In today’s episode, property expert Kevin McDonnell takes us on a trip down memory lane as he looks back on some of his biggest failures in the property industry and gives us his expert advice on how you can avoid making these mistakes yourself! Don’t miss Kevins expert advice on how you can become a success in property!
6 Biggest Property Failures-
Investing Abroad- Don’t buy off-plan property. You are buying something that might go up, or down in value. You’re also purchasing something that might not even get built, there is no real guarantee, and whilst you are waiting for the build to be complete you are not making any money from the property. Purchase property in an area you are familiar with that can make you money instantly and whereby you are familiar with the tax and property laws.
Doing All Your Own Refurbs- This takes up far too much time which can stop you from looking for more property investment deals. The standard of work was also not up to the standards of professional tradesmen, meaning a few years later the poor workmanship will have to be redone. Tying to do those refurbs yourself, will cost you more time and more money.
Waiting Too Long Before Quitting Your Job- Just commit and get out, because quitting your job will allow you to focus more on property and your results will have scaled massively once leaving your job, allowing the freedom and mind space to really focus on scaling your property business.
Waiting Too Long To Hire Staff- Where in your business can you add income? Where can you put money into your business? Things such as speaking to joint venture partners, people who want to invest money into your business, negotiating property purchases or contracts on rent to rents with homeowners, that is where your focus should be. Outsource all the other tasks to staff such as property management, speaking to the tenant, maintenance inspections, all of the tasks that are time-consuming but don’t generate income but rather take money from the business.
Not Having A Clear System To Check Staff’s Work- Hiring any staff comes with an element of trust, and sometimes in fast-growing businesses you can end up leaving staff to get on with their job whilst your focus is on other things. This could potentially result in foul play from your staff as they feel like they are able to get away with things easier as they are not being monitored. Create a system whereby this is not possible. Check your properties out, check your own staff out and make sure that what’s being said is the reality.
Not Hiring A Project Manager- A project manager will hire the entire refurb team to avoid any miscommunications between different tradespeople. If possible, make somebody you know or are familiar with and that you trust your project manager who can get the job delivered on time. Them being responsible for the project means that there's no way there can be any excuses or tension between the rest of the team.
“Mistakes are a part of life”
“You only have to be right 51% of the time”
“The richest people on this planet have made many mistakes”
ABOUT THE HOST
Kevin McDonnell is a Speaker, Author, Mentor & Professional Property Investor. He is an expert when it comes to creative property investment strategies. His book No Money Down: Property Invest talks about how to control and cash flow other people’s property to create financial freedom.