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Turnkey Real Estate Investing

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Alabama Slam Dunk - Tuscaloosa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 24, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

We love showcasing our newest markets in Alabama, and are particularly proud to share this ranch-style single-family residence based in Crimson Tide country. We saw a lot of potential in this family-friendly property, as dated as it appeared in its original condition.

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Fear Not: Your Real Estate Market is Unlikely to See a Price Decline

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 18, 2022

We’re all feeling the effects of inflation in the U.S., but if you’re looking to buy real estate or currently own real estate, you’re feeling – or fearing – the impact of the central bank’s primary inflation-curbing strategy.

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Rehab Walkthrough: May 17, 2022

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 17, 2022

On this week's rehab walkthrough, Matt is joined by Kendall McKinney on a tour of this beautiful home in Cordova, TN!

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Unfinished Split-Level - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 17, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from St. Louis, Missouri.

From the outside, the original condition of this single-family residence told the story of a simple split-level. Inside, however, was identity crisis! Unfinished flooring, mix-matched walls, and unfriendly bathrooms made this seem like more of a cautionary tale. However, it didn't take long for our pros to take away the shock value and add new, usable features for a resident to have their fairytale ending. 

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WHITEPAPER: Real Estate Appreciation Trends & Maximizing Your Property’s Worth

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 11, 2022

At one time, it was thought that owning a home was a great investment. While this is true in a sense thanks to real estate being a hedge against inflation, your home alone isn’t something to hang your financial hat on. The truth of the matter is more complex: appreciation rates shift based on national, even global, economics, market-specific characteristics, and individual property qualities.

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Pastels of the Past - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 10, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

You might say this simple ranch was stuck in the past. Dated colors and fixtures were to be found in every room, including a bubblegum pink bathroom! We were happy to bring this 60's wonder into the present for a resident to enjoy long into the future. 

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How-To: Avoid Online Real Estate Investment Scams

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 4, 2022

Although we know that investing in real estate online offers unprecedented access to the many potentially lucrative markets and opportunities, it isn’t a sure thing. Unfortunately, as with any business, there are those out there looking to make a quick buck – even if it comes at the expense of honest investors who worked hard to get where they are.

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5 Reasons to Retire as a Buy-and-Hold Real Estate Investor

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 4, 2022

By the time you retire, you should be a real estate investor. You aren’t required to retire early to be successful. In fact, your investments don’t even have to totally unlock the coveted “financial freedom” raved about by the top voices in the industry.

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Peaky to Peak - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 3, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee.

See if you can spot the cow amongst the pictures we've shared!

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Rehab Walkthrough: April 28, 2022

By Chris Clothier on Mon, May 2, 2022

Ryan Flannery takes us on a tour of a recently renovated home in Lewisville, TX!

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Falling Real Estate Fever Just May Circumvent a Housing Bubble

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 27, 2022

The main hope for rising mortgage interest rates was that, in response, real estate prices would cool. Rising interest rates have been a point of concern for investors and average homebuyers alike – with housing more expensive than ever, even a marginal rate increase could mean thousands more paid in mortgage interest.

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The Secret Garden - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 26, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Houston, Texas.

The original state of the property was confusing to say the least, with multiple angles and overgrown landscaping that obfuscated the walkways and overall outdoor use. Inside, dated decorative features, including busy wallpaper and tile countertops, were overdue for a fresh start. 

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Rental Update: April 22, 2022

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 22, 2022

On this week's rental update, Nate recaps the month of March – another record-breaking month for REI Nation. Last month saw 217 new leases signed with lease renewals reaching 250. Nate discusses the current rental market trends and rental rates increasing 8.9% for lease renewals.

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How Big of a Risk Does a Softening Market Pose?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 20, 2022

If you look at any real estate headlines, you’re likely to see more than your fair share of negativity and doomsaying. It’s not that we blame people for putting out this content: negativity drives clicks.

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Dump to Delight - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 19, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Hiding behind so-so curb appeal and under years' worth of clutter was a property full of potential. Scroll down to see the before-and-after photos for yourself! 

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Rehab Walkthrough: April 15, 2022

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 15, 2022

Our Director of Renovations, Matt Rowan, takes us on a tour of a recently renovated home in Memphis, TN!

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5 Big Indicators You're in an Overvalued Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Although real estate remains one of the best investments you can make – particularly if you’re looking to beat inflation – buying investment properties demands more due diligence than ever simply because of intense market conditions.

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Stoney Homestead - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 12, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

We knew a quality resident would fall in love with the stone exterior and spacious yards that come with this property. It just needed a little updating to let the best features shine! 

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6 Ways to Beat Buyer’s Remorse in the Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 6, 2022

The hot real estate market has its pros and cons. In 2021, the average home price grew by 20%. Far above the norm. For those who already own real estate, that’s great news. For those looking to buy? It could be a big opportunity as well as a big challenge.

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Understanding Price-to-Income Ratios as a Real Estate Investor

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 6, 2022

On this blog, we often point to the various factors that indicate a worthwhile investment market.

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TBD - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 5, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas.

Under the jungle of overgrown bushes and weeds, and behind the 80's wallpaper and paneling, lay a fantastic investment property. The key to bringing out the potential in this single-family rental was to highlight its noteworthy features: generous outdoor spaces and storage, and unique two-floor living spaces within.

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The Top 5 States for Buying Investment Properties (2022)

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 30, 2022

With so many investment markets to choose from, figuring where to buy rental properties can be a daunting prospect. While investors can find opportunities just about anywhere, your choice of market can make or break your wealth-building efforts.

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Envy of the Neighborhood - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 29, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee.  

This large, eye-catching property had many things going for it. One thing it didn't? An old biohazard of a pool! Inside, loud colors and worn-down flooring pulled focus from some amazing architectural features. However, we knew that with a little TLC this property could be the talk of the town. 

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6 MORE Business, Money & Investing Podcasts to Listen to Right Now

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 23, 2022

During times such as these, we may feel more “stuck” than ever. Whether you’re weathering financial hardship, uncertainty, or waiting to make money moves until your confidence in the market returns, you still have opportunities to invest in and enrich your life. For real estate investors at every skill level, a continuing education is crucial. 

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A Perfect Time Capsule - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 22, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from St. Louis, Missouri

Mid-century sentiment was written all over this property, with large windows and pastel colors around every corner. Outside, a shaky addition obstructed the view of a gorgeous backyard, and the dark, cluttered basement was more of an obstacle course than a space-saver. No worries! Our team made quick work of this renovation, and now it's a contemporary, comfortable home for its residents. 

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Rental Update: March 15, 2022

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 16, 2022

On this week's rental update, Nate recaps the month of February – a great month for REI Nation with record highs and lows. Last month saw 167 new leases signed with lease renewals reaching 320 and move outs at a record low of only 81 total. Nate predicts that these trends will only continue in the month of March.

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3 Ways to Prep for the Busy Spring Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 16, 2022

Do you have your finger on the pulse of the real estate market? Predictions may be tough to make, but preparations are not. Here’s what you need to know going into the Spring real estate market!

