Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance Blog

Mon, Apr 17th @ 6:30 PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group
Wholesaling Cheap Government Houses for HUGE Profits!
with Mark Jackson on Mon, Apr 17th at Hudson Grille in Sandy Springs
Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.
Guests Pay $15 Online or $20 at the Door. RSVP Now!

Mark JacksonJoin us at the Beginning Investors Group on Monday, April 17th at 6:30PM at the Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, GA, with Mark Jackson and discover the “Secret” to getting all you ever wanted out of life via real estate investing.

Mark has been buying Government Houses for over a decade. At BIG, Mark will be revealing the “3 Success Tips” to make Huge Profits on Government Houses each and every time.

If you have ever wanted to:

  • Be rid of your J.O.B.
  • Have more Time to enjoy Life
  • Put Way More Money in the Bank
  • Take that Dream Vacation

…then this is you ideal chance to break out of the rat race!

There are some amazing changes taking place in real estate right now and MJ is going to reveal each of them on Monday, April 17th.

If you want more out of life this year, this is the perfect time to get started before you get too busy chasing somebody else’s dream. Start achieving your dreams right now!

RSVP Now!

Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com

Beginning Investors GroupThe Beginning Investors Group (BIG) is an educational and networking group for new investors who are just getting started in real estate investing as well as “new again” real estate investors who’ve taken a few years off and are looking to get back in the game.

As always, Atlanta REIA Member can attend the meeting at no charge and not-yet-members can RSVP Online for $15 or pay $20 at the door.

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Tue, Apr 18th @ Noon in Atlanta, GA
The Onsite Renovation Group
Hands-On Learning “Onsite” at Real Renovation Projects
Tuesday, April 18th at NOON
3 & 5 Gertrude Pl NW, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge.
Guests Pay $15 Online or $20 at the Door. RSVP Now!

Onsite PropertyPlease join us on Tuesday, April 18th at NOON for the Atlanta REIA Onsite Renovation Group (ORG), hosted by Don DeRosa and Dustin Griffin, to learn all about finding, funding, fixing, and flipping houses for big profits. This month’s meeting will be held at two of Mike Cherwenka’s properties located at 3 & 5 Gertrude PL NW, Atlanta, GA.

Mike CherwenkaThe Atlanta REIA Onsite Renovation Group (ORG) is an educational and networking group that focuses on the acquisition, renovation and retail resale (fix and flip) of single family residential homes. The purpose of the group is to allow both new and experienced rehabbers and investors to meet, network and share knowledge and experience with “hands on” access to real property.

Onsite Renovation GroupThe Onsite Renovation Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday each month at NOON at an active renovation site, build site or rental property which will vary from month to month. As always, there is no charge for Atlanta REIA members to attend. Guests & Non-Members can RSVP Online for Only $15 or pay $20 at the door.

RSVP Now!

Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com

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Tue, Apr 18th @ 6:30PM – Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta REIA EPIC Group
Protecting Your A$$ets!!
Risk Management For Investors

with John Vamer
of Sovereign Risk Solutions LLC

April 18th, 6:30PM, Flat Creek Country Club
100 Flat Creek Rd, Peachtree City, GA 30290

Come Join Us for COMPLIMENTARY Appetizers!

Chris & Donna LittletonThe mission of the EPIC Group is to provide a platform for success in Real Estate Investing through Education, Properties, Income and a Community (EPIC) of like minded investors. EPIC is held on Tuesday, April 18th at 6:30PM (3rd Tuesday) at the Flat Creek Country Club located at 100 Flat Creek Rd, Peachtree City, GA.The EPIC Group is hosted by successful real estate entreprenuers Donna Littleton, Broker & Co-Owner of Solutions Realty Network, and her husband Chris Littleton. There is no charge for Atlanta REIA Members and currently no charge for non-members as well.

This month’s speaker is John Vamer, Founder and President of Sovereign Risk Solutions LLC. John has spent decades refining his knowledge of the insurance industry. His hunger for education has made him an expert in Risk Management and his entrepreneurial spirit has secured him as an accomplished business owner.

John will be covering:

  • The Importance of Tight Contracts and Procedure
  • How to Hold Title on Investment Properties
  • Who You Should Work With on Risk and HOW
  • What Is Going On With Insurance World for Investors
  • How To Get The Most Cost Effective Protection
  • And more including answers to all your questions!

Come Out on Tuesday, April 18th and every 3rd Tuesday of Each Month. You are sure to meet some great individuals and make lasting connections that will help propel your business in the right direction. We look forward to seeing you there!

