Memphis Real Estate Investing

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The Real Advantages of Buy and Hold Investing

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 13, 2019

Out of all the ways to invest in real estate, buy and hold is the one that we champion as the best way to invest at any skill level. But why? After all, there are so many different strategies available when it comes to real estate investment. Even within a buy and hold model, there are different types of properties to invest in and sub-strategies to consider: like turnkey real estate.

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Avoid the Mistakes Even Experienced Investors Make

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 11, 2019

When we think about the mistakes made in real estate investment, we usually talk about them as if they are exclusive to new or inexperienced investors. However, it would be a mistake to assume that experienced investors don’t have their own missteps as well. Every investor should be on guard — striving to mitigate their risk and grow their portfolios.

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Trash Heap Reveals Truly Beautiful Home - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 10, 2019

We're in Dallas, TX for this week's Turnkey Transformation, where we turned this trash heap into a beautiful investment property! The photos really do this property justice. As you can see from the few shots that we have here, the conditions were dramatically improved. Much of the interior and exterior had remnants of debris and furniture left behind from the previous tenants and was in need of repair. With a budget of $70,000 and 92 days of rehab, our renovations team was able to renew this junk yard of a single-family home into a great option for an investor and resident in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.

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Maximize Your ROI in Today's Real Estate World

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 6, 2019

When you invest in something, you want to know that it’s worth your while. Regarding real estate, we live in a culture that romanticizes the idea of flipping. Turn to any home improvement channel and you’ll find shows all about sprucing up and reselling homes. On the screen, it looks easy. The idea of making tens of thousands of dollars on a flip just seems like a no-brainer.

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6 Essential Financial Management Tips That Make Your Labor Worthwhile

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 4, 2019

For the vast majority of people in the world, work is a means to gain money — and thus, security in life. From food to shelter and transportation to other essentials, we just need to work to make money, almost without exception.

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Forgotten Property Turned Modern Masterpiece - Tulsa Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 3, 2019

We're in Tulsa, OK for this week's Turnkey Transformation, where we have a 36-year-old home that gets quite the makeover. As you can tell from the before picture, we had a lot of landscaping to do with overgrown grass and tree removal to expose the true beauty of this home.

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Stop Procrastinating — Now is the Time to Invest in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 30, 2019

If you look around online, you’ll find numerous articles on why you should invest in real estate young — as young as your twenties. Does that sound out-of-reach to your present or past self? It very well might. However, investing in real estate, like any avenue for passive income, is most effective when it is given time to grow and produce fruit.

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What Passive Investors Can Learn from Project Management

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 28, 2019

Project managers are an often overlooked and under-appreciated group of people. If you’re unfamiliar with project management, you may not even realize what they do, or how important they are to the success of businesses in every sector! What do they do, exactly?

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Wood-Heavy Dud Becomes Perfect Property - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 27, 2019

This week's Transformation Tuesday is a 58 year old house in Memphis, TN. See how this outdated single family home gets some repairs done on the interior and exterior. We'll take a look at how our team was able to complete this renovation in just 69 days and $37,000! Being almost 60 years old, this house really needed some good TLC to make it more modern and to bring in more light throughout the home. A new paint job, cabinetry and other general touches really turned this house into a beautiful single-family home any investor or resident would dream of.

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4 Steps to a Successful First Year in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 23, 2019

So you took the plunge. You’re officially a real estate investor! First of all, congratulations. You’ve begun your journey towards financial security — and freedom — for life. If you’re like most new investors, you likely feel nervous along with excited. After all, you just made a massive financial commitment. What if it doesn’t work out? What if you do something wrong? You don’t want to ruin your investment!

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6 Signs a Real Estate Market is on the Rise

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 21, 2019

As a real estate investor, you are acutely aware of the ebb and flow of the real estate market whether you realize it or not. While you may not study the market specifically, you do understand sentiments and trajectory.  Most of us have a sense for when a market is moving in the right direction and when it isn’t — though we don’t always know the words to describe it or what the real factors are in determining the health of a market.

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Well-Lived In Home Is Now A Clean Slate For New Memories - Oklahoma City Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 20, 2019

This week's Transformation Tuesday is a 44 year old house in Oklahoma City, OK. See how this outdated single family home gets some repairs done on the interior and exterior. We'll take a look at how our team was able to complete this renovation in just 51 days and $52,000! If you can remember our Transformation Tuesday from last week, you might recall the very "colorful" choices made by the previous residents. This property while a bit more updated- also had some interesting picks for colors of the interior as well.

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Survey Says Real Estate is the "Single Best Investment for the Decade"

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 16, 2019

If you were to be asked on the street what you thought the best long-term investment was, what would you answer?

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How Savvy Investors Create a High ROI on Their Time

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 14, 2019

The old adage says that time is money. Real estate investors know just how true this is. It’s a time-consuming business, particularly as you grow and strive for personal success. However, real estate investors don’t have to break their backs or sacrifice all of their time and energy in the pursuit of their investments.

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Mid-Century House Gets A Long Overdue Overhaul - St. Louis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 13, 2019

If you're like most people, you can probably remember a time when you made a 'bold' decorating decision. Sometimes they work, and sometimes these design choices are a little too far out, even for the most artistic of interior designers!  Every once and a while at Memphis Invest, we find some really unique touches to the houses we acquire. I wanted to share today's 'Turnkey Transformation', where the previous owner wasn't afraid of color, and the bathroom vanity might be a little too vain for some!

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Utilize Credit for an Advantage, Not a Financial Burden

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 9, 2019

When we hear about credit, we often hear the negatives. We ourselves have warned against credit card debt on this very blog. However, credit in itself is not always a bad thing. Just like anything in the world, responsible, informed use of credit cards and be advantageous to your investment career.

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Your Market Update: Houston, Texas Real Estate So Far in 2019

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 7, 2019

So far, most of the buzz in Texas has been centralized to Austin and Dallas. However, Houston is experiencing some real estate and economic buzz that is worth mentioning. As we head for the middle of 2019’s third quarter, it’s valuable for investors to step back and evaluate both the markets they’re involved in as well as those that show promise and opportunities for the future.

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Outdated & Overgrown Property Now A Contemporary Haven - Tulsa Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 6, 2019

Coming to you from the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, we have this week's Turnkey Transformation!  With this home, there was a lot of cleanup to be done not only on the inside, but especially outside, due to a lot of neglect and overgrowth. The exterior needed lots of pressure washing, painting and replacing of wood siding, and removal of yard debris. Much of this yard debris includes things like older playground equipment, a patio overflowing with furniture and other items, and landscaping scrubs and overgrown trees. But this project just goes to show how a team and processes can get this place back into shape! Check out the before and after pics to see how much this property can shine!

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An Investor's Guide to Spotting Hype VS Real Opportunities

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 2, 2019

There’s no shortage of hype in the real estate investing world. We know that just by looking at headlines! Everyone is always searching for the next big market, the hot new trend, and the strategy that will make money fast.

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4 Big Benefits of Self-Directed Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 31, 2019

There are many ways to invest in real estate. As an investor, you can take any number of paths and adopt varied strategies that suit your goals and your personality. However, there’s one variety of investing in real estate that always offers an advantage: self-directed real estate investment.

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Somber Dwelling Now A Sight for Sore Eyes - Tulsa Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Lately, we've had quite a bit of Tulsa properties that have had incredible transformations. So we're bringing you one more Tulsa Turnkey Transformation this month that had a surprising turn around. From newly installed carpets and flooring to a freshly poured concrete driveway, this house got an extreme makeover with the help of our Oklahoma renovations team.

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Wealth-Building Habits That Don't Cost a Dime

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 26, 2019

When we talk about building wealth, there is usually the notion or expectation that it will cost us something to do so. We will either have to make sacrifices to build wealth, spend money to build wealth, or somehow do something we are uncomfortable with in order to make long-term gains in the future.

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What's Really Behind Your Success in Real Estate Investment?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 24, 2019

In real estate investment, the options are unlimited. Your investing method could be totally different from the next guy’s and you would still be generating passive income. That said, the way in which you invest is paramount to your success in the long-term. Strategy matters.

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Hideous Hideaway to Brick Beauty - Oklahoma City Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 23, 2019

Coming to you from Oklahoma City, OK we have this week's Turnkey Transformation! We'll see how a lot of landscaping and a great rehab team go hand in hand as we bring this property and it's curb appeal up to the Memphis Invest standards. From purchase to completion, this house took 40 days and $43,000 for renovation. Depending on the property, the work required and the teams needed, timelines and budgets can always vary. Of course, there's always unexpected obstacles that arise, such as inclement weather, additional permit requirements, prolonged city inspections - the list can go on and on!

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Why Real Estate Investors Love Dallas, TX

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 19, 2019

If you thought the investment party was over in Dallas, you’d be mistaken. A report from Dallas News proclaims that investors are buying up properties faster than ever in the Dallas market. Investor purchases made up some 8 percent of properties at all price points and 14 percent at lower price points in 2018.

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A Quick Guide to Tax Benefits Every Real Estate Investor Should Know

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 17, 2019

One of the most compelling reasons to choose to invest in real estate over other investments is the vast tax benefits. In fact, it’s one of the main points of discussion each time we talk about why to invest in real estate. However, navigating the tax code and legal nuance can be a mystifying exercise in frustration.

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Gloomy 2-Story to Bright Oklahoma Home - Tulsa Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 16, 2019

We're in Tulsa, OK for this week's Turnkey Transformation, where we have a 37-year-old home that gets quite the makeover! The Tulsa market is one of the newest additions to the Memphis Invest family. The city sits at the foothills of the Ozark mountains and is the second largest in the state—just behind Oklahoma City (one of our other great investment markets). Tulsa, a historical leader in the energy industry, continues to grow and diversify as a market that is both affordable and economically well-tempered. This made it an ideal market for this investor to choose as their portfolio expansion opportunity.

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Balance in the Real Estate Market Bodes Well for Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 12, 2019

These days it seems as though we can never get a definite answer on the state of the real estate market. One day we're hearing great news and the next people make it sound as if the sky is falling. When it comes to real estate, it is important to remember that the market will always be shifting and fluctuating. There are so many complex contributing factors to the health and balance of the real estate market on the whole that predicting these changes is incredibly difficult, if not outright impossible.

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Texas Passed a New Property Tax Law. Here's What Investors Need to Know.

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 10, 2019

For real estate investors, taxes and tax legislation are one of the most important things to keep up with. Not only are the vast tax benefits that investors can capitalize on important, but so is the local legislation that affects our individual investment markets.

Thus, we recommend that our investors, including our out-of-area investors, pay attention to stories such as this because they can have real effects on portfolio success. So pay attention, we have good news for investors with properties in Texas!

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 9, 2019

This week's 'Turnkey Transformation' comes from Memphis, TN. As many of you may know, Memphis is where we started in the turnkey business over 15 years ago. We're so proud to call Memphis our home town, and headquarters and we encourage real estate entrepreneurs to always get to know the communities they are investing in. 

Depending on the market and what type of investor you are, many property owners like to get familiar with the area they intend to invest in. While getting to know a city's statistics about population and job growth are certainly very important, there's a lot to be said when you learn more about the actual community that your property belongs to. For many real estate entrepreneurs, there's a sense of connection and pride, which only makes you even more devoted in your overall investing goals!

Here's a list of blog posts where you can learn a little more about the cities we invest in and belong to:

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Is Your Relationship With Money Hurting Your Investing Potential?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 5, 2019

Whether we believe it or not, all of us share a personal relationship with our finances. In most cases, we tend to view money from a clinical, number-crunching perspective. As much as we try to treat money rationally, we often do not act that way. Our emotions can be wrapped up in our finances, which leads to poor decision making, planning, and overall financial well-being. 

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How Does Investing in Real Estate Really Work?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 3, 2019

If you're new to investing in real estate, there might be some mystique left around how. How does it work? How do I even start? These are just some of the questions that may plague you when you first consider real estate as an investment. 

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Hoarder Nightmare Creates a True Dream - Little Rock Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 2, 2019

Our amazing 'Turnkey Transformation' for today is in Little Rock, AR!  It's now been about 2 years since we started in the Little Rock market, and it was a smooth transition for us with the city being so similar to Memphis. This 1,686 sq. ft. home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Check out the before and after pictures to see the total transformation!

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Financial Strategies to Put Your First Investment on the Fast Track

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 28, 2019

You've decided you want to invest in real estate. You're determined, but you don't yet have the capital to comfortably pull the trigger. Because investments are best made as soon as you can (more time to earn passive income, benefit from appreciation, and build a portfolio), you really need to get your finances in order. 

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How to Harvest Valuable Financial Wisdom from Your Failures

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 26, 2019

It's safe to say that none of us are perfect when it comes to our finances. That said, we aren't striving for perfection: we're striving for success. What separates success from failure often isn't in our initial action, it is in our response to the outcome. How well we learn from financial missteps is telling of where we will end up in the future.

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Little House on the Prairie Becomes Classic Chic - Oklahoma City Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 25, 2019

We're in Oklahoma City, OK with this week's Transformation Tuesday, and what a difference this rehab has made! From rotten exterior siding to a new roof and refinished cabinets and hardware, our team did a great job turning this property into a lovely home for our investors and residents. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was pretty neglected and worn for wear.  Check out the before and after pictures to see the total transformation!

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The Simplest Real Estate Investing Strategy for Passive Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 21, 2019

If we're honest, investing in anything can come with its fair share of anxieties. We all want to find success in our financial endeavors, particularly when they take so much of our time and resources. For many of us, our idea of investing in real estate comes from glamorized HGTV productions about property flipping—a type of investing that demands not only agility in the right neighborhoods and markets, but key timing.

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An Investor’s Quick-Guide to Real Estate Investment Financing Strategies

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 19, 2019

If you’re hoping to get your foot in the door and begin your career as a real estate investor, there are several phases that can be intimidating. One of the most daunting aspects of investing in real estate is financing. Buying a personal residence can be a headache all on its own, but when you add the many other factors involved in buying an investment property, the pressure is on.

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Total Renovation Turns Renter Ready - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 18, 2019

We're in Memphis, TN with this week's Transformation Tuesday, and you'll see quite the clean up on this property. With loads of abandoned furniture and a huge mess to clean up inside and out, our team was able to turn this eye soar into a great turnkey rental property. Check out the before and after pictures to see the total transformation!

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Even More Ideas for Passive Income (That Aren't Real Estate Investing)

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 14, 2019

We all know that investing in real estate is a great way to generate passive income and build a long-term investment portfolio for building wealth and retirement. In fact, we're experts in this particular strategy! But what about other strategies and tactics to earn even more passive income throughout your life?

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Jun 13, 2019

Today's Tuesday Transformation is in Little Rock, AR! We've been in this area for almost 2 years, and seen tremendous growth for our investors. With it's central location, it's definitely a power player in the transportation industry, creating opportunities and and population growth across the capital's area.

