3 Ways the Brexit Will Impact U.S. Real Estate Investment

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 24, 2016

In the wake of the UK’s decision to depart from the European Union, there’s been a lot of uncertainty and unrest surrounding the economic ramifications of the decision. With Britain’s ties to the global economy, the sense of instability has many—laymen and investors alike—feeling on edge.

Truth be told, no one really knows how the Brexit will ultimately impact the economy, locally and globally. Many are choosing to act with care.

That said, there are some pretty clear results of the Brexit already brewing for the United States—as it stands, U.S. real estate is looking good for our British neighbors, who are looking for secure investments after losing faith in their homeland’s offerings in the midst of upheaval and uncertainty.

It’s pretty clear, according to experts, that the Brexit could bring about a significant boost to U.S. real estate for just about everyone.

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Topics: brexit

Building a Case for Passive Real Estate Investing

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 19, 2016

Every real estate investor has different goals and a different journey. No one’s really to say what is and isn’t the right or wrong way to do it, unless legalities are in question, or if something can be done more effectively to maximize cash flow.

That said, there are some distinct advantages when it comes to investing in real estate passively. Here’s the thing: investing in real estate only becomes a full-time job when you make it one.

Certain ways of investment might demand more of your time, but you can find great success in this business without dedicating all of your time to it.

We’d even argue that passive real estate investment is the best way to go! You earn money to fuel your financial goals without doing any of the heavy lifting. With the help of a turnkey investment company and a trusted property management team, you can find success in passive real estate investment.

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Topics: passive investing

Inc Magazine's 2016 List of Fastest Growing Companies Is Out...(hint: 5 years in a row!)

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 17, 2016

Inc. Magazine released the 2016 version of their annual list of the 5000 Fastest Growing Companies In America....

And the Clothier family was honored to have three Companies on this years' list!

First and foremost, we are so proud of the team at Memphis Invest who is a 5-year honoree.  This is an incredible accomplishment and really highlights the hard work and commitment to excellence exhibited by our entire crew.  Everyone pulls together in support of our mission, which is to create an incredible 'WOW' experience for our clients, tenants, vendors and each other!

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Topics: Memphis real estate, Inc. 500, real estate

8 Things to Do RIGHT NOW for Success in Real Estate Investment

Posted by Chris Clothier on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

To say that many real estate investors are unprepared when they get started is an understatement. Far too many people rely on filling their heads with hypotheticals and booksmarts—which is absolutely a good thing to do—but they forget to take the practical steps that put them in the best possible position from the very beginning.

Real estate investment is a little bit like playing chess. You can’t capture the queen and win the game without setting up the board to make the right moves. It takes careful calculation to get there!

You can have all the head knowledge in the world of how real estate investment should work, but unless you do the work of getting there, no matter how passive you think you are, you’re never going to find the degree of success you want.

The bad news? Action can be scary. Being definitive? Scary. It’s taking a leap, sometimes into the unknown. The good, though, is that it’s all for forward momentum. When you cast off the fear of making mistakes and move from theory to practice, you’re going to get the experience that turns you from a real estate investment novice into a seasoned expert.

If you’re ready to invest, these are the steps you need to take right now to ensure you have a solid footing.

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Topics: investing in real estate

5 Ways to Level Up Your Passive Real Estate Investment Portfolio

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Aug 11, 2016

When investing in real estate, all of us want to get better at it. Grow. Start earning more passive income than we were before. For those of us involved in passive real estate investment, feeling progress is a little more difficult. We’re not in the trenches and involved in the day-to-day nitty-gritty that really feels like things are constantly moving.

For the passive investor, it can be all-too easy to allow your investments to get ho-hum, even stagnant.

Here’s the thing, though: there’s plenty of room for passive real estate investors to accelerate and multiply their successes!

You may not be constantly flipping properties for profit or caught up in the buying and selling game, but a lack of a fast pace doesn’t mean you’re not capable of leveling up.

Here are five ways you can move your portfolio forward to start increasing your margins to meet your financial goals.

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Topics: passive investing

7 Ways to Utilize Technology to Invest Smarter, Not Harder

Posted by Chris Clothier on Mon, Aug 8, 2016

Investing in real estate can be a tough gig. There are days where you may feel like it’s impossible to keep up with everything! Thankfully, there’s relief out there for the stressed and frazzled real estate investor. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, disorganized, or just plain in need of an extra pair of hands that you don’t have, technology may just be the key to getting back on track.

Not only is there a plethora of software, apps, and resources out there especially designed for real estate investors, but there are also ways to utilize everyday technology to meet your needs. Not only can you get more organized, more productive, and more effective, but you can start hit harder and accelerate your goals in a big way.

Here are just a few ways real estate investors can effectively utilize technology to invest smarter...

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Topics: technology in real estate

4 Fatal Mistakes Newbie Real Estate Investors Make

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 3, 2016

Every real estate investor starts off somewhere, and that somewhere usually comes with more than a handful of mistakes. Many small, some large and very costly. It’s all part of the journey! Growing pains are just part of investing in real estate and a fact of life, no matter where you go or what you do.

That said, there are some mistakes that can be devastating for new real estate investors—potentially ending an investor’s career before it’s even started.

Granted, nearly every mistake we’re going to mention can be turned around and salvaged for an investor willing to put in the work and effort necessary to push through and bounce back.

Some, however, may take more work than others to overcome.

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Topics: investing mistakes to avoid

3 Secrets to Transcending "Hype" in Real Estate Investment

Posted by Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 2, 2016

As with just about everyone, real estate investors can fall prey to hype. While the tried-and-true ways to invest still reign supreme, there are new trends constantly popping up—flavors of the week that don’t last and rarely deliver on their promises.

In real estate investment, hype can look like a lot of different things...

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Topics: real estate investing, investment tips

5 Overlooked Investment Property Renovations Your Tenants Will Notice

Posted by Chris Clothier on Mon, Jul 25, 2016

For property owners, making carefully calculated property renovations is one of the surest ways to increase your property value and monthly revenue. Of course, we all know the most obvious places to put our renovation dollars: the biggest returns on your investment are found in kitchen and bathroom remodels.

But where do you go from there?

For real estate investors, it’s important to remember that tenants aren’t like homeowners. They put value in different things because they aren’t usually planning a permanent stay. Your property isn’t their forever home.

They’re going to be less concerned with some things and more concerned with others because of that.

When it comes to renovations, if you’ve already taken care of the kitchen and the bathrooms, where else should you focus your attention? What’s going to help you attract and retain tenants? You might be surprised on how these often-overlooked details make an impact.

5 Overlooked Renovations That Matter

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Topics: property renovation

The Smart Investor's Ultimate Guide to Remote Real Estate Investing

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 22, 2016

Remote real estate investment: it’s a topic that’s a source of contention among investors. Bring it up, and you’ll have two divisions immediately.

One side will swear by it, saying that they love the freedom they found once they took the plunge and started investing outside of their local real estate bubble, while others will say no, no, no...they’d never dream of investing remotely. They say it’s too risky and too expensive.

Which side is right?

Should you invest out-of-state? Can you find success through remote real estate investment? Is it right for you, or should you just keep your investments local? In real estate, after all, they say location is the single most important factor.

If where you invest matters so much, then the remote versus local debate should probably be talked about a lot more than it really is.

For investors who have stayed local thus far but have wondered about expanding outside of your usual range, we’re going to explore some of the common fears and myths, along with the pros and cons, of investing in real estate remotely—whether that means in another city or in another state, or across the country.

Hopefully, we’ll shed some light on the subject.

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Topics: remote real estate investment