Meeting Agenda*

  • 6:30PM: Networking, Haves and Wants & Introductions
  • 7:00PM: Information, Upcoming Events & Market Update (Chris & Donna)
  • 7:20PM: Main Presentation with Special Guest Speaker
  • 8:30PM: Closing Comments & Last Minute Networking

Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Atlanta REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

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Wed, Apr 19th @ 1PM in Sandy Springs, GA
ALL NEW Let’s Make a Deal
Bring Your Deals, Property Flyers, Biz Cards, Contracts &
Let’s Make a Deal!
with Don DeRosa, Barry Beers & Guest Panelists on April 18th @ 1PM at Hudson Grille in Sandy Springs, GA

No Charge to Attend for Members or Guests

Let's Make A DealThe Let’s Make A Deal (LMAD) group is back with an ALL NEW format that is all about making deals happen!  Let’s Make a Deal is subgroup of the Atlanta REIA that will meet on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday at 1:00PM and the 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 6:30PM at the Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA (map). This group is all about making deals happen at the meeting which means Buying, Selling and Trading Wholesale Deals and Creative Real Estate Deals before, during and after the meeting!

Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com

Each month we will have a 3-4 person panel who will quickly pre-screen your deals and decide if they want to buy them from you on the spot. If someone on the panel wants your deal, you can have it under contract before you leave the meeting. If everyone on the panel passes on your deal, you can make it available to the entire audience. If we don’t have time to present your deal to the panel and the audience, after the meeting is over there will be plenty of time to network with other buyers and sellers and share your deals.

Your Property Flyers – In order to analyze your deals quickly, please put as much the following information on your Property Flyers as possible:

  • High, Average and Low After Repair Value (ARV)
  • Asking Price
  • How Much is Owed on the Property?
  • Amount of Monthly Mortgage Payments on the Property and the Interest Rate
  • If Behind on Payments, How Much?
  • Repairs Needed and Estimated Cost of Repairs
  • Annual Taxes
  • Annual Insurance Amount
  • Property Details such as Bedrooms, Baths, Square Feet, Year Built, Construction etc
  • Seller Situation and Reason for Selling
  • Photos of Property

Here is our schedule which is subject to change from time to time, especially around the holidays. Be sure to check our calendar for the most update dates and times.

If you are a new or experienced investor looking looking to buy or sell houses, this group is for YOU! Be sure to bring your deals, property flyers, business cards, contracts and Let’s Make a Deal!

You can also join our Let’s Make a Deal Facebook Group and post your deals here:

Let's Make A Deal Facebook Group

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Thur, Apr 20th @ 1:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA
Haves & Wants Meeting
Thurs, April 20th at 1:30PM
5 Seasons Brewing, 5600 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs
Hosted by Joe Thompson

Joe ThompsonHaves and Wants is a weekly investor networking and deal making lunch meeting hosted by Joe Thompson and held every Thursday at 5 Seasons Brewing at the Prado from 1:30 PM till approximately 3:00 PM. This group has been meeting for over 9 years and is all about networking, sharing information, doing deals and making money right now. Be sure to bring lots of your business cards and flyers and be prepared to promote your business and/or your haves, wants and deals with our group. If you are a real estate player or want to be, this is one weekly meeting you don’t want to miss!

5 Seasons Brewing5 Seasons Brewing is located at 5600 Roswell Rd (map) inside the Perimeter at the “Prado” in Sandy Springs. The all natural, organic food at the 5 Seasons is excellent and the hand-crafted beer is even better! Come out and eat, drink, network and share your deals with us! There is no charge to attend this meeting for Atlanta REIA Members or guests. Please come early and stay late. We would love to have you!

Atlanta REIA Members Please RSVP on Meetup.com
Atlanta REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Thu, Apr 20th @ 6:30PM – Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Intown Investors Club
Buy, Sell, Trade, Network, Q&A
This Group is All About Doing Deals!
April 20th, 6:30PM at Wrecking Bar Brewpub
Bring Your Deals, Biz Cards & Flyers
Atlanta REIA Members & Non-Members Welcome!

Maggie GroholskiThe Atlanta Intown Investors Club is an Atlanta REIA Subgroup led by Maggie Groholski that meets on Thursday, April 20th at 6:30PM at the Wrecking Bar BrewPub in Atlanta, GA. Our mission and focus is to provide an open forum for real estate investors and industry professionals to network and have direct access to hot real estate deals. The format for this meeting is totally member-centric. It’s content and value is derived from our members and guests actively participating and networking with each other during the meeting.

Atlanta Intown Investors ClubThis meeting is all about transacting and doing deals. You will have the opportunity to pitch your properties, products, and services; voice your real estate haves and wants; and participate in open discussions of real estate questions and concerns. We will not be pitching products from the front of the room. We will strive to remain a forum for investors to do deals and learn and seek advice from your peers and trusted industry professionals. The more you attend and participate, the more deals you’ll do and, the smarter we all become.

Wrecking Bar BrewpubMeetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:30PM – 9PM in the Cellar Room of the Wrecking Bar BrewPub located at 292 Moreland Ave NE in Atlanta, GA. Dinner will be available to order as well as a wide variety of beers and cocktails. Join us for the meeting as well as dinner to support the brewpub. Stop by the valet station for COMPLEMENTARY Valet Parking or COMPLEMENTARY Parking Passes to park across the street

Atlanta REIA Members & Guests Please RSVP on Meetup.com

Atlanta REIA Members & Guests, Please RSVP on Meetup.com

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Download The Profit Newsletter for April 2017 (PDF)
The April 2017 Edition of
The Profit is Available for Download!

