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6 Tips On Breaking into a New Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 31, 2016

Stepping into a brand new real estate market isn’t easy. Your local market is like that childhood friend you grew up with. You knew him, his parents, his third grade teacher, that embarrassing incident in the cafeteria in the fifth grade, and every awkward step all the way through high school.

You know him like the back of your hand. You could not talk to him for years, but meet him for coffee right now and pick up where you left off.

But a new market? There’s so many years you’ve missed out on! So much history you don’t know! How can you ever hope to catch up to people who’ve known that market for years and years?

Here’s the thing: it’s not a lost cause. Plenty of real estate investors successfully invest in out-of-state markets and go beyond their own local areas all the time. Is it more work? Yes. But it’s very, very possible, especially in our Information Age.

If you’ve confined yourself to local markets up until now, you may be a little nervous about breaking into a new real estate market for the first time. But don’t worry: we have tips!

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8 Essential Home Office Must-Haves for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 27, 2016

For many real estate investors, real estate isn’t their full-time job. It’s something they do on the side to earn passive income. They don’t need a full office building or to hire a staff, especially if they’re a turnkey investor!

Every investor, however, needs some kind of workspace. A home office is essential! You want a space where you can have the clarity and drive to be productive. When you sit down, you want to get stuff done. That means you aren’t working for your couch, the kitchen table, or a beanbag chair. Those might work in the short-term: but you need a dedicated space.

When crafting the optimal home office, there are a few things every investor will need to ensure they’re set up for long-term success:

Topics: home office
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4 Traps That Turn Real Estate Investing Into a Full-Time Job

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 25, 2016

You started off investing in real estate hoping to earn passive income. Your idea was to buy a property, rent it out, and generate positive cash flow that would help you gain financial freedom, save up for retirement, or have the disposable income you’ve always wanted.

Somewhere along the line, though, something got out of sync. You found yourself doing more and more work. Suddenly, investing in real estate wasn’t so much passive as it was a full time job. You probably went into this knowing there would be some work involved, but didn’t expect it take over your life!

Some investors enjoy investing full time. They want it to be their life and a full-time job. But many don’t. They prefer to keep their investments passive and in the background—and when they’re not, it’s a big red flag. Something has to change.

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6 Steps to Overcoming Real Estate Investment Analysis Paralysis

By Chris Clothier on Thu, May 19, 2016

Is overanalyzing killing your real estate investment business?

There’s nothing wrong with trying to be careful. Believe us, we believe in looking at the numbers, carefully weighing the data, and making good, evidence-based decisions. It’s only smart to go in objectively.

That said, there’s a little something called analysis paralysis that can psyche out the best of us. It can cause you to lose out on deals, delay good decisions, and miss out on great opportunities. As they say: you miss 100% of the shots you never take.

Analysis Paralysis is Real

This phenomenon plagues decision makers in just about every field. It was psychologist Barry Schwartz who coined the phrase “paradox of choice,” in describing his findings that though increased choice objectively allows us to achieve better results, it also greatly increases our anxiety, dissatisfaction, indecision, and mental paralysis.

More information and unlimited access to that information (thank you, Internet), while empowering, means that instead of just being empowered to make better, more informed choices, we’re also more afraid of making the wrong choices.

That fear keeps holding us back.

We’re spinning our wheels.

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REI Voice Features Memphis Invest in Latest Issue for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 18, 2016

Quality Counts: How the Clothier Men Took Over the Investment World, One Good Transaction at a Time

By Hannah Ash (To read the original story in it's entirety in the Spring 2016 issue of REI Voice, please click here. )

By now, I’ve interviewed numerous real estate pros. There’s something about Memphis Invest's Chris Clothier that is disarmingly genuine. I catch up with him between meetings on a Thursday in early Spring - despite his hectic schedule and calls that continue coming in, he gives me his undivided attention. I lead with a strong question that cuts to the chase, “what’s the one big thing about your company that I should know?” Without missing a beat, he responds, “You can have anything you want in life, if you help other people get what they want.”

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8 Compelling Reasons to Choose Turnkey Real Estate for Passive Income

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 17, 2016

The world of investment is huge. The world of real estate investment is huge. If you want to earn passive income, you have a thousand options. If you want to invest in real estate, you also have a thousand options.

So why, when you have an endless sea of opportunities ahead of you, would you pick turnkey real estate investment?

We’ll be upfront: turnkey real estate investment isn’t for everyone. It’s not what every investor is looking for! You might be enthralled with flipping houses. Your method of investing might be your full-time job. You might like being hands-on.

But if you’re looking for passive income, we would argue that turnkey real estate is the best method investing you can choose. Yes, we’re absolutely biased. That said, there are compelling reasons for why we believe so strongly in turnkey real estate and why we’re in this business in the first place.

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5 Organization Tips for the Overwhelmed Real Estate Investor

By Chris Clothier on Mon, May 16, 2016

Investing in real estate can get overwhelming from time-to-time, even for those of us who choose passive investments. There’s still a lot to keep up with: income, expenses, taxes, leads, contacts, research, books, notes...it can all get out of hand if you’re not careful!

