Archive for October, 2011

WordPressOn Tuesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 13th at 7PM, we are doing our first WordPress Website and Blogging Online Webcast Workshop as part of our Atlanta REIA Internet Marketing Online Boot Camp for 2011. Dustin Griffin will help you setup a Website and Blog in class from start to finish. You will also learn how to use your new WordPress Website and Blog to help manage and automate your Internet Marketing Strategy from any virtually any web-ready device such as a PC, notebook, netbook, iPad, Droid, Smart Phone, etc.

Whether you run a real estate investing business or any type of other business, a WordPress Website and Blog will definitely help improve your credibility, marketing efforts, online presence and lead generation. The best news is, you don’t have to be a techie to use WordPress, but it doesn’t hurt either. We are teaching our Atlanta REIA members and guests how they too can be “High Tech Home Buyers & Sellers” and utilize modern technology to run their businesses more effectively online and offline.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is part of the Internet Marketing Online Boot Camp for 2011. If you are not already attending the entire boot camp, you can register for the WordPress Workshop below as a standalone workshop.

WordPress Website & Blogging
Webcast Workshop

October 11th & 13th at 7PM via GoToWebinar

Register Now!

Come join us and let Dustin show you how other successful investors and businesses are using WordPress to dominate the search engines, automate their Internet Marketing and generate all the leads they can handle online. Here is some of what we will be covering and doing in class. Read More→


What's Happening at Atlanta REIAThis week, the Internet Marketing Online Boot Camp resumes with the WordPress Workshop on Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, special guest and Atlanta REIA Business Member, Monte Smith of Entrust Georgia is speaking at the Creative Financing Group. Next Monday, Bob Massey will be speaking at the Movers & Shakers Lunch Meeting. Read More→


Monte SmithThis month at the Creative Financing Group (CFG) meeting on Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 PM at Champps in Alpharetta, Self-Directed IRA expert, Monte Smith of Entrust Georgia, will teach you how to use IRA’s to invest in real estate.

At this month’s Creative Financing Group meeting, Monte will teach you:

  • How to use your IRA to buy real estate
  • How to use your IRA to buy rental houses
  • How to use your IRA to lend money on real estate deals
  • How to use your IRA to buy real estate Options for HUGE PROFITS
  • And much, much more… Read More→

World's Greatest LandlordIn these tough economic times, we need to maximize our assets and minimize our losses. That is why great property management is essential. When we spend the time to screen a tenant properly on the phone, we are truly saving money. Our need to be more efficient and effective at answering the calls from potential tenants allows us to be able to spend time with our family. When you are already spread thin by work, and family your ability to create a system to screen, meet and decide if that applicant should move into your property is vital. When a bad tenant moves into your property the cost can be exorbitant. Read More→


property managementNot since the Great Depression have banks been forced to foreclose on so many properties and dispose of them on the open market. To compound the problem, lending institutions have increased their lending requirements to a level that has slowed the real estate recovery, further lowering housing prices.

Opportunity abounds for investors as the need for residential rental property continue to increase as more home owners are displaced and others choose to rent rather than buy. Savvy Investors who choose to Buy and Hold can look forward to low purchase prices and strong rental incomes; however all can be lost through mismanagement due to inexperience or lack of knowledge of laws governing property management. Read More→


POSTPONED: New date will be posted soon.

Did you become an unexpected landlord? Are the tenants running the show? Are you being held hostage by your tenants? Are your tenants in a slow and no pay mode? Are you tired of being a landlord? Do you want to get control of your tenants because you can’t afford to pay a property manager?

Russ Hiner & Chris LittletonIf so, we have good news! On October 29th & 30th, Russ Hiner of Home Buyers of Georgia and Chris Littleton of Solutions Realty Network are teaching a 2 day Property Management Workshop. This Property Management Training is going to help you understand how to be a better property manager. This two-day training will teach you how to handle difficult tenants. By taking this training you are going to be able to have some guidelines to make better decisions. Being a better property manager will put money into your pocket. By being a taking this class, you will learn and grasp your short comings as a landlord.

