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Turnkey Real Estate Investing

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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 Inside, classic features were buried in outdated, mismatched surfaces.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.

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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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Real Estate Investors, Jump into 2021 with Renewed Focus

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 6, 2021

It is finally 2021. Happy New Year!

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Dreary House to Forever Home - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 5, 2021

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! This single-family home was a washed out and forgotten house in the beginning. From its rotting foundation to its outdated, wooden walls, the property was overdue for an overhaul inside and out. To see how our expert team of contractors reversed the wreckage, check out the before and after pictures below.

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How REI Nation Matches Investors with the Ideal Properties

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 1, 2021

One of the questions we often receive at REI Nation is why we don’t offer a comprehensive list of our available properties. This is something we know other real estate companies do. We’re also used to browsing homes via apps like Trulia and Zillow. So why can’t you browse our properties right from the comfort of the internet?

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LLCs and Licensing: What Do Real Estate Investors Need?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 30, 2020

Investing in real estate can be a daunting prospect for newcomers. Not only is there concern over the feasibility and success of your brand-new venture, but there are technical aspects that you may not totally understand yet. From taxes and forming entities to getting a real estate license, it is all intimidating.

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Retro Restoration - Dallas - Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 29, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Dallas - Ft. Worth, Texas! This retro, single-family home had endured a great amount of wear and tear over the years. From its damaged roof to its colorful interiors, our expert team of contractors renovated this home from top to bottom to get it into rent-ready conditions. To see the results, check out the before and after pictures below.

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4 Ways to Maximize Potential in Turnkey Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 25, 2020

In real estate investment, there is a constant tension between scaling one’s portfolio and maximizing the potential of your current holdings. We all want to scale — after all, growing your portfolio grows your streams of income. 

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The Investor’s Guide to San Antonio, Texas

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Dec 24, 2020

Over the years, REI Nation has expanded into a handful of hand-picked, carefully vetted investment markets. From our beginnings in Memphis, Tennessee to a total of some seven investment markets for the past few years, we are again expanding the opportunities that we offer to our investors. Naturally, every market is selected with our investors in mind — for the longevity and quality of their investments, as well as our ability to offer the quality and attention to detail that you know REI Nation for.

With several new markets on the horizon, it’s high time we made proper introductions for the newest members of the REI Nation market family: starting with San Antonio, Texas.

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Why Single-Family Residential Homes Fit Our Model of Efficiency

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 23, 2020

At REI Nation, we’re often asked if we would ever buy or manage multifamily properties. Oftentimes, these questions pertain to duplexes, quads, or other small apartments. 

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Outdated House to Timeless Home - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 22, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! This '60s, single-family home had endured a great amount of wear and tear over the years. From its rocky roof to its outdated interiors, our expert team of contractors renovated this home from top to bottom to get it into rent-ready conditions. To see the results, check out the before and after pictures below.

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Why the Real Estate Cycle Seems Stuck

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 18, 2020

The real estate cycle is a predictable and valuable indicator of current risks and opportunities for real estate investors. The real estate market moves in four different phases in the cycle before repeating. It’s important to note that every stage comes with its own unique risks and opportunities. A savvy investor can succeed in any season of the cycle. 

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6 Things Every Passive Investor Should Consider When Doing Due Diligence on a Turnkey Company

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Dec 17, 2020

I want to address some common misconceptions I’m hearing in my conversations recently. There are a lot of investors who believe passive and active investors should take the same approach to due diligence.

After 23 years buying and selling real estate, 18 years owning and operating a passive, turnkey investment company with my family, and having personally made or witnessed every mistake an investor can make, I believe it’s my duty to share my insight.

If you read this and take away nothing else, please take this: There is a fundamental difference in the approach a passive investor should take in doing due diligence as compared to an active investor.

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What Will the Post-COVID Real Estate Market Look Like?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 16, 2020

As millions of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be distributed this week, with many more to follow across the United States, it seems like the end is in sight for the coronavirus pandemic that thoroughly shook our social, economic, and wellbeing in 2020. Of course, access to vaccinations is our best line of defense in face of deadly illnesses. Historically, vaccines have all but eradicated notable diseases throughout history.

