The Mid-South Real Estate Investors Association or MSREIA for short was founded back in 2002 by Kent Clothier, Sr. Kent wanted a way for individuals, interested in how to invest in Memphis real estate, to network about an ever changing Memphis real estate investment market. Typical, real estate investors are bombarded with every new strategy and sales pitch from all the supposed traveling experts at REIA's.
So what's the big deal about MSREIA? It was founded by investors for investors and has stayed as a non-profit for the past 7 years. With the Memphis Real Estate Investing market being so unique, the REIA features local speakers who have knowledge in their area of expertise and who don't come through the door each month with an arm full of sales material. In the past 7 years they have had only a handful speakers from out of town selling home-study programs or some other form of material.
Plus they have supported local charities through the building of a Habitat for Humanity house and monetary and material donations. By focusing on local issues that are important to Memphis Real Estate Investors such as government issues, property management issues, property rehab and code enforcement issues as well as giving back to the community, the association has been able to build a large and loyal membership.
In case, you haven't already guessed, I have an affiliation with the group - It was founded by my father Kent Clothier, Sr. and it still has a very family feel to it. No matter how big it grows, it continues to have a very friendly and customer service oriented feel to it and we look forward to continuing to grow it into the future.
So, if you are an investor in Memphis or have investors looking for Memphis Investment real estate or are even looking to invest yourself, this is a great networking group to look to join. It has done wonders for my network and even my ability to address large crowds and speak intelligently about Memphis real estate investing issues. Contact me for more information on how to getup to speed on Memphis issues.