Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance Blog

Wed, March 1st @ 1:30PM 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 & Dustin Griffin on March 1st @ 1:30PM 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 1:30PMand 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 3-5 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.

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

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Roger Blankenship

Posted on February 15, 2017 by

Roger BlankenshipRoger Blankenship devoted the fist twenty five years of his career to the non-profit sector. He rose to national leadership roles with a multi-national non-profit and eventually served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for U.S Operations. His original role was to provide consulting leadership to form educational non-profit centers across the country. Roger consulted with hundreds of communities nationwide and saw the establishment of more than 200 local centers. When he became CFO Roger guided the company through cost-cutting and revenue enhancement measures, bringing the organization back from years of cash flow struggles to positive cash flow in just eighteen months.

Roger’s real estate career began part time in 2002 and he went full-time in 2006. Since then he has personally rehabbed and flipped hundreds of homes across Georgia and into South Carolina. He now provides real estate training and consultation and provides private money loans to other real estate investors. Roger is married to Dianna who he refers to as “the best investment I’ve ever made.” They have five grown children.

Mon, Mar 6th at 5PM at Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Dunwoody
Atlanta REIA Main Meeting
& Vendor Trade Show
Mar 6th @ Crowne Plaza Ravinia Dunwoody
Learn How to ACT On or REACT To Any Deal
With Special Guests,
Jon & Stephanie Iannotti

Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge. This month,
Guests Can RSVP Online Now for $20 or Pay $25 at the Door.

Jon & Stephanie IannottiWe are excited to announce that Jon & Stephanie Iannotti will be our special guest trainers this month at Atlanta REIA on Monday, March 6th at 5:00 PM at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia located at 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA. Jon & Steph will be teaching us about how his CATS can help YOU do more deals by giving you the tools needed to structure profitable transactions that others would normally pass on.

CATS?!?!… No, we are not referring to his kitty cats… Jon and his wife Stephanie have created a real estate system they call CATS (Complete Agreeable Terms System). The CATS system is currently helping ordinary, everyday investors become extraordinary investors by giving them the tools they need to do deals that 99% of other investors don’t even realize are deals. Deals that are upside down. Deals where the seller wants full price and all cash. Deals where the seller is behind on payments. All types of deals you might normally throw in the trash.

Knowledge is the key and what you don’t know about how to structure creative transactions can definitely hurt your wallet. Imagine knowing how to take a lead most other investors would toss away and turn it into a profitable deal that could make you thousands in a very, very short period of time!

During his 90 minute presentation, Jon will teach you how to…

  • Make money without using your own cred, money or contractors
  • Turn a dud of a deal into a profitable deal
  • What to do when a seller wants full retail and all cash
  • Profit from houses that are upside down
  • Do as many deals per month as you desire
  • Make a minimum of $10,000 per deal
  • Get the benefits of ownership without actually owning the house
  • Put your entire business on “Cruise Control”
  • All this and much, much more!
  • Answers to your questions and more!

Jon and his wife Stephanie have over 30 years combined Real Estate investing and teaching experience. They have over 3000 creative deals under their belt and are considered some of the best in the industry.

Jon and Stephanie created ACT (Agreeable Contract Terms System) for when the seller says “Yes” to terms. They created REACT (Reverse Engineered Agreeable Contract Terms) when the seller says “No” to terms and wants full retail value and all cash.

They have now combined these two systems into CATS (the Complete Agreeable Terms System) to have best of both worlds. Now they can make offers that have a high likelihood of being accepted on any of the leads that come across their desk and you can too!

Come spend 90 minutes with Jon at the Atlanta REIA Meeting on Monday, March 6th at 5:00 PM where they will explain how to turn seemingly dead property leads into profitable deals. You certainly will not want to miss out on this career changing information! We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

As always, Atlanta REIA Members can attend the event at no charge and Non-Members can Register Online for $20 or pay $25.00 at the door. Be sure to bring your business cards and flyers and join us for an evening of real estate deals, vendors, networking, education and fun! See you there! RSVP Now!

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

RSVP Now!