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Experience Matters Magazine: Fall/Winter 2020-2021

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 15, 2020

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Your 2020 Real Estate Market Year-in-Review

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Dec 14, 2020

It’s been a wild year for real estate. It’s difficult to think all the way back to the beginning of 2020 as it feels like it has dragged on for an eternity and, at the same time like we’re still stuck in a March quarantine time-loop. Despite the fog of the year, plenty has happened in real estate. You could say that this year has been one of the most surprising and exciting in quite some time! 

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4 Proven Ways to Manage Real Estate Market Anxieties

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 9, 2020

As an investor, what’s the biggest challenge you face? While you might say scaling your portfolio or having enough capital to fulfill your big plans, one of the biggest struggles investors face is internal. After all, we’re human. When it comes to our money and something as big as one’s financial future, investment decisions can be scary.

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Hidden Home Revealed - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 8, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! This single-family home from the ‘60s was hidden behind massive bushes and an unkempt yard. Inside, the interiors were just as chaotic; leftover belongings and unmaintained rooms required much effort from our expert team. To see how we revealed the true beauty of this home, keep on reading!

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Real Estate Investors Versus the HGTV Effect

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 4, 2020

What does HGTV have to do with real estate investment? Apart from the romanticization of flipping housing, it may have more to do with investing than you thought. Yes — that includes you, buy-and-hold investor.

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A Buy-and-Hold Investor's Guide to Property Appreciation

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 2, 2020

Investing in real estate offers a wide variety of benefits for the investor. While we tend to think of cash flow as the primary advantage of owning rental properties, it’s far from the only or the greatest advantage. We would argue that it is the combination of various benefits — including tax breaks, appreciation, cash flow, hedging against inflation, and more — that make real estate a truly worthwhile investment.

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From Dull to Dynamic - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 1, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Memphis, Tennessee! This single-family property had seen better days with its boarded windows, overgrown yards, and deteriorating walls. To see how our expert team of contractors transformed this property from dull to dynamic, check out the before and after pictures below!

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New REI Nation Investment Markets On the Horizon

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 27, 2020

It’s hard to believe that just over fifteen years ago we started our turnkey investment company in Memphis. Over the years, we’ve successfully expanded to seven investment markets:

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What Investors Must Know About a Potential Housing Bubble

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 25, 2020

The 2020 real estate market has been surprising in more ways than one. No one could have predicted that the market would not only survive, but thrive during an unprecedented global pandemic. If we look back at predictions earlier in the year and even pre-pandemic, a market crash was certainly on all our minds.

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Tacky House to Forever Home - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 24, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Houston, Texas! This single-family home had a classic charm, but needed a serious overhaul. From its boarded windows to its deteriorating kitchen, the home needed expert attention from top to bottom. To see how we renovated this home into the perfect property, see the before and after pictures below!

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3 Key Rental Property Criteria for Your Buy-and-Hold Portfolio

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 20, 2020

Do you know what makes a good long-term rental property? As real estate investors, we must never invest blind. We don’t want to snatch up investment properties just because they’re there. No — each investment we make should be an intentional, perfect fit for our portfolios.

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Southern Markets Are Heating Up for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 18, 2020

If you look at the REI Nation repertoire of investment markets, you’ll no doubt notice a trend. We tend to gravitate towards southern markets. While we’ve dipped into a bit of the Midwest in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, the farthest we’ve gone north is St. Louis, Missouri. 

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Ranch Revival - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 17, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! This ranch style home was tainted with poorly colored walls, an unkempt yard, and piles of trash from the previous owners. To see how we revived this single-family home into a beautiful property for its future family, check out the before and after pictures below!

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Investing in Real Estate Offers Much More Than Cash Flow

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 13, 2020

What makes real estate a worthwhile investment? If you’re like our investors, you likely have more than one reason to value a real estate portfolio. What’s so compelling about real estate investment is that you do not benefit in only one or two ways for your efforts.

