Beginning Investors Group

Beginning Investors Group (BIG)The Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group (BIG) is an educational and networking special interest 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. BIG is hosted by beginning real estate investor, Alan McDonald, and Dustin Griffin, Executive Director of Atlanta REIA, who will be bringing in local and national real estate experts to teach new investors how to survive and thrive in our ever changing economy and real estate market.

The Beginning Investors Group meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA (map) just outside the Perimeter. BIG is FREE for Atlanta REIA Members. Guests and Non-Members can pay $20.00 at the door or RSVP Online for $15.00. This is a “dinner” group and we kindly request that you buy dinner and/or drinks since the Hudson Grille allows us to meet there. There will be lots of learning and lots of networking. Bring your deals and your haves, wants and needs to the meeting for discussion.

BIG will also be hosting several workshops, activities and projects throughout the year including the CashFlow Game by Robert Kiyosaki. The entire purpose of this group is to help new investors get their first deal and help new again investors get their next deal.

Beginning Investors Group (BIG!)

Alan McDonaldAlan McDonald is a new investor, leader of the Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group, Cashflow Players Group, Atlanta REIA’s Volunteer Director of Audio Video Services and helps record and produce the Atlanta REIA’s Haves & Wants Speed Marketing Session at the Main Meeting each month.

Dustin GriffinDustin Griffin is an entrepreneur, real estate investor, website developer, internet marketing enthusiast and a husband and proud father of two. Dustin is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance (Atlanta REIA), the Tampa Real Estate Investors Alliance (Tampa REIA), the Charlotte Real Estate Investors Alliance (Charlotte REIA) and enjoys helping others achieve their personal and financial goals through real estate investing.

Beginning Investors Group Meetings

Mon, April 21st @ 6:00 PM @ Famous Pub in Atlanta
The Beginning Investors Group
Show Me The Equity!
How To Fund YOUR Deals!

with Dorsie Boddiford at Famous Pub in ATL

All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend
Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door.
Guests can Join Atlanta REIA for Only $100/year and Attend for FREE!

Famous PubCome join us at BIG on Monday, April 21st at 6:00PM at Famous Pub (New Location this Month Only) located at 2947 N.Druid Hills Rd. in Atlanta, where Dorsie Boddiford, a rising superstar investor, will be showing you how she has creatively funds of her deals and how you can do the same. Dorsie will show you:

  • Several Ways To Finance Your Deals
  • Finding Deals Where The Money Comes To YOU
  • Taking On An Equity Partner
  • Private Money VS Hard Money Loans, What Should You Do?
  • And Much, Much More…

Dorsie BoddifordDorsie Boddiford is a 25 year old, full-time real estate investor. She has been investing for a little more than 3 years and is currently working on her 29th deal. Her deals include purchases at foreclosure auctions and tax deed sales, negotiations with owner-financing, deals through door knocking and mail outs, as well as deals with other investors through wrap mortgages, hard money loans, and equity participation deals.

Dorsie first presented to BIG in April 2012 just after completing her 8th deal at the time, and broke attendance records across all Atlanta REIA subgroups. She is now working on her 29th deal just 2 years later. Dorsie is really rocking it with investing! Her presentation will be informative and exciting, so RSVP Now to guarantee yourself a good seat!

Late Nite Networking at Famous Pub

Famous PubAfter the conclusion of the BIG Meeting and Dorsie’s presentation, we hope you will stay with us for a little Late Nite Networking where we will be doing Buyer/Seller Roleplays so you can practice your information gathering and negotiating techniques.

Atlanta Homebuyers Society Update

Dorsie BoddifordBefore the main presentation, Russ Hiner will tell you more information about the new Atlanta Homebuyers Society, plus hear from our sponsors and how they can help YOU become a better investor with their products and/or services.

We will also have plenty of Prizes and Giveaways to raffle off. You have every reason to come join us! Atlanta REIA members can attend at NO CHARGE. Non-Members can pay $20 per person at door or pre-register online for only $15! RSVP Today! Seating is limited!

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If you Join Atlanta REIA Member before 11:59PM, April 20th, you may attend this dynamic meeting for free, plus great discounts on other Atlanta REIA meetings and Workshops.

*BIG Meeting Agenda
6:00 pm: Networking, Food Ordering & Haves and Wants
7:00 pm: Welcome, What Is BIG? Tonight’s Meeting Highlights
7:10 pm: Membership Benefits, Upcoming Workshop
7:15 pm: Vendor Speakers +Prizes & Giveaways
7:40 pm: My First Deal Segment
7:50 pm: Atlanta Homebuyers Society Update with Russ Hiner
8:00 pm: “Show Me The Equity” with Dorsie Boddiford
9:05 pm: Late Nite Networking with Buyer/Seller Roleplays

*Please Note: Meeting agenda is subject to change.