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Cute as a Button, Neat as a Pin - Birmingham Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 15, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Birmingham, Alabama.

This may look like a straightforward three bed, two bath home, but the designers of this Birmingham property made the most of every nook and cranny of its 1,162 square feet! That's why we knew we had to bring our A-game to this renovation, and make this property feel as spacious and homey as it was originally intended.

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In a Market Like This One, Should I Wait to Invest in Real Estate?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 9, 2022

When people ask when they should invest, our answer has always been “as soon as possible.” The current state of the real estate market – record-high prices, an inflated economy, supply chain issues – may have you questioning whether now is still a good time to invest.

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Cool in the Texas Sun - San Antonio Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 8, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from San Antonio, Texas

With a smaller property, every square inch counts! That's why we liked the layout of this Texas ranch-style house, with lots of open living spaces and multi-level yard space as well. However, we couldn't help but notice some critical updates needed to make this a safe and comfortable home for a future resident!

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8 Clues You Should Skip a Potential Investment Property

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 2, 2022

When you’re a green real estate investor, it’s not always obvious what is and isn’t a good investment opportunity. In fact, even experienced investors can be bamboozled by a bad property or a shady deal. With inflation the highest it’s been in decades, you have more to lose by taking on the wrong investment.

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Pastel to Polished - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 1, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

A little care went a long way—and a lot of care even longer—in this fixer-upper. With an accessible ranch floor plan, and great yard space, this property had a great deal of potential. However, faded colors and dated features were just one of the many tells that the house was ready for a transformation. 

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8 Brilliant Tips for Passive Investing Newbies

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 23, 2022

Real estate investment is the top choice for the wealthy worldwide. If you want a piece of that pie, getting started is easy but succeeding is another matter entirely!

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Mid-Century Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 22, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee.

Though a little older than some of the more recent "transformations" we've shared, this property held so much potential we couldn't pass it up! In addition to its curb appeal, the back yard—complete with a courtyard and barn-like garage with storage and a powder room—would impress any resident. With a little TLC added in, of course! 

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2022 Real Estate Market Trends to Watch

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 16, 2022

We’re well into the new year by now. The real estate market has remained much the same (after all, the turn of the calendar doesn’t change anything overnight!) but there are still big considerations for real estate investors.

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Rental Update: February 15, 2022

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 15, 2022

On this week's rental update, Nate recaps the month of January and discusses the recent ice storm that hit Memphis and its effect on the area.

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Brushed Up Brick - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 15, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Don't sleep on little brick homes like this one! They hold massive potential as investment properties. This moderately sized ranch-style home was ready for an update, from the 70's exterior to the dark and dingy interior. Nothing our team can't handle! 

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Do You Have to Own Property to Be a Successful Real Estate Investor?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 9, 2022

It’s no surprise that people are looking to capitalize on the real estate market without actually shelling out the cash necessary. After all, with the majority of U.S. markets seeing double-digit appreciation in the last year, buying property is more expensive than ever.

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Tropical Taste - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 8, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Houston, Texas.

We can't help but see potential in forgotten old houses like this one. From the unique curb view to the bountiful windows, this property was destined for a quality resident—with a bit of TLC, of course. 

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[WHITEPAPER] The Real Estate Investor’s UPDATED Guide to Tulsa, Oklahoma

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 2, 2022

At the foot of the Ozark mountains sits the proud city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. As the second largest city in the state, Tulsa has a storied history as a titan of the energy industry and the cultural and arts hub of Oklahoma.

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Retro Rewind - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 1, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from St. Louis, Missouri.

What was eye-catching about this property were the large windows on nearly every side of the house. Inside, however, you could say it was stuck in the past. Overly pink and precious in some places, and primitive and sparse in others, this property was in need of a head-to-toe do-over. 

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What Inflation Means for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 26, 2022

If you live in the United States, you’re feeling the pains of rising inflation. In December, U.S. inflation hit a rate of 7 percent for 2021 – the highest it’s been in forty years. You’ve likely felt its impact in your day-to-day life, from the gas pumps to the grocery stores.

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Rental Update: January 25, 2022

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 26, 2022

On this week's rental update, Nate recaps the month of December and recaps 2021's final numbers providing an overall picture of last year's success. He then goes into REI's plans for the new year.

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Western Welcome - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 25, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This property was a stunner from the start. A spacious ranch with unique architectural details, we could see the potential clearly, even through some of the outdated features inside. Each room had a remnant of 70's style, with dark beams and cabinets, wood paneling, and teal bathroom tile. Our team was more than up to the challenge of bringing this beauty up to date.  

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The Makings of a Truly Passive Rental Property

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 19, 2022

Most people who invest in anything are after passive investments. Active investors must dedicate considerably more time, energy, and expertise to building their portfolios. Those are things that people don’t often have – and building wealth can’t wait until you have them.

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A Catch from Scratch - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 18, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee.

You would never know that this monster rental property was down to the very studs when it was purchased by REI Nation. But we saw potential in this DIY-gone-wrong, and with the help of our team of expert renovators and local contractors turned it into fantastic home a fit for a large family.

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COVID-19 Highlights the Value of Secondary Real Estate Markets

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 12, 2022

As 2021 came to a close, The New York Times published a piece entitled “The Pricey California Market? In 2021, It Got Pricier.

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Obscure to Outstanding - Birmingham Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 11, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Birmingham, Alabama. 

This spacious property held a great deal of potential, if you could see it through all of the brambles and fencing! Despite the overgrown exterior, the interior was in decent—if not outdated—shape. Stained flooring and less-than-functional features were in need of replacing, certainly. Thanks to our team of renovators and local contractors, now this beauty is resident ready! 

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6 Essential Tax Prep Tips for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 5, 2022

It's never too early to start prepping for tax season. For real estate investors, filing taxes can be a complicated and frustrating process, so the sooner you get started, the better off you’ll be. Get your financial house in order and take advantage of every tax benefit, break, and exemption you can!

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Rehab Walkthrough: December 28, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 5, 2022

If you’ve been following along for a while, you may remember when our VP of Texas Operations, Ryan Flannery, recorded a video of a home assessment he completed in South Arlington. Fast forward a couple months and he’s back, but this time he's taking us on a tour of all the work REI Nation has done on the home and how it's become resident-ready!

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Star-Crossed Success - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 4, 2022

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas. 

If it wasn't clear we'd landed in Texas, perhaps the stars on the double garage doors of this property might have given us a clue. In its original state, the exterior of this property was styled as a true rancher with dark red and brown features leading up to the front door. Inside, more red hues and wood panel overload were there to greet you. Old flooring and outdated colors added to the hectic feel of the residence. It was certainly due for a do-over. 

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The Investor's Guide to Setting Actionable New Years' Goals

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 29, 2021

For the real estate investor, the grind never really stops. As we look ahead to the new year, knowing what goals to set – and how to achieve them – is paramount to your success. After all, no one wants to fall prey to the slogging cycle of failed new years’ resolutions.

