Investing in real estate can be an exciting venture, whether you’re looking to make a mint by flipping houses or if you’re more practical and just want to buy a home for you and your family. But there are also some pitfalls to home ownership, although some of them can be avoided by steering clear of the mistakes listed below.

Real Estate Pipe Dreams

It’s the get rich quick real estate dream that will probably never come true. Real estate is typically a good long term investment. Most people shouldn’t think of real estate as anything but a long term venture.

Paying Too Much

Everyone is looking for a good price when buying a home but some people still pay too much. Learn about the neighborhood, the value of the home and its amenities. Break down the investment as you would a major purchase to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for.

Falling in Love

Yes you want to love the home you live in but you don’t want your emotions to control your purchase decisions. Try to be as clinical as possible and treat the purchase portion of the deal as a business venture. After that you can let your emotions run wild.

By avoiding the common mistakes above you’re more likely to find a great deal and a home or investment that works for you.