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Why do real estate investors often fail?

Why do real estate investors often fail?

Many people have gotten into real estate investment with high expectations. However, after a short while, many of them have had to concede failure as real estate investors.

Still, the question remains, why do real estate investors fail?

Read on to find out and increase your chances of success in real estate investing.


Lack of Localized Real Estate Knowledge

Many people will often have had some notable success in property markets elsewhere. As a result, they end up believing that they can replicate the same results in other property markets, for instance, in Bangkok. However, their efforts are usually met with failure.

What they fail to take into consideration is that although there are some generic factors that determine real estate investment success, localized knowledge of the real estate market is still needed for success.

So, if you are moving into Thailand to invest in its real estate market, make sure you gather some knowledge about the country’s real estate market to avoid disappointment down the road.


Failure to Plan for Adverse Possibilities

Obviously, for anyone to invest in something, he/she has to expect that there is a good chance of making significant financial gains from their investment. However, some people forget to plan for when things go wrong. Before investing in any real estate property, make sure you have an exit strategy.

This way, when it becomes apparent that things are not going as planned, you can walk away with minimal losses.

Failure to plan for adverse events may result in you hesitating in adapting contingency plans, and that could mean the difference between failure and success as a real estate investor.

Lack of Proper Property Management

Some people have no trouble buying good real estate properties. Nevertheless, they fail miserably at managing the properties, for instance, rental properties, which eventually results in failure of their investments. To ensure success in rental property, you should properly screen your tenants, and be ready to invest in the maintenance of the property to avoid problems with your tenants, or worse, trouble attracting tenants.

Generally, property management will ensure that your tenants pay up on time and remain satisfied while also keeping your property in demand among potential renters.


Looking at Real Estate Investment as a Get Rich Quick Scheme

A considerable number of people buy property with the desire to make large amounts of money in a short time. This outlook on real estate investment is a recipe for failure. Firstly, it will cloud your judgment regarding the appropriate property prices, which means you will be willing to pay more for properties than they are actually worth.

Secondly, expectations of big margins means that you will most likely pass up on fair price offers on your property while holding on to the believe that you will land a better deal. In the meantime, other investors are making money while you sit around waiting for your big break making nothing on your property.



There are several ways to end up as one of the many failures in real estate investment.

In general, lack of specific knowledge about the property market, failing to plan for when things go bad, not managing the property appropriately and looking at property investment as a way to make an easy buck often always results in failure during real estate investment.

By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can greatly improve your chances of success in this unforgiving market.

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