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These 4 Steps Lead to Successful Portfolio Growth

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 12, 2019

For passive real estate investors, growing your portfolio is the single biggest determining factor in your long-term investment success. While one or two investment properties is a respectable start along the road to your financial freedom, you must be prepared to build a substantial investment portfolio to create both the passive income you desire and a wealth of assets. These assets appreciate over time, creating the substantial wealth that you can pass on to future generations.

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Memphis Invest: How a Company Achieves Long-Term Performance and Client Confidence

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 7, 2019

Just like an athlete trains their whole body to complete a successful marathon, companies hone their performance across multiple disciplines to achieve long-term success.

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What Makes a Rental Market Worth Investing In?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 5, 2019

When we consider the opportunity of real estate, we have to ask ourselves: can we do this anywhere? After all, there is a rental market just about anywhere we go. If this is true, surely we can crack any market and find success and passive income as an investor in any and every market. There's an opportunity for portfolio diversification everywhere around us!

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 4, 2019

This week's Transformation Tuesday is in Dallas, Texas where we'll see a dark and dreary single family home get some major improvements. We'll turn this barred up, distressed property with very few walls and ceilings into a lovely home, all with the help of our great Texas renovations department and fabulous vendors!

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Why Savvy Real Estate Investors Choose to Buy and Hold

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 31, 2019

Investing in real estate comes with many questions and uncertainties. When we look at the state of the real estate market, the economy at large, and the political landscape, it can all feel that much more volatile. So why aren't we worried?

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5 Ways to Discern Health in Your Real Estate Investment Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 29, 2019

As real estate investors, keeping abreast of our various investment markets is absolutely essential. Even as passive investors who trust their turnkey providers and management teams to know their markets inside and out, there are great benefits to knowing the markets in which you invest.

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Trashy Scene Becomes Renter Ready - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 28, 2019

The Dallas area is a huge opportunity for turnkey investors, and this week's Turnkey Transformation is in North Richland Hills, a suburb just outside of Dallas. The DFW metro area is ranked among the top three U.S. metropolitan areas for employment growth, business expansions, and relocations. With all the benefits of the Dallas area, we see why residents and investors alike are excited about the opportunities here!

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Essentials Investors Need to Have to Qualify for a Loan

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 24, 2019

Even for a turnkey investor, the act of investing in real estate can be a process. For anyone looking to buy a property, lending is often involved. However, the act of acquiring a loan for an investment property versus acquiring a loan for a personal home can be a drastically different process.

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Renter Growth is Surging: 3 Things You MUST Know

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 22, 2019

It's no real secret that more and more Americans have been choosing to rent over buying a home for some time now. Most people, however, have been under the assumption that this was merely a consequence brought on in the wake of the 2008 Great Recession. The foreclosure crisis at the time scared many would-be homeowners away and the subsequent market boom in areas with job opportunities quickly grew out-of-reach for millennials.

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Tired Two-Story Transitions to Modern Classic - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 21, 2019

We're in Memphis, TN this week for our Turnkey Transformation. This home is more than fifty years old and has some really great bones, but we started out with a massive undertaking on the exterior. While having a mature yard is a great asset and makes the property look more homey, the landscaping on this house was extremely neglected and almost dangerous. Watch how our team turned this dark, overgrown property into a clean, bright home!

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Do You Share the Habits of Successful People?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 17, 2019

Most of us aspire to be in a better position than where we are right now. Taking that aspiration and channeling it into real, meaningful life change that turns into success—be it in career, wealth, or relationships—is another story entirely.

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What Makes an Investment Portfolio Worth Your While?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 15, 2019

Our investments are infinitely valuable. That might sound like we're overselling it a little bit, but think about how much people really put into their investments. When people choose to pour their time, resources, and money into investing, they are striving to build up financial security and resources often not only for themselves but for their families.

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Neighborhood Blight Turns Perfect Property - Little Rock Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 14, 2019

This week we're in Little Rock, AR for our Transformation Tuesday. Little Rock is a more recent addition to the Memphis Invest team of markets, but it has proven over and over a solid opportunity for turnkey investors. This 40+ year old property has had a massive makeover, and when a a well-renovated home in a stable market is available, we have the best of both worlds for investors and residents!

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How Your Investment Properties Transform Into Long-Term Wealth

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 10, 2019

When we embark on the journey of investing in real estate, we all have some sort of vision for ourselves and our financial future. For many of us, it looks like a worry-free retirement, escaping the rat race, or supporting our family's future. Maybe we're looking to take vacations or pay for a child's education. Whatever the motivation is, we have this in common: we want to take financial control back.

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Resist an Economic Downturn Through Turnkey Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 8, 2019

For many of us, the fears of the Great Recession are still fresh in our minds. These fears aren't entirely unfounded. We remember the feeling of waking up to countless property values bottomed out and the complete Wall Street chaos of the late 2000s. But now, as we near 2020, we have to both recognize that we are in separate circumstances while also understanding the inherent risk of any investment.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 7, 2019

This pink painted house in Memphis, TN is this week's Turnkey Transformation! As you can tell, there were quite a few bright features of the home we wanted to neutralize, as well as get rid of some of the outdated exterior elements. Find out how our Memphis team was able to get this property renovated for $45,500 and in an amazing 80 day timeline!

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The Houston Economy Question: When a Slowdown Isn't a Bad Thing

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 3, 2019

Over the past several months, murmurs of an economic slowdown have been steady. While some would see this as a cause to worry, we know that this is all a part of the natural economic and real estate cycle. There is nothing to fear from the natural ebb and flow of things, provided other red flags are not present.

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Here’s Why the Memphis Economy is About to Explode with Potential

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 1, 2019

When we think about U.S. markets with opportunity and potential, Memphis probably doesn’t come immediately to mind. You likely think of primary markets first, like New York City or Los Angeles. However, no real estate investor should make the mistake of underestimating the power and potential in secondary markets.

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Over Woodworked Home Turns Classic Chic - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 30, 2019

This 50+ year old home is in Memphis, TN and is this week's Transformation Tuesday! Find out how we took a $40,500 rehab budget and 156 days to complete this renovation inside and out. After some cosmetic repairs on the interior of the home and some major landscaping, you'll want to see these before and after pics and see the dramatic difference our team made on this property!

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How Turnkey Investors Benefit from the 1031 Exchange

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 26, 2019

Investing in real estate can come with a steep learning curve. With all of the nuance, strategy, and law involved, it can be tricky to know what you should prioritize. One of the best tactics to familiarize yourself with early on is the 1031 Exchange—the biggest tax benefit you can take advantage of in real estate investment.

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Escape the Paycheck to Paycheck Life for Good

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 24, 2019

While we may think of living paycheck to paycheck is only a problem that lower-income Americans wrestle with, the truth is, the vast majority of us struggle to save. Studies show that some 78 percent of Americans struggle to make it to payday and that this is a problem that plagues every income bracket.

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Dingy-Dud Remodel Turns 180 - Little Rock Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 23, 2019

We're in Little Rock, AR for this week's Transformation Tuesday where we'll see this 50+ year old property get so many upgrades! In addition to a new roof, and lots of major appliances, we'll find out in today's blog post why Little Rock is a solid market for turnkey real estate and how the investor for this property closed 13 houses in 2 months!

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Real Estate Investment Opportunities Expand to Tulsa, Oklahoma

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 19, 2019

With our sights set on helping investors grow diverse, fruitful, and secure passive real estate portfolios, it only makes sense that our market offerings continue to grow as well. We’ve come a long way from our humble roots in Memphis.

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The Housing Market Now VS the Great Recession

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 17, 2019

“Recession” is a dirty word in real estate investment. When we hear it, we tense up. We can feel our hearts stitch a little bit. Our memories of a recession are still fresh. For many, the wounds are raw and the effects are still felt even a decade later. The Great Recession, as many have come to call it, rocked the housing market beginning in 2008 and hit its full stride in 2009 and in the years following.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 16, 2019

Lately we've had a ton of Dallas properties that have had amazing transformations. So we're bringing you one more Dallas Turnkey Transformation this month that is quite the fixer upper. From a new roof to tearing off the back addition of the property, this house got an extreme makeover with the help of our Dallas renovations team.Plus find out how the buyers for this turnkey property purchased this and 3 other homes all within the last year.

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The Fear of Out-of-State Real Estate Investing is Worth Overcoming

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 12, 2019

There's no doubt that investing in real estate is a big commitment. Every investor wants to carefully weigh their options, investigate the properties that they purchase, and be assured in the security, trustworthiness, and success of their assets.

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Why the Housing Inventory Surge Matters in These Texas Markets

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 10, 2019

Since the Great Recession hit in 2008, housing markets across the nation have struggled to bounce back in terms of inventory. While most of us saw the effects of the housing crisis in foreclosures and plummeting home prices, there was a great toll on the construction and home building sector happening simultaneously.

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Old Home Given New Facelift - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 9, 2019

This week's Transformation Tuesday is in Dallas, TX and there was a lot to be done on both the interior and exterior of the property. We had some serious landscaping and a complete garage re-conversion, making this almost 70 year old home a great home for our residents and client!

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The Power and Possibility of Retiring Early: 3 Things You Should Know

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 5, 2019

If you’ve been in the throes of financial thought for any amount of time, you’ve more than likely come across the FIRE movement. If you aren’t familiar, FIRE is an acronym that stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early.

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How to Conquer 4 Major Financial Fears Everyone Faces

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Apr 3, 2019

The modern age is full of anxiety. In fact, millennials are often called the “anxious generation,” as they experience stress and anxiety at higher rates than any generation before them. However, we think it’s safe to say that people of all generations deal with anxieties about money. We all have fears—rational and irrational alike—when it comes to our bank account.

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Overgrown Home Becomes Neighborhood Delight - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 2, 2019

We're in Dallas, TX this week for our Transformation Tuesday and our team did quite a bit of exterior work on this property ! From landscaping to replacing rotten wood, we were able to take this overgrown, neglected house and create a beautiful investment for our clients. Plus the Dallas area is experiencing a lot of growth, and we're making sure that turnkey investors are growing with it!

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6 Tips for Tracking Real Estate Income and Expenses

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 29, 2019

Finances are one of the biggest parts of real estate investment. We might not all be number-crunchers but knowing how to best track and manage both your investment income and expenses is one of the key attributes of a successful real estate investor.

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What You Can’t Afford to Ignore as a New Turnkey Real Estate Investor

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 27, 2019

Real estate investment is an exciting venture. When you’ve never done it before, it can also be mystifying in its own way—how do you actually do it? What really goes on? Going from the point of wanting to invest in real estate to actually doing it and doing it successfully are very different things.

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Boarded Nightmare Turns Rental Retreat - Houston Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 26, 2019

Today's 'Transformation Tuesday' takes us to Houston, Texas. There are quite a few improvements that happened at this property, from bars on the house and windows to new driveways and garages. Take a look at these before and after photos so you can see the complete transformation of a once neglected home turn into a great real estate investing opportunity for our clients!

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An Investor's Guide to Curating Financial Advice Online

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 22, 2019

In the digital age, we’re exposed to more information than ever. In a study put forth by the New York Times a decade ago, it was suggested that Americans consume 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words each day. That doesn’t necessarily mean we’re reading those words, but we’re seeing them.

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Entrepreneurship, Incentives & Pushing the Memphis Economy Forward

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 20, 2019

We love Memphis. One of the things near and dear to our heart when we look at this city is its spirit of innovation. As our first investment market and home, we know this city on an even deeper level than the other markets we invest in. One quality that we see more and more is a growing spirit of entrepreneurship.

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Fixer-Upper Turns Move-In Ready - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 19, 2019

We're in Dallas for this week's 'Transformation Tuesday' and we've got quite the fixer upper! From rotten garage doors to a new roof and new appliances, our team did a great job turning this property into a lovely home for our investors and residents. Plus find out how the buyers for this turnkey property purchased this and 5 other homes all within ONE YEAR!

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Reviving 6 Pieces of Timeless Financial Advice

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 13, 2019

At Memphis Invest, there are few things we love more than helping people make the most of their finances. It’s exciting for us to sit down with our investors and talk about money—the future, planning, retirement, all of it. That said, it also benefits us to look to the past.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 12, 2019

For this week's 'Transformation Tuesday', we've got another Memphis property for you! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home was pretty neglected and worn for wear. Many of the homes we purchase to renovate and sell to our turnkey investors just need a good cleaning and some repairs. With this home being 30+ years old, there were a few big ticket items that needed to be replaced, but overall was a great property for our investors.

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What Does Due Diligence Really Look Like for Passive Investors?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 6, 2019

In real estate investment, due diligence is a concept we hear about all the time. It’s this act of covering all of your bases, managing your risk, and leaving no stone unturned.

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Dated Home Becomes Dream - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 5, 2019

This week's Turnkey Transformation is in Memphis, TN and we have made quite a few improvements to this once trashed property. With the previous owners' belongings on the front lawn, and the house needing many updates (including lots of paint), our team was able to make a huge difference in the curb appeal and also the interior of the home.

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Busting 5 More Investing Myths for Your Financial Health

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 1, 2019

Conflicting information about finances can be a source of anxiety and strain on anyone's bank account. When you're trying to invest and plan for retirement, the swath of information out there can cause confusion and costly mistakes. When you're looking for financial and investing wisdom, it's important to discern fact from fiction.

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5 Foolproof Tips for Successful Investing in Real Estate in Your 20s

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 27, 2019

One of the best things you can do for your financial future as a young person is invest. Investing, however, can seem like a daunting prospect. Doesn’t it take a lot of money? Don’t you have to know a lot of stuff about finance, strategy, and how not to mess up a delicate system?

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 26, 2019

We've got a Dallas property for this week's Transformation Tuesday! This unique home had a lot of repairs needed, in fact, we spent 140 days renovating this home! This is much longer than our typical timeline, but once you see the before and after pics, you'll see why we had to pay some extra attention to the interior and exterior of this property!

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5 Secrets to Maintaining Financial Peace of Mind

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 22, 2019

We live in a perpetually anxious world. It's particularly true where money is concerned. When it comes to obtaining financial peace of mind, most of us seem to believe it is out of reach. Even as we try to get a grip on our financial health, we find that even knowing good habits doesn't help us feel any better.

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Self-Assessment Questions Every Passive Real Estate Investor Must Ask

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 20, 2019

The temptation in passive real estate investment is to switch to “autopilot” and check out mentally. We're sold an idea of a “hands-off” investment. While this can be true, successful investors don't leave their entire investing future to the powers that be.

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Hidden and Outdated to Modern Masterpiece - Oklahoma City Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 19, 2019

This week's Transformation Tuesday is an almost 50 year old house in Oklahoma City, OK. See how this outdated single family home gets some repairs done on the interior and exterior. Plus, we'll take a look at how our team was able to complete this renovation in just 67 days and $52,000!

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Why Texas Real Estate Investments are Still a No-Brainer in 2019

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Investing in Texas real estate in 2019 is still a good move for your portfolio.

When we think about what causes problems for your portfolio, we don't think about the housing market slowing or slight increases in interest rates. However, when we look for evidence of good markets to invest in, we do think about what we're seeing in Dallas. At Memphis Invest, we take the investment markets we choose very seriously.

