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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.

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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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3 Questions for Real Estate Investors Facing COVID-19 Changes

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Recently, Motley Fool reported on the ways that COVID-19 may change real estate investment as we know it. None of these predictions surprise us, really. Here’s a quick rundown of what their analysis predicts:

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The Present and Future for the U.S. Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 15, 2020

The last few months have presented a rollercoaster of reactions, predictions, and turns in both the U.S. real estate market and the economy at-large. Since the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have stressed a need for faith and patience in the real estate market. Thus far, we have seen widespread tenacity and adaptability. By and large, the U.S. real estate market has seen surprisingly positive movements. 

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Retro Refresh - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 14, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! From a stash of lawnmowers in the backyard to outdated salmon-colored tiles lining the bathroom, this home was yearning for renovations inside out. Our expert team of contractors transformed this home into rent-ready conditions in no time. To see the stunning before and after pics, keep scrolling!

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Think Ahead to Retirement Investing While You're Young

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Motley Fool just reported on data from Transamerica that reveals that some 44 percent of American workers aren’t thinking about retirement investment. They’d rather wait until they’re closer to retirement age. Other priorities and concerns are at the forefront. While planning for retirement, many take a backseat, laissez-faire approach. 

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2 Essential Advantages in Remote Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 8, 2020

One of the biggest hurdles individual real estate investors face is the debate over where to invest. For many, investing where they feel safe is natural. After all, you know your neighborhood. You can see real, tangible opportunities pop up all around you as the market shifts. 

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Neighborhood Eyesore to Welcoming Home - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 7, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! This home was terribly neglected on both the inside and outside. From the year-round Christmas wreath to the grimy living corridors, this single-family home desperately needed experts’ time and attention. After the work of our renovation team, this home was finally able to embrace its full potential.

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A Real Estate Investor’s Secret to Success in a Recession-Era Market

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 3, 2020

A recession brings mixed emotions to investors of all kinds. Whether you’re biting your nails in wait for the next stock market dip or chomping at the bit to seize on exclusive recession-era investment opportunities, it’s critical that we are all diligent and intentional with our investing strategies.

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3 Ways New Real Estate Investors Gain Real Experience

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 1, 2020

Statistics from GOBakingRates, as reported by Motley Fool, reveal that 55 percent of Americans aren’t investing in anything. Even when we look to real estate investment, we know that a lot of people think about doing it bet never full that trigger.

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Retro Wreck to Modern Residence - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 30, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This ‘60s flat was an eyesore. Between its cluttered spaces and outdated wood panels, the home was starved for a modern refurbishment. In no time, our expert team of contractors renovated this home, giving it a fresh start and ultramodern new look.

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The U.S. Real Estate Market Continues to Defy Expectations

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 26, 2020

As real estate investors, we’re all tired of doomsaying. Even last year, before any of us could have anticipated the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions, experts were already predicting a recession to hit. And hit it did!

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The Real Estate Investor's Guide to Winning in a Competitive Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 24, 2020

In real estate investment, there is no shortage of competition. Trends are reflecting the proven nature of real estate investment and have been for over a decade. In 2007, some two-thirds of all investors were focused primarily on the stock market. That number fell to around 50 percent as real estate began to attract more investors in a post-Great Recession America.

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Graffitied Nightmare to Sleek Retreat - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 23, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Houston, Texas. Between its deteriorating garage doors and polluted counters, this house needed serious attention across every square inch. By the time our expert team of contractors had conducted their work from floor to ceiling, this single-family home was beautifully unrecognizable. 

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The Housing Market May Rescue Us from this Recession

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 19, 2020

According to the experts, the United States officially entered into a recession in February 2020. With economic turmoil and record-high job losses, it’s not difficult to see the ripple effects of recession spread out into the areas of our lives.

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One Type of Real Estate Investor Wins Against Pandemic Impact

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 17, 2020

As time passes, we’re seeing more encouraging information about the state of the real estate market versus the fearful predictions of a few months ago. That said, there’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has and will continue to impact real estate. For real estate investors, the question is less about whether to invest, but how one’s strategy needs to adjust to changing priorities and both economic and market conditions.

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Torrential Terror to Clean Dream - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 16, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Memphis, Tennessee. With its peeling roof and yard littered with fallen tree branches, we weren’t quite sure what to expect on the inside of this house. Pink fluffy insulation pooled inside the kitchen and bedrooms, and a massive hole in the wall cursed the living room. But by the time our expert team completed the renovation, this home was completely new again.

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Despite Recession, the Housing Market Stands in Stark Contrast to the 2008 Crash

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 12, 2020

If you’re like most people in the world right now, you’re likely fatigued by an overwhelming amount of negative news, doomsaying, constant stress, and fear. As we move through the pandemic — for many of us, the third month of stay-at-home orders and social distancing — it’s important to analyze the market as it is versus worrying about what it will become.

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Is Your Investor Mindset Prepared for Change?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Over the past few months, we have heard over and over again that the world is changing. That there will be a “new normal” that we will all have to adjust to. And it’s true — the world is changing and in some ways that we can’t predict. For our part, our attention has been firmly on how to best serve and communicate with our residents and investors. Taking care of them has always been our top priority. It has only become more important in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Horrendous House to Immaculate Sanctuary - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 9, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas. Horrendous might be an understatement for this home; a junked yard, depleted kitchen, and deteriorating bathroom left this house nothing but a pit. Luckily, there isn’t anything our expert team of contractors can’t handle, so we renovated this home into something that was as unrecognizable as it was beautiful.

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How Higher Home Inspection Ratings Lead to Longer Occupancies

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Jun 8, 2020

"What you focus on, you improve."

Over the last few months, REI Nation and Premier Property Management have worked diligently to increase the home inspection scores of the properties under our management. Our scale begins at 1, indicating that the home needs major improvements before it should be available for residency. The numbers on our scale range to 5 with an additional score of Perfect for houses in which the Inspector deems have no discernible issues. Our goal is to have every property reach a Perfect score.

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These Key Qualities Indicate Long-Term Investment Potential

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 3, 2020

Recently, Forbes published a list of “booming” housing markets amid the COVID-19 crisis. In this case, “booming” means “more quickly recovering” than other housing markets around the United States. These markets share a few things in common. 