Click to view Cruise VideoWIN A CRUISE: All participants who attend the BIG Meeting will entered into a drawing for a chance to win a *Complimentary 2 Day Cruise to the Bahamas with Caribbean Cruise Line! *You must be present at the meeting to win. The 2 day Cruise does not include port fees, transportation and taxes.

April 2014 BIG Vendors & Sponsors

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>>

Solutions Realty NetworkSolutions Realty Network – Providing expert property management and investment services since 2003. You invest and we take care of the rest! We’re the solution to all your real estate needs. Read More>>

ApexTkHomes, LLC

We have one spot available for a non-competing sponsor on April 21st.
Click here to RSVP for Sponsorship.

BIG Vendors & Sponsors Wanted
We Are Seeking 3 Businesses, Who Cater to New Investors, to Sponsor Our BIG Meeting Each Month

Beginning Investors GroupThe Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group (BIG) which takes place on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Famous Pub in Atlanta has been experiencing tremendous growth and attendance over the past few months. Consistently, we have had over 120+ new, intermediate and seasoned investors in attendance!

Beginning Investors GroupIn an ongoing effort to better serve YOU, our Business Members, and our regular members whom you serve, we wanted to extend to you the opportunity to Sponsor the BIG Meeting and reach our audience of new investors who are getting into real estate investing for the first time or who are getting back into real estate investing once more. Our attendees are looking for contacts to help start and grow their investment businesses and are eager to hear what your business has to offer.

Beginning Investors GroupFor each BIG Meeting, each of the 3 participating Sponsors will get:

  1. Your logo and a short description of your business posted on our website and in our promotional emails and flyers for the meeting listing you as a sponsor.
  2. A 1024 x 768 PowerPoint banner that will rotate along with other sponsor banners before and after the meeting presentations.
  3. Up to 5 minutes to speak to our group about your product or service before our main presentation.
  4. A spot in our meeting PowerPoint presentation that you may use during your 5 minute presentation.
  5. The ability to pass out flyers, business cards or other handouts to all participants at the meeting during your presentation so that everyone is sure to get one.
  6. The ability to bring a door prize to give away.

Beginning Investors GroupPLEASE NOTE Due to the limited time we have available at the meeting, we must limit this offer to the first three (3) Atlanta REIA Business Members to RSVP for Sponsorship for any given month. Sponsorship is exclusive to any one given business type. For example, sponsorship will be limited to one hard money lender, one property manager, one IRA company, one renovation company, one wholesale company, etc. If any given meeting is over booked, we reserve the right to move your business sponsorship to another month that is convenient for you or to refund your reservation fee in full.

Atlanta REIA Gold Business Members can sponsor a BIG Meeting for $49.95 and Silver Business Members for $69.95. If you have any questions, please call (678) 701-7160 or email admin@atlantareia.com.

Register Now!

Thanks in advance for your participation!

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Mon, March 17th @ 6:00 PM in Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group
The 7 Tips For Success
in Real Estate Investing

with Mark Jackson on March 17th

All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend
Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door.
Guests can Join Atlanta REIA for Only $100/year and Attend for FREE!

Mark JacksonCome join us at BIG on Monday, March 17th at 6:00PM at Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, where Mark Jackson, affectionately known as MJ, will be revealing to you his 7 Tips To Real Estate Success. We all have limited time in a day, the same as everybody else trying to make some money. So why in the heck would you even try to do a deal without getting SMART first? You have to be in a position of authority to move quicker and negotiate faster to get that deal which is going to PAY YOU and your family big time.

Do you want to make more money per deal? Do you want to make a lot more money? If you could make as much as $20K per deal, would you be interested? If you answered “Yes”, then you should definitely attend this month’s BIG meeting where you will learn:

  • How To Review Deals Quickly
  • Negotiate With Power
  • Buy Right And Insure A BIG Profit
  • Why Valuation Always Comes First
  • And much, much more.

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Click to view Cruise VideoWIN A CRUISE: All participants who attend the BIG Meeting can enter into a drawing for a chance to win a *Complimentary 2 Day Cruise to the Bahamas with Caribbean Cruise Line! *You must be present at the meeting to win. The 2 day Cruise does not include port fees, transportation and taxes. /p>

Late Nite Networking at the Hudson Grille

Hudson GrilleAfter the conclusion of out BIG Meeting, we will be hanging out in the meeting room at the Hudson Grille for “Late Nite Networking”. Hudson Grille will be offering burger and other meal specials for our members and guests. Come eat, drink, network and have fun with like minded real estate investors and other professionals late into the night!