*Meeting Day Agenda
5:00 pm: Meeting-Before-the-Meeting with Don DeRosa
5:00 pm: Vendor Trade Show & Networking
6:15 pm: Updates & Announcements
6:30 pm: Haves & Wants Speed Marketing Session
7:00 pm: Networking Break
7:20 pm: Vendor Door Prizes & Giveaways
7:30 pm: Main Presentation with Jon & Stephanie Iannotti
9:30 pm: Late Nite Networking at Taco Mac Perimeter

*Please Note: Meeting agenda is subject to change.

5 Days & 4 Nights in CancunWIN A 4 NIGHT STAY IN CANCUN: All participants who attend the Atlanta REIA Meeting will entered into a drawing for a chance to win a *Complimentary 5 Day, 4 Night Stay in Cancun! *You must be present at the meeting to win. Giveaway does not include dining, transportation, transfers, taxes, upgrades, etc.

5:00 PM in Main Meeting Room
How to Raise Private Money to Fund ALL Your Deals!
Mar 6th Meeting Before the Meeting
with Don DeRosa

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

Don DeRosaThis is an AMAZING TIME TO BUY real estate. But whether you’re going to buy bank-owned houses, foreclosures, or short sales for pennies on the dollar, you need CASH to do it. And given the tight credit market, Private Money is the KEY to taking advantage of the amazing deals out there in the market today. If you have all the private funds you need, you can buy all the houses you want. But you need to know HOW! And asking someone to lend you money is almost never a comfortable conversation.

Join Don DeRosa at the High Tech Home Buying Creative Deal Structuring Subgroup on Monday, March 6th from 5PM to 6PM at the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting at the Doubletree where he will share how to get all the private money you need to buy all the houses you want in this market.

He’s going to share some of his tips – like the 15 second ‘infomercial’ he gives when someone asks him “What do you do?” – which inevitably leads to a conversation on Private Lending. But, as you’ll see, Don never asks them for money. The conversation leads to THEM ask HIM about how THEY can lend HIM money. Yes, it really works. And when you leave, you’ll know the exact words to say to a potential lender. Hope to see you there!

5:00 PM in the Vendor Room
Monthly Vendor Trade Show

Dylon Ross with XfinityAt 5:00 PM in the Vendor Room, we have a Vendor Trade Show that lasts throughout the meeting where you can come out and meet many of our participating Business Members and Vendor Guests who help sponsor our meeting. See a full list of our vendors and sponsors below as they are added.

Vendor tables are limited, so any vendors wanting to reserve a table for the meeting can RSVP for a Vendor Table here. Vendor tables are reserved and setup on a first-come, first-serve basis.

6:15 PM in the Main Meeting Room
What’s Happening at Atlanta REIA

Dustin GriffinStarting at 6:15 PM, Dustin Griffin kicks off the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with updates and announcements. Dustin covers what’s happening at Atlanta REIA in the upcoming weeks and months such as upcoming workshops, webcasts, special events, members benefits and much more! Be sure to be in the main meeting room at 6:15 PM for your chance to be one of the first to receive a printed copy of The Profit Newsletter while supplies last.

6:30 PM in the Main Meeting Room
Haves & Wants Marketing Session

Joe ThompsonAt approximately 6:30 PM, Joe Thompson will be hosting the Haves & Wants Speed Marketing Session which gives our members the opportunity to quickly market deals they HAVE and to find deals they WANT. We also give our business members the opportunity to get up and say a few words about their businesses. Members who want to participate in the Haves & Wants Marketing Session must bring your flyers and get to the meeting early to get on Joe’s list of participants.

9:30 PM @ Taco Mac Perimeter Roswell
Late Nite Networking After Meeting at
Taco Mac Perimeter

Taco Mac PerimeterAfter the conclusion of the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting, we will be reconvening at 9:30 PM at Taco Mac Perimeter located at the Perimeter Place, 1211 Ashford Crossing, Atlanta, GA for the Late Nite Networking and the “Meeting-After-The-Meeting”! There is no charge for Atlanta REIA Members or guests to attend Late Nite Networking, so bring a friend and head on down to Late Nite Networking and have a cold brew with us! Just be sure you order food and beverages from the restaurant and please tip their wait staff generously. When you get there, be sure to look for Joe Thompson who will be leading our Late Nite Networking.