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Abominable Abode to Contemporary Classic - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 2, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Little Rock, Arkansas. This honey mustard-colored house tucked between towering trees needed some serious attention, both inside and out. The yellow exterior carried over to the kitchen and bathrooms, burdening the house with its outdated feel. But after enough TLC carried out by our expert team of contractors, this home’s potential has been realized.

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The Investor’s Roadmap to Wise Financial Decision-making

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 29, 2020

Big financial decisions are difficult to make. It doesn’t matter how much experience you have as an investor, either. We still feel that rush of uncertainty, that feeling of standing on the edge of something big. Deciding to step off the edge on faith is scary. After all, no investment is a sure thing. There’s always risk. What if you make the wrong move?

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3 Post-Pandemic Real Estate Market Predictions

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 27, 2020

As the pandemic impact stretches into the summer, we gain more clarity on the ripple effects shaking employment, healthcare, and real estate — among other areas of life. From the very beginning, we knew this was something big. Everything has been thrown into the chaos of anxiety and uncertainty. It was tough to tell how exactly it would all come out in the wash.

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Boarded Blight Gets a Modern Makeover - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 26, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Boarded windows, dust-covered cabinets, and soiled ceramic tarnished this OKC single-family home. And that was just on the inside. But after a little bit of TLC, our expert team of contractors transformed this house into an inviting place. See for yourself in the before and after photos below.

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3 Considerations for Real Estate Investors Amid Uncertainty

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 22, 2020

Investors of every kind look for the opportunities that they can count on. They want to be able to, at least to some degree, predict the future. While no worthwhile investment comes without risk, there is something to be said for the predictable, reliable, and proven. 

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Will the Rise of Remote Working Shift the Real Estate Market?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 20, 2020

As real estate investors, we’re always hyper-aware of changes in the real estate market. This has been especially true since COVID-19 came ashore. It’s all-too-easy for investors to panic about the state of the market — or rather, panic about what they’re afraid the state of the market will become — when, as always, we adapt to thrive.

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Hollow House to Harmonious Home - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 19, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This 1960s single-family home needed a lot of work, both inside and out. From a stripped living room to brightly colored kitchen cabinets, our expert team of contractors had quite a bit to keep them busy. To see how they transformed this home into a fresh, modern paradise, check out the stunning before and after pictures below.

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4 Essential Questions to Ask Before Investing in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 15, 2020

In the midst of financial uncertainty, more and more articles are coming out about the opportunity that investors may be able to find in real estate in the upcoming months. Many of us remember the opportunities that were found in a foreclosure-ridden market during the Great Recession.

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The Single Most Important Quality in a Real Estate Investment Company

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 13, 2020

For passive real estate investors, there are some big decisions that have to be made at the beginning of your investing career. Yes, you have to think about where to invest. You have to think about how you want to build your portfolio. But first and foremost, you should be thinking about who you trust with your investing future.

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From Old Pastels to Landscaped Luxury - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 12, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas. This house from the 1950s had endured a great amount of wear and tear over the years. From its faded pastel walls to its deteriorating fence, it was rich with opportunities to be transformed into something irreplaceable. To see the stark before and after pictures, keep on reading below!

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What Role Should Real Estate Play in Your Retirement Portfolio?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 8, 2020

We all have an idea in our minds of what a “dream retirement” looks like. Now more than ever, these dreams seem to be on shaky ground — prompting us to reassess how we’re planning and preparing for the future. 

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Houston Squares Up Against an Economic Double-Whammy

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 6, 2020

When we first expanded into new markets at REI Nation, the first two areas we targeted were Dallas-Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas. The reasoning behind this move comes down to a few key factors: in the end, both markets displayed not only growth opportunity, but tenacity in a post-Great Recession world. 

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'70s Redux - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 5, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Little Rock, Arkansas. A trashed backyard paired with depleted living spaces had this home desperate for a serious revamp. After cleaning and landscaping the outside and completely renovating the inside, this is now a perfect single-family home for its future residents.

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4 Reasons Americans Still Favor Real Estate Over Stocks

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 1, 2020

While our primary concern throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been the health and safety of those around us, all of us share economic concerns as well. When we look to the future, uncertainty abounds.

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Which Real Estate Markets Will Be Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Woes?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 29, 2020

It has been near two months since COVID-19 became a major concern in the United States. Most of us remain in self-quarantine while we try to make our families, neighbors, and coworkers as safe as possible. We don’t know how long this will last, nor do we fully see and understand the ramifications of the pandemic — not just the toll on human life, but on our way of living and doing business, our economy, and our future.

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Wretched Heap to Wonderful Home - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 28, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This one-story home needed a lot of attention, both inside and out. With a pile of mattresses stacked up on the sidewalk to gutted bathroom walls, our expert team of contractors had plenty to keep them busy as they renovated this home. The final look is one we’re proud of and know will make a great home for a single-family.

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What Determines the Recovery of a Post-COVID Real Estate Market?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 24, 2020

If you look at the headlines, you will see article after article written about the state of the real estate market amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Headlines will declare the spring homebuying season DOA, incite panic among commercial real estate owners who won’t see rent paid, and cause the Average Joe to worry that 2020 will see a throwback to the 2008 Great Recession.

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Investors Already Know How to Survive Coronavirus

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Everyone talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged us collectively into the unknown. For real estate investors, this can be a scary time. We don’t know exactly how things will pan out, even if we can look to clues and indicators from recovering global markets.

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Mid-Century Makeover - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 21, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri. This one-story home had seen better days; abandoned trash, outdated floors, and unfinished bathrooms were just a few of the features tarnishing this house. After our expert team of contractors hit the scene, however, we were able to quickly renovate it into a welcoming home. 

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Lessons from Post-Lockdown Global Housing Markets

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 17, 2020

Throughout much of the COVID-19 discussion, we’ve emphasized just how uncharted this territory is. In so many ways, we just don’t know where things will go from here and how deeply and truly the pandemic will affect not just real estate investing, but all areas of life, work, and recreation.

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4 Essentials for Real Estate Investors Facing Uncharted Territory

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 15, 2020

We’re well aware that we are currently venturing into the unknown, not only as it relates to investing in real estate but in life as we know it. The COVID-19 pandemic is unavoidable. All of us have to address and deal with it in our own ways, personally and professionally.