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3 Big Reasons a Housing Bust Isn't in the Cards

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 13, 2019

When the housing slowdown hit towards the end of the year, many began to worry about the prospect of another housing bust.

With the real estate market going so remarkably well over the past several years, particularly with so many “hot” markets growing in seemingly unstoppable ways, there began to worry that this growth was unsustainable. With a slowdown now in full force, some wondered...is this finally the tipping point?

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10 Ironclad Budgeting Tips for Mindful Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 12, 2019

Everyone perks up when you start talking about fiscal responsibility, don't they? We know, we know. Don't doze off just yet! There is so much value in knowing how to command your money, especially in the world of real estate investment.

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4 Reasons the Real Estate Market is Looking Up

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 8, 2019

Between domestic and international unrest, economic and governmental angst, real estate is something that seems to get lost in the shuffle. While the rest of the world seems to be in chaos, we can easily lose sight of the world of real estate—or we just assume that it is suffering along with everything else.

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Hidden Gem Becomes Prized Jewel - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Our 'Transformation Tuesday' for this week is a large 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home in Memphis, TN. With this large, 50+ year old home, we had a lot of repairs to do, including filling in a pool, tree removal, and refinishing the original hard wood floors. Check out these before and after pictures as we see how this updated 2-story home turns from overgrown to neat and charming.

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What to Watch in Real Estate Investment: Renter Migration

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 1, 2019

When we think about real estate investment, and more importantly, success in real estate investment, we have to think about who we are serving as investors and management teams. That comes down to our renters.

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The 7 Crucial Components of a Wealthy Mindset

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Jan 31, 2019

When you consider your finances, what do you think about? Do you feel a sense of excitement, or does it provoke anxiety? Do you focus on savings, or scaling your wealth? Your mindset about money can say a lot about your potential for success.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 29, 2019

This week we have another Memphis/Mississippi area 'Turnkey Transformation' for you! In addition to Memphis, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, St. Louis and Oklahoma City, there are plenty of smaller, nearby markets that Memphis Invest has been able to enter in these sprawling cities. Mississippi provides plenty of opportunity for investors and residents to get the 'perks' of being near Memphis but still being in the outer suburbs of the metro area.

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6 Considerations in Deciding to Scale Your Real Estate Portfolio

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 25, 2019

In real estate investment, scaling your portfolio is absolutely essential to your long-term investment success. We don't ride bikes with training wheels forever and we don't stay in the shallow end of the pool.

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What Does Inc. Magazine's 'Best Places for Business' Mean for Real Estate Investors?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 23, 2019

When we consider real estate investment, the important factors aren’t always home prices, interest rates, and realty data. While these things can provide insights, we can find a more rounded, telling picture when we look at the overall condition of a market. When we do a deep analysis of a market to determine whether or not it is worth bringing turnkey investment opportunities to our investors, for example, we look at a great many economic factors in our prospective markets.

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From Rags to Riches - Houston Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 22, 2019

We're in Houston for this week's Turnkey Transformation, where we have a 50-year-old home that gets quite the extreme makeover! You'll see a new roof, garage, floors, paint, fixtures and plenty of updates! Make sure you look at all our before and after pictures, there's a lot to see in this transformation!

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Housing Affordability and What’s Shaping the 2019 Rental Market

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 18, 2019

As much concern as there seems to be about the state of the housing market at the end of the year and going into 2019, there is a more specific conversation to be had about the U.S. rental market. For buy-and-hold and turnkey real estate investors, this is perhaps the more pertinent discussion to be had.

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What the Build-to-Rent Model Says About Investing in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 16, 2019

The U.S. housing market is in a slump. 2019 is bringing with it a flurry of predictions and speculations, many of which have to do with the shifting environment. Are we due for a bubble burst? Unlikely. The conditions in which the housing market crashed in 2009 are wildly different than the conditions we're currently experiencing.

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The Essential Quickstart Guide to Preparing for Early Retirement

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 11, 2019

Who doesn't want to retire early?

Most of us feel like early retirement is out of reach, but that just simply isn't the case. It is only beyond reach if we allow it to be. With the right financial strategy, preparing for early retirement doesn't have to be difficult or intimidating.

 

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How Oklahoma City Attracts Millennials with Affordability & Opportunity

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 9, 2019

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma tends to fly under most people's radar. Unless you live there and are already personally invested in some way, it's not likely that you pay all that much attention to OKC. It seems, however, that more heads are turning in their direction these days as MarketWatch has named Oklahoma City among the best cities for millennials for good jobs and good homes.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Today we're in Dallas, TX for our Turnkey Transformation of the week! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is dark and damaged and in need of quite a few repairs. Not only did we put on a new roof, we replaced any rotten wood in the home as well as built a new wooden fence. Once our project managers and vendors finished the job, this property looks as good as new! Scroll down to see the completed renovation and to see all of the before and after pictures!

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4 Tax Issues Real Estate Investors Can't Ignore When Filing in 2019

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 4, 2019

As 2019 kicks off, one item growing on many of our to-do lists is taxes. As records begin to trickle in and your documents get in order, you begin to sort out every last financial detail so that you can pass it all over to your trusted CPA. After all, you want your tax return back as soon as possible.

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13 Great 'Take Action' Books Every Real Estate Investor Needs

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 2, 2019

Whether You Read Books or Listen to Audio Books, You NEED to Add These Books to Your List!

Every year I try to put together a list of books that I enjoyed reading the previous year. If you have read my lists in the past, you know that I often list books that I read over and over again because they are that impactful!

This year, I wanted to share the books that had really impacted my thought processes and even inspired me to take action.  As usual, not all of these are real estate books nor are they all investing books.  I strongly believe that in order to succeed, you have to surround yourself with the right people, the right resources, and the right attitude and these books are a great place to get started! If you're wanting to become a more successful investor and entrepreneur, I hope you check these titles out - each book image is linked to Amazon for easy shopping! 

Rest assured though, we do not have a sales account with Amazon so we are not sharing links where we make money.  These are just for easy access for you!

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jan 2, 2019

We're starting off 2019 with a drastic Horn Lake, MS 'Turnkey Transformation'! You can probably tell that this property has encountered quite a bit of fire damage, so these before and after pictures are very dramatic to say the least. And you may also be wondering, when did Memphis Invest start acquiring properties in Mississippi? In addition to Memphis, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, St. Louis and Oklahoma City, there are plenty of smaller, nearby markets that Memphis Invest has been able to enter in these sprawling cities.

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6 Small Acts That Can Transform Your Financial Health

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 28, 2018

Where our finances are concerned, we tend to think in “big picture” terms. It’s about our investments, paychecks, house payments, and big bills. We rarely consider the small, seemingly insignificant actions throughout our day and how they can impact our wealth and financial future.

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How Important is Timing in Real Estate Investment?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 26, 2018

As a new year approaches, no doubt the fire of ambition will be lit in many of us. Whether you're thinking about investing in real estate for the first time or have in you a desire to expand your portfolio, there is always some level of anxiety that can come with buying property. No matter how you invest in real estate, there tends to be this apprehension about whether or not the timing is right.

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Deteriorated Disaster to Modern Magic - Houston Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 26, 2018

This lovely home with gigantic frog lawn ornaments is in Houston, TX and is our 'Transformation Tuesday' for this week. There's a lot to clean up with this property, both inside and out. See how our vendors and project managers were able to clear out the yard, take down the wooden boards and spruce up the interior of the home to create a beautiful living space.

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How to Apply Financial Planning Wisdom to Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 21, 2018

We all want to secure our retirement. After all, if you’re here you are no doubt in the market for some sort of security for your financial future. If that’s the case, you have to arm yourself with more than just some real estate investing know-how. While beginning to understand the wild west that is real estate is part of your success, another huge piece of the puzzle comes down to your financial savvy.

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What’s in Store for the U.S. Real Estate Market in 2019?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 19, 2018

Looking back at 2018, we experienced a year of high expectations that largely did not disappoint. Markets continued to stabilize, economic promise grew along with property values, and the revitalization of cities nationwide provided opportunities and population growth.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 18, 2018

Our 'Transformation Tuesday' for this week is in Memphis, TN, where we'll see this almost 65-year-old home get a major facelift! From multiple window units, lots of junk to sift through, and a missing ceiling, we'll see this outdated home turn into a prime investment for our clients. Check out even more of our before and after pictures below!

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6 Practical Problem Solving Techniques for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 14, 2018

As much as we would like real estate investment to go off without a hitch, that just isn’t reality. We know that things will inevitably go wrong somewhere along the way. The question is how we will respond and deal with these bumps in the road.

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Why Houston is Facing an Economic Boom Going into 2019

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 12, 2018

It seems like all around us there is news of economic crises. Many of us are glued to the news of stock market drops, trade wars, and impending recessions. But what we don’t always see is that, on a smaller scale, there is a lot of promise happening—especially in Houston.

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Trash Heap Becomes Rental Oasis - Oklahoma City Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 11, 2018

This week's 'Transformation Tuesday' is in Oklahoma City, OK, where we'll see this 50+ year old home get a huge clean up! With an extremely overgrown yard and an unsightly, messy interior, you'll see how our vendors and renovations team really improved this property to make it a wonderful investment opportunity for our clients!

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A Look Inside the Property Management Experience at Memphis Invest

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 7, 2018

Property management is one of the toughest jobs in the world of real estate investment. Pleasing and retaining residents, ensuring properties are well-taken care of, and protecting your investments on the day-to-day is an often under-appreciated but critical part of your success.

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4 Things Investors Need to Understand About the Real Estate Slowdown

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 5, 2018

There’s been considerable buzz lately in the real estate world about a nationwide housing slowdown. When we see words like this, people no doubt tend to get nervous. But is there anything, really, to worry about for real estate investors? What’s behind the slowdown, and who will really be affected by it all?

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 4, 2018

We're in Memphis with this week's 'Transformation Tuesday', and once again, we've gone from boarded up windows and doors, to a fully completed renovation! Be sure to check out all the pictures below to  see how our team turned this overgrown, forgotten property to an amazing home fit for residents!

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How Measuring Your Overall ROI Impacts Your Goals

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 30, 2018

When we think about measuring ROI, or your return on investment, we usually think about just that—investments. We think purely in terms of our actual financial investments, be they stocks or real estate.

But what if we stopped and took stock of our lives in the same way? What if we looked at everything with such an intentional eye, examining the value we’re truly getting not just in our financial lives, but in the daily decisions we make—our jobs, education, and even our relationships?

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5 Investing and Finance Books to Put on Your Holiday Wishlist

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 28, 2018

Books are among our favorite things at Memphis Invest. We have an ever-growing list of resources that we love to recommend not only to our investors but to one another in the office. Continuing to enrich and grow in the knowledge of finance and investing is so key to your success as a turnkey real estate investor.

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Forgotten Foundation Turned Neighborhood Jewel - Oklahoma City Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

We're in Oklahoma this week for 'Transformation Tuesday', and we've got a house that received a major facelift, inside and out! This property is situated on a corner lot, providing a nice, large yard for residents, but it had unfortunately become unattractive and overgrown. See how a little bit of landscaping, and a LOT of work on the interior, brought this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home back to life!

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Where's the Balance Between Paying Off Debt and Investing?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 23, 2018

Traditional financial wisdom has long told us that it is far better for our financial security to focus on paying down outstanding debts first before we worry about investing in anything. Does this strategy hold up to modern financial sensibilities or is it an outdated mode of thinking? What is the best path to security, financial freedom, and growing your wealth?

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4 Roles Your Turnkey Company Should Play in Your Investment Success

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 21, 2018

Before you embark on your real estate investment journey, it’s critical that you do your due diligence in regards to your turnkey investment company. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—not all such companies are created equal. Any and every investment decision demands your due diligence, and that most certainly includes your turnkey provider.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 20, 2018

This week, we have a great three bedroom, two bath property in Spring, Texas for our Transformation Tuesday. Being just outside Houston, outlying cities like Spring are able to capitalize on the expanding rental market and increased housing demands. After all, Houston is the largest city in Texas, and the 4th largest city in the nation. So it's no surprise that the need for rental housing is growing.

Let's get into the details and see how our team turned this forgotten, messy eye soar into an amazing property!

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Why Investing in Turnkey Real Estate is Better Than Getting Rich Quick

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 16, 2018

There’s a chance you’re rolling your eyes at the idea that anything is better than getting rich quick. After all, the sorts of schemes that make those promises have duped millions for years. They’re irresistible because they promise fortune without effort. The bad news is that they never work. Whether they’re secretly riddled with risk, run by dreamers wearing rose-colored goggles, or nefarious pyramid schemes, getting rich quick is never what it’s cracked up to be.

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What Should I Do with My Passive Income from Real Estate Investing?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 14, 2018

When navigating the world of passive real estate investing for the first time, understanding how to manage your newfound income effectively can be challenging. This can arguably be one of the more difficult things to navigate. How do you responsibly utilize your cash flow? What is the best way to manage your new stream of income?

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Drastic Remodel Takes Dark Dungeon to New Heights - Little Rock Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 13, 2018

Our 'Turnkey Transformation' is in Little Rock, Arkansas this week, where we see a very neglected landscape and driveway get a makeover by our renovations team. We've been in Little Rock for almost a year now, and as we grow into other markets, we're able to see what a difference our teams can make on these properties. See the before and after pictures below to see this overgrown yard get a clean cut!

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2018 Real Estate Market Recap for Memphis Invest Markets

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 9, 2018

As we start to wrap up the year, we as real estate investors and professionals always benefit from taking a step back and examining where the market is and how it has grown and changed so we can adjust and plan accordingly for the upcoming year.

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2 Ways Your Money Mindset Affects Your Real Estate Investing Success

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Nov 7, 2018

Do you have a healthy relationship with money?

If you’re the type of person who’s even reading this blog, it’s safe to say you’re probably on the right track. You’re thinking about investing if you aren’t already—building your financial future and securing the very best not only for yourself but for future generations.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 6, 2018

This Memphis, TN 'Turnkey Transformation' is a great before and after for this week! As you can tell, this property has encountered quite a bit of fire damage. Not only that, the landscaping had started to take over the sides and back yard. See even more pictures below to find out how this distressed, ignored home becomes a fresh new property perfect for investors and residents!

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Portfolio Diversification Strategies for Real Estate Investors (And Why They Matter)

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 2, 2018

Portfolio diversification is one of the keys to a successful real estate investment career. When new investors call us for the first time, one of the things we discuss from the get-go is the fact that we are not a real estate broker—we are in the business of building portfolios.

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How Much Does the Real Estate Cycle Really Affect Investors?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 31, 2018

While there are many factors to pay attention to as an investor of any kind, one of the biggest indicators that people seem to look to, no matter what is the market cycle. For real estate investors, the real estate cycle can be valuable to understand, but it can create a lot of stress and anxiety if relied on too heavily for decision-making.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 30, 2018

We're in Dallas with this week's Turnkey Transformation, and as you can probably already tell, this back yard was lacking some serious curb appeal. Plus, when it comes to swimming pools and rental properties, generally the two don't mix. In this article, we'll see how the Memphis Invest renovations team was able to spruce up the landscaping while rehabbing this 1970's property in need of some updating!