Participating Meeting Vendors & Sponsors
Atlanta REIA Diamond Sponsor

American IRAAmerican IRA – The American IRA mission is to provide the highest level of customer service in the self-directed retirement industry.
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Trade Show Vendors
Reserve a Vendor Table Here

The Small Business AdvisorThe Small Business Advisor – A full service small business consulting firm specializing in QuickBooks with a wide variety of specialized services, trainings and products for small businesses. Read More>>

Advanta IRA AdministrationAdvanta IRA Administration – With the help of your local Advanta IRA staff, use your IRA to invest in assets you know, understand and control, such as real estate, notes & mortgages, private placements, and much more! Read More>>

Secured Investment Lending CorporationSecured Investment Lending – A licensed direct mortgage lender specializing in non-traditional hard money loans for non-owner occupied buy/fix sell properties or rental properties throughout the GA and FL. Read More>>

Halperin Lyman, LLCHalperin Lyman, LLC – A transactional real property law firm devoted to providing the full spectrum of non-litigation related real estate legal and consulting services to its clientele. Read More>>

Auction.comAuction.com – The nation’s leading online real estate marketplace, having sold over $34 billion in real estate assets. Auction.com’s mission is to provide the most trusted online real estate marketplace, making transactions easier and more transparent. Read More>>

Equitable ConsultingEquitable Consulting – Investors, wether you have a short term or long term plan, “fix & flip” or “buy & hold”, individual units or entire portfolios, Equitable Consulting is your resource at every step. Read More >>

Networth Realty of Atlanta, LLCNetworth Realty of Atlanta, LLC – A licensed, full-service residential wholesale brokerage that specializes in finding quality wholesale properties and making them available to you. Read More>>

Angel Oak Prime BridgeAngel Oak Prime Bridge – A direct hard money lender headquartered in Atlanta. We provide renovation/construction loans for investors and builders to purchase and renovate residential properties. Read More>>

Goldmine Properties, Inc.Goldmine Properties, Inc. – As Atlanta’s first full service real estate wholesaler, we offer wholesale property at 65% loan to value, with financing available. Purchase price and repairs are 65% of certified after repaired appraisal. Read More>>

Lima One Capital, LLCLima One Capital, LLC – A fully capitalized, direct lender for residential real estate investors and homebuilders. We are fully capitalized and our team prides itself on closing loans quickly for our clients. Read More>>

CRS DataCRS Data – We offer comps from the MLS & FSBO’s, custom searches, property tax records, interactive maps, sales & mortgage info, real estate valuations, mailing lists & more. Read More>>

Legal Shield

Atlanta Flooring Design Centers

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Saturday, March 11th @ 9AM in Atlanta, GA
ACT / REACT Workshop
Learn How to ACT On or REACT To Any Deal That Comes Across Your Desk
A Full Day Workshop with
Jon & Stephanie Iannotti
Saturday, March 11th from 9AM-4PM at
3125 Presidential Pkwy, Atlanta, GA
Early Registration Special Expires Tomorrow at Midnight! Register Now & Save!

Jon & Stephanie IannottiJoin us at the ACT / REACT Workshop on Saturday, March 11th at 9:00 AM at 3125 Presidential Pkwy, Atlanta, GA with Jon & Stephanie Iannotti to learn how CATS can teach you to structure profitable transactions with every lead that comes across your desk, especially the ones that most other investors would immediately throw in the trash. During this full day workshop, Jon Iannotti will expand on the concepts he was only briefly able to talk about Monday night at the Atlanta REIA Main Meeting.

Jon & Stephanie will teach you specifically how to…

  • Work with sellers to give them what they want and still profit
  • Structure win-win situations with over-leveraged properties
  • Turn a unprofitable dead deal into a profitable done deal
  • Make a minimum of $10,000 on every deal you do
  • Be able to work with sellers who want all cash and full retail
  • Profit from houses that are upside down
  • Do as many deals per month as you desire
  • Get the benefits of ownership without actually owning the house
  • Put your entire business on “Cruise Control”
  • Answer your questions and more!

Whether your seller says “Yes” to terms or “No” to terms, you will be able to structure the deal to where you will be able to make money and your seller will be happy too. Jon and Stephanie have over 3000 creative deals under their belt and are considered some of the best in the industry. Through the ever-changing ups and downs, they have modified their techniques to meet the needs of the market and have continued to thrive and prosper.

