7 Real-Life Haunted Houses in the U.S.

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

It’s a spooky, spooky time of year! Halloween is upon us, and the season just isn’t complete without a few haunted houses. They’re a staple of our idea of something spooky and have been featured in movies and books for decades. What’s Psycho without the Bates Motel? What’s The Amityville Horror without the house? Whether or not we believe in ghosts, demons and spirits doesn’t matter — just about everyone can get on board with a good supernatural story.

Haunted houses, however, aren’t just a part of our popular culture. Haunted properties, from hotels and houses to asylums and castles, make for popular-real life attractions. Whether or not these properties are authentically haunted is a constant, unsolvable debate.  At the same time, we do not recommend our investors buy haunted houses - real or not!

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Topics: Halloween

Chris Clothier Featured on Top Real Estate Investing Podcast.....

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

We had the pleasure of participating in the Best Real Estate Investing Advice Ever podcast hosted by Joe Fairless this week and had a great time talking real estate investing with Joe.  There are not a ton of great real estate investing podcasts online today.  They are really a mixed bag as far as the content and the quality.    

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Topics: real estate investing

NEW VIDEO: Irrational Real Estate Investing Decisions!

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

How To Avoid Making Irrational Real Estate Investing Decisions

I recently recorded a video listing our some common behaviors that real estate investors will exhibit.  The funny thing about the behaviors is that they were all characteristic of mistakes I have made and we all have these irrational behaviors to some degree!

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Topics: real estate invesitng

3 Detailed Tips for Promoting Your Investment Property This Fall

Posted by Chris Clothier on Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Ah, Fall. Who doesn’t love fall? It comes with pumpkin spiced lattes, cozy sweaters, brilliance in the changing colors of the leaves and a sense of family togetherness. Fall is great — but real estate investors would do well to prep their investment properties for the season. We’re not just talking curb appeal, either (although that is one of the steps for you to consider)— whether you're selling a property or looking for new tenants, there’s plenty you can do to stand out this season.

A little work can go a long way to preventing vacancies or long listings on the MLS.  Here are 3 steps for you to consider this Fall if you have a property for rent or sale.

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Topics: real estate investing, rental property security, curb appeal

Video: Real Estate Investing In A Self-Directed IRA With Greg Herlean

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Self Directed IRA Interview With Greg Herlean:  

Greg Herlean is an expert on how American's can take control of their financial future.  He is also an experienced real estate investor and got his start in real estate investing by using his Self-Directed IRA.  His Self-Directed IRA provided him with control over the decisions he wanted to make in his IRA account.  

On a broader scale, a Self Directed IRA will allow you to diversify your portfolio, receive tax benefits, and increase your savings.  As the founder of Horizon Trust, Greg has an inside perspective on the strategies that self directed account holders are using successfully.  

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Topics: real estate investing, Self Directed IRA

Top 6 Places to Visit in Memphis, TN

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

We don’t hide the fact that we love Memphis. Memphis, TN made its mark on the world with pioneers in the music industry — founding and shaping genres like Blues, Rock n’ Roll and Gospel in ways that were felt across the country. Between jazzy compositions, mouth-watering barbecue and good ol’ Southern charm, Memphis isn’t to be overlooked.

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Topics: Memphis, Memphis attractions

A Great Day With Real Estate Investors in Dallas

Posted by Chris Clothier on Sun, Oct 12, 2014

Memphis Invest and Team Visit With Real Estate Investors in Dallas

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Topics: real estate investing, Memphis Invest

Is the Real Estate Market Still in Danger?

Posted by Chris Clothier on Fri, Oct 10, 2014

It seems like there are as many predictions about the recovery of the real estate market as there are stars in the sky. A quick Google search will lead you to opinion after opinion, tackling the issue from all angles. In fact, you’ll find glowingly optimistic predictions in one article and doom saying in another. For real estate investors, how do know who to trust when the same data is being interpreted in vastly different ways?

What if you choose to put your future in an opinion that turns out to be wrong? There’s a lot of risk there.

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Topics: housing market recovery, real estate market

Mark Lattimer & Baypointe Capital Share Real Estate Investing Data

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 9, 2014

Memphis Invest had the pleasure of interviewing Mark earlier this week and spending some time going through his slides on the economy, real estate investing, passive income, long-term borrowing and leverage. 

Mark has a background in finance and was a Sr. level director with Freddie Mac from 1989 to 1994.  He has a deep knowledge of financial markets, models and how leverage works in and effects the housing industry.

This is a fantastic 45 minutes and I urge you to watch and take notes.  Mark has a wealth of knowledge and the presentation is both quick and informative.   

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Topics: real estate investing advice

Our Team Goes All-In For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Chris Clothier on Wed, Oct 8, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Some times real estate investing can get a tad bit mundane.  We like to keep our team motivated and happy since that is the atmosphere where they are going to provide the best customer service in the industry!  So, when our teams wanted to have some fun in the month of October, we came up with a contest where all our main offices decorated their lobbies in honor of the Breast Cancer Awareness month.  It is fun for us and keeps us up beat and motivated while also supporting a great cause.  So there is a lot of pink going on in the office corridors!

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Topics: real estate investing

'How To' Keep Your Real Estate Investment Team on the Same Page

Posted by Chris Clothier on Thu, Oct 2, 2014

Only three things happen naturally when investing in real estate. Confusion, under-performance and apathy.  The rest requires leadership!  If part of your real estate investing goals includes moving away from Turnkey investing for part of your portfolio and into an active role, you are going to have to provide leadership to the team you choose! I hope you enjoy this article.

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Topics: real estate investors, investing in real estate