Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance Blog

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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Extreme Makeover - SEO/SEM EditionAre you ready for an “Extreme Search Engine Makeover” for your websites? Would you like to learn how to “Totally Dominate the Major Search Engines and Your Local Competition Online in the Next 90 Days?”

Starting on Sept 20th, 2010, Dustin Griffin, along with many other real estate investors and entrepreneurs in Atlanta, Orlando and scattered throughout the USA will be embarking on a 90 Day Extreme Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Makeover in efforts to get their web sites, pages and profiles dominating the first page of major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing and other quicker than they ever thought possible!

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Atlanta REIA News for Sept 6th, 2010

Posted on September 5, 2010 by

We’ve been working diligently to expand our new Atlanta REIA group we started in June 2010 and greatly appreciate all of your ongoing support. 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.

Our Atlanta REIA Main Monthly Meeting is TONIGHT!

Atlanta REIA Main Monthly MeetingTONIGHT, Monday, September 6th, 2010 at 5:30 PM is our next Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel of Roswell GA. Yes, it’s the Labor Day holiday for all of you with J.O.B.s, but for the rest of us, this is just another day to get together with our fellow real estate professionals and celebrate the fact that we don’t have jobs thanks to the financial Independence that real estate investing has given us. So if you have a job, come out and join us at 5:30 PM and celebrate what could be your “Last” Labor Day if you choose to make it so. Then you can spend the rest of the year working with your new real estate investor association to achieve the financial freedom you want and deserve so you can “lose your job” and join the ranks of the “self unemployed”! More Info…

The Atlanta Fuller Center Legacy Build 2010 Project Dedication Ceremony Is Sept 11th

Atlanta Fuller Center Legacy Build 2010 - Millard FullerSeptember 11th 2010 will be remembered as a Day of Celebration in Atlanta’s Lakewood Community when six families walk into homes that were once abandoned or in dire need of major renovation. This work is part of the Atlanta Fuller Center for Housing’s five year commitment to revitalization and stabilization of Lakewood. The Fuller Center is dedicating 6 Homes in the Lakewood Heights Community on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 10:30 AM at 10 Gould Street, Atlanta, GA. Come out and celebrate this achievement with us and see what great things we can accomplish by working together. Read More…

Volunteers Wanted for Project Lakewood

We are looking for volunteers this Saturday and every other Saturday to come out and help us eliminate poverty and sub-standard housing for local area residents. We meet at 9:00 AM at 10 Gould Street in Lakewood (Atlanta, GA) and usually work until 3:30 PM. Snacks and beverages are provided. Join us and you will get hand-on experience as we build, renovate and repair homes for some of Atlanta’s neediest citizens and families. Thanks in advance for your participation! See our Event Calendar for a schedule of Saturday Volunteer Workdays.

Atlanta REIA Has 4 New Monthly Webcasts Scheduled

Atlanta REIA Webcast Training SeriesAt Atlanta REIA, a big part of what we want to do is offer our members free or affordable, ongoing training opportunities. That’s why we are launching our new monthly Atlanta REIA Webcast Training Series. Each month we will have a variety of webinars that you can attend online at NO CHARGE whether you’re currently a member or not. Premium members will be able to watch replays of these webcasts 24/7 in our Members Only section of our site. Read More…

  • What’s Hot in Real Estate Investing – On the 1st Thursday of each month at 7PM ET, we will be bringing in local and national real estate industry experts to tell us what’s hot, what’s not and how to make money investing in real estate right now! Whether you are a new or seasoned investor, this webcast training series is designed to expose you to a wide variety of traditional and cutting edge real estate investing techniques that you can use to make substantial amounts of money in today’s real estate market. This is a NO SALES, TRAINING ONLY webcast. Register for the Webcast Now!Register Now!
  • Real Estate Business Opportunities – On the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7PM ET, we will be bringing in local and national real estate industry experts with a product, service, training or business opportunity to present to you for your information and consideration. This webcast is designed to expose you to a variety of real estate investing opportunities to help you dramatically expand your real estate business. Even though this is a SALES webcast, 95% must be TRAINING and only 5% SELLING. Register for the Webcast Now!Register Now!
  • An Evening with a Real Estate Expert – On the 4th Thursday of the each month at 7PM ET, we will be bringing in local and national real estate industry experts for an interactive exchange of ideas, information and questions and answers on a wide variety of real estate investing topics. Whether you are new to investing or have been doing it for years, this webcast training series is designed to expose you to a wide variety of real estate industry experts and give you an opportunity to hear what they do and ask them questions and get straight answers. This is a NO SALES, TRAINING ONLY webcast. Register for the Webcast Now!Register Now!
  • Foreclosures Gone Wild – On the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7PM ET, short sale expert Kimberlee Frank will spend an hour answering your questions on investing in short sales and helping save people from foreclosure. If you are thinking about investing in short sales, are currently investing in short sales, or perhaps quit doing short sales in the past due to the negotiating hassles, this is a webcast you don’t want to miss. Register Now for the Webcast!Register Now!