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On the Split-Level - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 28, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Split-level homes make for a fun challenge: how to give it a modern update without losing all of its 80's character? The combination brick and blue siding made for lackluster curb appeal, and though there was evidence of a well-tended garden it had been buried in let-go landscaping. Inside, dated and dark features made the home feel closed in. With a little elbow grease, however, this home has a whole new flair. 

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The 2021 Real Estate Market: A Year in Review

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 22, 2021

The past two years have brought us a wildly unpredictable world. Let’s be honest, a lot of us are still on edge! The pandemic has stoked public health concerns, wild political debates, financial turmoil, and an unpredictable – if surprisingly high-performing – real estate market.

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Disheveled to Dreamy - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 21, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The original state of this residence was modest, and perhaps a little messy. Clunky carpets and mismatched colors did no favors for the exterior or interior. Now, residents can enjoy a bright, warm home for a long time! 

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Rehab Walkthrough: December 19, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Dec 20, 2021

Take a peek as Mark Anderson, Director of Renovations, walks us through a 1,361 sqft. new-build in Little Rock, Arkansas. This property, located in a neighborhood that has 10+ REI Nation new-build homes, has all the bells-and-whistles including vinyl plank flooring, granite countertops, and stainless steal appliances.

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The Real Estate Investor's Year-End Due Diligence Checklist

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Dec 16, 2021

With 2021 coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2022. After all, there’s no time to twiddle our thumbs. The best real estate investors are always moving forward and getting the job done. But do you know what needs doing?

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Little Slice of Heaven - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 14, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee.

The original state of this property may have been idyllic from the outside, but walking inside would have run you right back out the door! Rough flooring and outdated features were anything but welcoming. Now, after a bit of work, this home is resident ready! 

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What Happens When a Real Estate Market Slows Down?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 8, 2021

Every real estate investor is actively or acutely aware of their market conditions, be it in their specific investment markets or in the United States as a whole.

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Rental Update: December 7, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 8, 2021

On this week's rental update, Nate recaps November's final numbers, and what you can expect for the month of December. He discusses this holiday season's trends and how REI plans to purchase more properties overall.

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Scattered to Serene - San Antonio Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 7, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from San Antonio, Texas.

We love the unique features of this 1970's ranch, from the arched brick entryway to the exposed beams in the living area and master bedroom. All of our work in renovating was meant to shine a light on them, as we worked to clear up the unmaintained exterior and brighten up the mussy interior. 

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5 Underappreciated Benefits of Passive Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 1, 2021

Let’s be honest – passive investing doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing in the world. And truth be told, it’s not supposed to be! The big benefits of passive real estate investment aren’t about the thrills of sealing deals and making fast-paced executive decisions.

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Rehab Walkthrough: November 24, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 1, 2021

Take a peek as Mark Anderson, Director of Renovations, walks us through a beautiful Arlington, Tennessee property actively being renovated. During the walkthrough, Mark shares why REI renovates the outside of the home first and the importance of job site organization for prospective residents.

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The Purge: Hoarder Edition - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 30, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from St. Louis, Missouri. 

Don't worry, this horror story has a happy ending! The unassuming exterior of the original condition of this house belied an interior overflowing with left-behind detritus like dolls, old computers, and more. After our team was done, you'd never know it the fright it once was! 

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This Will Change Your Mind About Investing in Cheap Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 24, 2021

On the surface, buying cheap rental properties seems like a good idea. After all, you can afford several cheap rental properties at once versus one expensive property – and the sooner you can diversify, the better, right?

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Wild to Wonderful - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 23, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Driving through this neighborhood, you might have guessed this plot was a safari rather than a single-family residence. In its original state, the let-go landscaping had essentially taken over the backyard, and the front was nearly as unrecognizable. Inside, character features were buried under mismatched paint and messy surfaces. Now, any family would be happy to call this property home! 

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Rental Update: November 16, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Nov 22, 2021

On this week's rental update, Nate updates investors on the things that matter – the KPIs and a look into overall performance with Octobers final numbers and November predictions. He discusses the importance of preventing move outs and how doing so saves investors time and money.

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4 Strategies for Avoiding Real Estate Market Bubbles

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 17, 2021

Over the past year, talk of a real estate bubble has been frequent and hotly debated. Are we in a bubble? Are we not? When will the market crash if it crashes at all?

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[WHITEPAPER] The Investor’s NEW Guide to the St. Louis Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 17, 2021

If you drive up Interstate 55 from Memphis, you’ll reach St. Louis, Missouri in no time at all. The “Gateway to the West” has been part of the REI Nation family of real estate markets for a few years now. As you know, our markets are hand-selected for their long-term wealth-building potential in real estate investment.

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No Need to Raise This Roof - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 16, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Houston, Texas.

Unassuming on the outside, this hidden gem was concealing one of the most serious vaulted ceiling we've seen! Certainly there was potential to be seen, especially if you could look past left-behind detritus and let-go landscaping. After our renovation, it feels good to say this Houston home is resident-ready! 

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6 Principles Every New Real Estate Investor Should Follow

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 10, 2021

Investing in real estate for the first time can be a daunting venture. After all, buying an investment property is far more involved and costly than say, casually buying and trading stocks. However, the results of this investment strategy are undeniable.

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Big Mess? No Stress! - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 9, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee.

This spacious, two-story home was a bit frightening in its original condition. With faded, autumnal colors on the exterior, a passerby might suspect it to be a haunted house rather than ready residence! Inside, fire damage had ruined much of the kitchen and dining spaces, and smoke had done a number on the floors and walls. This property was in need of a major transformation! 

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Rehab Walkthrough: November 5, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 9, 2021

Mark Anderson is joined by special guest, Matt Rowan, Director of Renovations, to complete an assessment at a Memphis, Tennessee property and determine if REI Nation will purchase it. Matt has over 10 years experience and seen thousands of houses under REI Nation. During the walkthrough, Matt shares the renovations that will increase the value of the home, making it safer and the future residents happier.

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Managing Risk in the Uncharted Future of Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 3, 2021

We’re all long tired of the term “unprecedented” to describe the times in which we live. Even though the word has overstayed its welcome, it is still accurate.

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Half Finished to Whole Caboodle - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 2, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Little Rock, Arkansas. 

This sweet 60's ranch-style house was fading into this background of its suburban neighborhood street. With a bland, gray brick exterior, paired with a dark garage door, the curb appeal was certainly lacking. Inside, it was mid-renovation, with bare framing in nearly half of the floor plan. Fortunately, our team knew just what to do! 

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Rehab Walkthrough: October 26, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 2, 2021

Ryan Flannery gives us a tour of a house in Arlington, Texas, pre-REI renovation. He explains the process for an initial REI home assessment when a house is first purchased and what they look for in a great investment property!

