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Real Estate Related Business Owners,

As you know, there are several other real estate investor associations in the Atlanta area other than Atlanta REIA. Because of this, you have a choice when it comes to being a business member of any of these fine organizations and we would love for Atlanta REIA to be one of your choices.

On Monday, December 6th we are offering a rare opportunity for you to join Atlanta REIA as a Gold Charter Business Member for the price of a Silver Business Membership at $150/yr. Gold Memberships are regularly $350/year so this is a huge saving of $200 per year!

Atlanta REIA Business Memberships have all the same advantages as individual memberships but also include many opportunities for you to market your business to Atlanta REIA’s members and guests online and off. If you are interested in becoming an Atlanta REIA Gold Charter Business Member, check out the following links:

Monday, December 6th is also our Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting and 1st Annual Christmas Party starting at 5:30 PM at the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell. We hope you will come join us, see what we are all about and join us as Charter Members so we can spend the next year together growing our businesses and supporting one another. We hope to see you on Monday.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Dustin Griffin

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Setting Up a Georgia Corporation WorkshopOn November 20th from 9AM to 2PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, GA 30518 (map), Atlanta Real Estate Attorney John Maurer will be holding a Do-It-Yourself, But Not-By-Yourself Workshop on setting up a Georgia Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) in class. The cost of the workshop is only $24.95 for Atlanta REIA Gold Members, $39.95 for Silver Members and $49.95 for non-members (Register Now).

Here’s what John will be teaching  in class:

  • Differences between sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and corporations
  • Tax consequences and liability coverage of each entity and which is right for you
  • How to check to see if your company name is available with the state.
  • How to setup an LLC in under an hour,
  • How to work with LLCs or Corporations for single members or those that have multiple members
  • Difference between members, managing members and registered agents
  • How to setup your operating agreement how to get a tax id in minutes.
  • and much more!

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Do you old time REIA group members remember back when real estate gurus used to attend their local REIA group meetings on a regular basis? Where have all the local real estate gurus gone? Why don’t the real estate gurus attend their local REIA groups anymore as part of the general membership?

Even though Atlanta, Georgia has many local real estate gurus, the only time I ever seem to see them at local REIA group meetings is when they are occasionally invited to come speak and sell a product or service. There are a few notable exceptions, but this seems to be the norm. As far as national real estate gurus go, your average REIA group will parade a new real estate guru before you each and every month at your main REIA group meeting selling a similar, and often more expensive, product or service. As a result, many of these real estate guru’s sales fall far short of their desired sales mark at such REIA groups and they don’t seem to want to attend or speak at REIA groups as much anymore. Read More→

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Hey everyone! I am excited to announce that we are launching our new Evening with a Real Estate Expert Webcast TONIGHT, September 22nd, 2010 at 7PM ET via GoToWebinar.com with our special guest and my good friend and real estate attorney, John Maurer. John brings to the table twelve years of real estate experience with a specialty in investor services. John has handled all aspects of real estate transactions from conventional loans to hard money deals. He has done short sales, back to back closings, wrap mortgages, owner financing and dealt with non-closing real estate litigation including foreclosures, evictions and the creation of various contracts including rental contracts and lease purchases.

On our webcast, John will be hitting some of the highlights of the new investor market landscape. He will answer questions about the SAFE Act and how it relates to both Short Sales and Owner Financing. He will discuss back-to-back transactions, both general and as part of a short sale. He will discuss issues regarding financing and seasoning.

Don’t miss your chance to get your questions answered by John Maurer LIVE on our first ever, Evening with an Expert Webcast! Register for the Webcast Now!

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Hey everyone! I am excited to announce that we are launching our new Evening with a Real Estate Expert Webcast on September 22nd, 2010 at 7PM ET via GoToWebinar.com with our special guest and my good friend and real estate attorney, John Maurer. John brings to the table twelve years of real estate experience with a specialty in investor services. John has handled all aspects of real estate transactions from conventional loans to hard money deals. He has done short sales, back to back closings, wrap mortgages, owner financing and dealt with non-closing real estate litigation including foreclosures, evictions and the creation of various contracts including rental contracts and lease purchases.

On our webcast, John will be hitting some of the highlights of the new investor market landscape. He will answer questions about the SAFE Act and how it relates to both Short Sales and Owner Financing. He will discuss back-to-back transactions, both general and as part of a short sale. He will discuss issues regarding financing and seasoning. Don’t miss your change to get your questions answered by John Maurer on our first ever, Evening with an Expert Webcast! Register for the Webcast Now!

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Atlanta Fuller Center Legacy Build 2010 - Millard Fuller(Atlanta, GA) On September 11th, 2010, we not only commemorated our losses from the September 11th terrorist attacks on America, but we also celebrated the Fuller Center 2010 Legacy Build and dedicated 100 houses that were recently built or renovated by volunteers nationwide, 6 of which were in Atlanta. We’ve been working every other weekend all summer to finish up these homes and look forward to starting on more homes next weekend.