Come spend the day with Jon & Stephanie at the ACT / REACT Workshop on Saturday, March 11th at 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM where they will explain how to turn seemingly dead property leads into profitable deals. You certainly will not want to miss out on this life changing information!

Download REACT Property Data Sheet
Be sure to Download the Iannotti’s REACT Property Data Sheet after checkout and bring as many completed lead sheets to class as you can and Jon will analyze your deals and call sellers in class and help put together a deal for YOU!
Register Now!

PLEASE NOTE: Early registration expires on Wednesday, March 8th at midnight and tuition will increase. Non-Members who join Atlanta REIA between February 25th – March 6th, 2017 can attend the workshop for NO CHARGE. Also, Atlanta REIA Members who renew their membership for an additional year between February 25th – March 6th, 2017 can attend the workshop for NO CHARGE as well. When joining Atlanta REIA or renewing your membership, please indicate that you want to attend the workshop at no charge. You can join Atlanta REIA at http://membership.atlantareia.com.

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How To Jump-Start Your
Real Estate Investing Business in 2017!
3-Day Boot Camp with Don DeRosa
February 24th – 26th from 9AM-7PM at
NEW LOCATION
3125 Presidential Pkwy, Atlanta, GA

Don DeRosaDon DeRosa is teaching this 3-Day Jump-Start Boot Camp to help get his Coaching Students, Property Protégé Group Members, our REIA Members’ real estate investing business up and running and growing quickly. If you are a new investor or a “new again” investor and really want to make the most of your real estate investing career in 2017, this is a 3-day training boot camp you don’t want to miss!

Day #1 is How to Jump-Start Your Wholesaling Business. On Day #1, Don will teach you how to find distressed, ugly properties and to wholesale them to other “fix and flip” and “buy and hold” investors for nice chunks of fast cash, often in 30 days or less. Read More>>

Day #2 is How to Jump-Start Your Creative Real Estate Investing Business. On Day #2, Don will teach you the “Pretty House” side of the business and how to buy nice houses, in nice neighborhoods with none of your own cash or credit for fast cash up front, monthly cash flow and often huge backend profits. Read More>>

Day #3 is How to Jump-Start Your High Tech Homebuying Business. On Day #3, Don will teach you how to use the latest technology such as PCs, Smart Phones, Tablets and other hardware, software, apps and gadgets to operate, systematize and automate your real estate investing business so you will be leaps and bounds ahead of your competition. Read More>>

Don’t miss this great opportunity to Jump-Start Your Real Estate Investing Business and learn how to buy pretty houses without your own money or credit, how to wholesale distressed properties for fast cash and how to operate and automate your real estate investing business using technology! This exciting and cutting edge training is designed to get your real estate investing business up and running and profitable fast. Register Now and don’t miss out!

Register Now!

You can also purchase any of these 3 events separately or get more detailed information about each event using the links below.

Sign up for all 3 Days of the Jump-Start Your Real Estate Investing Business Boot Camp!

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Download The Profit Newsletter for February 2017 (PDF)
The February 2017 Edition of
The Profit is Available for Download!

The Profit Newsletter - February 2017The February 2017 Edition of The Profit Newsletter, the official newsletter of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance, is now available for download. There are 48 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.

Be sure to Subscribe to The Profit by Email or Subscribe to The Profit by Text so you don’t miss a single issue.

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I have heard it 100 times over…

That wholesaler, fill in the name, totally ripped me off.  False rehab costs, false appraisals, false inspection reports, false ARV…and on and on.

Last month we talked about experienced wholesalers.  This month, let’s flip it over to the new Buyers.  They are new, excited and hungry.  And they are prime targets to get taken advantage of by some wholesalers.  Unfortunate as it is, there are wholesalers that are less than credible.  I have seen quite a bit of less than ideal advertisements.  Some examples:  Read More→

One of the Questions I am frequently asked by students wanting to implement a direct mail campaign is where to get the lists of sellers to mail to. While there are several resources available, I find they vary greatly in price and in quality of the lists. It is important for you to find a good, reliable source for your lists. When doing direct mail campaigns, their success is going to be based 70% on the list and 30% on the direct mail piece you are using to contact these motivated sellers.