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Brave These 7 Classic Real Estate Investment Scares

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 27, 2021

As adults, we may no longer be frightened at the thought of ghouls and ghosts but there are still some things that strike fear into our hearts! Unlike the fun and thrilling scare of a slasher flick or haunted house, the things that scare us today come with high stakes.

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Gauche to Grand - Birmingham Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 26, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Birmingham, Alabama. 

This 90's-built property was in need of major TLC. Outside, the siding was shoddy, not to mention moldy. The front and back yards were pleasing to the eye—less so to the foot, what with the gnarly, let-go landscaping. Inside, classic features were buried in outdated, mismatched surfaces. Fortunately, our team gave this wannabe the new start it needed. 

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Rehab Walkthrough: October 20, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Oct 25, 2021

Take a tour with Mark Anderson as he walks us through one of our new builds still under construction in Cabot, Arkansas.

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Rental Update: October 13, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 21, 2021

Join Nate Gray as he reviews September's numbers including new residents, renewals, and move outs and the trajectory for October!

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During Stagflation, Real Estate is THE Investment to Hold

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 20, 2021

If you’ve kept your finger to the pulse of financial news, you’ve no doubt heard the term “stagflation” with increasing frequency over the past several weeks. Stagflation is a portmanteau of “stagnation” and “inflation.” The phenomenon is defined by a lack of economic growth combined with higher-than-usual inflation rates.

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Disaster Zone to Welcome Home - Dallas-Ft.Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 19, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas

This is a newer built home than we typically acquire, however you'll soon see why were able to get a deal on this investment property! In addition to normal wear and tear, the kitchen and living area was scorched beyond recognition. Outside, literal caution tape diminished any sort of curb appeal still intact! However, with an expert team on our side, we were able to complete an incredible-before-and-after, making for a happy family of investors and residents. 

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[WHITEPAPER] The Investor’s NEW Guide to Oklahoma City Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 13, 2021

Now more than ever, real estate investors are looking for key opportunities in unsuspecting places. In these extreme real estate market conditions, we’re craving reliability and consistency. Beyond the usual suspects, real estate investors would do well to consider secondary and tertiary markets – those that have overcome pandemic-era odds and present fresh, promising opportunities for investors.

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Clueless to Classic - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 12, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The original state was a mix of styles, from its farmhouse exterior, to its dark, rustic European interior. On top of that, leftover damage and debris made it hard to see the potential of this property. However, with a little elbow grease and a healthy renovation budget, it's now a resident-ready home with plenty of room and fantastic features revealed! 

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Rehab Walkthrough: October 8, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Oct 11, 2021

Take a tour of this beautiful Memphis, TN property with Director of Renovations, Mark Anderson.

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Investor Insights: October 1, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 6, 2021

Join Ryan Flannery, VP of REI's Texas office, as he talks depreciation vs. cashflow and what a 10 year buy-and-hold strategy looks like. Gain insight into the REI Nation process and multiple property analysis walkthroughs.

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5 Types of Properties Real Estate Investors Must Avoid

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 6, 2021

Real estate investing is a highly customizable, bespoke experience for investors. In many ways, you can choose how active or passive to be and what level of challenge and risk is acceptable for you.

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Mid-Century Mystery - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 5, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from St. Louis, Missouri.

It's not often we find a mid-century property to renovate, since people are quick to grab up even the ones in the worst of shape! This St. Louis residence had a lot going for it, however. Large windows and living spaces were attractive features, though there weren't too many others in its original condition. Both exterior and interior were in need of top-to-bottom renovations, including siding, floors, kitchen, and bathrooms. Now, some lucky residents are going to have the MCM rental home of their dreams! 

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We Weigh in on Forbes Real Estate Market Predictions

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 29, 2021

Forbes recently published an article from their Real Estate Council, detailing eleven predictions about the future of the real estate market for the remainder of 2021 and through 2022. In the tumultuous real estate market we’ve experienced, a lot of us are looking for clues as to what’s next.

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Cluttered Colonial - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 28, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee.

What a colossal investment! This two-story property was in need of an update, starting with an unkempt exterior. The yellow siding brought out a bad side of the brick, while the back deck was hidden by overgrown weeds. More yellow colors could be found inside, along with blues and reds for good measure! Now, with a little tidying up, this property is ready for its new residents.

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Single-Family Rentals Are Vital in a Starter-Starved Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 22, 2021

The pandemic era brought with it a surprising flurry of real estate market activity. Even people who aren’t into real estate – investing or otherwise – are aware of just how wild things have been over the past twenty-something months.

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Soot to Cute - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 21, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Little Rock, Arkansas.

This cottage was a charmer, buried under a bit of age and rubbish. From the curb, the blue and brick exterior was in shabby shape. Inside, the kitchen had dated red cabinetry and the living room a spooky old chimney that gave out more soot than warmth. Now, the residents of this Arkansas property have a beautiful place to call home. 

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Rental Update: September 21, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 21, 2021

Join Nate Gray as he talks about the $48 million in profit and counting paid out to REI investors this year. He discusses how REI property owners reap the benefits of what REI projects which is done through buying and managing great properties, preventing move-outs, and renting out new properties quickly.

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Rehab Walkthrough: September 16, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Sep 16, 2021

Take a peek at a recently renovated home in Arlington, TN with Mark Anderson, as he takes us on a tour, showcasing the REI Nation standard!

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Physical Qualities That Elevate Rental Property Potential

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 15, 2021

If you want to get the most out of your investment properties, there is a two-pronged approach to keep in mind. One step involves ongoing excellence in maintenance, management, and upkeep. The other begins before you start renting – and sometimes before you buy!

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Into the Thick of It - San Antonio Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 14, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from San Antonio, Texas.

Brambly bushes and trees overtook the original state of this property, making the curbside view hard to appreciate. Debris and half-finished features cluttered the interior view as well. Fortunately, we saw a lot of potential in this single-family property, and with a great deal of help from our team of renovators and contractors it's now a clean, serene home. 

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Rental Update: September 7, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 7, 2021

Join Nate Gray as he takes a look back at August's numbers including new leases signed, renewals, and vacancy time. He discusses an investor question, with a behind the scenes look at the maintenance process and how maintenance requests are handled without ever worrying the investor.

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Reliable Ways to Mitigate Weather-Related Risks

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 7, 2021

On the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida – a category 4 storm – made landfall on the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts. Hurricane season is in full swing, bringing environmental hazards top-of-mind for homeowners and real estate investors alike.

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Off the Deep End - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 7, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The original state of this property was a bit hauntingFrom the outside, the house's boarded up windows and polluted built-in pool made the house off-putting. The interior was just as scary, with half-finished walls and barely a kitchen or bathroom to speak of. It took quite a bit of elbow grease to exorcise the grit and grime from this property in order to make it resident-ready. 

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Breaking Down Expert Predictions for the Q4 2021 Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 31, 2021

As we near the last quarter of 2021, the real estate market seems no more certain than it did a year ago. Between a frenzy of buyer demand, the pandemic-spurred recession, and skyrocketing home prices, the state of the market seems like a hodgepodge of thrill and anxiety.

