If real estate investing was 100% risk free, everyone would be millionaires. No one would have any reason not to invest in real estate. Only those real estate investors who are not afraid to face risks and know how to deal with them will be successful in real estate investing. If you want this to be you, take some time to learn about the risks involved with investing in real estate.
Time constraints. Some types of investments require more time than others, for example troubled properties and rehab houses. Other types of investments require you to be available during business hours. If you have a primary job that demands your time, you might find it difficult to make time for investing in real estate. Understand the time involved with the various types of real estate investments so you can plan your schedule around investing.
Availability of funding. One of the primary barriers of investing in real estate is the lack of funding. Even though you can invest in real estate without using your own money, you still need to have money from some place. Research some strategies on using other people's money for real estate investing. There are many creative ways of getting the money you need to complete a transaction. It's up to you to figure it out.
Potential for negative cash flow. Like other investments, real estate has the potential to create losses. Anytime you leave a deal with less money than you started with, you've created a negative cash flow. Too much negative cash flow will leave you broke. It's important that you know how to find good real estate investing transactions and have the negotiation skills to work the deals out in your favor.
Need for an exit strategy. Without an exit strategy, your money is tied up in an investment property for months, and sometimes even years, on end. Without it's part of your grand plan to hold on to a property this long, it's not want you want. Before you go into a deal, you need to have a feasible plan for getting rid of the property. Notice the word "feasible." Your exit strategy has to be logical and doable. Otherwise, it's not a very good exit strategy.
Real estate investing has some high risks. On the positive side, these risks are associated with the potential for high gains. Planning ahead for risks will help you be more successful in real estate investing.