This Month’s Business Opportunity Webcast

Extreme Makeover - SEO/SEM EditionAre you ready for an “Extreme Search Engine Makeover” for your websites? Would you like to learn how to “Totally Dominate the Major Search Engines and Your Local Competition Online in the Next 90 Days?” Starting on Sept 20th, 2010, Dustin Griffin, along with many other real estate investors and entrepreneurs in Atlanta, Orlando and scattered throughout the USA will be embarking on a 90 Day Extreme Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Makeover in efforts to get their web sites, pages and profiles dominating the first page of major search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Bing and other quicker than they ever thought possible! To learn how you can too, Register for Upcoming Webcast on Sept 16th at 7PM ET.

Local and National Real Estate Experts Wanted

As Atlanta REIA works to expand it’s real estate training agenda, we are looking for active local and national real estate experts to teach topics within there area of expertise to our members at our meetings, seminars, workshops and webcasts. If your interested in volunteering to teach, please contact us here.

Atlanta REIA North Meeting Set for Sept 21st

Atlanta REIA North Monthly MeetingAtlanta REIA North is a subchapter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance that meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 1960 Skylar Hill Dr, Suite D, Buford, Georgia in North Gwinnett County just a few miles from the Mall of Georgia. This meeting will focus on a wide variety of cutting edge real estate investing strategies with a special emphasis on Internet Marketing and Technology for the modern day “High Tech Investor”. The cost is $5.00 at the door for non-members. Read More…

Atlanta REIA South Meeting Canceled for Sept Only

Atlanta REIA South Monthly MeetingMarc Fordham, leader of the Atlanta REIA South group has canceled the September meeting to spend his wedding anniversary with his lovely wife. If you were planning on attending this meeting, please attend our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on Sept 6th or our Atlanta REIA North Meeting on Sept 21st instead.

Our Most Recent AtlantaREIA.com Poll

We asked “What is the most important thing you expect from your REIA group?” Possible answers were:

  • marketing opportunities
  • volunteer opportunities
  • community outreach programs
  • affordable real estate education
  • networking opportunities
  • national real estate gurus

Take the survey on the right side of the AtlantaREIA.com home page and make your voice heard!

Stay Connected With Atlanta REIA By Email

Join Atlanta REIA Email ListBe sure to join our Atlanta REIA Email List to receive our email updates so you can stay informed on what’s going on at Atlanta REIA throughout the month so you don’t miss a thing. Also, be sure to subscribe to our Atlanta REIA Feedburner Blog Feed so you can receive all of our blog updates automatically via email when we update our Atlanta REIA Website.

Network With Us In Person At Late Nite Networking

Late Nite Networking for Real Estate ProfessionalsWe have at least 3 opportunities for you to come out and network with us and other Atlanta area real estate professionals each month at Late Nite Networking not to mention our other Atlanta REIA Meetings. Please come out and eat, drink, network and have fun with us! Read More…

Network With Us 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. Read More…

Comment On Our Blog Posts for SEO

If you will read our Atlanta REIA blogs and articles and post thoughtful, non-spammy comments, we’ll reward you with followable backlinks to your website which will help improve your  search engine optimization (SEO). You should make it a regular habit to read our blogs and post your comments for all of our readers to see. You can start by commenting on this post below right now!

Atlanta REIA Main Monthly MeetingCelebrate Your Last Labor Day with Atlanta REIA!

Hey everyone, our next Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance Meeting is on Monday, September 6th, 2010 at 5:30 PM at the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell GA. Yes, it is true that this is the Labor Day holiday for all of you with J.O.B.s, but for the  rest of us, this is just another day to get together with our fellow real estate professionals and celebrate the fact that we don’t have jobs thanks to the financial Independence that real estate investing has given us.

So if you have a job, enjoy the weekend and better part of Monday with your friends and family, and then come out and join us at 5:30 PM and celebrate what could be your “Last” Labor Day if you choose to make it so. Then you can spend the rest of the year working with your new real estate investor association to achieve the financial freedom you want and deserve so you can “lose your job” and join the ranks of the “self unemployed”!  As you know, many investors make more money off a single deal or two than many of their friends and family members make all year. Come hang with us and other successful investors to learn how you can too!