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The Big Thing You Should Know Before Investing in Turnkey Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 26, 2018

When we think about the principles of finance, money management, and investing, I think most of us, on a basic level, understand that owning real estate is a good thing. It’s ingrained in us that we should own a home. The American Dream has lauded it for centuries.

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Going Above and Beyond with the Memphis Invest Renovations Team, Pt. 2

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 24, 2018

In part one of our interview with Mark Anderson, executive and head of renovations for Memphis Invest in Tennessee, as well as Dave Smith, head of renovations for Memphis Invest in Texas, we dove in depth about the day-to-day operations of the renovations team, how we distinguish ourselves from other investment companies in the renovations process, and our “WOW” relationship with our vendors.

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Two-Story Tragedy Becomes Desired Wonder - Houston Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 24, 2018

Our Turnkey Transformation for this week is located in the Houston, TX market. You'll see how this 1980's home is turned into a modern, clean space. Plus, check out the 'before' kitchen pics below and you'll notice there wasn't really much of a kitchen at all when we got started! 

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The Real Estate Investor's No-Nonsense Guide to the 1031 Exchange

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 19, 2018

Wherever real estate investment and taxes are concerned, people tend to get a little nervous. After all, taxes and all the legal trappings that come with exchanges, exemptions, exceptions, write-offs, benefits, and penalties get tricky if you’re unfamiliar with it all. And if we’re honest, it’s not in most of our proverbial wheelhouses.

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Going Above and Beyond with the Memphis Invest Renovations Team, Pt. 1

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 17, 2018

At Memphis Invest, each and every one of our teams, from customer service representatives and property management to sales and renovations, work together to create a stand-out “WOW” experience for everyone we come in contact with. We know that we couldn’t do it without our investors, vendors, residents, and these dedicated teams.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 16, 2018

This week's 'Turnkey Transformation' comes from Memphis, TN. Memphis is where we got started in the turnkey business over 15 years ago, and have since expanded into 5 other markets (Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Little Rock, Houston, and Dallas). We're so proud to call Memphis our home town, and I encourage real estate entrepreneurs to always get to know the communities in which they invest. 

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A Real Estate Investor’s Rundown of New 2018 Tax Benefits

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 12, 2018

If you’re at all familiar with real estate investing, you know that one of the biggest advantages that proponents of real estate investment laud are tax benefits. This benefit, however, can sound vague to anyone who isn’t familiar with tax law or doesn’t handle their own taxes—and let’s be honest, most of us don’t!

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Top Financial Strategies to Go from Property Owner to Real Estate Mogul

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 10, 2018

If you have ambitions of becoming truly successful in real estate investment, one thing that you will come to learn quickly is that one or two investment properties are not going to cut it. If you have a desire to quit your day job, grow your passive income into a dream retirement, or reach sustainable long-term wealth, you’re going to find that scaling your portfolio is an absolute necessity.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 9, 2018

This week for our Turnkey Transformation, we have another Dallas/Ft. Worth property for you! A house fire destroyed much of the interior and exterior of this house, but it was nothing the Memphis Invest team couldn't handle! See some great before and after pictures, as well as some much needed modifications that we made to the layout of the home.

 

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How Portfolio Diversification Brings Lasting Financial Security

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 5, 2018

Financial strategy can be a tricky skill to master. It can leave many of us feeling anxious, particularly if we are new to things like investing—be it in stocks and bonds or in real estate and business ventures.

One of the biggest and most important concepts to master no matter what your financial goals are, however, is portfolio diversification. This is the idea of putting your money to work across multiple disciplines, markets, and types of investments.

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Thinking Like a Homeowner VS Thinking Like an Investor

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 3, 2018

Successful real estate investors all have this pivotal moment where their thinking makes the critical shift from average homeowner to investor. You see, mastering an investor mindset is an overlooked yet critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to investing in real estate. Because we often think of investing as something we do “on the side” and not as a highly skilled job, we don’t often think of ourselves as truly in need of any training or in need of a fundamental shift in thinking to succeed.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 2, 2018

Coming to you from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, we have this week's Turnkey Transformation! We'll see how a lot of landscaping and a great rehab team are able to bring this property and it's curb appeal up to the Memphis Invest standards. Plus the backyard on this particular home needed a lot of elbow grease, check out the before and after pics to see how much this property can shine!

 

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Why & How Real Estate Investors Protect Their Assets Through LLCs

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 28, 2018

In the real estate investment business, we talk a lot about risk management. Much of the time, this is relegated to concepts like portfolio diversification, insurance, and savvy business decisions. One of the things we don’t always talk about, however, is asset protection.

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The Surge of Small Business in a Big Economy: Top Dallas Startups

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 26, 2018

Naturally, we assume that only the biggest, boldest, and best survive when it comes to the Lone Star state and especially where its biggest cities are concerned. Dallas is certainly no exception. That said, Dallas ranks in the top 10 for capital venture investing with an average return of 3.4 times the initial investment.

$5.4 billion dollars were invested in local Dallas businesses in the past seven years, which actually represented a cooling of the Dallas venture capital market.

 

 
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Half Reno Turns Full Dream - Oklahoma City Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 25, 2018

We've got another great renovation for you, coming from Oklahoma City, OK! We've been in Oklahoma for about a year now, and with job growth, affordability and population growth, this market is ripe for turnkey investors! We'll see how a great team, streamlined processes, and a $44,000 renovation budget turned this disheveled property into the best looking house on the block!

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6 Common Investment Myths That Trip Up New Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 21, 2018

What is holding you back from fulfilling your potential as a real estate investor? That might not even be the right question to ask. Maybe you haven’t started yet. Maybe you’ve been making mistakes. Sometimes it comes down to this: we’ve got this whole investment thing wrong from the very beginning. Maybe we’ve been listening to the wrong people and leaning into bad advice.

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Celebrating 5,000 Real Estate Investment Properties under Property Management!

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Sep 20, 2018

After 15 years, this week, Memphis Invest celebrated closing on our 5,000th property!

This is a HUGE milestone for us, and also for the people that helped get us to where we are. From our clients, to our staff, vendors, and residents, we are extremely grateful for everyone that has been a part of growing our company and our vision.

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Investors Can’t Afford to Sleep on the Booming Memphis Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 19, 2018

When an opportunity is at your doorstep, it’s best to pay attention. For real estate investors, there is nothing more exciting than a real estate market on the rise. The moves we’ve seen in the Memphis real estate market over the past year shows profound promise for homeowners, sellers, and investors alike.

Here’s everything that you need to know.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 18, 2018

Our amazing 'Turnkey Transformation' for today is in Dallas, TX. This renovation was lot different than our standard rehab, due to the fact that this house had some fire damage prior to us purchasing the property. We'll hear from Tye, the project manager for this property, to learn more about the rehab. But we'll also discuss the purchase method the investor used for this property as well, as it may shed some insight for other investors looking to finance their properties!

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Memphis Invest Brings Turnkey Investors New Opportunities in St. Louis, Missouri

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 14, 2018

When we first began this company fifteen years ago, Memphis Invest provided turnkey real estate investors with investment opportunities in our namesake town of Memphis, Tennessee. Over the years, we have carefully and meticulously analyzed market trends to expand those offerings in new investment markets.

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Top 8 Things to See & Do in Little Rock, Arkansas

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 12, 2018

We’re not all able to see and visit our investment markets, but if ever you have the chance, it’s good to know where you can see and do the very best and authentic experiences that the city has to offer. While compared to other vacation destinations Little Rock, Arkansas may not sound like it has much in the way of a glamorous vacation getaway, you might be surprised what all this great city has to offer in terms of experiences.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 11, 2018

This week's 'Turnkey Transformation' property is located in Horn Lake, MS. Now I know what you might be thinking, when did Memphis Invest start having properties in Mississippi? That's a great question and I'm happy to tell you that in addition to Memphis, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock and Oklahoma City, there are plenty of outlying markets that Memphis Invest has been able to enter in these large, sprawling cities.

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The Unmistakable Opportunity of the Rental Market in Houston, TX

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 7, 2018

The survey is in: it’s more expensive than ever to live in Houston. While Space City still boasts one of the more affordable markets for its size, residents used to its level of affordability may find the temperature of the housing market just a little too hot for their tastes.

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What You Think You Want VS What You Actually Need from Your Turnkey Company

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Sep 5, 2018

Sometimes what we think we want and what we actually need can be two radically different things. The same can be true of our real estate investment journey, especially for new investors who may not have the years of experience to know how to expertly navigate the business.

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Turning Out-Dated Home into Renter Oasis - Little Rock Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 4, 2018

Our 'Turnkey Transformation' for this week is a property that is located in Little Rock, AR. It's been about a year since we started in the Little Rock market, and it was a smooth transition for us with the city being so similar to Memphis. With a steady market, affordable prices and high demand for housing, Little Rock is a great, stable investment for many turnkey investors. Memphis shares a lot of the same qualities, which is why both cities are a perfect fit for a real estate portfolio!

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Cutting Down on Your Financial Burn Rate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 31, 2018

Finding success investing in real estate isn’t always as clear cut as it seems: it’s not enough to just have a good property with a good tenant managed by a good company. If you want to grow your investments, increase your passive income, and meet your financial goals, you’ve got to dive deep into money management and financial strategies.

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What’s Behind Oklahoma City’s Economic Boom?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 29, 2018

There’s good news for Oklahoma City: the economic upswing has pulled the market up to new heights. With a $40.2 millions sales tax revenue for August, we’re seeing renewed economic activity thanks to a local uptick.

According to reports, this is the 16th month in a row with positive growth in sales tax revenue for the city, pointing to increased economic activity and buyer confidence.

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Memphis Invest Turnkey Transformation of the Week!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 28, 2018

This week's featured 'Turnkey Transformation' is a property that is located in a historic area of Dallas, TX. Many of the homes we acquire have their own unique challenges, and after 15 years, we've seen and done it all. But if any of our investors have ever purchased or rehabbed an older home with a historical committee, then you're probably familiar with what kind of obstacles we had with this property! At the end of the day though, Memphis Invest was able to turn this rundown and ragged home into a cute cottage for our investor and their residents!

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Experiencing the First Step Into Turnkey Real Estate with Memphis Invest

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 24, 2018

Taking hold of your financial future for the first time can be a daunting prospect. There is an endless number of possibilities when it comes to investing, and stepping out into the unknown can be especially challenging.

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Memphis & the Rental Revolution: Why More Americans Are Turning Into Renters

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 22, 2018

In the U.S., the attitude towards renting versus homeownership has been changing for years now. With this year’s tax reform shifting and reducing some of the benefits of owning a home, we’re seeing more and more change in the narrative around purchasing a home versus renting debate. And everything points to good news for real estate investors.

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Dingy Nightmare Turns Modern Chic - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 21, 2018

Sometimes when we acquire a property, there's a lot more to do than just repairs. There can be quite a bit of clean up, too! But luckily for us, with our 15 years of experience, there's not much our team hasn't seen or can't handle. Today's 'Turnkey Transformation' is in Dallas, TX, where we see a cluttered, messy home turn into a clean, polished property that residents and investors can be proud of.

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Small Business Spotlight: The Best of Little Rock, Arkansas

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 17, 2018

Whether we’ve written about it at length or mentioned it in passing, one of the points we try to convey when talking about real estate markets and investing in real estate is the importance of a market’s economic health to the success of its real estate market and the success for long-term investors operating within that market.

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The Revival of the American Downtown: A Closer Look for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 15, 2018

One of the most valuable aspects of a healthy real estate market is that market’s economic health. A healthy economy creates jobs, jobs create opportunity, opportunity attracts people, and people bring a market to life with demand for goods, services...and real estate!

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Tragically Tacky Turned Treasured Home - Oklahoma City Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 14, 2018

If you're like most people, you can probably remember a time when you made a 'bold' decorating decision. Sometimes they work, and sometimes these design choices are a little too far out, even for the most artistic of interior designers!  Every once and a while at Memphis Invest, we find some really unique touches to the houses we acquire. I wanted to share today's 'Turnkey Transformation', where the previous owner wasn't afraid of color, and the bathroom vanity might be a little too vain for some!

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Restaurant Hotspots to Visit on Your Weekend Trip to Houston, Texas

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 10, 2018

In the real estate investment game, we’re big advocates of stopping in on the markets you invest in when you have the chance. While we know that it isn’t always possible for everyone, we do think that there are so many great benefits in actually seeing your investment market firsthand.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Memphis Invest Customer Service Experience

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 8, 2018

At Memphis Invest, we believe in the power of relationships. As a family-owned business, we know that community, closeness, and building lifelong bonds are invaluable not only to our success and that of our clients but to a sense of security and belonging.

 

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From Nothing to Something Incredible - Memphis Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 7, 2018

I wanted to start off the month of August showcasing one of our incredible homes in Memphis, TN. What's great about this week's 'Turnkey Transformation' is that it is NEW CONSTRUCTION. Many turnkey companies only offer properties that have been mildly to moderately renovated. But here at Memphis Invest, we want to cater to our investors and residents that desire a brand new home!

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A Deeper Look Into Dallas Ft. Worth for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 3, 2018

One of the key components to real estate investment success is a deep understanding of your investment markets. This comes not solely with the analysis of dry statistics and market trends, but in getting down and dirty with the reality of what it’s like to live and work in that market. This is why so many investors tend to stick to the markets in which they happen to live—because nothing gives a better advantage than firsthand experience.

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We ♥ Memphis: A Community Investing in the Future

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 1, 2018

"The Rebirth of Downtown Memphis — It's hot. It's hip. It's back. Here's how the Bluff City recaptured its heart and soul."

You could read that headline in any publication today, but you might be surprised to know that it first appeared in Memphis magazine twenty years ago in 1997. At the time, the Pyramid was a new fixture in the city. A baseball park was under construction at Union and 3rd. There were rumors of a Hard Rock Cafe coming to Beale Street. At the time, downtowns all over the country were undergoing revitalization and there were good reasons to be optimistic about the future of Memphis.

In 2018, we find ourselves in a similar position—optimistic about the future.

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Iconic 70s Home Becomes Modern Magic - Little Rock Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 31, 2018

It's our second week to share with you our "Turnkey Transformation of the Week" here on the Memphis Invest blog. Every Tuesday we're going to include pictures of a property that has been renovated by one of our Memphis Invest rehab teams. Each week we'll bring you a renovation from one of our 5 markets, so that you can see more of what our teams do here everyday!

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How Valuable is Your Relationship with Your Turnkey Investment Company?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 27, 2018

For new real estate investors, the challenges of investing can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. When you’re delving into uncharted territory, you have to have someone you trust in your corner. That’s why it is so valuable for new investors to partner up with the right people. When it comes to investing in turnkey real estate, it is critical that on both sides, the relationship is of the highest priority.

