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Archive of Chris Clothier

In 2005, Chris Clothier (G+) began working with other investors and has since helped hundreds of investors purchase over 2,300 properties in Memphis, Dallas and Houston through the Memphis Invest family of companies.

Chris has written 78 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Real Estate Tips

Tips For Writing Killer Rental Property Ads

by Chris Clothier April 15, 2014
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The most expensive season in real estate investment is…when your rental property is stuck with a vacancy. No one wants an extended vacancy. With extended vacancies can come even more problems and more problems can mean a full year’s income wiped on a property in one quick hit. There is a high turnover rate for rental properties […]

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Real Estate

Avoiding Rental Discrimination as a Real Estate Investor

by Chris Clothier March 26, 2014
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The number one thing a real estate investor never wants to be accused of is rental discrimination.  Well, that may not be the number one thing a real estate investor never wants, but it is pretty high on the list!  In the United States, we’ve long had laws that seek to prevent discrimination and protect […]

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Investor Psychology

The Psychology of Buying Real Estate: Why Some Investors Happily Pay More

by Chris Clothier March 19, 2014
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There has been an on-going discussion for years on the Biggerpockets.com forums related to real estate investing and what is a “good deal.”  Because there are so many different ways to invest in real estate and technology has brought every consumer much closer to opportunities than ever before, it seems that debating a “good deal” […]

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Real Estate

20 Questions To Ask Before Hiring Rental Property Management!

by Chris Clothier March 12, 2014
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I get this question a lot from real estate investors and it came up recently on the BiggerPockets.com forums.  “How do I know if a property management company is any good?”  My answer always comes back to the questions you are asking the company you are getting ready to hire.  Before you will know if […]

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Real Estate Investing

Empty Unit? Use These 8 Marketing Tips to Rent Your Property Quickly

by Chris Clothier March 5, 2014
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A vacant rental property is expensive. If you have a mortgage to pay on your property and no tenants, a few months can create big financial losses. To keep the window between tenants to a minimum, your marketing strategy needs to be top-notch. You want to attract good, lasting tenants. In a sea of vacancies […]

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Real Estate Investing

How to Invest In Real Estate When Your Tenants Are Retired Seniors

by Chris Clothier February 19, 2014
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I was recently asked a question about seniors and retirement housing and what opportunities there were in several of the cities that I am familiar with.  To be fair, I didn’t have a clue!  My thoughts immediately turned to Miami and Phoenix.  I wanted to do a little research and I felt that I may […]

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Real Estate Tips

The #1 Biggest Mistake Real Estate Investors Make Today

by Chris Clothier February 7, 2014
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I am writing this article as a follow up to last weeks article “5 Steps to Building Your Real Estate Investment Business” and I think the two go hand in hand. I first wanted to define how a business should go about finding their ture core competency. They need to know what they do best […]

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Starting Out

5 Steps to Building Your Real Estate Investment Business

by Chris Clothier January 29, 2014
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I am constantly asked by real estate investors, “what is the secret to building a real estate investment business?” I have never been sure exactly how to answer the question, because business has always seemed so instinctive and natural to me. I had never really thought of actual steps to take when building a business […]

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Real Estate

The Lessons of ‘Rent Ready’ And Turnkey Investment Properties

by Chris Clothier January 22, 2014
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I own one of the largest passive investment property firms in the country and if there is one term we have worked hard to distance from our company it would be…  (Actually there are two terms that we work hard to distance from our company, but I am just going to focus on one.) This […]

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Real Estate Investing

6 Weekly Habits of Successful Real Estate Investors

by Chris Clothier November 27, 2013
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I was asked this week by an investor what my week looks like. He wanted to know what did I do each day as a way to maybe emulate and learn.  That was a pretty humbling question for me. Truth is, much of my week is the same as most other real estate investors with […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

How To Fail 90% Of The Time… and Still Be a Wildly Successful Real Estate Investor

by Chris Clothier November 21, 2013
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So this is a follow-up to an article last week about buying properties in the MLS.  I was laughing as I started to write it knowing that Josh Dorkin has a real pet peeve when it comes to two-part articles.  I almost named it “Part2” just to have a little fun with him.  I think […]

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Opinion

Why The MLS Is A Goldmine For Real Estate Investors

by Chris Clothier November 14, 2013
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I was reading one of the real estate forums in the last couple of weeks and I came across a piece of advice that made me shake my head.  I think I may have asked out loud when someone was going to come up with a forum that had a delete button for really bad […]

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Real Estate

When Real Estate Investing Feels Like Juggling Elephants!

by Chris Clothier October 15, 2013
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Have you ever felt like your attempts at real estate investing might resemble a traveling carnival?  Add in your family and personal life and you have a full-blown three-ring circus!  Only, from your point of view, none of the acts are very good.  Ever have that feeling? I read a book recently called “Juggling Elephants” […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

How Can One Investment Property Have 4 Different Values?

by Chris Clothier October 8, 2013
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I was on the phone with a real estate investor last week and they asked a really good  question.  In fact, the more I thought about it, I wondered why more long-term buy & hold investors don’t ask the same question themselves.  I was asked for my honest opinion on how many values can one property […]

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General Real Estate

2 Simple Ways To Ensure Repeat Clients in The Real Estate Investment Business

by Chris Clothier September 14, 2013
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I was reviewing numbers this morning from my company’s year so far and one number really jumped off the page at me.  For the first time in 18 straight months, we sold more houses to new investors with our company than to existing investors with our company.  It was a small difference, but this was […]

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