BP Podcast 122: 5 Myths Holding Investors Back From Real Estate Greatness with Chris Clothier


On this episode of the BiggerPockets Podcast, we’re talking about myths. No, not about Sasquatch, elves, or the abominable snowman. We’re talking about real estate myths that might be holding YOU back from greatness! We’re excited to bring back Chris Clothier, a seasoned investor and business owner who shares stories from his own experiences to help you achieve new levels of success. Don’t miss one second of this incredibly powerful and actionable podcast!

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In This Episode We Cover:

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  • Who is Chris Clothier?
  • What got him into real estate?
  • Getting to the top 50 Home Buyers
  • Five Real Estate Investment Myths
  • Myth 1: Don’t work with family
  • Myth 2: Past performance is a reliable predictor for future investments
  • Myth 3: Investing in real estate is a big time sink
  • Myth 4: You should only invest locally
  • Myth 5: You should avoid risk at all cost
  • Five specific scenarios that are risky and how Chris would handle them
  • Learn an amazing tip when closing a deal!
  • How not to get ripped off by a property management company
  • And SO much more!

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Tweetable Topics:

  • “You don’t have a job for everyone.” (Tweet This!)
  • “In any partnership there should be clear lines, clear boundaries, and clear respect.” (Tweet This!)
  • “A lot of investors look to go out of area first because they don’t understand real estate.” (Tweet This!)
  • “There  maybe more risk with a lower cost investment, than higher cost investment.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Our fear of losing money is greater than our desire to earn.” (Tweet This!)
  • “Risk is all about assessing the good and the bad of making the decision or not making the decision.” (Tweet This!)
  • “For investors, risk is not a bad thing.” (Tweet This!)
  • “There is no perfect time.” (Tweet This!)

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    • Chris Clothier

      Wow, Jonna. Those are amazing comments and I am thankful that you listened! I hope you are having great success up there in Idaho (I think i remember correctly…(: ) and would be happy, as always, to help however I can.

      All the best to you –


    • Chris Clothier

      Hi Sue,

      I appreciate your comments and have some great news for you! I am just a small part of the whole community. One fish in a HUGE pond full of really great people, great advice and really good commentary.

      Thanks again for listening to the podcast and reach out on BP if I can ever be of service!


  1. Allison Karrels

    It was cool listening to Chris talk today because I am about to close on my first Memphis Invest property tomorrow! It was a very easy process and I am sure once I have saved up for my next down payment I will get another. His team (both Ashley’s and Ryan) is great.

    • Chris Clothier

      Allison – Thank you so much for your the trust and faith you have put in our company and we will absolutely do everything to make your investing experience a ‘wow’!

      As an experienced investor, I can promise you everything will not go perfect. Things happen including human error and mistakes.

      As an entrepreneur and business owner, I can promise you that we will always be here to help in those instances and do anything we can to help. Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me if I can do anything for you!

      And…before I forget…thank you for listening to the podcast and taking some time to leave you comments!

      All the best, Chris

  2. Chris Clothier

    I listened to the podcast last night with my two sons so they could hear a little bit about my company. I had actually forgotten how much fun I had recording this podcast with Josh and Brandon.

    These tow guys are actually hilarious and I they are both as smart as they come in so many areas. The fact that they can do this and have fun at it and at the same time carry the conversation with so many different professionals speaks volumes about how good they are!

  3. Michelle Joiner

    Way to Go Chris!
    3, 000 + properties & still expanding. It was a pleasure to hear you speak on how you started & your still pursuing more real estate opportunities. I admire you and look forward to staying connected. Best wishes as you continue to move forward day in and day out!

    • Chris Clothier

      Michelle – Thank you so much! My family means everything to me and all of us have worked really hard through the years. I loved being able to share on this podcast how much I have learned about business, life and good relationships from my family! Thanks for listening in to us and for leaving your comments.

      All the best to you –


    • Chris Clothier

      Hi Joe,

      Kent is my older brother that I reference a couple of times in the podcast. HIs online systems are the ones we use to run parts of our marketing business and all of the same resources that are in those systems are the ones we use. They are essentially built off of our company.

      Thanks for listening to the podcast and for leaving your comments! Glad you enjoyed it –


  4. Robert Lockwood

    Great show! Chris, after hearing your thoughts on the importance of signing the lease under professional and structured circumstances, I am thinking of having my leases signed at a notary’s office (my attorney). I’m not certain this will add any value to the legally-binding nature of the lease, but it will set the stage for a very professional tenant relationship and generate a bit of business for the attorney at the same time.

    Best, and thanks for sharing, -Robert

    • Chris Clothier


      You are correct about not adding anything necessarily more “legal” to the closing. But it does do a lot for setting the proper expectations for that tenant right from the beginning.

      All the best to you and thanks for your comments.


  5. Tamara Coleman

    “those who haphazardly just go out and buy a bunch of rental properties.” WRONG! Being an artist and enjoying my work, and family, Becoming a real estate tycoon is not my priority YET THAT DOES NOT MEAN I WILL NOT HANDLE MY BUSINESS WITH THE SAME DEGREE OF PROFESSIONALISM AS A MORE SERIOUS INVESTOR.

    • Chris Clothier


      It looks like you were offended (?) with something, but I am not quite sure what it is. Surely you are not saying that because real estate is not your top priority, then you are going to go out and haphazardly buy a bunch of rental properties. Surely that is not your point. That is a recipe for disaster. You do not have to set a goal of being a real estate tycoon (your words not mine) to treat your investments in a professional manner. And not having that as your goal does not mean you act in a haphazard manner. I never said that and am not sure how you could have heard that in the podcast, but possibly you did.

      People who act in a professional manner when investing in real estate, no matter how big they are, do not just run around buying houses and making bad decisions, i.e. – failing to do proper due diligence, failing to inspect, overpaying for property and renovations, failing to act professional as a landlord.

      In the podcast, you hear that I was the investor running around haphazardly. I was the one making all the mistakes until I learned to act more professionally.

      Hopefully, you learned those lessons much earlier than I did. Thanks for listening to the podcast and taking some time to leave some comments.

      All the best – Chris

    • Elizabeth B.

      Hi Tamara, the phrase quoted above comes from the presenters’ intro, not from the guest Chris Clothier.

      As an artist, I can empathize that we have certain challenges in the real estate industry. However there is no question that, just like real estate, art is an industry. Whether and to what extent we participate in it is up to us. It’s the same with real estate. We must have our priorities and criteria set, and follow them (not ‘haphazard buying’).

      Our art, our real estate, and our life should be approached with respect for ourselves and others – and always, always with professionalism.

  6. Hoa Huynh

    I love this podcast, Chris! A lot of lessons for me to learn. Specially about signing contract at the attorney’s office. Lower investment doesn’t mean lower risk as you mention. Evict a tenant if they don’t pay water bill which show how serious you want them to know. All of these points show me how straight forward and professional investor you are. Really enjoy it. Thank you for your time and sharing all these great lessons.

  7. Stephanie Dobbs

    Mr. Clothier, Great podcast! It was great listening to you all and all provided great information! I don’t know personally 6 investors in real estate, I’m affiliated with one and have reached out to others here on BP, but what could I do to ensure being successful in real estate investing (according to what you’ve said)?

  8. Scott Painter

    Long distance question. I own a 3/2 condo in Champaign IL near U of I. Rented through a manager for $800 while units with other management companies are $980. Asked for an increase and it isn’t a high priority. Do I pull it off their books and find another manager or sell it an find something local.

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