Gordon Catts, our Educational Director, has put together a panel of experienced investors for our September 6th Atlanta REIA Labor Day Meeting. The panel discussion theme is quit laboring for someone else and  labor for yourself instead using real estate investing as your means to do so. Read More→

Below is an message regarding the cancellation of the Atlanta REIA South Meeting for the month of September.  If you were planning on attending this meeting, please attend our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on Sept 6th or our Atlanta REIA North Meeting on Sept 21st instead if you are able. Read More→

The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Atlanta

Dedicating 6 Homes in the Lakewood Heights Community

Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 10:30 AM (EST)

Meet at 10 Gould Street, Atlanta, GA 30315

Atlanta Fuller Center Legacy Build 2010 - Millard Fuller(Atlanta, GA) September 11th 2010 will be remembered as a Day of Celebration in Atlanta’s Lakewood Community when six families walk into homes that were once abandoned or in dire need of major renovation. This work is part of The Atlanta Fuller Center for Housing’s five year commitment to revitalization and stabilization of Lakewood.

In a time where our state and nation has seen record number of foreclosures, The Atlanta Fuller Center for Housing, with the help of volunteers, and funds from ACORA a Community Renewal grant from the City of Atlanta, shows us that there is still hope and a need to continue to address the housing needs of low-income families. The group purchased an abandoned house and did a complete makeover using Green building materials and technology for the “new” home of Trina Kinson and her daughters who worked side by side with volunteers. This home was done using EarthCraft House standards and is the first known GREEN Certified Renovation completed by volunteers.  The other five houses also received major renovation and will allow the families to enjoy more comfortable living conditions. Kimberly Lacey of HGTV stepped in as a volunteer and donated her expertise to design and landscaping for the six homes. Read More→

Late Nite Networking for Real Estate ProfessionalsMonday, September 1st is Late Nite Networking at 8:00 PM at the Cheyenne Grill in the Peachtree Battle Shopping Center on Peachtree Street in Atlanta just south of Lindberg Dr. I’ve been told that the Management at the Cheyenne Grill (Mike Gross and his partners) have renovated the room we normally meet in since our last meeting, so we are all looking forward to seeing the new changes. We will be giving away several prices this month that you must be present to win. Be sure to bring your business cards to you can get in on the drawing and have plenty of cards for sharing and networking.

Also, we now have 3 Late Nite Networking Events you need to know about and attend: Read More→

Atlanta REIA Main Monthly MeetingHey everyone, our next Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance Meeting is on Monday, September 6th, 2010 at 5:30 PM at the Doubletree Hotel in Roswell GA. Yes, this is the Labor Day holiday for all of you with J.O.B.s. But for the rest of us, Labor Day is just another day since every day is a job free holiday. So if you have a job, enjoy the weekend and better part of Monday with your friends and family, and then come out and join us at 5:30 PM and celebrate what may be your Last Labor Day. Then you can spend the rest of the year working with your new real estate investor association to achieve the financial freedom you want and deserve so you can “lose your job” and join the ranks of the “self unemployed”! We are absolutely not suggesting that you quit your job, but that you do indeed start to work toward financial independence through real estate investing. As you know, many investors make more money off a single deal or two than many of their friends and family members make all year and you can too!

At our next Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on Sept 6th, we will not only be celebrating your last Labor Day, but we will also be announcing our new membership programs, how you can become a charter member and we also want to get your input on our upcoming educational programs for the next year. After all, at Atlanta REIA, your real estate success is our mission and we want to give you what you want and need. So come out and join us on Labor Day!

Stefan Kasian

Posted on August 23, 2010 by

Stefan KasianDr. Stefan Kasian is a Professor of Psychology, published author, and international public speaker.

After a brief stint on Wall Street, he has directed several companies to buy, sell, and manage residential and commercial real estate investments. He has published dozens of articles and several books, including Auction Fever: Winning Strategies to Buy, Sell and Rent Real Estate which he co-authored with New York Times best-selling author Dr. Dolf de Roos, and Dream homes: When dreams seem to predict real estate sales, in which he interviewed ten individuals who experienced prophetic dreams that led to their subsequent acquisition of real estate. Read More→

Dear Real Estate Investor and Respected Client,

Stefan KasianLet’s face facts. Credit repair doesn’t work anymore. I’m sure you have tried or at least heard of Lexington Law Firm. The letter writing paper mill that churns out letter after letter for you. They mail it to the credit bureaus in hopes some minimum wage employee reading it will help remove that late or charge off for you.

That may have worked years ago. But bureaus have tightened up. And wised up. Unfortunately most credit repair programs use that same old outdated technology that doesn’t work. Believe me, I’ve tried them. I have the same clients you do, that need help getting financed, and until they get financed, that’s a $17,000.00 profit check I don’t have in my hands. And it’s usually credit problems holding them back.

So if you have poor credit or know someone who does, this spells bad news for you. It means your situation isn’t about to improve any time soon. Until now. Read More→