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Messy Madness to Polished Paradise - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 14, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Houston, Texas! This single-family home located in the “Space City” was desperate for some TLC. With poorly painted walls and wreckage filling the kitchen, our expert team of contractors got to work making this home shine like a star. To see the stunning before and after pictures, keep scrolling!

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We Stay the Course as Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 10, 2020

The tension between uncertainty and trust is one of the most impactful factors in the real estate investor’s life. We’re in a constant battle between the anxieties of the unknown, the management of risk, and the faith in the system that has built lasting wealth for so many before us.

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3 BIG Things Investors Should Know About the CARES Act

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 8, 2020

On March 30, 2020, Congress approved a relief plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions. You can read the original bill in full here. This plan is called the CARES Act, short for “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.”

Topics: economic news
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Shabby Starter to Delicate Domicile - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 7, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Tulsa, Oklahoma! This quaint one-story home had all the potential to become a modern marvel, it just needed a little push to get there — that’s when our expert team of contractors approached the scene and revamped this ‘80s home into the perfect spot for any single family. To see the before and after photos, keep scrolling!

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Strategies for Financial Security in the Age of Coronavirus

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 3, 2020

While our lives are currently fraught with worries and uncertainty, now is the time to make decisions for the long-term. We can easily get wrapped up in day-to-day anxieties brought on by our age of pandemic, but it is important, now more than ever, to focus on what we can control. Beware of knee-jerk, fear-based decisions during this time.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Real Estate Market (So Far)

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Apr 2, 2020

Rarely do we encounter an event that has such far-reaching, worldwide effects. In so many cases, these large events — be they political or economical — impact us in abstract ways more than personal ones. With COVID-19 taking its toll on our communities in very personal, visible ways, it’s easy to slip into panic and fear.

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Barren Eyesore to Modern Galore - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 31, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from the home of REI Nation: Memphis, TN. When our team first hit the ground on this property, we knew it needed some help. From boarded up windows to an abandoned construction scene inside, our team of contractors had the expertise needed to make this house a home again. To see the dramatic before and after photos, keep on scrolling!

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Faith Versus Fear for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 27, 2020

We’re living through unprecedented uncertainty and fear amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Our news feeds and conversations are fraught with worry. And really, who can blame us? Not only do we see this pandemic sweeping across the world and claiming lives, but we also see already worrying economic repercussions.

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Remote Investing: Essential in the Modern Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 25, 2020

One of the great advantages of investing in real estate is the sheer variety in the industry. As investors, we can have our pick of strategy. There are methods like BRRR, fix-and-flip, wholesaling, single-family, multi-family, commercial...so many ways to go about investing, not to mention the variety in the types of investment properties.

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REI Nation Covid-19 Update 03-24-20

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 24, 2020

A message from the Clothier family, REI Nation, and PPMG Property Management…

Covid-19 Update 3-24-20
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Horror House to Adorable Abode - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 24, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday post comes from the Dallas-Ft.Worth metropolitan area! To put it simply, this house was just plain scary: cracked shingles, destroyed paneling, and an unfavorable shade of blue tarnished this small home. Luckily, our expert team of contractors were able to life the curse and turn this place into something purely perfect. Keep scrolling to see the before and after photos!

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4 Secrets to Curating a Recession-Proof Investment Portfolio

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 18, 2020

As a nation, we’re moving through uncharted territory. The first modern pandemic is spreading in the United States. As a result of COVID-19, we’ve seen emergency declarations, travel bans, stock market disruptions, ailing businesses, and canceled events — from sports to conventions and worship gatherings to schools.

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Wild Wreck to Cozy Corridors - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 17, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! Dust-covered floors, graffitied doors, and wildly painted interiors are just a few of the characteristics that haunted this one-story house. Luckily for us, our expert team of contractors were able to rid this home of its bad omens and transform it into something breathtaking. To see the stunning before and after photos, check out the photos below!

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Our Assessment of Today’s U.S. Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 11, 2020

As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2020, it’s time to evaluate the performance of the U.S. real estate market thus far. Not only do we need to review what has happened, but we need to take a look at the factors that may impact the market moving forward. Though as passive investors we subscribe to the buy-and-hold strategy, we can’t make the mistake of ignoring the state of the market.

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Depleted Despair to Modern Flair - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 10, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from St. Louis, Missouri! When our expert team of contractors hit the scene of this home, there wasn’t much to look at except for torn out floorings, empty space, and neglected walls. But where some might see disaster, we saw potential. To see how we transformed this home into something totally new and inviting, check out the photos below!

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3 Truths that Subvert Expectations in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 6, 2020

Real estate investment is a time-proven strategy for building wealth, particularly in the long-term. However, we see a multitude of misconceptions about investing in real estate. While some of these ideas are ultimately harmless, they become limiting beliefs that can hinder your ability to succeed and reach your full potential as a real estate investor.

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Stock Market Dip Highlights Real Estate Investment Opportunities

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 4, 2020

The U.S. stock market did not have a good week at the end of February. This in itself is an understatement — the Dow fell 1,191 points. S&P 500 posted its worst numbers since the Great Recession. The Dow drop of 4.4 percent, however, marks the worst single-day stock market drop in history. The U.S. stock market lost some $4 trillion in value where the global stock market lost $6 trillion.

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From Trash to Class - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 3, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! This house was bursting with potential: a spacious living room, huge windows to let the sunlight stream in, and an equally welcoming kitchen were all a few features making it so. However, trash, neglect, and a bad roof were all keeping it from shining. Our expert team of contractors transformed this home and turned it into something truly beautiful. 

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Can Real Estate Investors Really Start Small?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 28, 2020

Real estate investment has long been regarded as a crown jewel in the world of wealth-building. When most people think of investing in real estate, their minds go to names of multi-millionaires, old money that owns apartment builds, resorts, and hotels…

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Avoid These 5 Common Passive Investment Missteps

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 26, 2020

No one said investing would be easy. Any ace investor will recount the mistakes they’ve made on their way to financial freedom. When it comes to real estate investing — particularly passive investing — we often underestimate the risks and potential pitfalls in front of us.

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Crumbling Craftsman Comes Together - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 25, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Houston, Texas! This beautiful house had seen some serious neglect. Christmas lights were still stringed along the outside, and inside, ghosts of Christmas past seemingly lurked between the slates of half-torn out walls. In getting this home primed for the market, we made sure to accentuate the high ceilings and spacious feel for the future residents.