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Hidden to Heavenly - Birmingham Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 31, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Birmingham, Alabama.

All of the characteristics making this a special investment property were hidden in its original state. With a jungle-like front yard, and a creaky, crowded backyard, the exterior of this residence needed to be pared back. The same could also be said of the interior, which was suffering from color-clashing and clutter. When we saw the bonus room with a wet bar and multiple built-ins, however, we knew this house had potential! 

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Rental Update: August 31, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 31, 2021

Join Nate Gray as he discusses the property management numbers for end of month, gives an update on the effects of the recent storm, and reveals details about the long-anticipated owner portals update.

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Investor Insights: August 26, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Aug 26, 2021

VP of REI's Texas office, Ryan Flannery who oversees acquisitions, gives investors a peak behind the curtain, discussing the process of how we buy roughly 100 properties per month.

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Busting 5 Remote Real Estate Investment Myths

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 25, 2021

Investing out-of-state can be a nerve-wracking experience for the uninitiated. We’re worried enough about buying properties that we can see and visit – what about the real estate from afar?

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Rehab Walkthrough: August 25, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 25, 2021

This is why we love Conway, Arkansas! Mark Anderson gives a tour of a beautiful property with a brand new roof, landscaping, flooring, and a big kitchen to match, showcasing the high standards of REI Nation renovations.

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Rental Update: August 24, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 24, 2021

Nate Gray is joined by special guest, Davartay Miller, to discuss renewals, the rent increase, and bringing on properties not purchased through REI. Since opening up property management, Davartay has brought in 172 properties to the REI Nation fold!

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From Loud to Deluxe - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 24, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee.

You couldn't miss this unique two-story home! With a salmon-red exterior, stone chimney and porch columns, and a front portico, this property was a confluence of features that didn't quite match. Inside, the same crime: dated styles clashed with heavy wood features. With a little bit of TLC, however, this residence is noteworthy for all new reasons!

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Rehab Walkthrough: August 19, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Aug 19, 2021

Watch this video from Mark Anderson as he walks us through a newly built home in the Little Rock market!

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Rental Update: August 17, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 17, 2021

Nate Gray discusses REI Nation's focus on one very important aspect of property management: lease renewals and keeping the property occupied by good residents to prevent move-outs.

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What We Need to Understand About the End of the Housing Boom

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 17, 2021

The pandemic housing boom is over.

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Derelict to Dashing - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 17, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Houston, Texas.

This large brick rancher was the epitome of buried potential. The curb appeal was lacking, due to bushy, let-go landscaping. The front and back entry ways were nearly barricaded, both by leftover debris and nature's slow toll. Inside, wood paneling, wallpaper, and water damage plagued nearly every room. Now, everything has been brightened up. From a clean exterior, to a breezy, neutral interior, this residence is resident-ready! 

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Rental Updates: August 3, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Aug 12, 2021

Nate Gray, REI Nation executive team member, gives an update on the latest numbers for rent collection, property availability and vacancy, and move outs compared to 2020.

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Rehab Walkthrough: August 11, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 11, 2021

Our Director of Renovations, Mark Anderson, takes us on a tour of a recently renovated home in Cordova, TN!

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3 Key Qualities in Exceptional Buy-and-Hold Investment Markets

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 11, 2021

Your real estate investment strategy impacts which markets you should target. Where buy-and-hold investing is concerned, your market choice is paramount.

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Rustic to Chic - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 10, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

This stylish but unfinished single family property was a great investment choice. The stone character on the exterior only tells part of the story. Inside, a non-functional stone fireplace stood in the would-be kitchen, and the beams and fireplace in the grand living room assaulted the eye with muddy earth tones. It took adding a little bit of practical renovating to add the "chic" to this rustic Tulsa residence. 

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Rental Update: August 10, 2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 10, 2021

On this week's rental update, Nate discusses the rental increase, the WOW group, and outside property acquisition. The total number of WOW group members increased greatly within the last month and the acquisition of properties not purchased through REI Nation skyrocketed to 164.

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The Real Estate Investor's Guide to Little Rock, AR (2021 Edition)

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 4, 2021

Want to succeed as a real estate investor? Know your market. Each of REI Nation’s eleven markets (and counting) has been thoroughly analyzed and vetted for their wealth-building potential. Little Rock, Arkansas is no different.

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Cramped to Welcoming - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 3, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Little Rock, Arkansas.

Walking by the original state of this property, you might not be able to make out the house through the overgrown landscaping and miss the hidden front porch! Inside, there were peach walls as far as the eye could see, and the bathrooms and kitchens were cramped, rough spaces. Now, after our signature "turnkey transformation," this property is undeniably welcoming! 

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4 Essentials for Successful Out-of-State Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 28, 2021

The idea of remote investing scares a lot of people away. Little do they know that investing out-of-state can be one of the most advantageous ways to invest in real estate.

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Tired to Terrific - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 27, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from St. Louis, Missouri.

We could see a lot of potential in this brick home! Located in a great, family-friendly environment, with promising living spaces inside and out, this 70's-built house was a solid investment. What it needed was a freshening up, with an eye toward functionality and consistency. No more patchy floors. No more greens, blues, and dated wallpaper. With a little elbow grease, this property's potential was easy to unearth.

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U.S. Rent Prices Rise as Homebuying Market Steadies

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Although COVID-19 still poses a threat to public health, vaccination rates and the lifting of mask mandates have given American life a renewed sense of normalcy.

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Dingy to Delightful - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 20, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

This 80's style ranch was in need of some major TLC. Wood accents darkened nearly every room, not to mention the ceiling over the living spaces being caved in due to water damage! Now, you would never know this residence was ever the dingy, dated property it was previously. 

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4 Strategies for Avoiding Investment Property Regrets

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 14, 2021

“Expectation vs reality” is a popular form of internet listicle, often sharing the stories of duped customers expecting an amazing product for a cheap price. When that's the set up, the reality is never short of disappointing. 

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Frilly Pink to Stately Space - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 13, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas!

This brick beauty boasts large living spaces and vaulted ceilings, but the high-pile pink carpets and random brick columns could easily distract from these features. Outside, the front yard was in fine shape, but the back yard was shaggy with let-go landscaping and broken-down fencing. After thorough renovation, now the house feels open and bright for its residents. 

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The Real Estate Investor’s (Updated) Guide to Dallas, Texas

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Jul 8, 2021

The Lone Star state is home to some of the nation’s most vibrant economies and real estate markets. Houston, San Antonio, and Austin likely come to mind — along with Dallas!  Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas, just behind Houston and San Antonio with an estimated 2020 population of 1,347,120. 

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Relief is Coming to the Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 7, 2021

The summer is sweltering, and real estate has long needed a cooling touch — with an extreme inventory squeeze bringing sticker shock to American homebuyers. 

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Wait, Where's the House? - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 6, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Memphis, Tennessee!