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Dilapidated Home Becomes Shining Gem - Dallas Market Turnkey Transformation

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 27, 2018

I'm so excited to share a new segment we're starting on the blog. Every week we're going to bring you a 'Turnkey Transformation', which will include pictures of a property that has been renovated by one of our Memphis Invest rehab teams. Each week we'll bring you a renovation from one of our 5 markets, so that you can see more of what our teams do here everyday!

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What Does Revitalization in Little Rock, Arkansas Really Look Like?

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 24, 2018

One of the most exciting things for us to watch as real estate professionals is the revitalization of a market. For investors, the revitalization of a neighborhood, downtown, or market as a whole spells one thing: opportunity. With the resurgence of industry, business, arts, and innovation comes an influx of job opportunities, an improved quality of life, a growing population, and a return to the promising hustle and bustle of a market on the move.

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4 Benefits of Being "All In" As a Turnkey Real Estate Investor

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Total dedication can be an intimidating prospect. Most of us like to keep at least a small part of ourselves held back. It’s a self-preservation tactic. When it comes to investing in anything, there’s inherent risk, and because of that risk, we don’t always treat our investments as we should.

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6 Dangerous Mindsets Passive Investors Must Change to Succeed

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Success in real estate investment is often hard-won. It comes with a lot of time, dedication, and commitment. There’s so much planning and strategizing that goes into it. There can be setbacks, heartbreak, and frustrations along the way. Lessons are learned. We grow not just personally, but professionally.

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4 Promising Facts About Oklahoma City’s Economy & Innovation in 2018

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 17, 2018

If you’re not from the area, Oklahoma City is not likely on your radar. But let us tell you, there are some exciting developments going on in this city. As real estate investors, we believe that there is something valuable and thrilling about really and truly getting to know the cities and markets in which you invest. We’re talking about going beyond dry statistics and charts.

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5 Big Reasons Turnkey Investors Should Get to Know Their Investment Markets

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 13, 2018

We’ve been talking a lot about markets lately. At Memphis Invest, the process that goes into selecting an investment market before we bring new investment opportunities to you, our investors, is a long one. So many complex factors go into our market analysis.

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Why DFW is the Fastest Growing Metroplex in the Nation (And What It Means for Investors)

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 11, 2018

When they say everything’s bigger in Texas, they really aren’t kidding. Just to give you a real glimpse into the size of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, let us give you some quick comparisons. The metroplex itself encompasses 9,286 square miles, making it larger than both Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. It includes 13 Texas counties and boasts a population of roughly 7.4 million as of the 2017 census estimate.

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We ♥ Memphis: 3 Facts About Memphis Food & Culture Investors Should Know

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 6, 2018

As turnkey real estate investors, there’s often a temptation to be “hands off” when it comes to the markets you invest in. There is, however, something not only beneficial but special about actually getting to know the places where you invest.

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4 Setbacks Keeping You from a Million-Dollar Real Estate Portfolio

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 3, 2018

Do you wonder why you aren’t accomplishing your financial goals faster? Frustrated that you haven’t achieved that million-dollar real estate portfolio yet? Investing in real estate is an incredibly rewarding experience full of opportunities and the potential for financial freedom beyond that of any other investing avenue. That said, there will always be some troubleshooting involved if you want to make the most of your investing experience.

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Where's Your "Own It" Attitude as a Real Estate Investor?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 29, 2018

Passive real estate investors can fall into this temptation to keep their investments at arm’s length. After all, they’re not really responsible for the outcome, right? They’re just putting the money in. Someone else is really handling it. If things go south, it’s not your fault. You keep a loose grip on things just in case you have to pull your ripcord and stop your freefall because the ground feels like it’s just getting a little too close.

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Solving 3 Big Reasons New Real Estate Investors Struggle

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 26, 2018

Embarking on a new venture is always fraught with some level of struggle. Whether it’s late nights up worrying about the right next steps, whether or not your choices were the right ones, or wrestling with your own limitations and inexperience, it’s just a tough time.

This is certainly true as it relates to new real estate investors.

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4 Factors That Make Your Investment Market Matter

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 22, 2018

When you’re a passive real estate investor, you have to reframe how you think about the real estate market. Other investors and even homebuyers all have a different approach to why they buy properties when and where.

Passive real estate investors have to take a unique approach when selecting their real estate markets if they hope to achieve long-term financial success.

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Overcome What's Limiting Your Wealth & Potential in Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Where are your limitations?

While many of the limitations we face in life come from outside forces, many times our limits are self-imposed. So many times we subconsciously fabricate. They can come from years of experience, from what we've been taught, or even from our own fears and reservations. These limitations can impact every area of life, including our potential for financial freedom.

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4 Genius Real Estate Investing Lessons that Seem Counterintuitive

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 15, 2018

Have you ever been given advice that just seemed backward at the time? Maybe it didn’t make sense until you put it into practice. Then maybe, just maybe, it all clicked. It can be tough to follow advice that seems counterintuitive, especially when it comes to our finances. If something doesn’t make immediate sense to us, taking that leap of faith can be tough.

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The Turnkey Revolution Tops Best Seller & Hot New Releases Lists!

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 12, 2018

It has been a little over a month since my book, The Turnkey Revolution released and it's been quite a ride! In fact, last month it reached #9 on 800-CEO-READ's Business Bestsellers for May of 2018. It also hit #1 on Amazon's Hot New Releases List for Buying and Selling Homes. I'm thrilled with the success of the book, but even more excited for the readers who are now more educated about turnkey investing!

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3 Reasons Your Purpose Makes or Breaks Your Success in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 8, 2018

There’s one thing at Memphis Invest that we believe stands between an investor and their success: their purpose.

Before you begin your journey as a real estate investor or as any kind of investor for that matter, you have to ask yourself why you’re investing in the first place.

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The Simple Solution to the One Obstacle Holding You Back from Investing in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 5, 2018

If you could name one thing holding you back from a career investing in real estate, what would it be? There are plenty of things you could name. A lack of resources. A lack of experience. A bad market. Ultimately, though, the biggest thing standing in the modern, would-be investor’s way is a lack of time.

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How to Build and Protect Your Million-Dollar Passive Real Estate Portfolio [WHITEPAPER]

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 1, 2018

Whenever we see a headline proclaiming that yes, you too can become a millionaire, it’s natural to be skeptical. The majority of us have a pessimistic view of our money and our ability to make it work for us if we have no experience doing so. We don’t know if an investment will work out, if we can effectively grow our net worth, or whether or not we can construct the financial future we envision for ourselves.

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5 Ways Adopting a Business Mindset Leads to Passive Investment Success

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 29, 2018

Some of the biggest critics of passive real estate investment will claim that it’s too slow to really work. Here’s the thing: it’s only slow if you let it be slow. The secret to success as a turnkey real estate investor or in any type of passive investment is about your mindset. It’s about your approach. If you allow your investment to be truly passive in that you aren’t doing anything, of course it’s going to be slow.

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How to Have Peace of Mind and Invest in Real Estate From 5,000 Miles Away

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 25, 2018

Distance from something you care about is almost always a source of anxiety. Whether it’s a loved one, a job, or just something you feel the need to be involved with, we have in us a compulsion to be there. We want to be present to make sure that things are okay.

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Accuracy: The Key to Turnkey Investment Success

By Chris Clothier on Wed, May 23, 2018

There are certain qualities that turnkey real estate investors must champion if they hope to succeed in real estate investment. Building a successful real estate portfolio doesn’t happen for everyone—it happens for the people who know how to do it right, for the people who hone the right skills and qualities, and for the people who have the drive and the passion to make it happen.

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2 Power Moves That Raise Your Net Worth in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 18, 2018

Who doesn’t want a higher net worth? Whether you’re new to the investing game or you’ve been in it for years, there’s nothing quite as exciting as knowing that you’re building up your long-term investment portfolio and securing your financial future.

Sometimes our portfolio growth can just seem slow or stagnant. As real estate investors, we’re not always doing all that we can to grow our net worth efficiently and effectively. It’s important that even as passive real estate investors we’re actively pursuing our own success!

While there are a thousand different schools of thought and strategies to follow when it comes to investing in real estate, there are two things every real estate investor should be doing for the sake of growing their net worth.

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Where to Focus Your Energy While Investing in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 15, 2018

When it comes to investing in real estate, it seems like there are a million and one things to do. To be truly successful in this business, however, it’s crucial that we as owners are focusing our energies on doing the right things.

If you want to really grow your net worth and reach your financial goals—whether it’s crafting the perfect million dollar portfolio, retiring early, or fueling your lifelong ambitions—you have to have focus.

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3 Things That Make Real Estate Investors Panic (And Why You Shouldn't)

By Chris Clothier on Sat, May 12, 2018

Money matters can make the best of us feel anxious from time to time. We’ve all seen what happens when stocks crash. Despite the fact that the company could very well recover, many panicked investors, rather than risk losing any more of their money than they already have, sell and jump ship instead of holding on to hope.

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Balance: The Key to Turnkey Investment Success

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 8, 2018

In some way or another, we’re all searching for balance. Whether we’re trying to juggle our professional and personal lives, looking for space for both ourselves and our relationships, or even a more balanced diet, the quest for the perfect ratio of everything in each aspect of our lives is never ending.

Balance is also an integral part of the turnkey investment equation. If you want to find success as a real estate investor—growing a portfolio, seeing your net worth increase, and having your assets multiply over time—you have to understand the value of balance from the very beginning.

This is what you need to understand about balance as a turnkey real estate investor.

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4 Asset Analysis Tips on the Road to a Million Dollar Investment Portfolio

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 4, 2018

If someone were to ask us what the most important things were in determining the success of a real estate investor, one of the top items on our list would be asset analysis.

You would be surprised just how many investors are out-of-touch with the actual details of their portfolios. Ultimately, this leads to unchecked risks, blind spots, and big trouble.

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4 Ideas That Eliminate Intimidation From Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 1, 2018

Does the idea of investing in real estate intimidate you? If you’ve never invested or only ever invested in stocks or similar investments, something so self-directed can be a lot to handle. It’s not that you don’t want to invest in real estate. You’ve heard great things.

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Must-Haves for Turnkey Investment Success: Commitment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 27, 2018

What does it really take for a turnkey investor to succeed? There are a lot of factors that go into one’s investment success, and while you can argue that many are beyond your control: market conditions, happenstance, even dumb luck...there are so many factors that are in your hands as owner and investor.

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4 Tips When Faced with a Changing Real Estate Market

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 24, 2018

Change can be scary. When it comes to our investments, it can be even scarier. We don’t like uncertainty in the investment game, so when it feels like things might be on shaky ground, our temptation may be to panic or even jump ship. Whether it’s a regular market fluctuation, economic downturn, or something else altogether, a rapid or suddenly changing real estate market can make our heads spin.

What’s a real estate investor to do? Here are your best steps when faced with a market that’s shifting beneath your feet.


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Real Estate Market Update: 2018 First Quarter Overview

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 20, 2018

With 2018’s first quarter for real estate in the books, many real estate experts are starting to revisit their predictions, examine patterns, and make adjustments to their theories and projections. For real estate investors, it’s always valuable to keep abreast of market conditions, particularly for the markets you happen to be invested in.

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Rethinking Outdated Financial Advice for Successful Investing

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 17, 2018

Where finances are concerned, we have this “tried and true” mentality that often keeps us from updating age-old financial advice. We believe that if it worked in the past—for our grandparents and parents—hey, it’ll work for us and our kids, too, right?

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The How & Why of Real Estate Market Analysis for Passive Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Every community has a distinct and unique environment. Their economy is their own, their job market is specific, and the real estate market is distinct.

As real estate investors, it’s dangerous to treat any real estate market exactly like another. You’re dealing with an entirely unique set of factors that can profoundly affect not only your buying potential, but your investment opportunities, growth potential, passive income, and future risk.

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7 Things that Ensure Real Estate Investment Success

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 10, 2018

When you think about what it takes to succeed in real estate investment, what comes to mind? Many times, we think of our physical assets and resources. We think we need money. We think about opportunity. We think that if we just have enough cash, the right property, and the right people, boy. We’d be set!

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Little Rock, Arkansas: Exploring Investment Opportunities and Economic Growth [WhitePaper]

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Apr 6, 2018

For real estate investors, opportunities are at the heart of financial success. At Memphis Invest, we’re always looking to bring our investors new avenues for passive income. That doesn’t reveal itself only in our curated turnkey properties but in our ever-expanding repertoire of investment markets.

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Passive Income: Maximizing Your Cash Flow in Turnkey Investing

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Apr 3, 2018

For any buy-and-hold real estate investor, passive income is the most important factor in any investment. Sure, appreciation is nice, but it’s the bonus: the cherry on top. Cash flow is what actually makes the investment worthwhile.

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Learn to Love Your Mistakes in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 30, 2018

This idea can seem pretty difficult to swallow. Most of us have trouble tolerating our mistakes. We can barely grasp the idea of learning to be okay with our missteps. You can forget liking them, and loving them is totally out of the question.

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The Due Diligence Checklist for Turnkey Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 27, 2018

Nothing is more important in real estate investment than due diligence. It’s that attention to detail, that dedication to taking the steps to ensure that you have done everything in your ability to protect your investment and your cash flow. Without due diligence, you expose yourself to untold risk and the possibility of losing your investments altogether.

Topics: due diligence
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Will Turnkey Real Estate Investment Benefit You? See If You Fit the Bill.

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Mar 24, 2018

Who is turnkey real estate investment for?

There’s a lot of discussion about investing in real estate. If you’re researching it for the first time, you’re going to find a lot of mixed messages floating around. As a family-owned turnkey real estate company, we definitely want to let you know about the benefits of investing in turnkey real estate. We want you to become part of our investment family!

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How To Passively Build Your Real Estate Portfolio

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 23, 2018

I wanted to share a helpful article I wrote that is featured on McGraw-Hill's Business Blog right now, How to Passively Build Your Real Estate PortfolioIt's the first in a series of guest posts I'll be doing for them, and as one of the biggest educational publishers, it's an honor to be working with McGraw Hill!

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5 Reasons You’re Stuck in Your Real Estate Investment Career

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Have you ever felt stuck? Stagnant? At some time or another, we’ve all felt like we’re just not moving. We’re not advancing. Something just isn’t working and growth has ceased. For the real estate investor, it can happen, too.

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2 Ways an Inventory Squeeze Affects Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 16, 2018

Nationwide, homebuyers and investors alike are taking note of a trend that has been affecting markets large and small for years: tight inventory. There are various reasons for this inventory squeeze, though they usually can boil down to two primary causes. Let us dive in a bit further to see how construction and home sales can affect the real estate investor market, and what you can do about it!

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Earning Passive Income: Real Estate Investment & Protecting Cash Flow

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 14, 2018

When it comes to earning passive income through real estate investment, there’s little more crucial than protecting the investments that you worked so hard to acquire.