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Despite Real Estate Market Flurry, Renting Reigns

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 11, 2020

Real estate has been a wild ride this year. From predictions of a market crash to the unexpected frenzy of market activity, it’s been anything but predictable. Real estate investors have had to cope with their fair share of concerns, too. 

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Unique Home Restored - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 10, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas! This single-family home stood out as a unique asset in the neighborhood. With its two-story floor plan, stone fireplace, and outdoor deck, it had a lot to offer. However, the home had suffered from neglect over time, so our expert team of contractors renovated it back into a modern masterpiece.

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Should Real Estate Investors Be Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 6, 2020

It’s been a strange year for real estate. That much is evident, given how many of us expected tough times as the pandemic began to take a true toll on the nation in the Spring. We watched the market sharply contract as homes were pulled from the market and activity came to a standstill.

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4 Signs You Have a Solid Real Estate Retirement Plan

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 4, 2020

Why do you invest in real estate?

Because real estate is a high-return asset class and a hedge against inflation, many would say that they invest for retirement.

We’re all after that level of financial freedom — one that allows us to tackle the unexpected without having to sweat and use our wealth to enjoy life on our own terms. Whether you’re looking to make an early or sustainable retirement or to build wealth for your family, real estate has long been a part of the equation.

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Tattered Tragedy to Supreme Residency - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 3, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! This single-family home was in need of some serious TLC. From the tattered roof to the ruined floors, our expert team of contractors had quite a bit to do to get this home into rent-ready conditions. To see how they got the job done, check out the before and after pictures below!

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5 Tilman Fertitta Quotes that Inspire Real Estate Investing Success

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 30, 2020

At REI Nation, our executive team frequently reads and discusses books that we feel will give us new insight, inspiration, and wisdom into what we do. One such book is Tilman Fertitta’s, Shut up and Listen!

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4 Secrets to Building Wealth for the Next Generation

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 28, 2020

In a world touting get-rich-quick schemes and lottery winners, it’s no wonder that so many of us want — and expect — wealth fast. We live in a social media age where we only see the fruits and not the labor, and the winners without the failures along the way.

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Two-Story Home Turns Timeless - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 27, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Oklahoma City! This two-story single-family home had a solid foundation to make it a unique home for any family; however, the property had been severely neglected with stockpiles of trash and unfinished bathrooms. To see how our expert team of contractors renovated this house into a sleek and modern sanctuary, check out the before and after photos below!

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Going and Growing into New Opportunities with Premier Property Management Group!

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 23, 2020

REI Nation and Premier Property Management Group are excited to be launching a new initiative geared toward helping real estate investors tackle their property management headaches.

For years, our investors have asked us for our assistance in managing properties that were not purchased from REI Nation. Knowing that we strive to always deliver our best-in-class customer service to both our clients and our residents, we decided to wait until we could ensure we were positioned to do just that.

Today, after careful planning and testing, we feel confident in our teams and our ability to meet the needs and expectations of our residents and our clients, even when the property under management wasn't originally a part of our portfolio.

If you have properties in any of the eight cities we are currently operating in, Premier Property Management and PPMG of Texas are ready to help!  The properties can be vacant or occupied. 

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Dear Real Estate Investor, Value Your Investing Experience

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 23, 2020

If you’ve ever lived in a rental property or in an apartment, you no doubt have some strong notions about your experience. There’s a stereotype of scummy landlords and derelict properties for a reason: it happens too often. Because we have this idea in our minds that renting is inherently in the category of a “necessary evil,” we come to expect very little from our managers and maintenance teams.

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In Excellent Property Management, the Devil is in the Details

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 21, 2020

If someone were to ask what the most important factor in effective property management was, what would you say? There’s no shortage of potential answers, and many of them are good. However, in our over fifteen years of buying, renovating, and managing investment properties, we know that the most important thing is to pay attention to detail.

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From Gloomy to Blooming - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 20, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Memphis, Tennessee! This single-family property was bursting with potential; from its spacious living corridors to its hardwood floors, the foundation of this home had many outstanding qualities. However, it required a serious overhaul in order to make it truly shine. To see how our expert team of contractors transformed this property, check out the before and after pictures below!

