During times such as these, we may feel more “stuck” than ever. Whether you’re weathering financial hardship, uncertainty, or waiting to make money moves until your confidence in the market returns, you still have opportunities to invest in and enrich your life. For real estate investors at every skill level, a continuing education is crucial.
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Heading into a new year is always a great time to take stock of where you are and start preparing for any changes or adjustments you need to make. It's also a great time to educate yourself and real estate investors are not immune to continuing education!
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One of the great things about working with real estate investors from around the country is they all have their own reference points - their own backgrounds that influence the way they think about real estate investing. Often, those reference points and backgrounds have to do with their own families investing, their friends or neighbors investing and even their own education about real estate investing. So it is interesting to note that many investors may have ideas about how to invest, but many have no idea why.
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MEMPHIS, TN, April 25, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Memphis Invest, GP, a private real estate investment firm owned by the Clothier family of Memphis, Tennessee and a leader in the field of Turn-Key real estate investing, is preparing to host a first for this new and quickly developing industry.
"There is a huge void when it comes to standards for both ethics and quality in an industry like Turn-Key real estate and with our experience, we thought it was appropriate for a company like ours to lead the way in trying to develop those standards with our peers," says Chris Clothier, the middle son and co-owner of Memphis Invest, GP. While Masterminds are common in today's business world, the Clothier's believe this will be a first for their industry. With the Mastermind devoted solely to improving the business practices and standards of quality and service within the industry, those participating are expected to hold each other accountable and see quick changes within their businesses.
The Clothier family invited close to two dozen companies to apply for a seat at the table on April 28th and 29th in Memphis and whittled the first meeting down to 10 quality companies from those applications. They expect the group to expand to 15 companies by the second meeting in July. With companies traveling from California, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Texas, Alabama and Florida for the first meeting and companies from Pennsylvania, Louisiana, New York and Missouri already committed to the July meeting, this group is proving to be a solid mix and great representation of multiple investment markets.
"We wanted to get a good cross-section of the industry but also made it clear that there are no secrets when you participate in a Mastermind like this," says Clothier. "Everyone had to be on board with opening up to the group about their business and be prepared to offer advice and criticism as well as be open to receiving advice and criticism."
The Clothier's named their Mastermind 'REI Edge' and picked that name with a purpose in mind. After participating in the Mastermind, all of the companies will have an edge on other providers in their cities due to offering a higher level of service and quality. MemphisInvest.com has proven that concentrating on quality and service will lead to sustainable growth and higher satisfaction among your clients.
"This is not about learning to make more money or sell more houses - it's about learning to provide great customer service and the highest quality of work so your clients build portfolios with you for years to come. That's how you build a sustainable business that remains profitable"!
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As a real estate investor myself and as a partner who works with real estate investors from around the world, it is music to my ears when I hear about the leadership of our city being proactive in telling the great story that is Memphis, Tennessee. I have spent countless hours on the road over the past 18 months, talking to investors from coast to coast about the advantages of Memphis as a real estate investment city and how companies like MemphisInvest.com are not alone in turning the city around. When stories like this one come out, it makes my job easier and makes my investment portfolio poised for growth in the very near future!
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Mortgage interest rates continue to rise on almost a weekly basis, according to information released by Freddie Mac. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage jumped to 5.05 percent last week. That is the highest the rate has been in over three years and is the 6th straight week that the rate has gone up.
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Swedish appliance maker Electrolux announced a deal this week with Memphis City and Shelby County leaders to build a 700,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Memphis that will be fully operational by 2012. The new facility will employ 1,200 workers and it's suppliers and offshoot companies will add an addtional 2,000 jobs to the Memphis area. For Memphis real estate investors, news like this is music to our ears.
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I talk to real estate investors every single week who are interested in investing in Memphis real estate with MemphisInvest.com for a lot of different reasons. Some of the most interesting investors I talk to though, are those who are highly diversified in other markets. They own stock portfolios or invest in Bonds and Mutual Funds. They have spent years with financial planners preparing for a day that now seems in jeopardy: Retirement! Most of these investors are turning to a tool that their "advisors" failed to teach them about - Self Directed Retirement Accounts. With the right real estate investments at all time values, the focus to investing in real estate with your retirement account could not have come at a better time.
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I spent some time in Colorado in the early 2000's and was pretty active in the real estate market at the time. One of the comments that we regularly heard was that "there is no more land being manufactured". Being land locked by the mountains, real estate was at a premium and investing was considered to be a sound long term investment.
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Having talked to hundreds of investors each year at Memphis Invest, I have stopped being surprised by the different reasons investors list for purchasing investment property. Often times, the criteria that investors use to determine a"good deal" are as varied as the colors in a box of crayons. As a seasoned investor, I can tell you with authority, that if I had to choose one measure for an investment deal it would be its cash on cash return.