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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 88 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


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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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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Real Estate Investing Basics*

5 Steps to Building Your Real Estate Investment Business

by Chris Clothier January 29, 2014

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 Basics*

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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Real Estate Investing Basics*

Want To Know What Works In Real Estate? Spy On Your Competition!

by Chris Clothier September 5, 2013
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Nice title, huh!?  This will probably get more than a few looks and probably some who will not read past this point and think the article is about “spying” on your competition in the “dirty” sense of the word.  It is not. If you want to know what is working when it comes to marketing, […]

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Real Estate Deal Analysis & Advice

Contrasting Turnkey Real Estate Investments And The Dot-Com Craze!

by Chris Clothier August 14, 2013
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I have written this statement so many times in articles on this blog, but it always seems relevant:  I love to read books and have found that may be a huge reason for my growth as a business person.  That and stumbling and bumbling through mistakes, but both can teach us a TON of lessons […]

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Real Estate

4 Qualities of Excellence in Real Estate Investing

by Chris Clothier July 31, 2013
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I wish I were creative enough to take credit for the title, but I actually found the title somewhere else.  In fact, I found it two years ago this weekend when my youngest daughter was born.  I picked up a pamphlet in the hospital as we were leaving.  It outlined the hospital’s “Circles of Excellence” […]

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Real Estate

4 Signs You Are Ready To Get Started Investing In Real Estate

by Chris Clothier July 24, 2013
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Around the world, real estate investment is an excellent source of income for many people. IN the U.S. in particular, baby boomers and the “x-generation” crowd are both coming to the same conclusion at the same time:  my retirement may depend entirely on what I do in the next few years.  For many, using real […]

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Market Trends, Data, News & Commentary*

How To Attract 10,000 Visitors A Month To Your Real Estate Website

by Chris Clothier July 5, 2013

I guess that headline may be a little misleading.  Technically we only had 9,700 visitors to our website last month, but considering that 6 months ago we were averaging between 4,000 and 5,000 visitors each month, I figure I can fudge just a little!  How we accomplished that doubling of visitors is spot on though […]

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