Yesterday was a wonderful celebration of what volunteers, local citizens, neighbors, friends, families, church groups, non-profits and businesses can accomplish by working together to achieve the common goal of eradicating poverty and substandard housing right here at home for all Americans one home at a time. It was a very rewarding experience to all those who participated  in Project Lakewood on site and off. The ultimate reward was an experience and sense of satisfaction of a job well done that no amount of money can buy. We thank everyone who participated from the bottom of our hearts. Your contribution made a difference and forever changed the lives of others.

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I went to 2 GREAT networking events for real estate investors and other real estate professionals yesterday (Sept 9, 2010) that I wanted to share with you so can attend next month and continue to build your network connections.

The first was the “Haves and Wants Meeting” which is a weekly investor’s brainstorming and deal making jam session held at the 5 Seasons Brewing located at 5600 Roswell Rd inside the Perimeter at the “Prado”. They meet EVERY Thursday (except major holidays) from 1:30 PM till approximately 3:00 PM. Joe Thompson is a professional financial adviser who has been leading the group for over 5 years and says “This group is not about real estate education and training. We’ll leave the training to REIA groups like yours. This group is all about doing deals and making money!” This may not be an exact quote from Joe, but it is close enough. His point was that his group is for players who are doing deals now. So if you’re looking to do deals with real players doing real deals right now, this is the group for you. And did I mention they meet in a brewery?!?! How sweet is that?!? Click here to read more about Joe’s excellent Haves and Wants Meeting for deal makers.

The second networking event I went to was Peter Pasternack’s “Real Estate Connections” networking event for real estate PROFESSIONALS. Notice the emphasis I put on professionals? This was an awesome, upscale and very professional networking event for real estate pros. The event was held at the MF Room, a trendy sushi bar and lounge at the base of Terminus Tower in Buckhead. The people in attendance were not the same old tired, burnt out investors and agents you run into over and over again at other real estate groups and networking events that get you depressed when you talk to them. The folks at Peter’s event where dressed to the nines,  full of positive energy and enthusiasm,  eager to stick out a hand and meet new friends and contacts, and ready to do business and make deals happen right now. Click here to read more about Peter’s prestigious Real Estate Connections Atlanta Event.

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Yesterday (Sept 9, 2010) I attended Joe Thompson’s weekly “Haves and Wants” Meeting for the first time at the suggestion of Gordon Catts and “Cash Flow” Tom Boyer. They had both told me what a great group this was for meeting players who are actively investing in real estate and doing deals and that is exactly what I found there.

The “Haves and Wants Meeting” is a weekly investor’s brainstorming and deal making jam session held at the 5 Seasons Brewing located at 5600 Roswell Rd inside the Perimeter at the “Prado” and it rocks! They meet EVERY Thursday (except major holidays) from 1:30 PM till approximately 3:00 PM. Joe Thompson is a professional financial adviser who has been leading the group for over 5 years and says “This group is not about real estate education and training. We’ll leave the training to REIA groups like yours. This group is all about doing deals and making money!” This may not be an exact quote from John, but it is close enough. His point was that his group is for players who are doing deals now.  So, if you’re looking to do deals with real players doing real deals right now, this is the group for you. And did I mention they meet in a brewery?!?! How sweet is that?!? The food and beer is great!

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Peter Pasternack & Dustin Griffin at Real Estate Connections AtlantaLast night at 6:00 PM, Peter Pasternack, a very nice gentleman I met on Facebook recently who happens to be Atlanta’s very own “Flip This House” guy, hosted a very prestigious, upscale networking event called “Real Estate Connections” for Atlanta real estate professionals. The event took place at a trendy sushi bar and lounge called the MF Room located at the base of Terminus Tower in Buckhead.

The cost of this networking event was $20 at the door or in advance. Earlier in the day I overheard a few other investors muttering “I’m not going to pay $20 for a networking event… that’s crazy!” Well, needless to say, these gentlemen did not attend Peter’s most excellent event and boy did they miss out. I didn’t do a head count, but there were at least 100+ serious real estate investors and professionals there who were dressed to the  nines in business attire, looking sharp and ready to make connections and talk business. The $20 at the door not only helped pay for the space, the free hors d’ oeuvres being circulated throughout the evening and the complimentary valet parking, but it also seemed to attract a higher energy, more positive, success driven crowd who was not afraid to stick out their hand, introduce themselves and offer their friendship and services. Many of the whiner and wannabe investors who aren’t doing deals right now were nowhere to be found.

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Extreme Makeover - SEO/SEM EditionDoes your website and Internet Marketing plan need a “90 Day Extreme Makeover”? Would you like to learn how to “Totally Dominate the Major Search Engines and Your Local Competition Online in the Next 90 Days?” Only you can determine if you’re ready extreme makeover, so here are a few simple questions you can ask yourself that might help:

  1. Can my website easily be found online when my prospects type in and search for my company name on Google, Bing, Yahoo and other major search engines?
  2. Can my website be found on the first page of major search engines when my prospects type in and search for keywords that relate to my business?
  3. Am I getting enough qualified leads from my website and online marketing?
  4. Am I doing as much business as I would like to be doing as a result of my online presence?
  5. Am I doing enough social networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc), blogging, posting videos, etc to meet, greet and do business with today’s modern consumer who tends to do more business online than ever before?
  6. Am I doing all I could be doing to compete with other similar, local businesses for leads online?

