can afford without planning on how you will generate money in the long term is a bad financial decision.

This is one of the most important real estate investment mistakes you want to avoid as much as possible.

Mistake 2: Neglecting due diligence and thorough research

Either as a first-time real estate investor or a long-standing one, you don’t want to ignore carrying out due diligence on the property or piece of land you are purchasing.

It is both important and necessary to do research which would help you to understand market trends, rental yields, and and vacancy rates.

It would also help you to uncover potential problems avoid costly repairs and also ensure there are no outstanding claims on the property.

You don’t want to invest in a property and run at a loss, I’m sure you don’t want that.

Mistake 2: Decision-making by emotional sentiment and not logic

Your real estate investment is a business, not just bricks and mortar, not just sand and stones. You are investing money, time and resources.

Don’t let sentimental value cloud your judgment.

Stick to your investment criteria and prioritize properties with strong potential returns over the beauty of the property or because it was recommended by a family member.

Mistake 3: Underestimating Costs

Again, you should not initiate a real estate investment without doing adequate research on the properties you are purchasing and every other cost that comes with it.

Factor in expenses like property taxes, insurance, and repairs when you’re calculating returns.

Mistake 4: Ignoring the Power of Location

The way a business model is important when you’re investing in equity is the same LOCATION is important when you are investing in real estate.

Location is paramount! Choose properties in areas with high demand, good infrastructure, and a promising future outlook.

You also need to consider factors like job growth, amenities, area development and proximity to transportation hubs.

For example, a piece of property in a remote location has a lesser possibility of delivering high returns because it’s remote and there’s nothing urban to drive people to that environment.

But if you purchase a property in Arizon Estate which is strategically located in an area with promising growth prospects like the Dangote Refinery, Lekki Trade Zone, New Airport, and Deep Sea Port.

This is one of the real estate investment mistakes you can’t afford to delve into or get your hands on.

Mistake 5: Lack of an Exit Strategy

Know your end game. Do you have plans to hold the property for long-term income, or flip it for a quick profit? What if it doesn’t sell?

A clear exit strategy helps you make informed decisions throughout the investment lifecycle.

Mistake 6: Figuring it out on your own

When we pay for products or services rendered, it’s not because we can’t do it on our own but there’s something valuable we find in people who have been doing it for a long time.

This discovery helps us to save time, money and emotions. The same thing applies to real estate investment.

Leverage the expertise of professionals! A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, negotiate on your behalf, and connect you with reliable property managers.

Mistake 7: Lack of Patience’

Like every investment, overnight success doesn’t happen.

As a real estate investor, you need to think long-term even in your short-term goals, this is because there are many factors that contribute to the success of your investment.

Factors like inflation, Economic and political stability, infrastructure etc.

Focus on long-term goals, make sound decisions, and be prepared to weather market fluctuations.

Mistake 8: Purchasing a property without physical assessment

On no occasion should you purchase a property without seeing it with your eyes, to avoid paying for property A and getting Property Z.

This is a big no-no, even if you have some experience in investing.

It is important that you see what you’re purchasing, even if the property is an investment and you’ll never live in it, you need to know what it’ll be like for your tenants.

For people in the diaspora who may not be able to physically assess a property, you can also demand a live video to see what you’re purchasing.

For us at Zylus Homes, we are committed to not only making real estate investment available to Nigerians living in Nigeria but also for Nigerians living in foreign countries.

Mistake 9: Neglecting Market Trends

The real estate market is dynamic and flexible. You must avoid making your real estate investment and putting your eyes away, let your eyes be where your money is.

Stay informed about changing regulations, economic factors, and neighbourhood developments to adapt your strategies and optimize your investments.

Remember, your goal is to make more money from your real estate investment.

Mistake 10: Not Asking Questions

Wrapping up, one of the many real estate investment mistakes you can’t afford to make is to not ask questions.

Ask as much as you need to know to clear your doubt about the property purchase, after all, it’s your money and you should know where your hard-earned money is going.


Avoiding these mistakes will set you on the way to becoming a successful real estate investor. Remember, knowledge is power.

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