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4 Ways to Determine the Trustworthiness of a Turnkey Company

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Feb 22, 2020

So much of your success as a turnkey real estate investor hinges on the quality and reputation of the company you choose to work with. At REI Nation, we value our reputation — our track record of success and excellent customer service. The same can’t be said of all real estate investment companies. 

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2020 Marks a Bright New Decade for the Memphis Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 19, 2020

Memphis is our hometown. We started our real estate investment business here in 2003 and have only seen our number of investors grow. From the beginning, we have focused on bringing world-class single-family investment properties to our partners.

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'90s Dread to True Homestead - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 18, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! We transformed this ‘90s wreck into something truly wonderful. There's no denying that this place needed some good ole TLC. From a brand new roof to a revitalized kitchen, nothing in this house went unturned! Be sure to check out the original Pepto-Bismol pink walls and completely transformed living room for a glimpse at our expert team’s awesome work. By the end, we couldn't wait to have the this cozy and spacious home on the market for its future residents to live in! 

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Is Investing in Rental Properties a Sustainable Real Estate Strategy?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Real estate investment is a time-honored method. There’s no doubt about that. However, the variations within the concept of real estate investing set the stage for questions as to what is truly the best way to invest.

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6 Great Wealth-Building Books to Read in 2020

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Are you continuing your education? For the investor and wealth-builder, the continual growth of your financial know-how is invaluable. While we’re a huge advocate of using podcasts to further your education in bite-sized pieces, nothing beats a great print resource. 

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From Trash Bin to Welcoming Den - Tulsa Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 11, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Tulsa, Oklahoma! We start this transformation overview with a question: what are two assets that can make any home feel inviting? The answer: a gorgeous bay window and an elongated fireplace. This home had both of those features, yet they were lost due to neglect and outdated interiors. To see how we brought these features back to life, check out the photos below!

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Manage Risk By Investing in Real Estate Long-Term

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 7, 2020

When you decide to take on the role of real estate investor, you are faced with a slew of choices to make and questions to ask. The strategies you employ as a real estate investor are extremely significant in terms of future opportunities, risk management, and how hands-on you have to be. For the new real estate investor, the first choice you make is whether or not to invest in the short-term or in the long-term.

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Will 2020 Bring the Fall of the Houston Real Estate Market?

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Speculation is a natural part of the real estate world. We’re always looking for the next big thing and, at the same time, preparing ourselves for worst-case scenarios. In a post-Great Recession world, can you really blame us? That said, it’s important that, particularly in buy-and-hold real estate investment, we are prudent in our analysis and decision-making.

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Experience Matters Magazine: Fall/Winter 2020

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 5, 2020

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Hermit Home Sees the Light - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 4, 2020

We’re back with another fascinating Turnkey Transformation, this week from Memphis, Tennessee! Trees covered the yard of this home, removing any signs that there was a structure there to start with. Inside the secluded soon-to-be sanctuary, outdated countertops filled each bathroom and antiquated wallpapers burdened the interiors. To see the stunning before and after photos, keep on reading!

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Small Money Management Adjustments That Make a BIG Difference

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Money management is the single best way for us to create the future we want for ourselves. You can invest with the best of them, have a great paycheck, and still not end up with what we want from our financial future. This often comes from a lack of solid money management. We don’t keep track, we overspend and underestimate...there are a variety of missteps that lead to financial trouble.

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Building a Real Estate Investment Portfolio is Easier Than Ever with REI Nation

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Jan 30, 2020

In the past, investing in real estate was a venture reserved for those who were both industry-savvy and wealthy. The process was complicated and fraught with pitfalls, so the average person found themselves too intimidated or concerned about potential risk and loss to take the leap. 

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Cluttered Catastrophe to Divine Residency -  Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 28, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas! Before our team flipped this house, it was a serious eyesore. With an overgrown yard, soiled bathrooms, and outdated floors -- just to name a few -- there wasn’t anything that went untouched. To see the atrocious before photos, and how our team flipped this house into something truly breathtaking, check out the photos below!

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Interested in Real Estate Investment? Target Your Best Strategy!

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 24, 2020

Interested in a new venture and don’t know where to start? Real estate investment is one of those things that can seem much more complicated than it really is. Let’s be honest: many of us would rather invest in stocks or something “easy” and “safe.”

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7 Simple Financial Habits That Make Millionaires

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 22, 2020

So many of us treat our financial health like a new year’s resolution: something to break and forget about a month into the new year. If you’ve struggled to maintain healthy money habits in the past, know that you’re not alone and you’re not a lost cause. Financial freedom is possible. Wealth-building? Possible. A great retirement? Absolutely.

Financial success isn’t beyond your reach, no matter where you are starting this year. That isn’t to say it won’t be challenging: but it is also infinitely rewarding.

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Junkyard Mess to Bright Success - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 21, 2020

We’ve got another extraordinary transformation - this week from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! Overgrown grass crept through the cracks of the front yard pathway and trash piled high in each room; from the inside out, this house was desperate for someone to rid it of its many burdens and make it a home again. Luckily for us, there’s nothing that our expert team of licensed contractors can’t handle. To see how we turned this space from homely to homey, check out the photos below!

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5 Standards of Excellence in a Passive Real Estate Investment Market

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 17, 2020

This year, we’ve embraced a new identity as REI Nation. In the beginning, we had our sights set on Memphis, Tennessee, to provide investment opportunities for passive real estate investors. Memphis remains a huge part of our story — it’s our home base, our first love, and looking better than ever in terms of investment opportunities. 

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Inside REI: Fall/Winter 2019

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Exciting changes are coming to Memphis Invest! We have been hard at work this year and some BIG changes have been happening at Memphis Invest. We’ve grown to over 110 full time team members in four states. The Clothier family purchased a 40,000 sq. ft. Class A office building in Germantown, TN. to move our corporate headquarters into. We made three C-Suite hires for the first time including our first Director of Human Resources, CIO and CFO. All three are incredibly additions to our company and strengthen the leadership team at Memphis Invest. We are on pace to grow our clients portfolios by nearly 20% in one year to over 6,000 properties under management. If you know our company, you know none of this is happening by accident. It is all planned and the culmination of these changes is coming with the new year…

On January 1, 2020, Memphis Invest is taking the next step in their nearly two decade journey to becoming the most trusted and only truly nationwide Turnkey company. We are officially changing our name to REI Nation reflecting our growth into eight markets and highlighting our plans for our third decade in business.