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Utilize These Strategies to Maximize Investment Property Profits

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Investing in real estate is a numbers game. The profitability of any given investment often comes down to a very simple equation. Though you can analyze the numbers in different ways, such as the profitability index (  Profitability Index = Present Value of Future Cash Flows ÷ Initial Investment ) and ROI ( ROI = Net Return on Investment ÷ Cost of Investment x 100% ), the point is that it all comes down to numbers.

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COVID-19 Has Reshaped the Real Estate Market as We Know It

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Over the past eight months, the nation has been turned upside down and shaken to its core. While in many respects we hope that these changes are temporary provisions to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to be realistic: some changes aren’t going anywhere.

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Neglected House to Welcoming Home - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 13, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Houston, Texas! This asymmetrical home was bursting with potential, but required a hefty bit of work for it to truly shine. From its gutted bathrooms to its neglected walls, our expert team of contractors renovated this property from top to bottom, resulting in a stunning transformation. To see the before and after photos, keep on scrolling!

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Great Real Estate Investors Manage Risks Beyond Their Control

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 9, 2020

Where our wealth is concerned, we all want to have control. A lack of control can be a major stressor in our lives. Unfortunately, investors only have a say over so much. 

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Colorful Chaos to Single-Family Sanctuary - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 8, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! This single-family home was built on the cusp of the ‘80s and hadn’t seen many renovations since. With a lime green kitchen, sky blue toilet, and neglected walls and flooring, our expert team of contractors had quite a bit of work transforming this house into a performing asset. To see how they accomplished the job, keep on reading!

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REI Nation Markets Appear as Best Places to Buy Rental Properties

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 7, 2020

We’ll just say it: this has been a weird year.

Even that doesn’t seem to touch the reality we’ve all been dealing with for the past nine months. The year began with predictions of a housing market crash and, as we’ve seen, despite the economic impact of the coronavirus, the real estate market has been surprisingly tenacious where single-family housing is concerned.

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Single-Family Rentals are the Undisputed Champ of 2020 Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 30, 2020

This year has been full of economic ups-and-downs. Many of us are finding ourselves feeling anxious about our investments, even as the real estate market proves itself to be as strong as ever in the midst of it all. However, when we look at the real estate market — and the opportunities it provides for real estate investors — we must be sure to look in the right places. After all, the wide variety of property types and investment strategies are not created equally. For real estate investors, weighing the effectiveness and equity growth in different types of real estate investments is critical.

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Five Bedroom Pit to Perfect Fit - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 29, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex! This five-bedroom single-family home was full of potential, yet needed an expert team to maximize it. From its neglected exterior to its outdated interiors, we worked our way from top to bottom restoring this property into rent-ready conditions. Keep on scrolling to see the before and after pictures and learn more about how we prepared this home for its future family.

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Build Wealth When Your Budget is Tight

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 25, 2020

During these strange and trying times, we’ve no doubt found ourselves being more thoughtful and guarded with our financial habits. Even if your income has not been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of the economy means that we’re all on edge. The future seems uncertain. Whether your budget has taken a hit because of income loss or you’re adjusting as a means of risk management, a lot of us are trying to rein in spending and be wise with our finances.

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4 Qualities Shared Among High-Performing 2020 Real Estate Markets

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 23, 2020

This year, perhaps more than ever, we have seen how starkly real estate market performance stands against other metrics — against stock performance and economic statistics. The pandemic has unleashed a unique set of circumstances regarding real estate, but it alone has not been the sole determining factor separating high-performing real estate markets from lower-performing ones.

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Ice Cream-Colored House Gets Sweet Renovation - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 22, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Tulsa, Oklahoma! This ‘60s single-family home hadn’t seen many changes over the years. With pastel interiors, old floors, and a worn-out roof, this house was desperate to be repaired and repurposed. To see how our expert team of contractors transformed this property, check out the before and after pictures below!

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5 Key Money Moves for First-Time Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Big financial commitments are always a little daunting. This is particularly true when it comes to investing — after all, you won’t see an immediate reward for your hard-earned money. When investing in real estate, the initial down-payment is critical, but it’s far from the only or the most important factor in your financial success.