If you answered “no” to most of these questions, chances are that you could use an Extreme 90 Day Internet Marketing Makeover to jump start your business for 2011 and beyond. To do so, you need to start now!

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Atlanta REIA Main Monthly MeetingYesterday evening, many folks turned out for our Atlanta REIA Meeting despite the holiday, to celebrate would could be their Last Labor Day and I want to personally thank everyone who attended. We really appreciate your support for our new Atlanta real estate investor group.

Several investors I spoke to at the meeting had done quite well in the Atlanta real estate investing market a few years ago, but got burned on a few deals gone bad when the housing market crashed more recently. As a result, they took some time off from real estate investing to recover, regroup and had to get a job to pay the bills. They came out last night to get re-focused and re-energized so they can accomplish great things buying, selling and/or holding real estate once more since housing prices are at an all time low. I commend you all for doing what it takes to get re-engaged and not take a few bad blows as permanent defeat. Just know that Atlanta REIA is here to help you in your future endeavors.

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We’ve been busy since starting our new Atlanta REIA group back in mid June 2010. This post is designed to keep you updated on what we’ve been up to lately. Be sure to check to Join Our Email List so we can email you all of our latest updates and event notifications.

We Have 3 New Atlanta REIA Meetings

You now have 3 ways opportunities to stay plugged in to our Atlanta REIA  group for all your real estate information, training, networking and community service needs!

  1. Atlanta REIA Main Meeting is held on the 1st Monday of the month at 5:30 PM at the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell, GA.
  2. Atlanta REIA North Meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, in Buford, GA.
  3. Atlanta REIA South Meeting is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at Ryan’s Restaurant in Stockbridge, GA.

Atlanta REIA South Meets Thurs, Aug 11th @ 6:30PM

Atlanta REIA South Monthly MeetingAt our August 12th Atlanta REIA South Monthly Meeting in Stockbridge, Dustin Griffin (a Local Investor, Trainer, Website Developer, Internet Marketer and President of Atlanta REIA) will be teaching you “How to Establish a Strong Internet Presence Quickly, So You Can Dominate Your Competition Online in Weeks, Not Years!”

Atlanta REIA North Meets Tues, Aug 17th @ 6:00PM

Atlanta REIA North Monthly MeetingIn case you could not make our South Meeting, you will get a 2nd opportunity to hear Dustin Griffin talk about how you can easily start to dominate your local competition online in a few short weeks rather than years by using simple, easy-to-implement internet marketing techniques! Come learn how to leverage of the power of the Internet so you can get more leads and more deeds and stay a step ahead of your competition. There will be Late Nite Networking at the Mall of Georgia Taco Mac following the meeting at 8:30 PM.

Come Network with Other Real Estate Professionals!

Late Nite Networking for Real Estate ProfessionalsWe now have 3 opportunities for you to come network with us and other Atlanta area real estate professionals. Come eat, drink, network and have fun with us!

  1. Late Nite Networking Main Meetup is held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM at the Cheyenne Grill located at 2391 Peachtree Rd NE Atlanta, GA 30305.
  2. Late Nite Networking Atlanta REIA Meetup is held on the 1st Monday of the month at 8:30 PM in the lounge of the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell GA following the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting.
  3. Late Nite Networking North Meetup is held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 PM at the Mall of Georgia Taco Mac following the Atlanta REIA North Meeting.

Our New AtlantaREIA.com Website is Online

Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance - Atlanta REIAYou might not have noticed since it is so new, but AtlantaREIA.com has been online for almost two weeks now. We’ve been working hard to lay a solid online foundation from which to build our new group. For now, AtlantaREIA.com serves as our official website to see our scheduled meetings, seminars, workshops and networking events as well as our volunteer community service workdays with the Fuller Center of Atlanta. Soon we will be adding our new webinar schedule, podcasts as well as our new, private, Member Only, REIA Manager Membership Site.

Subscribe to Our Atlanta REIA Mailing List

Join Atlanta REIA Email ListWe’ve added an Email Updates subscription box to the upper right-hand corner of most pages on the AtlantaREIA.com website. Here you can join our mailing list to receive our Atlanta REIA Newsletter and email updates and stay connected and update on what’s going on at Atlanta REIA. Join Today so you don’t miss a thing!

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Atlanta REIA Blog Update FeedWe’ve also added a Blog Updates subscription box to the upper right-hand corner of most pages on the AtlantaREIA.com website. Here you can sign up to have Google Feedburner email you an update when we update our Atlanta REIA Blog. FeedBurner also makes it easy to receive content updates in My Yahoo!, Newsgator, Bloglines, and other news readers in addition to email updates. Click on the RSS Feed icon to the right for more info.

Follow Atlanta REIA Online

Not only do we like to network in person at our Atlanta REIA and Late Nite Networking Meetups, but we like to socialize via social networking online too! Follow us and we’ll follow you back so you can expand your social network. You can be a friend and follow us online at the following sites:

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