Have you ever bought an investment and later said to yourself, “I wish I had never purchased that investment? I had a feeling it was going to go bad”? Often this happens because many people don’t know the right questions to ask. Have you heard the adage that says, “Ask the wrong questions, get the wrong answers”? For this reason, we created the “Investment Evaluator,” a compilation of core questions to ask when you are evaluating an investment.

Below are some top questions you should be asking.

#1 – Ask if it’s the right investment at the right time. For example, buying land today as short-term funding is probably not such a good idea. If it’s not the right time, look into a new recommendation.

#2 – Look at the experience of the management team and set standards and expectations. Who is on the board and what is the track record of the management team?

#3 – Do the people who are putting the project together have their own money financed in the deal? We like to refer to this as “skin in the game.”

#4 – Is there an implementation of third-party accounting? What checks and balances are part of the plan? What are the invested dollars going to pay for, such as expenses, salaries, and marketing efforts? You have a right to know those numbers.

#5 – Are there legacy assets? Specifically, is the management team allowed to swap some of the new holdings with older assets? Although this can rescue the old assets, this can also dilute the performance of the original investment. Use suitable keywords to perform your due diligence.

#6 – What is the Exit Strategy? Are there several ways out of the investments? What is the timeline? Be fully aware of what happens if you have an emergency and you need your money.

#7 – What is the LTV (Loan to Value ratio) of the investment? The LTV is the amount of a first mortgage lien as a percentage of the total appraised value of real property.

#8 – Find out if the investment encumbrance after the completion of the offer.

#9 – Investing is not just a “sexy story,” and then you get the return. Investing involves a variety of risks, and there are so many important questions to ask about the investment itself and your situation.

Investing is not just a “sexy story” and then you get the return. Investing involves a variety of risks and there are so many important questions to ask about the investment itself and about your own situation.

If you would like your complimentary CD “The Investment Evaluator”, please e-mail us at info@conawayandconaway.com.

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James Conaway Wealth Management and Loraine Conaway Wealth Strategist at C & C Wealth Management Corporation www.conawayandconaway.com

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