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Don’t Gamble: Investment Strategies for Deals on Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 4, 2015

With the rush of foreclosed homes on the market in the past few years, investors were jumping into the business from every direction.  Here in Memphis, the investment real estate market was booming due to the rush of foreclosures and most were caused by a slowing economy and not necessarily an over-heated housing market.  That created a scenario where not only were houses available, but renters were in abundance as well.

As the real estate market is now recovering, easy buys on bank-owned homes are becoming more scarce. Some investors are opting out of real estate because properties aren’t as easy to acquire. As serious investors knows, the real estate market will continue to change constantly over time. 

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What Type of Real Estate Investor Do You Want to Be?

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

We’ve already established that there is no such thing as hands-off real estate investment. “Passive” real estate investment doesn’t usually mean sitting by while other people handle your investments for you as you enjoy a tasty piña colada on the beach of some tropical island (though if you've figured out the secret to this method, please share!).

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2014 Mid-Year Review for the Memphis Invest Family of Companies

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Well, we are halfway through the year and we are looking at a cup that is ready to over-flow not only for our company and our team, but for every real estate investing client we work for.  And...make no mistake about it, we WORK FOR over 800 clients around the country every day!

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When Should You Give Your Investment Property Manager the Boot?

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Jun 19, 2014

A good property manager can be enormously beneficial for your real estate investments. He can keep you from becoming overwhelmed with taking on too many responsibilities when you’re looking for passive income in your investments or if investing isn’t your full-time job.  She plays a vital role for investors buying real estate as a method for diversifying their over-all portfolio. Many invest in real estate for passive reasons and they really have no desire to be an actual hands-on "landlord."

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Don't Waste Your Time on Bad Real Estate Investments

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Mar 24, 2014

Navigating the world of real estate investments can be a arduous task, to say the least. While it’s said to be one of the best sources of passive income (and it is!), that doesn’t mean that investing in real estate is always easy. Honestly, being a real estate investor can have difficult moments. You’ll have ups and downs and face daunting challenges. While some of the pitfalls of investing in real estate are impossible to avoid, there are some that you can.

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Building Better Tenant Relations

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 21, 2014

As a real estate investor, one of the most challenging aspects of investing has to do with other people. Specifically, with tenants. Search the Web and you’re bound to find thousands upon thousands of hits regarding bad tenants. Some stories are so horrible that the only thing you can do is laugh — maybe because you can’t believe it yourself unless it happens to you.

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Real Estate Investing & Renting To College Students: Pros and Cons

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Feb 17, 2014

For the real estate investor, there can be far more opportunities to grow your portfolio than just single-family rentals. By targeting demographics, it is possible to build a portfolio, or at least a segment of your portfolio, designed to attract a certain age demographic.  It seems like a logical decision!  We know that properties with seniors in mind are a great asset, but there are more niche demographics that can be targeted for valuable tenants and real estate investing at a slightly different pace.

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You Want to Be a Real Estate Investor? Let Shakespeare Help....

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Jan 9, 2014

To quote the wise William Shakespeare, “To invest in real estate, or to not invest in real estate, that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…”

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Being an Involved Real Estate Investor...from a Distance

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 10, 2013

Most real estate investors don’t live close to their properties. Some might live towns, cities, or even states away. Those miles and miles of separation can induce a bit of stress at times. We’ve been taught that long-distance relationships are doomed to fail, right? So we’re not surprised if you’re concerned about doing the same with your investments and property management.

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'How To' Hire And Work With A Great Real Estate Contractor

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 5, 2013

How many of us have heard some version of the following story?

"My Aunt Bernice got taken for a ride by this contractor she hired last year. She hired him because he quoted her a great price, but the whole situation ended up being a nightmare. He was never on time, the work was shoddy, and he went WAAAAAY over-budget."

What about this one?

"Yeah, my friend Derrick totally got scammed by some fly-by-night 'contractor.' He answered an ad on Craigslist because the guy sounded legit and only charged 10% up front. The guy took the money and ran. Derrick hasn't heard from him since."

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