For real estate investors, your streams of cash flow keep your business going. They are what enable you to create the financial future of your dreams: whether that entails funding an investment empire, building the retirement of a lifetime, or simply having everything you need so that money never has to be a worry for you or your children.

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5 Ways to Tell if You're Really the Boss of Your Real Estate Investments

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 9, 2018

Everyone likes to feel like they’re in control of a situation. Even if they don’t like to be “in charge” per se, there isn’t a person alive who doesn’t at least want control over their own lives. When it comes to money, there’s no more important area to have control.

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The Essential Mindset of a Successful Real Estate Investor

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Mar 7, 2018

Mind over matter.

We’ve all heard that phrase at some point in our lives, but have you really stopped to think about what it means? It’s in reference to the use of willpower to overcome a physical obstacle. Fairly straightforward. For real estate investors, however, there is more wisdom to glean from that age-old saying.

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4 Financial Mistakes Average People Make That Real Estate Investors Avoid

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Mar 2, 2018

It’s not difficult to make a financial mistake. We’ve all made them at some point in our lives—whether our young, naive selves took out one too many credit cards or we got over our heads in a bad loan or investment, mistakes just happen. For the most part, these errors aren’t too devastating. We may be left paying for them for a few years as we pay our debts or wrestle with bad credit, but by and large, most financial pitfalls are temporary.

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Evaluating a Rental Market for Single-Family Real Estate Investment (Whitepaper)

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Mar 1, 2018

One of the greatest advantages of single-family real estate investment is choice . We have the choice of strategy, properties, and markets. Out of the many ways to invest and build our financial future, it is perhaps the most self-directed. While this is incredibly exciting—who among us doesn’t want to have the autonomy to make our own decisions?—it can also be overwhelming. Not only are we the proverbial captains of our fate when it comes to real estate investment, but we are awash in a sea of choices.

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Real Estate Investment 101 for Busy Professionals

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 27, 2018

You work hard. You have a career that you’re proud of. But in the back of your mind, you know that there’s something more out there for you. While a career may bring you personal fulfillment and keep your mind engaged, you feel that you can supplement your income—maybe even find wealth—elsewhere.

At the same time, you don’t want to sacrifice all that you’ve built. Is it even possible?

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4 Secrets to Investing in Any Real Estate Investment Market

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 23, 2018

Diversity is one of the keys to success in real estate investment. For real estate investors, what it means to diversify can vary. It can mean changing your strategy and owning properties across multiple types: single-family and multifamily properties, short and long-term rentals, and more. But most commonly it means investing in different real estate markets. For some, that can be a scary notion.

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A Real Estate Investor's Best Strategies to Protect Investment Income

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 20, 2018

We’ve all heard it said before: cash flow is king. For real estate investors, the quest to maximize and protect our cash flow is never ending. We’re always on the hunt for the best avenues to get the most out of our investments while making sure we’ve done everything in our power to protect what we already have.

However, we often confuse cash flow for our only revenue stream and forget that what we really need to protect is our investment income.  That can come in many forms and smart investors never take their eye off the big picture.  They never sacrifice their over-all income for a smaller piece of the pie called cash flow.

Topics: cash flow
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4 Ways Real Estate Investors Can Improve Their Credit Score

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 16, 2018

When it comes to the big financial decisions in life, one of the biggest obstacles that can stand in the way of success before you even start is credit. More specifically, bad credit. For real estate investors hoping to purchase their first property, bad credit can be a huge problem when you’re relying on bank financing to get you there.

Topics: credit score
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Determining What Really Creates Success in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 13, 2018

Sometimes it can be a challenge to discern what is really going to bring your real estate investment career to the next level. What’s going to help you punch up and reach new heights for your passive income? Can you make it by way of renovations and ROI? Relying on tenant retention? Making things easier and more streamlined with the latest technology?

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Is Passive Income in Real Estate Investment a Myth? (Here's How to Make It.)

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 9, 2018

Passive income is the magic word for most people, especially when it comes to their investments. They want to find that special opportunity that requires little expertise and time and not a lot of stress and strain, but something that will bring in a steady and reliable check. They want that something that they can count on to help build up their retirement or finance another dream!

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Oklahoma City Real Estate: Past, Present & Future Growth [Memphis Invest Whitepaper]

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Feb 7, 2018

Over the years, Memphis Invest has slowly diversified the markets in which we operate. As we identify real estate markets that offer an abundance of opportunities for our investors, it only makes sense to grow. From our hometown of Memphis to Dallas and Houston, we’ve now added two new cities to the Memphis Invest family: Little Rock, Arkansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Topics: oklahoma city
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4 Next-Level Real Estate Investment Goals to Make the Most of 2018

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Now that we're a few weeks into the New Year, it's a good time to make sure any resolutions you may have made for 2018 are on track. The goal of a new year’s resolution is to affect real, positive change in our lives. Sometimes we just don’t know where to really start and it’s all-too-easy to get stuck in a resolution rut. We can fall back into vague ideas about being healthier, learning more, earning more, and self-improvement.

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Top Tips for Setting (And Achieving) Profit Goals in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Feb 2, 2018

Everyone would like to bring in more money, wouldn’t they? It would be great to increase our profit margins, whether it’s in business or in our investments. When it comes to setting and reaching new profit goals, it is certainly easier said than done. We would like to believe it’s as easy as saying we want to make more money this year and see it magically happen.

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3 Ways Shifting Renter Demographics Affect Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 30, 2018

When a new year rolls around, most of us start thinking about change. More than just the change in our personal lives, real estate investors often find themselves thinking about the change happening on a grander scale: what’s going on in the real estate market? What can we expect this year? How will my strategy need to change and adapt?

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5 Secrets You Need to Know About Owning Multiple Cash Flow Properties

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 26, 2018

No real estate investor sticks with one investment property and expects to find long-term wealth. No, for many, it is only the beginning. They plan to acquire many cash flow properties throughout their careers as investors.

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Why Investing in Real Estate in Your Twenties is the Best Decision You Can Make

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 23, 2018

When you’re young, the last thing on your mind is retirement. You’re thinking about getting a job and building a career, not ending it. When you’re young, you also tend not to have a lot of spare cash. The idea that you could invest in real estate seems impossible. But investing early is one of the best decisions you can possibly make for your future.

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4 Need-to-Know Non-Negotiables in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 19, 2018

New real estate investors often find themselves feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information there is to absorb. There’s a ton that goes into investing in real estate. Being an investor can involve wearing dozens of hats, picking up two or three new trades, and becoming an economic, real estate, construction, and tax wiz all-in-one.

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The Passive Real Estate Investor's 5-Step Action Plan Before Buying a Property

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 16, 2018

In real estate investment, there’s a lot going on between “I’m going to do it” and “I did it!”

For passive real estate investors hoping to step out and purchase a rental property with the help of a turnkey investment provider for the very first time, you might be wondering what you’re about to get yourself into. We’ll save you the actual details of what goes on with your provider—if you’re curious, we’re always available for a one-on-one call!

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5 Things Passive Real Estate Investors Can Always Be Excited About

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 12, 2018

How do you feel about investing in real estate?

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2018 Trends and Predictions for Passive Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 9, 2018

As the new year gets into full swing, experts will make their fair share of predictions about the trajectory of 2018. We’ll see them across every arena: politics, economics, entertainment, and yes—even real estate investment. Where passive real estate investment, in particular, is concerned, the predictions that come with a new year may not be what you expect.

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Your Cash Flow Crash Course & Crisis-Proofing Your Real Estate Investments

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jan 5, 2018

There’s a popular saying among real estate investors. Cash flow is king. Cash flow, in a general sense, can be defined as the money being transferred into and out of a business. In the context of investments, there are two types of cash flow: positive and negative. Real estate investors are on a mission to maximize their positive cash flow (their passive income).

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4 Types of People Who are Destined to Succeed in Turnkey Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jan 2, 2018

Envision your future as a real estate investor. What do you see? A retirement in a beach house? Being independently wealthy? Building a business for yourself as a successful investor? There are many paths you can go down in real estate investment. Getting there, however, is a different story.

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Top 5 Tips for Building a Stronger Portfolio in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 29, 2017

ROI is one of those buzz words in real estate investment. People say it all the time but no one really seems to know what it means or how to actually measure it, do they? ROI, or return-on-investment, can generally be summed up as the profitability of any given investment.

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5 New Year's Resolutions for Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 26, 2017

A new year. We ring it in with champagne, fireworks, kisses and confetti. Along with it comes a hope for something different — something better than before. No matter how good or how bad your 2017 was, 2018 just seems like the kind of year to get it right.

Plenty of people make resolutions — to lose weight, to change jobs, to buy their first investment property, to buy their fifth investment property, to achieve a previously unconquered goal. Within a week or two, we usually fall back into old habits and quietly forget we decided to make a change at all.

Don’t let that happen this year!
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6 Things They Don't Tell You About Turnkey Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 22, 2017

In real estate investment, there’s always talk about which strategy is the best.

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Real Estate Market Overview: 3 Things to Know About Little Rock, AR

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 19, 2017

As real estate investors, it’s important to know your market. For passive real estate investors, you may not be involved in the day-to-day operations of your real estate investments—you might not even be all that involved in acquiring your properties! As busy people, you don’t want to have to sweat the small stuff. What you do want to know is that your investments are in good hands.

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5 Ways Real Estate Investors Can Earn Big Over the Holidays

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 15, 2017

The holidays are great. It’s the time of year where we cozy up, break out the cocoa, and spend time with friends, family, and plenty of good food. As real estate investors, however, we tend to neglect one important thing about the holiday season: it’s a great time to get ahead. The fourth quarter of any year tends to drag when it comes to real estate.

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Are Private Money Lenders Your Best Bet in Real Estate Investment?

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Financing can be tricky to navigate in real estate investment. For the most part, your average real estate investor won’t be paying for their properties in cash—at least, not in the very beginning. And with limits on the number of mortgages you can take out, there have to be alternative real estate investor financing options, right?

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You're a Turnkey Investor...Now What? 4 Next Steps to Financial Greatness

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 8, 2017

Taking the plunge as a turnkey real estate investor is the first step to the beginning of a bright financial future. You’ve found your turnkey provider that you trust, you’ve started building a solid relationship, purchased the property, and started generating passive income.

So...now what?

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13 Books on Real Estate Investing & the Entrepreneurial Mindset

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Dec 5, 2017

Anyone who knows me knows I love to read. I'm always looking for ways to educate myself on my interests, but I also enjoy a page-turning novel as well!

I wanted to put together a list of resources for you, books that I can honestly say have impacted me both personally and professionally. As you can tell, not all of these are real estate books, but they are all related to the success mindset! I strongly believe that in order to succeed, you have to surround yourself with the right people, the right resources, and the right attitude and these books are a great place to get started! If you're wanting to become a more successful investor and entrepreneur, I hope you check these titles out - each book image is linked to Amazon for easy shopping!

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3 Reasons to Say YES! to Passive Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Dec 1, 2017

When you think of an investment opportunity, what comes to mind? If we’re thinking generally, we likely have images of handing over a few thousand dollars to a broker, taking on a healthy dose of risk, and hoping that our investment pays out in the end.

In traditional investments like stocks and buying shares in a company, it always feels like something of a gamble. An investor doesn’t have all that much control over what happens—all they can do is hope for the best!

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Why Investors Should Avoid Cheap Investment Properties

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Who doesn’t love a good deal?

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just wrapping up, we’ve seen just how crazy people can get when they’re faced with the prospect of a good deal. They’ll go to extreme lengths to save money if they think they can.

For real estate investors, we go to our own extreme lengths sometimes. There’s a natural impulse in all of us to look for the best deal and the lowest price. But just like the person who gets punched over a toaster oven on Black Friday, we may find that getting something cheap isn’t always worth it.

Real estate investors: beware of buying properties on the cheap!

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Essentials for Investing in Real Estate in Your 20's and 30's

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Nov 24, 2017

Some young people seem to be under the impression that real estate investment is something that you do when you’re older. You don’t need to invest when you’re in college. You don’t need to invest when you’re in your 20’s. You’re still young—why do you need to plan for retirement now?

Here's a hint: you absolutely need to be planning for retirement now!

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5 Qualities Real Estate Investors Should Look for in an Agent

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

As a real estate investor, you know by now that you only have so many hours in the day to get everything done that needs doing. Because of this, you're well aware that some things can be a waste of your time and effort. Some things are better left to someone else!

For you, that may mean partnering up with a real estate agent to find and acquire your investment properties. But for real estate investors, it's not as simple as joining forces with just any Realtor. After all, investing in real estate and buying rental properties just isn't the same as buying a new home for your own private use.

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3 Pitfalls in Investing in Distressed Properties

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

There’s something attractive about the idea of a transformation. We see it captured in our media over and over again. It’s famously captured in Shaw’s Pygmalion, it’s on nearly every HGTV show.

We’re enamored with before and afters, fascinated with how something can be turned around. More importantly, in the world of real estate investment, we're interested in how a transformation can turn a profit.

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The #1 Way Worry-Free Remote Real Estate Investing is Possible

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Nov 13, 2017

New real estate investors usually have the impulse to invest where they are. They want to stick with the market they’re familiar with, the properties they can visit and see, the things they can control.

The idea that they should invest outside of that in markets that are thousands of miles away sounds preposterous! In actuality, remote real estate investing isn't as crazy as it might sound. In fact, it offers some of the best investment opportunities you'll find in real estate.

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4 Things Passive Real Estate Investors Need to Know About Property Management

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Nov 7, 2017

In the world of real estate investment, there is a crucial element that makes everything work. Without it, the whole concept falls apart: property management.

As passive real estate investors especially, we rely on property managers to allow us to be passive in the first place. Without their diligent management, we would have to involve ourselves in much of the day-to-day operations of our investments: defeating the purpose of “passive” real estate investment!

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Saving & Strategy for Buying Another Rental Property in 4 Steps

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Nov 6, 2017

Passive real estate investors know that, ultimately, they need to grow beyond a single investment property. It’s the only way to truly grow their passive income! For first-time investors, though, it’s not quite as simple as buying a second property willy-nilly. An investment property is a large purchase that, especially in the beginning, has to be saved for and carefully considered.

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How Should a Turnkey Real Estate Provider Follow Through with Their Clients?

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 31, 2017

What makes a company good? We have many different metrics that define our standards of service. When we work with a company, whether in a short-term engagement (like purchasing a product or dealing with their customer service representatives) or in the long-term (like buying a subscription service or partnering in a long-term arrangement), there are certain expectations that we have. Certain ways we desire to be treated.

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Investor Outlook and the State of the Real Estate Market in Fall 2017

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Oct 30, 2017

Can you believe we’re already in the home stretch of 2017? The year flew by for many of us. The world of real estate is a whirlwind. We’ve seen a lot in the past year—but where have we landed? As we head towards the holidays and a new year, it’s time to stop and assess where we are as real estate investors, a national real estate market, and where we want to be for the future.