This dynamic training is going to make your life easier as a hands on property manager. You will feel more confident because you have rules and guidelines in order to work with your tenants in a professional manner. Your ability to guide and direct and manage people is key to your success in the area of long-term wealth building.

From this training you will understand how to be able to hire the correct property management company. By Knowing the correct people to put on your power team you will save money and be able to manage the management better.

Register Now!

The Property Management 101 Workshop takes place on October 29th & 30th, 2011 from 9 Am to 5 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D in Buford, GA. Sign in for he workshop starts at 8:30 am. Tuition is discounted 10% now through October 21st. As an early bird special, Gold Members are $67 each, Silver Members $89 and Guests $112. After August 20th, Gold Members will be $74, Silver Members $99 and Guests $125. Register now! Read More→


Super Smart High Tech Home Buying & Selling WorkshopOn October 4, 2011, Dustin Griffin hosted the 4th installment of the Super Smart High Tech Home Buying & Selling Workshop Series for 2011 which is being held online and recorded for 24/7 playback for Atlanta REIA Members. In Part 4 of this workshop, Dustin talked about how you can use both traditional, offline marketing techniques along with online, internet marketing strategies to generate all the buyer and seller leads you can handle by driving people to your website and VM system 24/7/365. Anyone can attend this live workshop for FREE by registering here and Atlanta REIA Members can login here and watch the Workshop Replay below. Read More→


Turning On Water at a Vacant Property

Posted on October 3, 2011 by

water leaksNot long ago, I got a call from a guy who regularly attends our real estate investing meetings.  He was on his way to meet the water guy to have the water turned on to a property he had bought two days before at the monthly foreclosure auction.  He was all excited and wanted to share his joy.

After learning what he was about to do, I asked, “How many folks do you have with you?”  “Just me,” he answered.  “Then you shouldn’t turn on the water TO the house until you’ve inspected the plumbing and have two or three people watching IN the house,” I advised.  “Why should I wait?” he asked.  “Because you may discover that you have an unexpected fountain or two in the property.  These unexpected fountains can cost you thousands of dollars and take weeks to repair!” Read More→


Karen BershadOn October 1, 2011, Karen Bershad, the Small Business Advisor and leader of the Atlanta REIA Small Business Group conducted a “Back to Basics Workshop for Real Estate Entrepreneurs” designed to give you a detailed overview of setting up a business, different types of business entities, what your business looks like by department, accounting issues, putting systems in place, team building and much more! Watch the workshop replay below to get more detailed information on setting up a new small business or getting your business back on track so you can survive and thrive in 2011 and beyond! Read More→


What's Happening at Atlanta REIAAs you know by now, a big part of our mission at Atlanta REIA is to provide very affordable real estate investor information and education to our members. This week is no exception. We have 3 outstanding, FREE educational opportunities this week. Monday is our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting for October where special guest speakers and local real estate experts, Dyches Boddiford and Bill Cook, will be teaching us all about creative deal structuring and interacting with our audience live. We also have two training webcasts this week… one on Tuesday on generating all the leads you can handle online and offline. And on Thursday, Bob Massey is back to teach us how to do short sale deals while working with real estate agents. These are three training opportunities you don’t want to miss! Read More→


Monte Smith

Posted on October 1, 2011 by

Monte SmithMonte Smith, Education and Marketing Director, is a former Financial Analyst and High School Spanish Teacher who started with Entrust of Tampa Bay in 2007. In February of 2009, he relocated to Atlanta to take the same position with Entrust Georgia. Monte is a proud graduate of the University of Florida and the University of South Florida. At Entrust, his goal is to present the message of self-direction in an easy to understand format that gives clients the confidence to trust their own investments. He hosts free weekly seminars and webinars on a variety of self-directed investment topics, including Tax Liens, Hard Money Lending, and Mobile Homes. He also does speaking engagements for investor groups and offers free CE to Realtors.