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Memphis Real Estate Picks Up for Homebuying Season

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 29, 2015

Welcome to the peak home buying season of the year! The first quarter of 2015 was sluggish in many real estate markets, Memphis included. The cold temperatures combined with lingering recession struggles and aftereffects of the market crash meant that things were slow to take off.  But now, it looks like Memphis real estate is in for an upturn.  One big reason...real estate investing!  As more and more are turning to renting a property rather than buying, the opportunity for real estate investors continues to grow.

Don’t get us wrong, the market wasn’t bad in the first quarter — homes were selling and home building was on the rise in Shelby County. There just wasn’t significant growth during the difficult months of February and March. By the same token, there wasn’t a decline in growth, either, which has lead to much optimism for the second quarter among real estate professionals.

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The Truth About Turnkey Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Thu, May 28, 2015

This may be one of the most important articles on real estate you read, so pay close attention. Those words are not just hype either. This is an important topic for my family and our company.  We have seen many investors get hurt by purchasing Turnkey properties from unscrupulous companies.  However, we have seen even more investors get hurt by purchasing from inexperienced companies who use marketing gimmicks to sell their properties.  

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3 Things for Investors to Consider About Current Mortgage Rates

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 26, 2015

Some people like to consider what some of the worst-sounding words in the English language are. While many would say moist is the most cringe-worthy word in our language, we’ve got to say that mortgage is right up there with it. The sound of the word is one thing, but the connotations that comes with it are another.

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Real Estate Investors & the Trend of Mobile Payments

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 22, 2015

Real estate investors and property managers are all familiar with the frustration of tenants who never seem to pay their rent on time, which can throw your positive cash flow out-of-whack. Even when tenants pay the rent in full over the course of a month (making payments each week), the use of technology like mobile and online payments can add a sense of security for an owner.  Knowing that it is easy for your tenants to pay can reduce the stress of having to stay on top of those payments through the month.

With modern technology, it just doesn’t make sense for owners not to take advantage of the growing online and mobile payment avenue.

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Rental Properties, Pet Policies and You

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 19, 2015

There are a great many animal lovers in the world, but most rental properties aren’t known for their pet-friendly policies. Some tenants even view rental properties that allow pets with some distaste because of high pet deposits. 

What stance should real estate investors take when it comes to pet policies? Whether or not you intend to allow pets, you should have a pet policy, period. Even tenants who don’t have pets need to sign one and know what your rules are regarding animals on the property or in the building. The property manager can take care of any day-to-day questions or issues regarding the policy.

If you choose to allow pets in your rental properties, have firm boundaries in place. Any and all pets must be approved and photographed by the landlord. How do you know if a pet should be approved? Ask the right questions.

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Renting as Baby Boomers: What Investors Need to Know

By Chris Clothier on Mon, May 18, 2015

For most people, saying “renter” will bring up a particular image. Twenty-somethings, singles, young families — people who, essentially, can’t afford to buy their own home yet. While they, along with college students, make up a significant portion of renters, they are far from the only ones.

In fact, there’s quite the number of Baby Boomers turning to renting in their sunset years. Enough that real estate investors would do well to investigate. Marketing with Baby Boomers in mind in the right places may just give your investments a boost.

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Houston Real Estate Strong Despite Low Oil Prices

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 15, 2015

As we all know, Houston has been making real estate headlines for quite some time now. Space City took a softer blow during the recession and, consequently, has been experiencing a thriving real estate market (comparatively speaking). Most analysts saw Houston as top dog in 2015 as the local economy continued to grow along with housing demands.

The Houston real estate market wasn’t without its problems and complications of course (which market doesn’t?), but all seemed smooth sailing…

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Real Estate Investment | One Financial Strategies for Retirement

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 13, 2015

It's safe to say that most real estate investors are in the business to make money and many are actually planning for an event.  That requires planning and saving for that special something. In many cases, that something is retirement.

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3 Reasons You Need a Good Property Manager on Your Side

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 8, 2015

There are many, many reasons for real estate investors to rely on a good property manager. It’s no secret that property management is a difficult job. Any owner who has taken on landlord responsibilities themselves can vouch for that!

The reason investors ought to seek a property manager (or property management company) go beyond simple convenience. Having a top-notch manager can be the single biggest factor in the success of your investments.  On the flip side of that statement...having a poor property manager can be the end of your successful investment.

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Recent Trends for Memphis Real Estate And The City | Both Are Hot!

By Chris Clothier on Mon, May 4, 2015

RealtyTrac recently featured Tennessee in their latest newsletter and even published an article from Memphis Invest.  The newsletter is full of fantastic information and is linked at the bottom of the article.  In the meantime, here is our article with some fantastic updates on Memphis real estate.

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What Good is ROI Anyway?

By Chris Clothier on Sat, May 2, 2015

Just like positive cash flow, the notion of a good ROI has long been the gold standard for real estate investing. ROI can come in the long term through appreciation (which is what most people who take on big property renovations are banking on), but also through the short-term (such as just buying an investment property and achieving positive cash flow).

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Must-Read Real Estate Investing Articles of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 1, 2015

There’s a lot of reading to be done. As we’ve done in the past, we’re bringing you a handful of recent, relevant articles for real estate investors and professionals to pursue this week in lieu of having to hunt down posts worth reading.

As always, we try to keep our selection diverse, covering a broad range of industry topics and recommending reading that investors will find useful and practical.

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