The Profit Newsletter - April 2017The April 2017 Edition of The Profit Newsletter, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance, is now available for download. There are 52 pages this month full of upcoming meetings, workshops, webcasts, educational articles and other valuable information for your real estate investing pleasure and success. Download it and check it out!

The Profit is Atlanta REIA’s digital, interactive newsletter for serious real estate investors delivered as an Adobe PDF file to read on your PC, Mac, Smart Phone, iPad or other mobile ready devices. Many of the articles and ads in The Profit contain many hyperlinks you can click to get more information online! The high res version of The Profit is “print ready” for those who want to print the newsletter on their home or business printer.

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Wahid Shakur aka Mr. TycoonThis month I am sharing some Mental Gems that I know would be of great use to you. It has to do with the misconception that…BIGGER is BETTER and/or Quantity over Quality.

Just this past month I was speaking with one of my platinum students in Dallas, TX.  We were discussing his marketing when I shared this view with him to make a clear point.  You see, he was having a problem that most of us have at one point or another in our investing career.  We begin to doubt that we are doing enough and start to believe that we need to do a LOT more because the deals are not knocking the door down.  You see, one thing that we have to be clear on is the understanding that the deals will come as long as we are consistent in our marketing!  Read More→

Be 100% There!

Posted on April 3, 2017 by

How important is it, when meeting with a seller, buyer, renter, realtor or contractor, to be totally focused on that person?  If you’re not paying complete attention to what that person says and how he or she says it (tone of voice, hand gestures, body position, eye movement), isn’t there a good chance you’ll miss critical information that’s being shared with you?

The number of people who are not 100% there during a meeting has become epidemic – and is a major pet peeve of mine!  If you’re over fifty years old, you already know what I’m talking about.  Baby Boomers grew up without cell phones, emails, and text messages.  Heck, we didn’t even have phone answering machines!

Here’s an example of this epidemic at work.  A real estate investor needed help structuring a deal and asked for an hour of my time.  He drove up from Atlanta and met me at the Adairsville Waffle House. Read More→

When making offers on properties as an Investor, you will need to have your exit strategies in place prior to purchasing the property.  What I mean by that is, who is your buyer and what type of financing are you going to allow the buyer to use when you sell the property.  Knowing this will allow you to maximum your profits.

When I look at properties to purchase I always analyze the value of the property and how long I will have to hold the property before I am able to sell the property for a profit.  The comparables that I use are through Realtytrac.com and also the Multiple Listing Service.  Realtytrac will give me the values in the area, however, the Multiple Listing Service “MLS” in addition to values will provide me with how the property was sold ie; Cash, Conventional mortgage, USDA mortgage, VA mortgage or FHA mortgage.  You can normally assume houses under $200,000 that many of the buyers purchasing at this price point are FHA mortgage buyers.  FHA mortgages are mainly used for first-time homebuyers.  The Mortgage Lender requires 3.5% as a down payment which attracts many first-time homebuyers.  Read More→

Doing Equals Results

Posted on April 3, 2017 by

A few months ago, I began learning about and got more involved in apartment investing. I wrote about the steps I took to make industry contacts while building credibility. Fast forward to now and my work is definitely paying off. In many ways, the results I was looking for are coming to fruition but there are also other results, that I did not expect, that are appearing as well.

Some results I expected from my efforts were credibility, partnerships, maybe a mentor, an actual deal, financing and much more that will definitely come with patience and more work. At the beginning I thought credibility was going to the hardest part but it was not. Because I had done my homework and took the time to learn this niche, the people who I spoke with respected the dedication. Another surprise was that all my single family investing actually carried some credibility of its’ own into the apartment investment crowd. From many articles, podcasts, videos, etc. I was led to believe that the multifamily crowd looked down on the single family residential (SFR) investors but it simply was/is not true. In fact, while SFR investing is not a prerequisite, there are many ex- SFR investors who invest in multifamily. These are the people that relate to my current situation and have been eager to provide information and guidance. These relationships have grown into discussions around partnerships and potential financing. While I have still not identified an official mentor I am treating all the assistance I am receiving from multiple investors as a mentorship. This also gives me the opportunity to discuss one aspect of apartment investing with multiple investors so I can then try and decipher which information is best for me and/or which information I personally want to apply. While I have not actually found a multifamily deal that I personally like, I have underwritten many properties. Just like SFR investing, it’s a numbers game.  Read More→

I have learned how to get enough money to buy any house, at any time, any place, and any condition. Wouldn’t it be great to have the relationships to be able to do just that? This is not out of reach and it is not very far from where you are sitting right now.

I recently got into a conversation with a fellow Investor at the gym and it went like this:

Russ: How is business?

Gabriel: I am so busy. I have 17 houses (being rehabbed) right now and the one you sold me (two months ago,) I haven’t been able to get to yet.

Russ: This is great. How are you getting them?

Gabriel: From people like you, wholesalers.

Gabriel: What are you doing?  Read More→

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