4 Ways Real Estate Investors Show Gratitude this Holiday Season

Posted by Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 24, 2015

It’s hard not to feel the holiday spirit this time of year. No matter what holiday you celebrate, there’s something undeniably different about this season. It can be stressful, sure, but it’s hard not to love warm feelings and those little extra acts of kindness. We have the nostalgia of Christmas music on the radio, festive decorations and the joy in buying presents for loved ones.

For real estate investors, the holidays are a great time to slow down and reflect on the year. What are you thankful for? Who are you are thankful for? Remember to show gratitude to those who have made your 2015 a good year.

Whether it was the constant support of a close friend, valuable advice or something else entirely, we can’t forget to thank the important people in our lives for making our work possible.

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Topics: real estate investors, holidays

Dallas Real Estate Rises to Top Market to Watch

Posted by Chris Clothier on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

Houston has been the top dog in real estate investing for awhile now...but could that title be usurped by its sister Texas city, Dallas? Signs are pointing to big things for Dallas real estate and real estate investors are taking note. A survey of 1,500 real estate professionals said they wouldn’t be as likely to put their money in those big cities that are slowly losing their luster—New York City, San Francisco, and the like. No, the survey ranked the Dallas-Fort Worth area number one overall, and just second for investors.

So what’s making Dallas real estate so hot? As one of the strongest markets out there right now, it’s important for investors to understand the why. 

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Topics: Dallas Invest, Dallas real estate

2 Big Reasons Houston Real Estate is Still Going Strong

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 13, 2015

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past year about Houston, it’s that this city knows how to keep going. While many predicted that this year’s ongoing oil slump would cause a cooling in Houston’s real estate market, it just hasn’t happened. Despite layoffs in the energy sector and dropping oil prices, Houston, on the whole, has barely flinched.

Despite a somewhat flat August (by Houston’s standards, anyway), Houston home prices jumped to a record September high with 4.5% year-over-year growth: hitting a $208,000 median and defying predictions that Houston’s real estate prosperity was coming to an end. (You can see the full September report from the Houston Association of Realtors here.)

What’s keeping things going strong in the face of so many negative predictions? With so much attention on their market—one of the hottest in the country, along with fellow Texas city, Dallas—how has Houston managed to succeed time and time again, even with big oil in question? The answer dips deep into economic history...and how a city once dependent on energy is holding its own in every way.

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Topics: houston real estate, Houston Invest

Busting 5 Myths About Generating Passive Income in Real Estate

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Generating passive income sounds amazing in concept, doesn’t it? Income. Passive. Knowing that without expending too much time, effort, and energy, you could be racking up the cash to cover your retirement, or that trip to the Bahamas you’ve been dreaming about. Passive income comes in many shapes and sizes. Now more than ever, there are a million different ways to start generating passive income.

And real estate investment, in certain forms, is one of them!

It all depends on how you choose to invest. Investing in real estate can be a great avenue to financial security and freedom, but would-be investors need to be wary of the myths and misconceptions surrounding earning passive income through real estate.

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Topics: passive income, investing in real estate, passive investing

6 Inspiring Books for Your Fall Reading List

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 11, 2015

How long has it been since you last picked up a good book? What about any good real estate books?  Reading gets shoved by the wayside more often than not. It’s a shame, since it means you’re probably missing out! Whether you’re dusting off an old favorite full of good reminders or challenging yourself with new material, reading is a great way to rejuvenate yourself—whether in reorienting your goals, learning something new about yourself, or giving you fresh ideas to prep for the new year.

For real estate investors, learning from those before us—in business and entrepreneurship as well as specifically in real estate—is a valuable piece of the puzzle.

From now until the end of the year, pick up a book or two. You never know what ideas will spur you onward to greater success in real estate investment.

