What is Your Real Estate Investment Business Missing?

Posted by Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

Have you ever tried to follow a recipe, got to the end, and found that you’d accidentally skipped an ingredient? Maybe you used the wrong ingredient entirely! We’ve all had a good laugh over those really salty chocolate chip cookies, I’m sure.

Recipes gone wrong make a funny story. A good laugh. Sure, you waste a few ingredients and a little bit of money, but it’s just a small inconvenience in the grand scheme of things. It’s far more serious to leave something out of your real estate investment business!

Wait—how can that happen?

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Topics: real estate investment

3 Tips For Maximizing Investment Property Revenue

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 3, 2016

In real estate investing, it’s tempting to think that more investment properties added to your portfolio will automatically mean more profits. The fact of the matter is, it’s likely that you’re overlooking opportunities to increase your profits in the investment properties you already have. A two angled approach makes the most sense.  Real estate investors should absolute look to maximize revenue on the properties that they have AND add to their portfolios at the same time!

Real estate investment isn’t about how much money investors have to throw around and how many properties they’re renting out. Smart investing comes not just in volume, but in diligent care and attention.  It is true that there is safety in numbers, but there is also additional revenue by working with your portfolio and partners to create a smarter return.

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Topics: investment property, real estate investment

Best Steps for Getting Started with Real Estate Investing

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Starting something new, particularly when there is money involved, can be as daunting as it is exciting. For new real estate investors especially, getting going can be overwhelming.

On top of trying to learn about real estate investing itself, there are countless new laws to learn, from insurance and taxes to properties and tenants. You may be afraid of making a mistake, losing money or outright “failure”...and that’s all natural.

Instead of fretting about what could go wrong as a green investor, focus on taking the steps that will set you up for real estate investment success.

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Topics: real estate investment, getting started

Real Estate Investment | One Financial Strategies for Retirement

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, May 13, 2015

Using Real Estate Investment In Your Strategy

It's safe to say that most real estate investors are in the business to make money and many are actually planning for an event.  That requires planning and saving for that special something. In many cases, that something is retirement.

Investing in real estate is one of the best, proven ways to generate positive cash flow for retirement — whether saving up in tandem with a career or looking for passive income well into your Golden Years.

Either way, investors looking to fund their retirement would do well to not only devote time and attention to their investment plans — but retirement plans as well.

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Topics: real estate investment, Retirement planning

Diversify Your Investment Portfolio In Mid-Sized Cities

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 16, 2015

There’s a gleam in the big city that attracts investors. In a lot of ways, they’re attractive. Living in New York City is a dream for some people, as is settling down in big gleaming West Coast metropolises like Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Memphis, while it is a big city, is nothing compared to Dallas and Houston in terms or the size of the city.  Memphis is small city real estate and investors sometimes don't recognize it as a gem!

These big cities get most of the attention from investors and truth be told, you can go anywhere in the world and mention these cities and people know exactly where you are talking about.  Ask them about small and medium cities and the chances of people knowing about them get slim.  Real estate investing is about more than the name and size of the city.

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Topics: real estate investment, investment strategies

Learning When to Let Go of a Rental Property

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 2, 2015

We all have regrets in life. Some of us have real estate investment regrets. If you’re stuck with a rental property that’s weighing you down, you may find yourself wondering if you should just cut your losses and move on. Maybe you want to stick it out and hope for things to get better down the line. There are several options to weigh if you’ve found yourself at a crossroads with a property you own.

At the same time, understanding the big picture is just as important and learning that fluctuations in the way a property performs and the way a property fits into your portfolio are important too.  A down year is not always a reason to let a property go.  It takes careful and thoughtful evaluation before deciding to let got of a long-term investment property.  

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Topics: real estate investment, rental property

Common Legal Pitfalls for New Real Estate Investors

Posted by Chris Clothier on Sat, Dec 20, 2014

If you’re new to real estate investment, you’ll find out pretty quickly that the learning curve can be steep. One of the most important parts of real estate investment is to educate yourself on the legal aspects of the business. The last thing you want to happen is to find out you’ve made a legal mistake...after you’ve already made one.

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Topics: real estate investment, real estate investors

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Investing in Real Estate

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Investing in real estate may be something you’ve been considering for awhile now. It’s something you think you’d really like to do, but you still haven’t quite committed to jumping into real estate investment.  Maybe you are still in the learning phase and realize there are a lot of questons you need to be asking before moving forward.

Part of that still, perhaps, is that you aren’t asking yourself enough questions (or the right questions). 

If investing in real estate is just a theoretical idea of saving retirement money or building reliable passive income, take that dream to the next level. Instead of daydreaming about all the benefits of real estate investment, it’s time to knuckle down and make your decision.  

Your security later in life - the security of your investments - relies on your getting answers to serious questions now and surrounding yourself with a great TEAM before moving forward.  What better way to vet a great team than to get the answer you need and make sure you are pointed in the right direction as a real estate investor.

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Topics: real estate investment, investing in real estate

STOP Sabotaging Your Success in Real Estate Investment!

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

5 Self Sabotaging Actions of Real Estate Investors

It seems odd to open by telling real estate investors how to fail. Sometimes, though, the best advice comes from being told what not to do! While there are always individual circumstances in real estate investment and advice should be taken with a grain of salt, there are certain principles to the business that are universal.  One of them is to never call a buyer a "loser" as the sign points out.  I promise you....that has never happened on our end!  

We have worked with nearly 1,000 investors at this point and there are certain actions that we can all identify as "trouble" for real estate investors.   How you refer to a buyer is an easy one. Here are five REALLY EASY to identify trouble points to watch out for as a real estate investor.  They may not be as obvious as the picture above, but they are crucial and often self inflicted so they are critical to be aware of!  Take notes and shoot us any questions you may have.

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Topics: real estate investment, investment tips

Setting Attainable Real Estate Investment Goals

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Sep 4, 2014

Goal setting is an integral part of successfully investing in real estate. Most people do it in some way or another — but are you doing it effectively?

Effective goal setting will help guide you in navigating the complex world of real estate investment.  Goal setting is very different and a far cry from making a list of things to do.  I hate lists!  They show me all the things that I can't do at one time and then feel bad about when I don't get them done in time!  Do you know what happens then?  We stop setting goals because they became lists and we start become haphazard practicers of any type of goal-setting techniques.

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Topics: real estate investment, real estate strategies