Though there was certainly the makings of a house there, this transformation required just a bit more than cosmetic renovations. The house had been through heavy destruction because of a fire and half of a reconstruction done by another property owner before it fell in our lap. However, with some serious elbow grease, we put the "residence" back in this SFR! 

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Your Summer 2021 Memphis Area Market Update

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 30, 2021

It’s been a while since we addressed our hometown. Like the rest of the Midsouth, Memphis has been a hotspot for real estate activity over the past year. Memphis has always attracted families and young professionals for its opportunities in healthcare and other industries and, most notably, its affordability. 

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Red All Over? No More! - Birmingham Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 29, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Birmingham, Alabama!

Red shutters were doing no favors for this brick split-level. The original exterior was loud in some places and worn out in others, with a dilapidated back porch in serious trouble! Inside, the opposite problem was true. Fewer problems, and plain features in need of simple highlights. Just wait til you see the after pictures! 

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Falling Lumber Prices May Temper Astronomical Real Estate Costs

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 23, 2021

While many factors have contributed to surging real estate demand over the past year, lumber costs have been at the forefront.

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Worn and Torn to Neat and Tidy - San Antonio Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 22, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from San Antonio, Texas!

The biggest offense of the original state of this property? Outdated features! Multi-color walls and dark cabinets kept this house from its fullest potential. By peeling back a few layers and coming in with new, clean surfaces, our renovation team brought this residence into a brand new chapter.

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5 Surefire Ways to Succeed in an Over-Saturated Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 16, 2021

The real estate market has been feeling crowded.

Some would say that the best thing to do is to step out of the frenzy and wait for things to calm down. While that’s a valid strategy, you may miss out on opportunities that will take your investment portfolio to the next level.

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YOU Could Win an iPad by Subscribing to The Grind!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 15, 2021

In case you missed it, The Grind is LIVE. And now, we want to share the good news with you, your friends, and your followers! Join The Grind for hard-hitting business news and stories from Kent Clothier and weekly podcasts from Chris Clothier.
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Hidden Gem to Eye Catcher - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 15, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Little Rock, Arkansas!

On the outside, this house was a sweet, unassuming sleeper. Inside, terrible damage to the walls and floors were distracting, if not dangerous! With a little help from our renovation team—okay, a lot of help—this Little Rock property is now an attractive rental residence.

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4 Things That Need to Happen Before Real Estate Returns to "Normal"

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Jun 10, 2021

If you’re like anyone trying to buy in today’s real estate market, you’re likely tired of the current state of affairs. While there’s some excitement in the frenzy of it all, the intensity and frustrations of the real estate market have outworn their welcome.

If you’re holding out for the real estate market to simmer down into something more “normal,” there are a few things that have to happen first.

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Snowed-In to Shining - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 8, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is from Tulsa, Oklahoma!

Under mounds of snow outside, and left-behind debris inside, the potential of this house was good and hidden. Design features and architectural moments were certainly hard to spot. However, after a top-to-bottom transformation completed by our renovation team, it's almost an unrecognizable before-and-after! 

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The Real Estate Investor's UPDATED Guide to Houston, Texas

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Jun 7, 2021

The Lone Star State is at the epicenter of real estate investor interest. Houston — along with Dallas, Austin, and Ft. Worth — has been a major economic and investment hub for over a decade. 

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REI Nation Now Offers Property Management Services in Austin and Nashville

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 4, 2021

New market alert! 
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Welcome to The Grind!

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 2, 2021

Are you ready for The Grind?

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Should Investors Wait Out the Red Hot Real Estate Market?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 2, 2021

With the real estate market experiencing sky-high home prices and unprecedented buyer demand, real estate investors have to ask themselves: is getting involved even worth it right now?

Recently, The Atlantic suggested sitting out of the housing market frenzy, at least for now. There’s some wisdom in this strategy for would-be homebuyers. Non-investors can afford to wait when they may not be able to afford the premium prices on the market. 

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Split Level Splendor - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 1, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from our original stomping grounds, Memphis, Tennessee!

To the passer-by, the original state of this property might not have seemed so bad. But peek around to the backyard, or in to the rooms inside, and you'd be getting quite a different story! Our renovation team worked hard to transform this two-story trainwreck into a spacious clean slate. 

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As Unaffordability Rises, So Does SFR Demand

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 26, 2021

The excitement of the real estate market has begun to turn sour. In 2020, a combination of job flexibility, low mortgage rates, and a pandemic-inspired shift in priorities dramatically increased real estate demand. 

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Shut-In to Spruced Up - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 25, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Houston, Texas!

Nothing says off-putting like boards over the front windows! The state of the interior was even worse, with surfaces and floors coated in mounds of mess. Thankfully, our renovation team took the state of this residence from littered to rent-ready.

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5 Ways to Tell That a Hot Real Estate Market Has Lasting Power

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 19, 2021

By now, we’re used to hearing about how hot real estate is. While not every market is experiencing a real estate boom, many are.

The widespread impact of COVID-19, its ripple effects on the real estate market, and low mortgage rates mean that the market as a whole has been seriously impacted.
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Blue to Brilliant - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 18, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri!

The 60's are calling! The blues of the exterior and the orange interior clashed in the original state of this house. With the help of our renovation team, now this house is a contemporary home with lots of bright, clean spaces to enjoy. 

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The Investor's (Updated) Guide to Memphis Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Thu, May 13, 2021

REI Nation calls Memphis home. This famous southern city is near and dear not only on a personal level but on a professional one as well. While we have expanded into real estate markets across the South and beyond, Memphis is where we first cut our teeth nearly twenty years ago.

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Rental Demand Soars in Real Estate Squeeze

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 12, 2021

While much of the news has been focused on the traditional real estate market, investors know that there is more happening in more niche areas of the market. Beyond buying and selling, the rental market is seeing its own upheaval. 

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Two-Tone Tudor - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 11, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!

Walking through the original state of the house was a trip down memory lane. The interior was decked in decades-old details, and the tudor-style exterior was hidden behind overgrown landscaping and monochrome siding. Thanks to our hard-working renovation team, this blast from the past is now a real beauty. Scroll down for more pictures! 

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Buy-and-Hold is the #1 Strategy in Today's Market Frenzy

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 5, 2021

Buy-and-hold real estate investing is your best strategy in the middle of a nationwide real estate boom. The state of the housing market has been called “insane” for its intense bidding wars and hyper-expensive prices.

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Gloomy to Gleaming - Dallas-Ft.Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 4, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas!

From exterior to interior, the original state of this house had loud colors and shadowy corners. Not the most inviting of looks for a rental property! With a suite of updates done by our renovations team, now this sizable family home is a clean slate.

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Your OK Credit Score Won't Be Enough as Lending Standards Tighten

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 28, 2021

In this moment of low supply and high demand, obtaining a loan for businesses, automobiles, and homes is nearly impossible without a pristine credit report. We’ll get into why, but know this: if credit scores are important for the Average Joe, they’re doubly important for the real estate investor.

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Cluttered and Dated to Clean and Detailed - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 27, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Tulsa, Oklahoma!