Memphis Invest was started by the Clothier family to give passive real estate investors a trusted and consistent investment experience. Our focus has always been on high touch customer service and excellent property management. As we have moved into different markets, the brand ‘Memphis Invest’ has always stood for quality and service no matter what city we were operating in. The strength of the Memphis Invest brand has been earned by our team every day and has helped us to acquire and manage over 2,000 properties in cities outside of Memphis for our clients.

As we move into 2020, we have been working on taking the strength of our brand and renaming it REI Nation as a more appropriate reflection of our growth and reach. Today, we operate in Memphis, TN; Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston, TX.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OK.; Little Rock, AR., and St, Louis, MO. With team members in every city trained to our specific standards and every property expected to perform to our high expectations, REI Nation will always be a Memphis Invest’ company and those same standards and expectations will continue.

Our team is already reviewing several additional cities across the southern belt from Texas to Florida to North Carolina to plan and transition our future growth. In 2020, REi Nation have plans in place to purchase and renovate 1,060+ properties in our current cities. The same great customer service and excellent property management will be provided.

We are excited for what the future holds for REI Nation, our team and our clients. By the end of 2020, REI Nation will be closing in on $1 billion in asset value under management. As our markets grow, our team grows and the value of our clients portfolios grow, REI Nation will continue to operate with the same core values that have made Memphis Invest the gold standard of the Turnkey real estate investment industry.


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Dissecting the 2020 Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 15, 2020

We’re now several weeks into 2020, and with so many predictions about a real estate crash over the holidays and in the new year, we’re left wondering: is a crash coming at all? We know that there’s only limited stock one can put in real estate market predictions. The facts point to a few things:

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Retro Revival - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 14, 2020

This week’s Turnkey Transformation is located in Little Rock, Arkansas! When we first laid eyes on this property, we saw how much it was bursting with potential. From its brick fireplace to gorgeous bay window, we knew this home would be a special one for its future residents. To see the complete transformation, check out the photos below!

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3 Ways Real Estate Investors Manage Unexpected Risk

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 10, 2020

On some level, most of us fear the unexpected. We dread to see the other shoe fall or the tables turn. There’s an inherent level of risk in every investment. We know that by now. One of the greatest advantages we have at REI Nation — in turnkey real estate investment — is that we greatly reduce the risk and room for error for our investors.

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How Savvy Investors Succeed in an Oversaturated Business

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Over the past decade, investing in real estate has become more popular than ever. Whether it’s due to the onslaught of fix-and-flip shows or the undeniable opportunities found in a post-Great Recession America, there are millions of real estate investors in the United States today. Even in 2012, real estate investment was a $9.2 billion industry with some 28 million self-identified real estate investors

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Outdated Flat Comes Back To Life - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 7, 2020

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! This ‘60s flat was trapped in time, with green and blue walls and contrasting oak-colored floors. We got rid of the groovy interiors that were past their prime, and turned this house into something much more modern. To see the end results, keep on scrolling!

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When Does Real Estate Investing Really Work as a Retirement Strategy?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 3, 2020

All of us want to secure our financial future. More and more, we see that Americans are ill-equipped to support and sustain a worthwhile retirement — if they’re able to retire at all. But let’s look on the bright side: real estate investment is consistently rated as one of the best investments you can make. That designation comes from millionaires. 

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5 New Year's Resolutions for Passive Real Estate Investors in 2020

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 31, 2019

The new year (the new decade!) has a lot of exciting things in store. For our part, we’re looking forward to claiming our new name: REI Nation. The same premier services, properties, and advisers you trust, but with a new name to fit our expanding business and ambition. While we have our own new years’ focus and resolutions in the works, we turn the question to you as a passive real estate investor.

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Pile of Slats to Beautiful Flat - Houston Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 31, 2019

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Houston, Texas! Our goal with this home was to transform it to rent-ready conditions. This required getting rid of broken tiled flooring, painting over neglected walls, and cleaning out a junked backyard to make this home perfect for its future residents.

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Trashed Nightmare to Mid-Century Flair - Dallas- Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 24, 2019

This week’s Turnkey Transformation is located in Dallas-Ft.Worth, Texas! This house had a handful of beautiful features that had gotten lost over time from neglect. From the stone walls and mid-century geometric window pattern, to the delicate trimming along the roof, our team made sure this home came into clear focus for future residents. Check out the pictures below to see how we polished this relic and made it an asset for the present!

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A Passive Investor’s Quick Guide to Risk Management

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Risk. Every investor has heard the term, and often very early on. Despite this, we often misunderstand risk — putting it into simplistic terms and talking about “risk management” as if everyone inherently knows how to do this. 

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The State of the Real Estate Market in 2020

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 18, 2019

Real estate experts far and wide seem yet to have come to a real consensus about what we can expect from the real estate market as we start a new decade in 2020. It’s true, there are several conflicting factors that could see the real estate market go either way. It’s a mixed bag on whether we’ll see a boom or a bust, if 2020 will be more of the same or if we’ll see some radical shifts in the market.

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Abandoned Abomination to Prime Destination - Memphis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 17, 2019

This week’s Tuesday Transformation is located in the beautiful Bluff City -- Memphis, Tennessee! There’s no denying that this home needed a good team to flip it back into shape. Between a new fence on the outside and a fresh coat of paint on the inside, we stayed busy fine-tuning this home for its future family. Take a look for yourself to see the changes and additions our expert team applied to this property below!

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Are You Moving Forward with Investment Portfolio Growth?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 13, 2019

As a real estate investor, few things are more crucial to the health of your financial future than the health of your portfolio. But what constitutes as a healthy real estate investment portfolio? What is your responsibility as a passive investor? Even though you are technically a “hands-off” real estate investor, your role still demands attention. Think of yourself as the captain of the ship! While your crew gets the heavy-lifting done, your hand is at the wheel, steering the ship towards its destination. 

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Yes, Real Estate Investors Can 'Pay it Forward' This Holiday Season

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 11, 2019

It’s the season of giving. We’re surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, and (if we’re lucky) a nice warm drink and fresh-baked cookies. This time of year is unlike any other. It’s easy, however, to get wrapped up in all there is to do and lose sight of the people who live outside your personal bubble. Sure, it might seem a little strange to talk about holiday giving and real estate investment. As investors, however, we’re in a unique and ideal position to give back.

