Is There an Ideal Time to Invest in Real Estate?

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 5, 2017

Some say that a sense of timing is everything. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time. For many of us, waiting for the right time can become a security blanket.

We use it as an excuse to stop ourselves from taking leaps of faith. When it comes to investing in real estate, would-be investors make this excuse, too.

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Topics: invest in real estate

Are Institutional Buyers Driving Real Estate Markets

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 15, 2013

This is a question we get asked on a weekly basis and I suspect most of the questions are coming up because of mis-information being put out by opportunists.  People who are selling get-rick quick ideas or promoting a shiny new idea or product as a quick-fix for new real estate investors.  When most of the questions are coming from a place of fear, you can almost always bet that bad information is the cause of the question.  For real estate investing, my answer is to ask a different question!

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Topics: Memphis real estate, invest in real estate, foreclosures, real estate hedge funds, institutional real estate

When Will Appraisal Values Match Real Estate Buyer Expectations?

Posted by Chris Clothier on Mon, Nov 11, 2013

Is The Housing Market On Solid Recovery Ground?

In many housing markets around the country, there is growing evidence of a housing recovery.  Even some of the hardest hit areas of the country where outside market forces like slow job recovery and low wage recovery have hurt, the areas are showing signs of a strengthening housing market.  Prices are going up, permits for new builds are increasing and sales to home owners are increasing while investor activity is taking up a smaller percentage of market activity.

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Topics: real estate investing, real estate appraisals, invest in real estate

Memphis Invest: A Look Back At 2012...A Look Ahead to 2013!

Posted by Chris Clothier on Mon, Jan 21, 2013

White Board Real Estate Investing Plans

Whenever we speak to real estate investors around the country, always sharing the story of our great city Memphis, Tennessee and more importantly what is happening with our real estate investing company, we tell investors that there is no White Board hanging on a wall with a business plan outlining the path to where we are today.  It would make a great story if that were the case, but the reality is that we made some very good decisions early on and put ourselves in position to take advantage of opportunities when they presented themselves.  Recognizing those opportunities and taking advantage of them has been the hard part.  When you mix good decisions with the right opportunities and a little luck, you get a small, family-owned company that has grown from a handful of employees to a Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company employing almost 40 employees, nearly 300 vendor employees, managing 1,600 plus investment properties with a value approaching $150 Million for over 600 real estate investors!  And there is more to come...

Dotting "I's" and Crossing "T's"

We have always considered ourselves as business men first and real estate investors second.  With such rapid growth over the past two years, like any good business owners would do, we have been on a constant search to surround ourselves with excellent people who can help guide our growth.  In addition to simply looking for great talent and even better advice, we have also had to adopt new rules and the guidelines of a large and growing company by developing HR best practices, vacation policies, travel schedules, new computer systems, a more diverse roster of partner companies from closing attorneys to insurance providers, along with letting go of contractors who simply could not keep up to our standards.

We have also committed our company and staff to sharing data publicly so that interested real estate investors along with our current clients can track and compare our data with their results.  Data such as property management numbers graphed and reported monthly, sales numbers reported quarterly and beginning during the 4th quarter of 2012, renovation permits reported monthly.  The permits was a big issue to us as our contractors pulled over 400 permits on properties in 2012.  Of course, not every property needs a permit and not every action taken on a property has to be permitted.  None the less, we have begun reporting the numbers of permits that contractors are pulling monthly on properties we are renovating and managing.  None of this is required and certainly not necessary to conduct business.  We do it as a way of providing transparency for our clients, interested investors and unfortunately, because sometimes we have to do it to set the record straight!

With all of the changes that the company has undergone in 2012, we thought now would be a perfect time to look back at those changes, report some final numbers and take a look at where we expect to go in 2013.  Be sure to let us know what you think at the bottom of the article!

New Faces & A New City

We will remember 2012 for several reasons, but mainly because it wore us out!  Very quietly in the fourth quarter of 2011 we began exploring opening a second office in another city.  Dallas, Texas was a natural fit for us since it is where we had lived for so many years and we had family and business ties to the area.  We opened an office in Dallas during the Spring of 2012 and opened Dallas Invest, GP and had a fantastic year.  We were able to complete 55 transactions, open our property management company, hire three full time employees, host two small tours of our properties to help us work out the kinks in the new city and over-all finish with what we felt had been as smooth a process as possible.  We have been repeatedly asked about the website DallasInvest.com and all I can say is it is coming, but not until the time is right for rapid growth in Texas and we are not quite ready yet.  We still have some work to do to ensure that the investment process and the customer service experience are the highest level possible. 

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Topics: Memphis real estate, invest in real estate, Memphis invest recap