The original state of this home wasn't exactly welcoming. The curb appeal was cluttered with a clunky carport extension and decking. But with the help of our expert team of contractors, the finished product feels friendly and fresh. Check it out for yourself! 

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In Today's Real Estate Market, SFRs Are Essential

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 23, 2021

Despite homebuyer activity reaching all-time highs over the past year, the rental market is as necessary as ever. Throughout the pandemic and its subsequent recession, Americans have found themselves feeling at odds with investors. Most specifically, at odds with landlords and property managers. In these trying economic times, many struggled to pay rent. 

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Increasing Inventory Cools Overheating Real Estate Markets

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Apr 22, 2021

The trajectory of the real estate market has been a subject of debate over the past year. Investors, realtors, and other experts are always trying to predict what’s next; however, the new realities introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic make predicting that much more challenging. 

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Chaotic Catastrophe to Fresh Start - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 20, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Houston, Texas!

The “before” state of this property was such a mess, you’ll have to see the pictures to believe it! However, our expert team of contractors completing the renovations ensured that a new resident would never know the difference from their “after” reality. 

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The Real Estate Investor’s Guide to Tuscaloosa, Alabama

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Apr 15, 2021

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is the third Alabama market to join the REI Nation repertoire. All-in-all, we now bring investors opportunities in:

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What Will the U.S. Real Estate Market Look Like After COVID?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Even though we’re not even halfway through 2021, experts in the real estate industry are already looking ahead to 2022. More precisely, they’re looking ahead to a post-COVID world.

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Ugly Dud to Cozy Quarters - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 13, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! Towering trees and a beautiful backyard surround this quaint property. However, rotten wood, a demolished bathroom, and an outdated interior kept this house from reaching its full potential. To see how our team transformed the structure into a welcoming home, keep on reading.

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Is Texas Still Good for Real Estate Investors?

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Whether you look at the headlines or are searching for real estate with your boots on the ground, you’ve no doubt come across some stern warnings: buyer beware!

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Real Estate Investors, Consider Your Exit Strategies

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 7, 2021

In any business — real estate included — we benefit from a plan. While we might regard having an exit strategy as planning for failure, this is not the case. As real estate investors, establishing this “way out” of an investment not only allows you to more clearly define your measures of success but build the best portfolio possible.

Topics: exit strategy
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Old Home to Modern Haven - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 6, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! From floral wallpaper from centuries past to a mauve bathtub, this home suffered from a severely antiquated interior and an aging exterior. To see how our expert team of contractors transformed this single-family home into a modern haven, keep reading!

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How Renovating a Property Impacts Investor Success

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 2, 2021

Renovations are an essential part of success in single-family real estate investment. You know the drill — buy a property in need of some TLC at a reduced cost, then utilize the services of skilled contractors, inspectors, and tradesmen to get your property in tip-top rental shape.

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Hate Risk? 3 Keys to Defensive Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 31, 2021

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: every investment comes with some level of risk. This isn’t a surprise. Our risk tolerance varies based on personality, financial circumstances, goals, experiences, and our foundational knowledge of how to invest and manage money.

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Hoarder's Retreat to Clean Slate - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 30, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Inside this single-story property, mountains of trash towered to the ceiling. Years of neglect left the home in dire need of an interior overhaul. That’s where we came in. Keep reading to see how our team transformed this hoarder’s retreat into a welcoming paradise.

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Investor Strategies for Winning in Outrageously Hot Markets

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 26, 2021

Since the end of the Great Recession, the U.S. housing market has been on the rebound.

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How Real Estate Investors Handle a Housing Shortage

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 24, 2021

It should come as no surprise that the U.S. has long suffered from a housing shortage. This has been a trend for over a decade as the Great Recession effectively slashed construction activity in half. In the 2010s, the residential construction industry lost over 260,000 jobs. Firms closed or consolidated. New construction lagged, continued to lag, and could not compete with America’s pent-up housing demand.

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Forgotten House to Bustling Bungalow - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 23, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from our hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. This fashionable, throwback property needed a modern refresh. New floors, bright lights, and a whole lot of love. We had our work cut out for us on this one. To see how we succeeded with the transformation, keep on reading!

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SFRs are the Hot Real Estate Commodity

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 19, 2021

Through the ups and downs of the pandemic, one real estate asset class has emerged on top: single-family rental properties. In the past, commercial real estate investors have looked down on the humble single-family home. After all, they were only familiar with management horror stories and the headaches of a bad HGTV fix-and-flip.

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What Makes Real Estate the Most Ethical Investment?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 17, 2021

Motley Fool recently published a piece that declared real estate one of the most ethical forms of investing. We have to agree! As the article suggests, real estate investing has garnered a bit of a bad reputation throughout the pandemic. This isn’t because investor experiences have been particularly bad, but because the people they serve have been in increasingly bad situations.

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From Scrapyard to Cozy Home - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 16, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Oklahoma City. After years of neglect, this once comforting home regressed into a dumping ground of wood, scrap, and litter. Nobody deserves to live in a home with gutted appliances, stains, and severely outdated fixtures. Before this home welcomed a new family, it needed some TLC. Enter our expert team of capable contractors.

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What K-Shaped Economic Recovery Means for the Housing Market

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 12, 2021

While the 2020 real estate market defied all expectations and pulled record-breaking performance among secondary and tertiary markets across the nation, it was an economic anomaly. 

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How Real Estate Investors Win in Competitive Markets

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 10, 2021

The U.S. real estate market has been in a state since the Great Recession. While many markets have experienced recovery in terms of their value, the “business as usual” status quo has not returned. We’re seeing longer real estate cycles and what seems to be an endless “recovery” phase.

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Camouflaged Cottage to Shining Star Home - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 9, 2021

This week's Transformation Tuesday comes from Houston, Texas! This spacious, cottage-style home was full of potential. However, a poorly chosen shade of green tainted the exteriors and carried over inside. To see how our expert team of contractors transformed this property into a modern, cozy, single-family home, keep reading!

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The Real Estate Investor’s Guide to Birmingham, Alabama

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Over our nearly twenty years as leaders in turnkey investment excellence, we have steadily expanded opportunities for our thousands of investors. From our humble home of Memphis, Tennessee to big and bustling Texas real estate markets, REI Nation is dedicated to bringing investors the best opportunities for building a world-class real estate investment portfolio.

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Alabama Real Estate Makes National Headlines for All the Right Reasons

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Mar 4, 2021

What makes a market worthy of an investor’s attention? While numerous factors are involved in determining a worthwhile investment market, one of the tell-tale signs can be found by browsing the headlines.

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Forgotten Property to Welcoming Home - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 2, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! This single story property was overrun by nature; overgrown weeds climbed up the windows and along the foundation. Inside, the house was equally abandoned. Keep reading to see how our expert team of contractors transformed this weed-covered property into a welcoming home.