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4 Rules for Winning Big from the Beginning in Passive Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Oct 28, 2017

New to passive real estate investment? You’ve probably realized that it’s quite a bit different from other forms of investing. You’re not expected to be an expert. You’re not making this your full-time or even a part-time job. As a real estate investor, you likely just want real estate investment to be an avenue to earn passive income to help secure a solid financial future.

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Is it Ever Okay to Overpay in Real Estate Investment?

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 26, 2017

When we’re taught about real estate investment strategies, especially as they relate to single-family properties, it is drilled into us that we have to buy below market value if we want to see good returns.  The problem with that statement is that each real estate market is unique and there are always different strategies that different investors employ at different times.  So, one statement, that while on the surface looks like great advice, may not always make sense for each investor.

We are also told that if we ever want to make it in real estate investment, we absolutely cannot “overpay” for an investment property.

But what is “overpaying?” Who decides if you are or are not over-paying.  Please don't go down the route of appraisals here.  While I have nothing against appraisers and have many friends who do a fantastic job in that role, they will be the first to tell you that appraisals are subjective and you can line up ten appraisers and will likely get ten different values.  So the real question is, are there times when it’s okay to purchase a property above an appraised valued? When is it worth it? Is it ever?

What you thought you knew about investing in real estate may not be so concrete. There are times where the rules of real estate investment can and should be broken.

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The Real Estate Investor's Guide to Curating Educational Resources

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Take one look at Google and you’ll see that there’s content for days on real estate investment. Anyone looking to learn has a wealth of resources at their fingertips. The problem, naturally, is that it can be information overload!

Topics: resources
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3 Lines of Defense Against Rental Property Damage

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Oct 23, 2017

As real estate investors, we all want our properties to stay in tip-top condition. After all, a rental property in good condition means it shows better, retains and accumulates better value, and better satisfies our residents. When we’re not actively working to improve the condition of our investment properties, we certainly don’t want them to be damaged.

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Homeowner VS Investor: Buying Properties with Wealth Building in Mind

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Oct 21, 2017

We’ve all heard people say “a home is an investment.” When they say this, they’re usually referring to hopes of appreciation that, years down the line, may pay off when they retire or downsize.

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What Investors Should Expect from a Turnkey Real Estate Provider

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Embarking on a new adventure can be intimidating. A new job, a new chapter of life, and yes—even a new investment opportunity.

When there’s a barrier of experience and education, we often find ourselves feeling anxious and out of our element.

Here’s the good news: jumping into real estate investment doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult. For passive real estate investors, there’s great opportunity in turnkey real estate: if you’re dealing with the right provider.

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Eliminating 5 Major Real Estate Investment Headaches

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Some days, investing in real estate can give you a real headache. Maybe you’ve been doing this thing on your own. You that one resident is driving you crazy. Or maybe you’ve been up late, worried sick about that one property that just isn’t turning a profit, and you’re sick of seeing red month after month. Or those property renovations that were supposed to be finished in three weeks are still going after three months.

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10 Reasons We Love Turnkey Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Oct 16, 2017

It’s no surprise, but we love real estate investment. Specifically, turnkey real estate investment. Yes, we like to be realistic about the challenges that can come with this business, but make no mistake—it’s our passion.

We’ve been in this business for a long time, and despite all the many challenges and struggles that come with the industry, we can’t help but be head-over-heels for turnkey real estate. Why? We’ll tell you.

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Passive Investment for Your Retirement: Turnkey Real Estate 101

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Oct 14, 2017

More and more, we’re growing increasingly uncertain about the future. We don’t live in a world where people stay in the same careers for 30, 40 years.

We don’t live in the same cities. Change is a part of life, and there’s a certain level of excitement—and anxiety—that comes about with that.

The younger generation—and not so young, as older millennials are well into their 30’s—are struggling to find where their financial security rests.

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4 Things to Know About Expanding Your Turnkey Real Estate Portfolio

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 12, 2017

New turnkey real estate investors are often excited to see those first few passive income checks come in at the end of the month. It’s thrilling to start earning passive income! It doesn’t take long to start wondering how you can start scaling and growing your streams of cash flow. After all, it takes more than one property to sustain your financial future!

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Why Buy-and-Hold is Ideal in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Recent studies from CNBC and Housingwire lament the returns on real estate flips. For three quarters, returns have been dropping, largely due to increased competition with buy-and-hold investors in the search for properties priced under market value.

As markets nationwide experience rising prices, such deals are harder to come by and the need for traditional financing has caused many flippers to purchase properties at full market value, which has hurt their returns.

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4 Ways Turnkey Real Estate Crushes Stress & Investment Uncertainty

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Oct 9, 2017

Any time you’re dealing with money, it can be a stressful event. When it comes down to something like investing, it becomes even more daunting. For many people, investing conjures up ideas of the stock market and day trading: methods full of risk that can leave you stressed and broke by the end of the week.

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Is Getting a Real Estate License Worth It for Investors?

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Oct 7, 2017

Should real estate investors get a real estate license? 

It's a common question in the biz. The answer is a bit fuzzy, if only because it really comes down to an individual real estate investor's personal goals and strategy. There are many factors that make it more or less useful to a particular investor over another.

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Is There an Ideal Time to Invest in Real Estate?

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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Earn More Passive Income: 6 Secrets to Retaining Long-Term Residents

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 3, 2017

If we want to be at our very best as real estate investors, we've got to maximize our earning potential. Your passive income is affected by a lot of different factors: risk management, maintenance, mortgage, insurance, expenses, rent, and, yes...your residents.

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Determining the Right Investment Market: A Guide for Investors

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Oct 2, 2017


Real estate investors are bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information each and every day.

Whether it’s news and blogs or data from property hunting, there’s just a lot to sift and sort through. And there’s never more information to deal with than when looking for new targets to add to your portfolio.

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4 Pitfalls New Real Estate Investors Never See Coming

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Investing in real estate is a great gig. We absolutely love this business. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t be here! Not only is it one of the most rewarding and engaging ways to invest, but it’s also people-centered and people-driven. How often do you find that?

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Top Tips for Passive Investing in Single-Family Rental Properties

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Sep 28, 2017

We’ve all heard at some time or another that real estate is a great investment. It’s true—investing in real estate can be your key to financial freedom and the retirement of your dreams. Unfortunately, a lot of people make the mistake of conflating “great investment” with “easy investment.”

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5 Tiny Details That Real Estate Investors Must See to Succeed

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 26, 2017

We’ve all heard the saying “the devil’s in the details.” Less common but no less true is the counter, “God is in the details.” It’s the idea that paying attention to small things has big rewards! The details matter, and it’s no less true when it comes to real estate investment.

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Old Home or New Construction? Here's What Makes the Better Investment Property

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Sep 25, 2017

When buying an investment property, there are a lot of factors that go into the decisionmaking process. As real estate investors, you’re dedicated to optimizing your passive income—and that means weighing not only the cost of the property from the outset, but weighing its long-term potential.

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Defining the True Value of Turnkey Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Sep 22, 2017

For some real estate investors, turnkey real estate is an elusive idea. It doesn't quite make sense. After all, at first glance—some of the pieces of the turnkey real estate puzzle don't seem to add up! For inexperienced investors or those used to investing a certain way, the turnkey method sounds too good to be true.

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5 Habits Every Successful Real Estate Investor Adopts

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Sep 21, 2017

We all have habits. We brush our teeth, we sleep in certain positions, we lock the door before we leave, we check our e-mails when we wake up. It doesn’t matter if it’s personal, professional, or some weird quirk—we’ve got habits.

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The Investor's Guide to Generating Real Results from Your Rental Properties

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 19, 2017

So you’ve been investing in real estate for a little while. Maybe you have a rental property or two. But you’re not really seeing results yet. You’re doing everything right, but you’re not quite where you want to be.

Things aren’t moving fast enough yet. How do you move the needle? How do you start actually seeing results? How do you start actually building wealth?

Being a real estate investor is tough. If you want to actually start seeing real results from your rental properties, it starts with these steps.

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Is Turnkey Real Estate Too Expensive?

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Sep 16, 2017


Real estate investors come in a lot of varieties. Different strategies, goals, opinions, and standards. You’re going to find a lot of differences of opinion out there.

And if you’ve ever looked into turnkey real estate, you’ve likely stumbled across this opinion: turnkey real estate is too expensive. It’s overpriced.

Is it true?

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Invest in Success: Top Priorities for Passive Real Estate Investors

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Sep 14, 2017

As real estate investors, we are bombarded with a metric ton of information each and every day. The amount of information out there to consume and digest is overwhelming at times.

That makes it difficult to discern what's truly at the heart of it all. What actually makes an impact on your investing career? What really makes a tangible impact on your success?

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Why The Next Generation Picks Real Estate Investment Over Everything Else

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 12, 2017

As the next generation of investors rises, it seems like they’re weighing more options than ever. It’s not so surprising to us, however, to learn that more investors are choosing to invest in real estate. According to Gallup data, roughly two-thirds of Americans had money in the stock market in 2007. By 2016, that figure had fallen by half.

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Valuable Ways Real Estate Investors Can Utilize VR

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Sep 9, 2017


Virtual reality is here. It’s long been the subject of science fiction, cartoons, and comic books, but VR is the hottest tech trend that just about every sector of industry is trying to find an application for. Medical professionals are using it to train and prep for surgeries. Museums are using it for tours and education. And, more obviously, entertainers are using it as a platform for games and interactive experiences.

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Make Serious Passive Income: Cut Out These 3 Behaviors

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Sep 5, 2017

Earning passive income is everyone's dream. If you want to have a satisfying, fulfilling retirement, it really can't be beaten. So many people rely on passive income every year to not only fuel their financial futures but to unlock financial freedom.

The "safe" ways to earn passive income, however, don't really bring in the dough. Relying on the growth of a savings account of 401K just doesn't cut it today.

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Do You Have What it Takes to Make it in Real Estate Investment?

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Sep 2, 2017

Real estate investment takes a special kind of person. We don’t mean that everyone can’t find success in this business—only that certain types of people are going to have an easier time at it than others based on their personalities. There are certain traits that successful real estate investors just have.

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3 Reasons Investors Should Care About the Resident Mindset

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

As real estate investors, it’s easy to get wrapped up in our own world. Buying, renovating, networking. We get so zoomed in and focused on our stuff that we miss out on some of the key details that can get us ahead in this business.  

Before you go any further, take note of the words I used in the title.  So often, landlords, management companies and accidental long-term investors use words like renter and tenant to describe the persons living in their properties.  Certainly, there is nothing wrong with using either word. They accurately describe the process and have always been used by real estate investors.  For our part, Memphis Invest has changed the terminology to resident.

We refer to all of the occupants in our properties as residents.  Why?  It changes the mindset not only of the resident, but also our team.  It invokes respect.  We use it in our contracts, during our phone calls and in all of our interactions.  It has dramatically changed the culture and atmosphere at each of our offices.  It has greatly improved our relationships with our residents and all of it is due to one little change in the words we use.  

Every investor, no matter where you are, faces competition in some way or another. Even if you don’t know them face-to-face, there will always be other properties and even multi-family properties competing for your residents.

Knowing that there’s competition for us all means that the little details matter. If you knew you could get ahead by getting into the mind of a resident and deliver exactly what they were looking for, why wouldn’t you?

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5 Things New Real Estate Investors Wish They Knew After They Got Started

By Chris Clothier on Sun, Aug 27, 2017


New real estate investors spend a lot of time preparing to invest. They read, analyze, research, weigh strategies, examine markets, and eventually, come to the point where they feel ready enough to jump in with both feet. But as with anything, experience is the true teacher.

We all quickly learn that real estate investment isn’t quite how we pictured it in our head...and there are a few lessons we’d wish we’d learned before we got started.

Save yourself wasted time, energy, and stress. Learn these five valuable lessons now.

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The Realistic Path to Wealth Through Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 25, 2017

If we’re honest with ourselves, most of us are guilty of having some unrealistic expectations in life. Whether it’s thinking we can still squeeze into a pair of pants that fit us 20 pounds ago, or believing that we really can get rich overnight, there’s a point where healthy optimism turns into a dangerous pipedream.

We’ll be honest here: we totally, 100% absolutely believe that real estate investment is the best path to financial freedom. Whether you want to build the capital to fund your retirement, quit your job, or travel the world, it’s the best avenue you can take to be fiscally independent.

Still, there are a lot of people out there who will preach that real estate investment is an easy win. That it’s no work, that you’ll get rich quick and that the money...

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Should You Buy Occupied Investment Properties?

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Every investment property purchase comes with different factors to consider. Usually, real estate investors will ponder things like condition and location when it comes to gauging potential for cash flow. But what if it’s already earning income?

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Does Real Estate Measure Up to Other Kinds of Investments?

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Aug 21, 2017

Have you ever wondered how other kinds of investments measure up to investing in real estate? What about the other way around? Maybe you’re already a real estate investor and you’re considering diversifying your portfolio—you’re not sure if real estate is still the answer. Or maybe you’re new to all of this investment business and you don’t know what variety is the best choice for building up your financial future.

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5 Crucial Parts of Every Passive Real Estate Investment Business

By Chris Clothier on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Businesses are often compared to machines. It’s a tired metaphor, but it doesn’t make it less apt. Machines rely on many moving parts to function, and it is true of investing in real estate, too.

Unlike businesses, these parts don’t come in the form of jobs to be filled, departments, or complex infrastructure. Most of the time, the “parts” that a real estate investor’s business needs to function rest solely in his or her hands.

Even passive real estate investors are responsible for the moving parts of their investment portfolio.  Memphis Invest learned long ago that addressing those moving parts with investors honestly, from the beginning and including a willingness to tell some investors that they simply were not ready to move forward, was the only way to build a Turnkey company.  Why?  No matter how passive an investment is or an investor wants to be, the investment success or failure rests solely in their hands.

That’s a lot of pressure!

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Can I Invest in Real Estate with Bad Credit or Limited Funds?

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 11, 2017

If you’ve ever wanted to invest in real estate, the first thought that likely comes to mind is whether or not you can afford it.

Money is the central theme around investing in real estate—spending it to get properties and improve properties, and then earning it from tenants, building up savings or a retirement fund, and then repeating the cycle as it builds on itself.

But there’s a major hurdle that can come across the path of a would-be investor: bad credit. Bad credit or a general lack of funds can seem like a massive problem. After all, doesn’t acquiring real estate require a down payment and approval for a mortgage? How in the world can you get approved if your credit is terrible?

Topics: credit score
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Critical List | 7 Actionable Steps When New Real Estate Investors Feel Totally Lost

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Aug 9, 2017

Investing in real estate can get overwhelming, especially when you’re new to the game. It’s filled with a lot of different processes and variables. When your investments are totally self-directed and filled with possibilities that span markets nationwide, no wonder new investors find themselves feeling paralyzed!

If you’re at a loss as to what to do next, don’t worry. We've all been there. The Clothier family has been investing at some level in Memphis and Dallas for the better part of 30 years! So we know how overwhelming it can be in the real estate investing business! We've worked with over 1,600 real estate investors and currently manage over $500 Million in assets for our clients. So pay attention to the 7 steps below that you can take towards real progress in your real estate investing career. It's invaluable advice that we can honestly say has helped us get to where we are today!

