It’s tempting for investors to hear about 8%-12% returns that real estate crowdfunding has been delivering and rush in to get their piece of the action. However, it is important for investors to take the steps necessary to ensure their investment is solid.
When you’re considering any act with respect to your real estate investments, it’s important to carefully evaluate every aspect of the decision or transaction. Due diligence is a common term borrowed from the legal profession. It describes the process involved in fully researching any issue or decision.
Performing due diligence on a potential real estate investment is one of the most important parts of the process. It ensures that you assess the investment risk soberly rather than rely on unreliable methods such as “gut feeling” or taking the borrower at his word.
Due diligence is a fact of life. Everyone must learn how to analyze and judge an opportunity, whether it be a real estate investor looking at funding a particular project, a borrower deciding which lender to raise capital from, or a marketplace lending platform presenting investment opportunities to accredited private investors.