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The Present & Future of the Real Estate Market for Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 16, 2020

As we move into the Fall season and closer to the fourth quarter of the year, no one can deny that the real estate market has been full of surprises. Ask any expert what they thought was going to come of real estate back in March or April, and surely we’d have seen a sea of predictions spelling doom for the real estate industry as we know it.

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Outdated House Gets Out of the Weeds - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 15, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! This single-family home was obscured by overgrown foliage with its true beauty inside hidden by outdated interiors. In getting this house into rent-ready conditions, we had a fair share of work both inside and outside of this property. To see the stunning before and after pictures, keep scrolling!

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This is What Makes Real Estate Such a Smart Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 11, 2020

We all want a secure, reliable financial future. As people, we just want to have something dependable. Life can be so unpredictable in ways both good and bad. This can make it challenging to chart a course on your path to financial security. So often, we rely on hearsay, the success of others, and speculation when making these decisions.

Topics: new investors
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3 Reasons Investors Shouldn't Fear for the Rental Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 9, 2020

With all of the talk about how hot and resilient the real estate market at-large has been despite pandemic fears and uncertainties, real estate investors no doubt have big questions about a more specific area of the industry. While homebuying has been a frenzy for multiple reasons (including but not limited to: record-low interest rates, tight inventory, and increased desire for more space in suburban and rural areas), questions have plagued the rental market from the beginning.

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Tacky Tragedy to Shining Residency - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 8, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Memphis, Tennessee! This single-family home was suffering from serious neglect. From the deteriorating roof to the trashed interiors, our expert team of contractors had quite a checklist for getting this house into rent-ready conditions. The final results show their hard work — and offer a beautiful opportunity for a future family. See the before and after pictures below!

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6 Essential Rules for New Passive Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 4, 2020

Though investing in real estate seems to be hotter than ever, new real estate investors can’t expect to find success by diving into the deep end. For investors, success comes with time, patience, and experience. Thankfully, new investors don’t have to rely on trial-and-error to come out on top. Because so many have come before us, we can learn from their triumphs and failures. 

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When and Where Do We Invest in the Middle of a Pandemic?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown a wrench into a lot of plans. Whether we had dreams of big 2020 vacations, family reunions, or big financial moves, the state of the world has led us to reconsider more than a few things. The pandemic has taken its toll on our health, our social lives, the economy, and our finances. 

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Abandoned Mess to Clean Success - Dallas - Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 1, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Dallas - Ft. Worth, Texas! A hodgepodge of abandoned belongings and trash littered the front yard of this single-family home. The interiors were outdated and what little was left was entirely past its time. To see how our expert team of contractors renovated this home from the ground up, see the before and after pictures below!

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Raising Your Net Worth is Essential in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 28, 2020

In real estate investment (and finance in general) there’s often a raging debate about which is better: cash flow or net worth? The truth of the matter is that we need both to truly succeed in our real estate investment ventures. When we look at lists of the richest people in the world, they’re often ranked solely by net worth.

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2 Major Tax Deferral Strategies for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 26, 2020

Tax incentives are a big reason to become a real estate investor. From a multitude of potential deductions for rental property owners, depreciation, pass-through income, and utilizing capital gains taxes instead of income taxes. 

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From Bore to Beauty - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 25, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Oklahoma City! There’s no denying this single-family home needed some serious work. Between its trashed backyard to its stripped interiors, our expert team of contractors had a handful of projects on their plate to complete to shape this house into rent-ready conditions. See the final results in the pictures below!

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3 Reasons Patience Brings Real Estate Investment Wins

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 21, 2020

Patience is a virtue.

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What the "Great Reshuffling" in Real Estate Means for Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 19, 2020

Zillow CEO Rich Barton recently said that he believes “we are at the dawn of a great reshuffling,” for the real estate market. There’s no doubt that the real estate market has seen a shakeup in recent months — but there’s far more to current market activity than pent-up demand and the incentive of low interest rates.