Even for those of us who take pride in organization, all of that information can be daunting. We have IRAs and retirement plans and bank accounts and CPAs and this form and that form and where did you put that file, and why can’t you find that one piece of paper that you need?

Organization is an art that many need and few master. Hopefully, these tips will help you sharpen your organization skills and gain just a little bit of the control you want and need over your investments.

Topics: organization
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[Video] The Authentic Customer Service Experience for Real Estate Investors at Memphis Invest

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 13, 2016

Customer Service...an often used phrase, some say over-used, by companies that want to set themselves apart from their competition.  For Memphis Invest, our mission has always been to provide the best possible experience for everyone that comes into contact with our company.

For us, it is more than just the experience of our clients.  

The customer service experience extends all the way to our tenants.  It extends all the way to our vendors and even to our team.  Everyone is a "client" if they come into contact with our company and their experience matters to us.

From the very beginning, Memphis Invest understood that our reputation meant everything.  It would be built daily on the service each of those four groups received from us.  Our goal was to build the best systems, team, training and program.  We knew, as we do today, that no company in our industry approached the customer service experience the way we did.  

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3 Areas of Turnkey Real Estate Investing That Should Be Hands On

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 11, 2016

Investing in real estate should mean that you’re earning passive income. You’re not breaking your back to get your paycheck—granted, some investors like to get more involved: flippers, wholesalers, even landlords. But we’d argue that these are really jobs, investments of time as much as they are investments of money.

AND they take up a lot of time. For the investor looking to earn passive income, however, you know that you can be passive. Turnkey real estate investing, for example, offers an avenue where you don’t have to be involved in the daily details of your investments.

The best Turnkey companies, well - let me be more frank here and say that Memphis Invest is one of only two companies that do this - will have a fully dedicated team to support investors with timely updates on their portfolios.  Those updates are important in keeping that investment as passive as possible. 

Real estate investing does not have to be hard and it does not have to be time consuming, but much of what makes it passive is that team.  If you've picked the right team, then they will make you feel comfortable with the passive nature of this investment and help you understand a key point.

Even the most passive real estate investments take some work.

Turnkey real estate is about as passive as passive gets. But if you want to be successful in turnkey real estate, there are some things you still have to do. There are some places you’re going to have to get in there and get your hands dirty.

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15 Quality Twitter Feeds for Real Estate Investors to Follow

By Chris Clothier on Thu, May 5, 2016

Twitter is still one of the top social media platform out there, alongside the likes of Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram. Twitter hasn’t had to do much to mix things up over the year. They’re still using 140 characters for users to deliver punchy, quick messages—messages that have sparked movements, delivered news, and created a culture of conversation.

For those that invest in real estate, Twitter can be a valuable tool for connecting with other real estate professionals. Whether you’re following for advice, news, or looking to strike up a good rapport, Twitter is a great way to do it.

That said, it can be hard to find good people to follow on Twitter if you don’t know where to look.  But never fear—we’re here to help you out!

Topics: Social Media
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Conquering 6 Real Estate Investment Money Myths

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 3, 2016

Misconceptions in the world of real estate investment are all-too easy to come by.

Some are generated by what we think seems like common sense—it just seems logical, so we don’t stop to think about how it really is—or it comes from years of misinformation being passed around. Whatever the reason, myths have caused many an investor to make big mistakes in the biz.

It’s also stopped some folks from getting started at all!

One of the biggest barriers to getting started in real estate investment is money. Money is, for many of us, a big motivator for getting involved in investing in the first place. We’re dreaming of leaving our desk jobs for financial freedom, or trying to build up a strong retirement and secure a financial future for our children.

For whatever reason, money tends to play an important role. So there’s no surprise that there are quite a few misconceptions about money’s role in investing. We’re here to address a few:

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More Positives for the Memphis Real Estate and Business Markets...

By Chris Clothier on Mon, May 2, 2016

We have been discussing the positives to the Memphis market as a whole for many years now.  The position of the market is constantly changing based on announcements from new employers, on new projects and new incentives for growing firms in the Memphis area.  

All of these developments weigh on the success of the Memphis housing market as well.  When jobs are growing; when companies are expanding; when there are new opportunities being created in the city, the positives from these types of developments spill over onto the housing market.


The city itself and the surrounding areas grow from a migration of new residents.  Job growth pushes down the unemployment rate.  Job growth helps drive up demand for housing on both the owner-occupied side and the renter side of the equation.  With greater demand comes appreciation, especially in more stable and desirable areas, as well as a rise in rents.

Both developments are great for long-term real estate investing.

Now comes word from Wambrodt Hotel Investments that they are high on the Memphis market and are looking at several hotel projects in the city of Memphis.  This is a big development because Memphis is sorely lacking in this area.  We need more hotel rooms and more updates to existing infrastructure.  

With several hundred rooms under construction or slated for construction in the downtown area, Memphis will be in the position to host future and larger events.  With that construction comes jobs during all phases including after they are complete.  Those jobs are big!  

Here is the newsletter from Herb Wombrodt highlighting why they are excited about Memphis!

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