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Rental Properties VS REITs: Which One is the Safer Investment?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 26, 2021

Investing in anything is a game of risk management. As a general rule, your potential rewards increase as risk increases. There is no such thing as a risk-free investment. And while people with various levels of skill and experience can capitalize on high-risk opportunities, most of us don’t have the constitution for that much stress. 

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4 Major Benefits to Investing in Sunbelt Real Estate Markets

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 24, 2021

As real estate investors, we know just how much location matters. Different markets provide a variety of benefits and added risks, from their climate to their local tax rates. Investing in real estate isn’t just about the individual properties themselves. Your real estate market matters. 

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Retro Mess to Modern Retreat - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 23, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! This one story, single-family home endured some serious wear and tear over the years. Between a painfully color-clashing sunroom and an outdated baby pink bathroom, our team had their work cut out for them. Keep reading to see how they transformed the house into a modern retreat.

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Technology Can Help or Hurt a Real Estate Investor

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Technology seems like it’s advancing faster than ever. In many ways, the real estate industry has not kept pace with the times. Throughout 2020, we saw how the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated many emerging trends in real estate, such as migration to secondary and tertiary markets and the transition from multifamily to single-family housing.

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Winter Weather Update 2021

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Feb 18, 2021

REI Winter Weather Update - Feb 17 21


In this update, Chris Clothier, Partner at REI Nation, shares how our team is working to ensure investors' properties and the residents who live in them are safe and sound in spite of the thick blanket of snow and extreme conditions across our 11 markets.

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Are We on the Verge of Another Long-Term Housing Boom?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 17, 2021

History has demonstrated time and time again the valuable role real estate plays in the economy at-large. Unfortunately for us, the most recent example of real estate’s power in the economy was an anomaly — The Great Recession, as we know, was a devastating economic crash that was directly tied to the subprime mortgage crisis. It took decades for the economy and housing markets to recover in the aftermath.

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Two-Story Terror to Homey Hideaway - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 16, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex! This two-story home was full of potential, but needed some serious work to truly shine and become a high-performing asset. Our expert team of contractors was able to transform this house from the inside out. To see the incredible before and after photos, keep reading!

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ADPI Podcast: Providing Service & Value in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 12, 2021

In an episode of the Active Duty Passive Income podcast, hosts Mike & Kevin interview Chris Clothier. Chris talks about how he got started and real estate and "how focusing on providing value and great customer service can get you and your business farther than you ever thought possible."

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One Passive Real Estate Investment Method Comes Out on Top

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 12, 2021

By now, you know that there are many different ways to approach real estate investment. For most of us, the biggest initial question about your strategy is whether or not you want to be an active or passive investor.

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The Pandemic Proved the Power of Residential Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Over the past year, we’ve been fascinated and occasionally anxious as we’ve watched the real estate market. When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the United States last March and we saw the first wave of shut-downs, there was no telling what would happen in the real estate world.

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‘60s Home Reimagined - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 9, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! On the outside, this property looked to be barely standing with unbalanced columns and washed out exteriors. The inside wasn’t much better. However, our expert team of contractors renovated this home to be one of our most beautiful properties to date. Be sure not to miss the new backyard in the photos below!

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Utilize the Useful Life of Your Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 5, 2021

Tax advantages are one of the greatest incentives we have as real estate investors. This is especially true of buy-and-hold investors, who benefit from the government’s encouragement of long-term investing.

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Reddit, Wall Street, and What They Say About Investing in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 3, 2021

If you’re up-to-date on the news cycle, you’ve no doubt heard about the chaos ensuing on Wall Street. Now, we don’t usually talk stocks here, but there are valuable lessons we can take away from the frenzy of the past few weeks.

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Haggard Hideaway to Modern Home - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 3, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Tulsa, Oklahoma! This ‘70s single-family home was in need of some serious TLC. From its ransacked living room to its outdated kitchen, our expert team of contractors went to work revealing this home’s foundational beauty. To see all of its stunning features, keep on scrolling!

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What’s Stopping You from Investing in Real Estate Young?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 29, 2021

Breaking into the world of real estate investment can be daunting at any age. After all, many of us are fearful of making the kind of mistakes that result in losses — while knowing that our inexperience leaves us more prone to them.

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Markets to Watch for Buy-and-Hold Investors in 2021

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 27, 2021

While real estate looks to be in for a calmer year than the flurry of 2020, many markets are still riding the high-demand momentum of the last year. We’ve seen the market shift in major ways — accelerating trends that were present but are now undeniable.

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Single Story Makeover - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 26, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Memphis, Tennessee! This single-family home had plenty of unique characteristics to make it stand out, including arched doorways, a spacious kitchen, and expansive backyard. However, mismatched painted walls and an overgrown yard left the home hiding in the shadows. To see how our expert team of contractors made this property shine, check out the before and after pictures below!

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The Real Estate Investor’s Guide to Huntsville, Alabama

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 26, 2021

2020 has been a wild, busy year — especially at REI Nation. One of the exciting things to come out of the year, however, has been the expansion of the opportunities offered to our investors. Just over eighteen years ago, we started our family-owned turnkey real estate company in our hometown, Memphis. Today, we have single-family rentals in ten markets and counting! 

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What's the Real Difference Between Real Estate Markets?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 22, 2021

Throughout 2020, we often discussed the growth in secondary and tertiary real estate markets while primary markets saw a decline. The designations of primary, secondary, and tertiary markets are valuable for real estate investors to understand not only in terms of size but in terms of investment strategy.

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Rising Mortgage Rates May Impact the Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 20, 2021

Throughout 2020, one of the driving forces behind an incredible year of real estate market performance was record-low mortgage rates. Despite the pandemic and its economic impact, these rates incentivized a flurry of homebuying activity throughout the year. 

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Red Wreck to Modern Residency - Dallas - Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 19, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Dallas - Ft. Worth, Texas! This single-family home was a neighborhood eyesore with its chipped red paint and overgrown backyard. Unfortunately, the interiors equally reflected the house’s neglect over time. To see how our expert team of contractors reversed the damage, see the before and after pictures below!

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Smaller Markets Provide Big Opportunity for Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 15, 2021

2020 saw the real estate market pivot in some major ways. While the COVID-19 pandemic initially created a slew of fears around the market, it quickly proved not only resilient but bountiful throughout 2020...at least, for some markets.

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Is Buying Turnkey Property Worth It?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 13, 2021

There are more than a few ways to invest in real estate. Deciding the best strategy for your financial goals, your personality type, and your desired level of involvement can be overwhelming. You’ll hear talk of BRRR and FIRE, buy-and-hold, flipping, and wholesaling.

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3 Reasons Behind Texas Real Estate's Unstoppable Momentum

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 8, 2021

Article updated August 3, 2021

Across the United States, 2020 meant many different things. For most people, it meant the stress and uncertainty of navigating a global pandemic. In the real estate industry, however, it meant navigating the many markets that defied expectations. Despite the economic and human toll of the pandemic, real estate seemed to transcend the impact — at least, in terms of residential real estate.

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