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Wicked Wreck to Harmonious Homestead - Dallas-Ft. Worth Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 10, 2019

We’ve got another amazing transformation this week coming to you from Dallas--Fort Worth, Texas! This one was a doozy. With a rotten fence straight out of a horror movie and a slew of forgotten furniture littering the yard, our team wasn’t sure what kinds of horrors might lie within these walls. Lucky for us, there’s nothing our expert team can’t flip from sham to glam.

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Secondary Markets for Long-Term Real Estate Investment Success

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 6, 2019

The real estate market moves in cycles. We come to expect the natural ebb and flow of the real estate market. There will be both times when profit is easy and other times when it becomes more of a challenge. Though buy-and-hold real estate investors are less impacted by the real estate cycle (as their investments are designed to serve in one’s portfolio for decades), it makes selecting the right markets and the right investment properties no less important.

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The Ultimate Year-End Checklist for Turnkey Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 4, 2019

There are only a few weeks standing between you and the new year. Not only that, but we sit on the cusp of a new decade! With 2020 imminent, it’s crucial that real estate investors do some housekeeping in preparation not only for the new year but to close out 2019 strong. 

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Entangled Shack Makes A Comeback  - Oklahoma City Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 3, 2019

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! This house was swamped by overgrown foliage and equally lost within a jungle inside. But like every house our team selectively chooses to renovate, this one was bursting with potential. Our personal favorite asset? The gorgeous arched doorways connecting the rooms. Keep reading to see for yourself!

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Exciting Changes Coming to Memphis Invest!

By Chris Clothier on Sun, Dec 1, 2019

We have been hard at work this year and some BIG changes have been happening at Memphis Invest. We’ve grown to over 110 full time team members in four states. The Clothier family purchased a 40,000 sq. ft. Class A office building in Germantown, TN. to move our corporate headquarters into. We made three C-Suite hires for the first time including our first Director of Human Resources, CIO and CFO. All three are incredibly additions to our company and strengthen the leadership team at Memphis Invest. We are on pace to grow our clients portfolios by nearly 20% in one year to over 6,000 properties under management. If you know our company, you know none of this is happening by accident. It is all planned and the culmination of these changes is coming with the new year…

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A Turnkey Investor's Guide to Navigating a Housing Recession

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 29, 2019

If you’ve been keeping up with real estate market buzz, you have undoubtedly heard the rumors of a housing recession on the horizon. We ourselves have made mention of this possibility. For many of us, even thinking of a recession gives us flashbacks to the Great Recession. That was a devastating time for homeowners and investors of all kinds. Though opportunity arose from the crisis, it was a tough time for everyone.

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Knowing Turnkey Real Estate Investment is the Perfect Fit

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 27, 2019

We know by now that there are countless ways to invest in real estate. If you’ve heard the term “turnkey real estate investing” you may have some ideas in your head as to what this is and what it isn’t. Unfortunately, “turnkey” has become something of a buzzword in real estate. We have to be careful when looking for turnkey opportunities.

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Hoarder Horror Turns Pearly Paradise - Little Rock Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 26, 2019

This week’s Turnkey Transformation comes from Little Rock, Arkansas! Our team instantly saw the potential and beauty in this lot, but we knew it was going to take a lot of work to get there. From serious landscaping to purging leftover items from the previous owners, we made sure every inch of this lot was impeccable. Read on to see how this homely house was flipped to become brand new!

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How to Save Money to Purchase an Investment Property

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 22, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, chances are you are not the best at saving money. Both the statistics around debt and savings in the United States paint a picture that highlights a lack of financial wisdom.

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4 Surprising Assets in the Success of Turnkey Real Estate Investments

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 20, 2019

Turnkey real estate can be a divisive concept. Just like anything, there are die-hard believers who wouldn’t dare criticize the method and others still who will come up with every excuse as to why it’s a bad idea. We’ll be honest with you — turnkey real estate isn’t for everyone. Just like any investment strategy, it comes with its own share of risks and rewards. 

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Blast-From-The-Past Catches Up With The Times - St. Louis Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 19, 2019

This week’s Transformation Tuesday comes from St. Louis, Missouri! Peering into this house was like looking at an old photograph: faded colors, outdated curtains, and shattered tiles disfigured the underlying potential of this soon-to-be home. But time is no challenge for our expert team of multiple contractors, who flipped this past-ridden pad into one polished homestead.

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What Apple's $2.5 Billion Pledge Says to Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 15, 2019

At the beginning of November, tech-giant Apple announced a $2.5 billion-dollar pledge to address the housing crisis in California. Apple is just one of several major companies that are trying to address the availability and affordability crisis. Over 2019, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have also pledged billions in funds to tackle the housing issue in Silicon Valley and Seattle.  

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Investment Success Happens with a Proven Strategy

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 13, 2019

What do you think it takes to succeed in real estate investment? When the rubber meets the road, success in real estate investment isn’t about the newest technology, the flashiest marketing, or the newest investment platform. No, if you want to find financial security and build your wealth through passive real estate investment, you have to rely on proven strategies. 

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Chaotic Eyesore Becomes Captivating Classic - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 12, 2019

This week’s Transformation Tuesday is located in Memphis, TN. From a decrepit kitchen to a neglected yard, our team worked inside out to transform this ramshackle house into the cozy home it is now. Thanks to Memphis Invest’s long presence in the Memphis Market, 47 days is all it took to accomplish this complete renovation. Keep scrolling to see the stark contrast between the before and after photos for yourself.

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Top Concepts New Turnkey Investors Should Know

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 8, 2019

While those of us in the real estate investment industry know the bread-and-butter concepts of turnkey investing, we also recognize that there are new and would-be investors out there. Because an educational foundation is necessary for success, we thought we’d cover some of the most common and most crucial concepts for turnkey investors to know. 

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Memphis Invest Named Among Top Turnkey Companies 2019

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 6, 2019


In October, Memphis Invest was listed among
Fit Small Business’ Best Turnkey Real Estate Companies in 2019. If you’re unfamiliar with Fit Small Business, it is a digital resource for small business owners located in New York. They have been featured by the New York Times, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.