There are a couple of resources for lists that I find to be especially reasonable in price and the quality of the lists is excellent for your use. One of those resources is very easy to find and simple to use use. Just go to your property appraiser, auditor, or assessors’ office and ask them to put the lists together for you. You will need to target specific types of sellers you want to do deals with. If your county is online preparing this list is usually pretty simple for them to do. I will suggest to you that you go down to their office and ask them for their help in person to customize these lists for you. If you just call them, you may get “blown off” by someone who doesn’t want to do the extra work, or you may get someone on the phone who doesn’t understand what it is that you need. I know all of this from personal experience with counties I have worked with. In addition, if you live in a particularly large county, they have plat maps you can look at to subdivide your lists by specific areas you want to mail to. This is just another way for you to hone in on the area and type of seller you want to work with.  Read More→

The Key to Your Profit

Posted on February 6, 2017 by

People from all over the world have a common trait. No matter what the product, the word SALE always draws our attention.

When it comes to real estate, that same line of thinking stands.  The phrase “you make money when you buy, you realize that money when you sell” continues to ring true. The challenge is being able to spot that awesome deal amongst many poor or inadequate deals.  I cannot stress enough proper real estate investing education should be your goal. Using REIA comps to analyze every new deal you do is the avenue that will help you make such a distinction.

There are many people venturing out and searching for additional ways to make additional income.   Investing requires knowledge of different techniques which can be used when trying to buy, sell, negotiate or repair a house.  Having proper investing education to stand on can mean the difference between success and failure.  Read More→

After beefing up its film incentive program in 2008, Georgia has emerged among the top places in the world for film production.  In less than a decade, Georgia has quickly become the “Hollywood of the South” with more movies and TV shows filming in the Peach state than most places around the world. A recent study has put Georgia as the third largest film industry in the world only behind the United Kingdom. However, with the recent BREXIT issues, Georgia’s film industry is expected to exponentially grow and possibly become the number #1 filmmaking location in the world.

For those that don’t know, Georgia gives film, television and digital entertainment a tax credit of up to 30 percent. Georgia’s Entertainment Industry Investment Act provides a 20 percent tax credit for companies that spend $500,000 or more on production and post-production in Georgia, either in a single production or on multiple projects with no caps on amount spent. Then, the state grants an additional 10 percent tax credit if the finished project includes a promotional logo provided by the state. If a company has little or no Georgia tax liability, it can transfer or sell its tax credits as well. These credits create significant cost savings for the production companies producing feature films, television series, music videos and commercials, as well as interactive games and animation.  Read More→

This year will be different.  Has it happened?  Has the flame gone out? Is the passion gone away? Have you followed through?  One way that I keep the passion alive, is to have access to more money than I can use to produce great investments. Raising capital is not very hard. Getting over the psychological parts of making “the ask” seems to be the difficult part for most people. I have been approached over the past year by a number of people who want me to fund their projects. I can get excited about this because I can see they have a project which will work and make us a lot of money. 

I was at a networking event recently. There where people in the room who wanted to invest in real estate projects and earn a great rate of return. There were people who did not have a clue as to what lending is all about, that there are multiple alternative investments, other than the traditional ways Wall Street gets your money. There were individuals who were reluctant to dip their toes into the pool of lending to investors. There were people there who had projects, which they wanted to get funded. So the environment was ripe for synergy to happen.  Read More→

Stop Wasting Time: Timyo App Review

Posted on February 6, 2017 by

“If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be the greatest prodigality.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

I didn’t think Timyo was going to be a game changer for me. I already felt like I had great management tools using Gmail in the first place. A friend recommended that I check out this new app so I tinkered with it for a while. It is an email inbox management system that works best with Gmail, Office 365, Outlook.com and Hotmail. I have tried other inbox zero apps but I’ve felt like it’s a waste of time for me to go through all my emails weeding out the junk. I have used Gmail options before but it still seemed like I was getting a lot of emails that were not a priority first. My time is valuable since I’m running multiple projects, what I focus on needs to be what moves me along to the next step in line.  Read More→

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