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Top Tips for Out of State Property Hunting

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Aug 5, 2017


Did you know that most real estate investors don’t live where they invest? It’s true! While many investors do choose to stick with their local markets, the vast majority venture out into markets in other states, regions, and countries to make their fortunes!  

Memphis Invest has been helping investors with their real estate investing plans for close to 15 years.  In that time have worked closely with thousands of out of state real estate investors.  Our mission, from day 1, has been to make investing far from home comfortable and safe with reliably consistent returns.  As you may have already guessed, we do it well but it is not easy.

Investing remotely isn’t necessarily a cakewalk. Once you have properties and a network of support and connections, it’s certainly easier.  We've detailed recently in our articles steps you can take to be a better passive real estate investor.

But how do you get started in a market that you know little to nothing about? How to reach into the unknown and find the best deals, the right neighborhoods, and solid investments?

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Top 5 Ways Investors Can Support Their Property Management Team

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Aug 4, 2017

Property owners who started off landlording know just how tough the job can be. You know that property management is a whole different game, and you understand that having a good team supporting and maintaining your properties is just about the best asset you can have in this business.

But just having a property management team isn’t really good enough. Some real estate investors might be content to hire the first property management company that comes along, but you might want to dig a little deeper than that!

Investors who are lucky enough to work with Memphis Invest have heard us say over and over again that being passive about your passive investments is a sure-fire way to fall to frustration.  YOU must be an engaged investor!  There are a few minimal actions you can follow that will greatly improve your experience and reduce your levels of frustration as an out of state investor.  

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Self-Check: Are Your Personal Finances on the Right Track?

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Jul 31, 2017

No matter how old you are or how much you have in the bank, we can all stand to do a healthy self-assessment of our personal finances. We all want to be successful. We all want to retire early and with more than enough. We don’t want to have to worry about money!

Our money is one thing. Personal finance? That’s another. That’s the strategies and principles that manage and guide our money. And the questions is this: are yours up to snuff? We might know what we’re supposed to do. You can have all the right answers. Spend less, save more. Invest. Budget. Cut up your credit cards.

But honestly, how well do you listen to what you know? Do you put that personal finance wisdom into practice in your daily life? Maybe you had a New Year’s resolution about your budget...and maybe it’s not working out so well.

Whether you’ve fallen off the wagon and need to course-correct or just want to assure yourself that you’re headed in the right direction,

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Using 6 Poignant Quotes About Failure as a Guide to Success

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 26, 2017

In the real estate investment world, risk is always a part of the equation. When starting out, there are no doubt some big questions in mind: What if I fail? What if I can’t do this? What happens next if this doesn't work? Am I paying too much? Am I charging too little? Did I hire the right contractor? Did I hire the right Turnkey company? Is my property manager going to take care of my property?

Just as we can grow to worry about any venture in life—a career change, a new relationship, moving to a new city—our investments can be a source of anxiety. But we’re here to tell you something: failure is no reason to fear. In fact, risk and failure are essential on the road to becoming the very best you can be in real estate investment.  

The beauty of working with a Turnkey real estate investing company is that, hopefully, you've chosen a company with a little grey hair at the helm.  A company that has been through the fire a time or two and has had setbacks and failures to lean on.  Those setbacks are exactly the types of things you want your team to have experienced so they can help minimize your own.

Still, failure and fear of it are not unhealthy.  They can be excellent teachers and motivators for real estate investors.  Does that mean lose-everything-you’ve-worked-for failure? No! 

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The 4 Stages of Finding Your Niche Real Estate Investment Strategy

By Chris Clothier on Mon, Jul 24, 2017

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by options?

Fast food restaurants have space-age drink machines with 300 combinations of soft drinks. We’ve given endless choices at the grocery store, when shopping for clothes, when selecting shows to watch on Netflix.

Real estate investors, whether we realize it or not, are faced with the same slew of options when it comes to our investments. While it might seem like there’s just a handful of ways to go about this whole investment thing, new investors quickly find that there’s a whole world of strategies, variations, niches, and markets out there.

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The How-To Guide to Real Estate Investing on a Time Crunch

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 21, 2017


We’re surrounded by busy people. You’re likely one of them! We always have a million and one things to do and it doesn’t seem like we can squeeze in one more thing. No matter how hard we try, it’s always a challenge to fit in those trips to the grocery store and that time to visit relatives and spending quality time with the kids.

In a world that never stops, how do you find time for something like real estate investment?

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5 Smart Strategies for Securing Your Retirement Savings

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 19, 2017

Each and every one of us wants a good retirement. Better than good! We want to be able to have more than enough to live out our golden years doing what we want to do, seeing what we want to see, and leaving a legacy for the next generation.

However, before we can even think about legacy building and how real estate investing can play a role, we have to plan for a retirement that fits our needs.  A retirement that we have envisioned, prepared for and brought made a reality!

Saving for retirement, however, isn’t like it used to be. Just a few decades ago, you could work for the same company for 40 years, retire, and live on your savings and a pension and not really worry about it. Not so anymore!  

Work culture has changed, and so have our retirement plans, our expenses, and our life expectancies. Planning for retirement takes a more active hand. So if you really want to lock down your financial future...

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The Quick & Dirty Guide to Investing in Single-Family Rental Properties

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jul 14, 2017

Every real estate investor starts somewhere. Deciding how you want to invest is one of the toughest decision you’ll make in the beginning, and you’ll likely find yourself caught between a few big choices: commercial or residential real estate and, if residential, single-family or multifamily properties?

(We’re not here to debate the pros and cons between the types of investments. If you’re interested in that conversation, we’ve covered it extensively here!)

Single-family properties make up a massive portion of the investing market: they’re an easy place to start for new investors, largely because they’re more affordable than buying an apartment complex or an office building. 

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Are Summer Vacation Rentals a Worthwhile Investment?

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jul 11, 2017

There are a thousand different ways to invest in real estate. While single-family properties have and continue to be at the forefront, they are far from the only way to invest. Multifamily properties, commercial real estate, land, wholesaling, and yes...vacation homes.

The summer vacation rental has been around for a long time. It’s a strategy that seems like it’s best left to the experts, and, in many ways, that’s true. Vacation rentals aren’t for the faint of heart.  I'll be very clear on the front end of this article and say that vacation homes are not our forte.

Kent Sr. owns several short-term, vacation rentals and as a company we have certainly explored them as an alternative investment for clients.  So in our research and with Kent Sr.'s experience, we have a few thoughts.

While you might have pictures in your head of sipping a mojito on the beach while the money pours in, that’s not reality. Like any investment property, vacation rentals come with their own unique risks and challenges.

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Crucial Summer Homebuying Tips for Real Estate Investing

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jul 5, 2017

Summer. It’s hot. The real estate market is also hot. It’s the time of year when everyone wants to buy and everyone is selling.

For real estate investors who want to get in on the frenzy, there are a few things that you need to know so that you don’t get caught up in the heat of the moment and make critical errors.

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Real Estate Investors Can Follow These Tips To Finish 2017 Strong! 

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Jul 1, 2017


For a lot of us, 2016 was a little rough. Maybe not for our real estate investment endeavors, but in other ways. Even if one area goes well, when others seem shaky or uncertain—maybe it’s global politics or the death of a beloved celebrity, or some other turmoil—it can be hard to believe that everything is going to go right.

2017 hasn't exactly been cupcakes and rainbows either, but this is where we have to start taking stock of our year.  We are halfway done and regardless of the ares where things could be better, we have to plan for the second half of the year and how to improve the things we can control.  We have control over items such as our investment mindset, where we choose to focus, steps we take to grow and improve our real estate investments.

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3 Financial Strategies to Improve Your Monthly Cash Flow

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 30, 2017

For real estate investors, one of the most important things you can do for your financial future is to maximize your monthly cash flow.

Naturally, every real estate investor wants positive cash flow—but more than just having positive cash flow, you want to have significant positive cash flow.

And in order to do that, you have to be proactive in your strategies for maximizing that cash flow. Even passive real estate investors have work to do.

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6 Easy Renovations to Open Up Small Rental Property Spaces

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 27, 2017

No one likes to feel cramped in their home, and the same is true of tenants when it comes to their rentals. As an owner and investor, one of the best things you can do for your rental properties is to get into the mind of the tenant—see what they value, learn what they love, and tailor your properties after their needs.

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Memphis Invest' Top Tips for Boosting Income on Real Estate Investments

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 23, 2017

We often talk about maximizing your income potential in an investment property. But what does that really look like? Is it all making expensive renovations and upgrades?  Is it the opposite and spending as little as possible (as some landlords will tell you...I know, I agree that is crazy!!!)?

Spending time and effort on the right renovations is certainly part of the equation, and they can certainly level your properties up to a higher price point.  However, part of increasing your income is reducing your costs—and this can have a huge impact on your profit!  Why? Because unlike spending moneys on renovations, which are a lot like "investing" in the property itself and making it more desirable to residents, reducing your costs and finding hidden savings puts dollars directly onto your bottom line!

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4 Strategies for Raising Capital in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

The last thing anyone wants to do as a real estate investor is to get over their head in debt in the name of earning passive income. It’s pretty counter-intuitive, isn’t it? In fact, if you have to take on an enormous amount of debt to invest, you’re either picking the wrong properties or you seriously need to re-examine your investment strategy.

While you don’t need to be rich to invest in real estate, we all need to mindful of our capital...

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Finding Real Estate Deals When Competition Rises

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Investing in real estate can be a highly competitive business. Granted, how competitive depends on a two primary factors: your market and your strategy. Real estate investors dealing with a typical buy-and-hold strategy have to elbow through two common obstacles.

These are the market prices and other investors and buyers.

Naturally, markets experience different seasons and fluctuations. For example, after the recession circa 2009, investing in real estate was relatively easy. A lot of people chose to start investing because prices were so dramatically low and foreclosures were plentiful.

At the same time, there was a lot of competition because of the sheer number of investors. Eventually, as prices began to rise and recover

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The Reliability of Memphis Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, Jun 16, 2017

What do you picture when you think of a great real estate investing market?

Depending on who is reading this article, some go to a top-tier market: something like New York City or San Francisco. Despite the fact that these markets are impenetrable for your average real estate investor, they’re the markets that we’re easily dazzled by. And who can blame us? We like glamour. We like pizzaz.

Still others go to smaller markets and the buzz of "middle-america" markets where properties are cheap and plentiful!  

But ultimately, what makes a great long-term real estate investing market, what brings success to real estate investors—the kind of success that allows someone to invest in a glamorous market like NYC—is reliability.

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7 Habits Every New Real Estate Investor Needs to Succeed

By Chris Clothier on Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Success isn’t something that comes to us overnight. It takes hard work, dedication, and, no matter how passive our income is: commitment. As real estate investors, we have to invest not just our money into this thing, but our time, attention, and willpower. If you want to succeed in real estate investment, it starts with a solid foundation and by forming good habits.

If you have that base level of knowledge and you develop the follow through with what you know? It’s hard to go wrong.

So, in the interest of success, we’re bringing you seven habits that are essential for staying at the top of your game in real estate investment.

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The Impact and Opportunity of Emerging Technology in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Wed, Jun 7, 2017

We live in a technological world—it’s evident all around us! Whether we notice it or not, we are constantly connected to smartphones and televisions, working on tablets and laptops, and we can be instantly connected to people thousands of miles away and even on the other side of the world.

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The Millennial Impact on Houston Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Sat, Jun 3, 2017

Houston real estate has been on somewhat of a roller coaster over the past several years.

If you’ve been following their saga at all, you know that Houston was one of the cities largely spared in the wake of the largest recession in recent history (circa ‘07-09).

Their real estate market never inflated in the same way that many around the country did, so when the market crash occurred, they didn’t have nearly as far to fall.

Because of this, Houston and other Texas real estate markets...

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5 Headaches Real Estate Investors Should Avoid When Property Hunting

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 30, 2017

Property hunting is the endless rabbit hole that real estate investors are perpetually thrust into. We’re always on the lookout for the best deals, the perfect properties, and the key features that will ultimately calculate into that sweet investment property for our portfolio.

Even though it’s necessary, looking for properties comes with a lot of frustrations. It’s exhausting to be faced with an endless sea of options, most of which aren’t the right fit.

When you find one that actually works out, having to go through a long process of negotiating and acquisition before you can actually get on the path to making money on the property is another headache, too!

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Winning the Bid: 6 Tips for Real Estate Investing in a Competitive Market

By Chris Clothier on Sat, May 27, 2017

Investing in real estate can be a fast-paced, heart-pounding experience, even for passive real estate investors. Depending on where you invest, certain real estate markets can get heated and competitive. You might find yourself up against a bustling market of homebuyers, a cutthroat group of international investors, or even just tight inventory.

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6 Ways to Know the Deal is Right in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 26, 2017

Doubt can be a powerful, powerful feeling.

The seed can be small, but it can grow out of control in our minds. We can second-guess important decisions and stop ourselves from making the choices that are in our best interests.

Those are the choices that will spur us on to success in real estate investment!

When it comes to arguably the biggest decisions...
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When is the Best Time to Invest in Real Estate?

By Chris Clothier on Mon, May 22, 2017

When it comes to our finances and especially when it comes to investments, we tend to get in this mindset of waiting for the right time.

We want the moment to be right. We want the market to be primed for the best deals, the best rates, the best chances for our success. While there’s nothing wrong with that per se, we have one big question that begs asking:

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Making the Most of Online Investment Property Hunting

By Chris Clothier on Sat, May 20, 2017

Property hunting can give any real estate investor a headache. It’s especially challenging when you’re looking for a property that is out-of-area.

If you’re outside of your local market, the first tool most of us go to nowadays is the Internet: we grab our laptops or smartphones and head online to scour property listings on the platforms we’ve come to know and trust.

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The Hardest Lessons Learned From Investing in Real Estate

By Chris Clothier on Fri, May 19, 2017


Investing in real estate is great. But you know by now that we’re realistic about the business: we know that it comes with it’s fair share of angst and problems.

We’ve all been through, seen it, and been there. We’ve made our own mistakes and learned not to repeat them.

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7 Unquestionable Benefits Found in Real Estate Investment

By Chris Clothier on Tue, May 16, 2017

If you’re reading this article, then I have to believe that you are considering investing in real estate or at a minimum you are doing your research to make that decision.

I am sure you’ve no doubt been bombarded with a slew of information from a number of different sources as you've done your research with each one telling you something different. 

Some will try to convince you that no, real estate investment is a terrible idea and you shouldn’t do it, ever!...while plenty more will say yes, this is the way to go if you want financial freedom.

We all know the typical ticks with fast cars, airplanes and sandy beach pictures in a hammock.  To show a picture like that everyonce in a while while talking the retirment benefits is one thing.  To use those images every single time you discuss real estate is quite another...

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