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Mildew Laden to Modern Marvel - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 5, 2019

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from Fort Worth, TX! This property was in need of interior and exterior renovations. Our goal for this property was to rehab to rent ready condition and therefore, on the interior, we installed new carpet, painted, laid new flooring and installed new light fixtures. On the exterior, we installed a new roof, replaced any rotten wood, painted, and installed new light fixtures.

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Understanding Exit Strategies for Turnkey Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 1, 2019

There are some things that every investor needs. An exit strategy is certainly on the list. An exit strategy isn’t necessarily for when you want out of the investment business altogether. While this can happen, it’s more about having an exit strategy for individual properties. 

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Ghastly Site Gets Needed Face-Lift - Tulsa Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 30, 2019

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from Tulsa, OK! With missing counters, walls and bathtubs, this property looks like it was in the middle of a renovation before we even began making repairs. Our team took dark, outdated fixtures and turned them into beautiful, modern accents that transformed this ghastly site into a renter and investor dream property.

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Are Opportunity Zones Worth an Investor's Time?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Over the past several months, you may have heard the term “opportunity zone” in discussions about investing in real estate. The concept involves things that real estate investors really, really like — namely, low prices and tax breaks. That said, are opportunity zones worth pursuing? Are they all they’re cracked up to be?

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An Investor's Year-End Financial Checklist

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 25, 2019

We’re well into the fourth quarter of the year. For many of us, our minds are turning to thoughts of holiday meals, gift-giving, and time with friends and family. However, as we approach the new year, it’s crucial that you, as an investor, ensure that your financial house is in order.

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Resident Retention, Investor Involvement on the Rise

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 23, 2019

According to a report by Morningstar Credit Ratings LLC, resident retention is up in single-borrower, single-family rentals. Back in 2017, the retention rate rose to over 70 percent in the spring. The most recent 2019 report shows that retention rates have grown significantly since then. In March, it was 80.2 percent! For real estate investors, resident retention is one of the most crucial elements to success. 

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Skeletal Remains Turns 5-Star Investment - Houston Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 22, 2019

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from Houston, TX! This skeleton of a house was gutted from head to toe and only had a few support beams and its original toilets and bathtubs. Our rehab team worked with a budget of $73,500 which helped transform this house into a fully finished home.

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Investors of Every Size Benefit from Single-Family Rentals

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 18, 2019

According to Forbes, single-family rentals (SFR) are growing in popularity among investors of all calibers. While traditionally investing in single-family homes is seen as a launching pad to bigger and “better” things, more and more investors are seeing the merit in pursuing SFRs for their portfolios.

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5 Major Myths About Investing in Real Estate You Might Believe

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 16, 2019

You would be surprised just how many misconceptions about investing in real estate there are. In this industry, the sheer number of strategies and investment methods means that, while your options are endless, information often gets mixed up. Some things that apply only to one area or type of investment suddenly apply to them all. This naturally leads to some major myths. 

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From Trashy Dud to Modern Stud - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 15, 2019

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from Dallas, TX! With a rehab budget of $50,000, the rehab team worked on everything from repairing the foundation to installing a new roof and much more in between.

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4 Reasons a Turnkey Strategy Works Under Pressure

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 11, 2019

Security is something we all value. We want to live our lives without having to worry about money. Whether that means having the confidence to pay for unexpected expenses or the ability to take a vacation worry-free, we all crave that kind of comfort and confidence in our personal lives.

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A Dallas, Texas Market Update for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 9, 2019

Even as the nation stirs with rumors and worries of a recession, we see that many markets provide both a healthy market balance and a secure, growing job sector. There’s a reason prospects for North Texas cities are positive — it remains one of the best areas in the nation for job growth. 

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Forgotten Hide-Away Turns Family Dream - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 8, 2019

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from our home town - Memphis, TN! With a rehab budget of $54,000, our team worked tirelessly from roof to foundation, turning this property into a turnkey portfolio dream. On the home's exterior, we focused on repairing the fence and removing trees as well as installing a new roof and garage door. With the interior, our team installed new tiling in the showers, installed new countertops in the kitchen, and painted the whole house to make it look refreshed and modern.

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Filling Your Portfolio with Turnkey Properties Leads to Success

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 4, 2019

If you’ve ever watched any sort of house-hunting show, you will inevitably hear the phrase, “totally turnkey,” as a pitch for the ease of a property. No renovations need doing, it is a move-in ready home. However, the context of “turnkey” for a real estate investor is a little bit more complicated. More nuanced.

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Your Turnkey Provider Must Excel in Customer Service

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 2, 2019

What matters most in turnkey investment success? It’s easy to point to the obvious — the right markets, the best management teams, or the most innovative model. There’s a general attitude that as long as they manage properties well and the owner sees their check each month, your turnkey provider is doing well.

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Tragically Outdated Now Breath of Fresh Air - OKC Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 1, 2019

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from Oklahoma City, OK! With a rehab budget of $43,000, our team worked miracles on this outdated home in a matter of 41 days. From a new roof to beautiful, new tiling and carpets, this transformation yielded an incredible turn-around. Below is a more detailed list of all the renovations our team did to turn this house into a Turnkey property any investor would want in their portfolio.

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Be a Real Estate Investor with Staying Power

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 27, 2019

In the world of real estate investing, we see a lot of would-be investors come and go. Some were unprepared for the inherent risks and challenges while others threw in the towel the second the market didn’t produce obvious, no-brainer wins. 

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Clothiers Buy Prime Germantown Office Building

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 25, 2019

The Clothier family business typically buys hundreds of houses each year, and now manages 5,600 of them in Memphis and six other cities for clients who invest as landlords.

But on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Clothiers made a different kind of purchase. They closed on one of Germantown’s premier office buildings.

The plan is to make 1900 Exeter – also known as the Ezon Building – the new headquarters for their growing business, Memphis Invest. (The name will change to REI Nation next year; the acronym stands for Real Estate Investors.)

Kent Clothier, his wife Sherry and sons Chris and Brett paid $6.1 million to Israeli-based Faropoint Ventures for the 37,275-square-foot building. The brick, two-story structure was built in 1987.

“We had an opportunity to buy a building in Germantown,” Kent Clothier said. “We’re a fourth-generation family in Germantown. My dad started there in 1982. We live there and the opportunity came up. We’d been looking at that building for many years. Made an offer and negotiated.”

Memphis Invest will move from Cordova where it inhabits three of four small office buildings it owns near Agricenter International: 134, 130, 124 and 118 Timber Creek Drive.