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‘70s Horror Restored - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 18, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! This two-story, single-family home was in serious need of having its original beauty restored. From its built-in shelves to its two-car garage, this house was bursting with potential. However, shag carpets and outdated tiles kept the home from truly shining. To see how we turned this property into an asset, check out the before and after pictures below!

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Modern Micro Investing Can't Compete with Tried-and-True Investment Strategies

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 14, 2020

As technology progresses, we see people looking to innovate the investment game. Technology, after all, offers some unique advantages and conveniences that we once didn’t have. Even just the internet and its ability to connect people around the globe have revolutionized how we invest. 

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What are the Real Risks to Real Estate Investors During COVID-19?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 12, 2020

2020 has been a strange year to say the least. As we forge our way through uncharted territory, plenty of worries, concerns, and questions come to mind. We’re thinking about our families and friends and their health, we’re wondering about employment status and cut hours. We’re adjusting to working-from-home or juggling wild, cooped-up kids. 

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From Shell to Sanctuary - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 11, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Houston, Texas! When our expert team of contractors first set sight on this property, it was nothing but scaffolding and insulation, rich with potential. Originally built in 2018, we were thrilled to transform this house into a home and make it a single-family paradise. To see the before and after pictures, keep reading!

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These 4 Principles Guide Successful Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 7, 2020

As we face some significant economic challenges, the stability and growth of the housing market are catching the eyes of many would-be real estate investors. Before diving into real estate investment with dreams of quick cash and easy wealth-building, we have to know what principles guide success in this business.

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Real Estate Market Statistics Every Investor Should Know

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 5, 2020

If you look at any of the headlines about the real estate market, you will encounter a wide variety of predictions and evaluations. Right now, we’re seeing many remarks on the unexpected tenacity and strength of U.S. real estate in the face of a global pandemic. And it’s true — in many cases, the real estate market has not only weathered the economic fallout, but it has seen increased demand and growing equity.

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Mustard Yellow Madness to Superstar Status - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 4, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! Beyond its overgrown yard, this home hid ransacked rooms full of trash and outdated color schemes. Yet with its corner fireplace and large kitchen, our expert team of contractors picked up on the property’s potential and transformed it into a true asset for its future residents.

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Dipping Into Real Estate Investment May Be Your Best Money Move in 2020

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 31, 2020

When it comes to investing, most people don’t start out with real estate. It seems like a daunting proposition for those who have never done it before. It’s big money and a big commitment. Investors often start small: stocks and bonds, the S&P 200, and robo-investing. We want to minimize risk exposure and dip our toes in without risking too much of our hard-earned money.

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Conquer These Common Risks in Turnkey Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 29, 2020

We often assert the truth that no investment is without risk. If any investment claims to be risk-free, you can guarantee you’ve stumbled upon a scam! This is no less true when it comes to real estate investment. 

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Washed-Out Wreck to Bright Success - Dallas - Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 28, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Dallas - Ft. Worth, Texas! When we first set foot on this property, we were met with a pile of trash lining the front yard, washed-out slats in serious need of a fresh paint job, and interiors that were desperate to be reimagined by our expert team of contractors. By the end of our renovation, this single-family home was the spotlight of the street!

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Find the Best Real Estate Markets to Invest In During a Pandemic

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Back in March, most of us probably expected pandemic fears to wane after a few weeks. At the most, we thought the summer would bring an end to things and we’d return to business-as-usual. Unfortunately, we have not seen this to be true. Talk of a “new normal” seems more and more like reality. It’s likely that COVID-19 will forever change how society functions!

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3 Compelling Reasons to Consider Investing in Real Estate Now

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 22, 2020

The world is in a strange state. The uncertainty of it all means that many of us are feeling less eager and more cautious about how we utilize our wealth. As always, we want our money to work for us. But the unknown means risk, and now, perhaps more than ever, risk is a significant deterrent. 

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Mid-Century Misery to Modern Masterpiece - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 21, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Memphis, Tennessee! Lost in an overgrown yard full of unkempt trees, this home had a solid foundation to restore its original beauty but needed some serious help getting there. After a lot of hard work, our expert team of contractors renovated this house into something unrecognizable. See the before and after pictures below!

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