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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 87 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

Why Investors Undeniably Matter to the Real Estate Market

by Chris Clothier September 27, 2014
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Looking back at the history of the real estate market, starting with burst of the housing bubble that was in full swing around 2007, it was a rough time for everyone. We all know how the fear of foreclosure escalated — unsurprising, considering the record high in 2009, where almost 3 million homeowners received at […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

4 Obstacles that Keep Millennials from Buying Their First Homes

by Chris Clothier September 13, 2014
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Some might say that the real estate market is in limbo. Though it’s recovering from the disastrous crash around 2007 and in the following years, the market isn’t yet fully stable. It stops and starts. Even with mortgage rates at an all-time low to entice buyers, the market is still lethargic. While we all know that […]

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General Real Estate

How To Keep Your Rental Investment Property Drug and Crime Free

by Chris Clothier September 3, 2014
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There are some dreaded scenarios for longterm buy & hold real estate investors out there, and most revolve around the dumb things tenants can do in and to a property. One thing that most new investors can easily overlook is crime. It’s amazing some of the stupid criminal enterprises that can be set up in rental […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

The Real Estate Investor’s Guide To Never Giving Up

by Chris Clothier July 23, 2014
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Failure is a loaded word. Throughout school as young men and women, we’re taught that if you don’t make a certain grade, you have failed.  In the real world, however, failure has a different face. In most cases, there are allowances for mistakes and setbacks, but none of these are necessarily failures.  You learn from […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

How To Navigate Through the Advice of Other Real Estate Investors

by Chris Clothier June 25, 2014
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Connecting with other real estate investors is an integral part of this business. You can’t and shouldn’t avoid forming relationships with other investors. Not only can it help to have others around who understands your same investment challenges and the weight of your victories, but you never know when they may be able to share […]

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Business Management & Productivity*

10 Renovation Tips That Will Save You Time and Money

by Chris Clothier June 18, 2014
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The impact of renovations aren’t always quantifiable. While there are tried-and-true focuses and methods to see a good return on your renovation investments, you don’t have to break the bank to make positive changes for your rental properties. Renovating a property is arguably the one line expense sheet line item where you can make what […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

The Biggest Threats To Your Real Estate Investment Property And What You Can Do To Stop Them

by Chris Clothier June 2, 2014
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All sorts of strange things can affect the value of your property. Most, however, are not so outlandish. Some you can control, and some — well, you really can’t. Knowing what can affect the value of your property will help you make the right adjustments and keep you from making an unfortunate mistake that you […]

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Personal Finance*

Bitcoin: The New Face Of Banking

by Chris Clothier May 21, 2014
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If you don’t have a clue what Bitcoin is, you’re not the only one! It’s not particularly new — Bitcoin was first mentioned in 2008 in a paper published under the name Satoshi Nakamoto.  In 2009, the technology was unleashed upon the world and the first bitcoins were used. Apart from those deeply invested in […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Why Turnkey Real Estate is Such a ‘Hot Topic’ Investment Strategy

by Chris Clothier May 2, 2014

I have been in the real estate investing space, either as an investor or as a service provider, for the past 11 years.  Never in that time have I seen a hot button issue that illicit such strong sentiment as the term Turnkey Real Estate. Not the issue of education. Not the issue of ‘do-it-yourself’ […]

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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 Stories and Lessons*

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

by Chris Clothier March 19, 2014

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 Basics*

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 Basics*

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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