The 1900 Exeter building has been 95% occupied with a handful of tenants. As their leases end, Memphis Invest will gradually move in and fill much of the building.

The company will move about 100 employees who work in eight departments: renovation, purchasing, sales, administrative, closing, information technology, property management and customer service.

Memphis Invest plans to spend several hundred thousand dollars renovating the property, especially the unusually large lobby with its atrium and skylight, other common areas and landscaping.

Construction contractor Chamberlain & McCreery, which renovates many of the houses Memphis Invest and its client-investors purchase, will make the improvements to 1900 Exeter, too.

“All this will be redone,” Chris Clothier said while pointing to overgrown bushes that block some sunlight from hitting ground-floor windows. “The trees are staying but all the bushes are coming out to create a green area. The canopy will be brought up so it’s healthier and you can see the building from the street.”

Every week, clients and prospective clients visit Memphis Invest headquarters. The clients will gain more confidence that the Clothiers will keep their rental houses well maintained if the company’s headquarters looks good, Chris Clothier said.

The Clothiers are basically telling clients, “I’m going to take care of your house the way I took care of my building,” he said.

Faropoint Ventures has gradually been selling off its retail and office holdings in the Memphis area while buying more and more industrial properties.

“We’ve been growing our industrial transaction business,” said Brian Califf, who represents Faropoint as executive vice president at NAI Saig Co.

“Their fund dictated a switch over from where they used to buy office and retail to strictly buying industrial,” Califf said.

Faropoint Ventures purchased 1900 Exeter about five years ago.

The building, in need of some updates, may be categorized as Class B, but the location is “Class A,” Califf said.

Germantown Municipal Park is directly across Exeter. Nearby are the U.S. Post Office, library, municipal center, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and many other stores and restaurants.

“For the Germantown core, there’s not many multi-story Germantown office buildings it competes with,” Califf said. 

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What Savvy Investors Should Do With Recession Predictions

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 25, 2019

The U.S. economy has been in a state of flux this year. Between the yo-yo of the stock market, a manufacturing slump, and the trade war with China, fears of a recession within the next year are not entirely unfounded. Different sources and economists tend to disagree on whether or not a recession is in the future — after all, the stock market is back to record highs after last month’s big scare. 

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Frat House Turns Family Home - Little Rock Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 24, 2019

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from Little Rock, AR! When we first stepped into this house we had flash backs to our college days. Our team spent 44 days renovating this house into a beautiful home. We installed a new fence and roof as well as new floors and a coat of paint throughout the home. Check out the list below for more details on the work our team completed.

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5 Steps to Unlearning Bad Financial Habits

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Our relationship with money — how we treat it, the habits we adopt, and how well we manage wealth — is something that builds and shapes over time, often unconsciously. Children learn about money and how to use it through their parents. Small comments that we don’t consciously think about have an impact on our financial health years down the road.

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The Memphis Market Strikes the Right Chord for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 18, 2019

While Memphis may not immediately appeal in concept to real estate investors, the market is rife with opportunities for investors of every kind. When we look at the Memphis real estate market, we find that, while not on top-of-mind like bigger, primary markets, the unique circumstances in Memphis craft a recipe for investment success. 

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Damaged Disaster Now Chic Investment - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 17, 2019

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from Dallas, TX! A lot of work went into this home both on the exterior and interior as you can tell from the photos. Transforming this home on the exterior really boiled down to fixing the garage door and roof as well as making the home more inviting by removing the gate around the porch and removing trees that blocked the home. On the interior, our renovations team updated the flooring, blinds, paint and added other touches in the bathrooms and kitchen to make this home resident friendly. 

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The Real Advantages of Buy and Hold Investing

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Out of all the ways to invest in real estate, buy and hold is the one that we champion as the best way to invest at any skill level. But why? After all, there are so many different strategies available when it comes to real estate investment. Even within a buy and hold model, there are different types of properties to invest in and sub-strategies to consider: like turnkey real estate.

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Avoid the Mistakes Even Experienced Investors Make

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 11, 2019

When we think about the mistakes made in real estate investment, we usually talk about them as if they are exclusive to new or inexperienced investors. However, it would be a mistake to assume that experienced investors don’t have their own missteps as well. Every investor should be on guard — striving to mitigate their risk and grow their portfolios.

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Trash Heap Reveals Truly Beautiful Home - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 10, 2019

We're in Dallas, TX for this week's Turnkey Transformation, where we turned this trash heap into a beautiful investment property! The photos really do this property justice. As you can see from the few shots that we have here, the conditions were dramatically improved. Much of the interior and exterior had remnants of debris and furniture left behind from the previous tenants and was in need of repair. With a budget of $70,000 and 92 days of rehab, our renovations team was able to renew this junk yard of a single-family home into a great option for an investor and resident in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.

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Maximize Your ROI in Today's Real Estate World

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 6, 2019

When you invest in something, you want to know that it’s worth your while. Regarding real estate, we live in a culture that romanticizes the idea of flipping. Turn to any home improvement channel and you’ll find shows all about sprucing up and reselling homes. On the screen, it looks easy. The idea of making tens of thousands of dollars on a flip just seems like a no-brainer.

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6 Essential Financial Management Tips That Make Your Labor Worthwhile

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 4, 2019

For the vast majority of people in the world, work is a means to gain money — and thus, security in life. From food to shelter and transportation to other essentials, we just need to work to make money, almost without exception.

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Forgotten Property Turned Modern Masterpiece - Tulsa Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 3, 2019

We're in Tulsa, OK for this week's Turnkey Transformation, where we have a 36-year-old home that gets quite the makeover. As you can tell from the before picture, we had a lot of landscaping to do with overgrown grass and tree removal to expose the true beauty of this home.

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Stop Procrastinating — Now is the Time to Invest in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 30, 2019

If you look around online, you’ll find numerous articles on why you should invest in real estate young — as young as your twenties. Does that sound out-of-reach to your present or past self? It very well might. However, investing in real estate, like any avenue for passive income, is most effective when it is given time to grow and produce fruit.

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What Passive Investors Can Learn from Project Management

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Project managers are an often overlooked and under-appreciated group of people. If you’re unfamiliar with project management, you may not even realize what they do, or how important they are to the success of businesses in every sector! What do they do, exactly?

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