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Topics: turnkey real estate, inspiring books

7 Things Real Estate Investors Do to Stay Successful

Posted by Chris Clothier on Sun, Nov 8, 2015

For investors just starting out, everything can be more than a little overwhelming. Your financial future is something to be excited about, but there’s never a shortage of apprehension. There will be days when you ask yourself what you’ve gotten yourself into! It’s a little daunting to look at the success of other real estate investors, which can be both inspiring and intimidating.

In the beginning, your goals will either seem out of reach, or you’ll be expecting to reach them overnight. Neither is true: but with the right mindset, persistence, and dedication, you’ll get closer and closer to achieving the goals you’re after. 

Want to know a good place to start? Here it is.

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Topics: investment tips, investing in real estate

5 Keys to Keeping Your Cool When Real Estate Gets Frustrating

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 6, 2015


Investing in real estate is not always a primrose path. Yes, it’s one of the best avenues to financial freedom. Yes, it’s about as passive as passive income gets. We really believe that there’s no better investment!...but that doesn’t mean it’s not challenging work. There will be times when your investments, your managers, your tenants...well, they just make you mad.

Maybe your tenant damaged the property in an easily avoidable incident. Maybe your manager didn’t listen to instructions, or your maintenance guys did a slipshod job that ended up costing you far more in the long run. From small frustrations to downright disasters, the frustration and anger you may feel in the moment can lead to drastic, emotionally-charged decisions that end up doing more harm than good.

For real estate investors, it’s best to guide your business with logical decisions, not emotional ones. As anger is one of the strongest and most seemingly uncontrollable feelings we can experience, so it’s essential to have strategies in place to deal with those moments that just get your blood boiling.

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Topics: business strategies, stress management

Top 6 Restaurants To Visit While You're in Dallas, TX

Posted by Chris Clothier on Mon, Nov 2, 2015

The good people of the Lone Star state have one thing in common: a taste for good food and flavor. When you’re visiting Dallas, TX, you’d be missing out to skip the wide selection of quality, diverse eateries. While you’re visiting, don’t settle for food you can get anywhere. The eclectic and quality food scene in Dallas isn’t one to be missed.

For those of you coming to our Meet n Greet at our Dallas area offices in Grapevine, TX. this weekend, you are going to want to print this list and maybe try to catch one or two while you are in town!

Skip the chains stores and step into some of the top Dallas restaurants. Your tastebuds will thank you.

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Topics: Dallas Invest

5 Reasons Memphis is Ideal for Out-of-State Investing

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 30, 2015

In the past, the rental markets that people clamored for were typically coastal cities. In the East, there was Florida and New York. The West had California’s many offerings, like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Undoubtedly, there’s some almost magical appeal about big markets like that. But investors, for a long time now, are taking advantage of alternative markets that have offerings that can make for just as much (if not more) success.

The big markets have grown so expensive that investing in them has become challenging to say the least, for all but the most affluent investors. The rent-to-price ratio just doesn’t add up in a favorable way for most real estate investors. Over the past several years, real estate investors are progressively looking inland for investment opportunities—and they’re finding them! 

For out-of-state investors, it’s vital to looking for that marriage of affordability and potential in the rental market. Out of the places you’ll find, Memphis, Tennessee is pretty high on that list.

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Topics: Memphis, out of state investing

STOP! Think and Be Careful When Evicting a Tenant

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 22, 2015


Investing in real estate may be one of the best ways to secure passive income for your financial future, but that doesn’t make it a primrose path. There are plenty of headaches that can come from being an owner. There are more headaches in store if you’re also acting as landlord. Whether or not you employ a property manager or management company, every owner should be aware of the dos and don’ts of the eviction process.

No one ever wants to evict a tenant. Legal entanglements are always a pain, and evictions can be particularly rough.

The eviction itself is a hassle, but then you have to deal with filling a vacancy, and quickly. So if you or your manager sees the need to evict a tenant, where do you begin? What should you do? What should you definitely not do?

We’re here to help you navigate it all.

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Topics: evicting a tenant