Participating Vendors & Sponsors

Each and every month, come out and meet our participating business members who help sponsor our meeting. Thanks again sponsors!

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→

Catalyst Properties, LLCCatalyst Properties, LLC – We work as an independent contractor for Keller Williams Realty First Atlanta in Sandy Springs to help buyers, seller and investors with any of their real estate needs. Read More→

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

Legalshield Independent Associates Alan McDonald & Karen Bershad.

BIG Meeting Agenda*
6:00 pm: Check in, Seating, Ordering Food & Networking
7:00 pm: Welcome, Introductions & Announcements
7:15 pm: Meeting Sponsors, Giveaways and Door Prizes
7:30 pm: “My First Deal” with Media Moore
7:40 pm: “The 7 Tips For Real Estate Success” with Mark Jackson
9:00 pm: Late Nite Networking for Real Estate Investors

*Please Note: Meeting agenda is subject to change.

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The Beginning Investors Group is Getting BIGGER! We Had 125+ New & Seasoned Investors at Our February Meeting!

Once again the Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group (BIG) had a record turnout on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs.

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Investors packed the house to hear a informative and entertaining presentation made by Bill Ham about building a massive real estate portfolio without using banks. If that weren’t enough, Don DeRosa also joined us to give us a sample of what he will be teaching upcoming at his Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Workshop on Saturday Feb 22.

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Russ Hiner and Regina Sitterley joined us for Late Nite Networking and conducted Buyer/Seller Roleplays that lasted late into the evening. We will continue Buyer/Seller Roleplays at future Late Nite Networking events after the BIG meetings.

Beginning Investors Group   Beginning Investors Group

Thank you Bill, Don, Russ and Regina for taking the time to share your experience with us all. We also want to thank our BIG Meeting Sponsors: Sandra Watkins & John Marion of Alpha Dog Investments & ReMax Town & Country, Mike Cherwenka of Goldmine Properties, and to Monte Smith of Advanta IRA. Please check out their websites and take advantage of the services they offer to investors. And thank you everyone who attended the meeting and are helping us grow and improve our group.

Beginning Investors Group Photo AlbumSEE OUR PHOTOS ON FACEBOOK: Be sure to see our photos from the meeting on Facebook in our Beginning Investors Group Photo Album for Feb 17, 2014.

Mark JacksonWhat’s Happening Next Month? Our next BIG Meeting is on St Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17th at 6PM at the Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs. Our topic will be on Determining Accurate Property Values with Mark “MJ” Jackson who is a Property Valuation Specialist!

This will be a great meeting for new and seasoned investors… one you don’t wan to miss. There will be lots great food, fun, networking, education, entertainment and giveaways. Don’t forget to wear something GREEN for St Patrick’s day to our March meeting! We hope to see you there!

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Mon, Feb 17th @ 6:00 PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group – Feb 17
Getting Deals Done Without Banks
with Special Guest, Bill Ham

All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend
Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door.
Guests can Join Atlanta REIA for Only $100/year and Attend for FREE!

Bill HamCome join us at BIG on Monday, February 17th at 6:00PM at Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, where former corporate pilot and regular contributor to Atlanta REIA’s Profit Newsletter, Bill Ham, will show you how to get your first deal (and lots more) without having to qualify for a loan from a bank. He will teach you how to build a portfolio of cash flowing properties even if you have bad credit, no credit or you have never even done a deal.

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Bill has been investing with real estate for eight years now. He started with one duplex and no cash. Bill then created a portfolio of hundreds units from single family deals up to large commercial apartment complexes and everything in between. To this day, Bill has never walked into a bank and qualified for a loan, put money down, and purchased a real estate investment. He has lots of bank loans, but all of them came from refinancing after taking control of the property with some form of creative financing.

“I didn’t start with a ton of cash. I was twenty-eight years old when I quit my career-building job as a corporate pilot. I didn’t have a life savings. I didn’t have lots of connections from the business world. I wasn’t able to go to all of my wealthy investors and have them fund my deals. I survived by perfecting the art of creative financing, by mastering the art of Creative Financing. Now I have seven employees, my own management company, and hundreds of units.I survived because the art of helping people solve their problems is a very lucrative business. This is the core of what I teach. In all my material, that is the one concept I will repeat over and over”!

You will learn:

  • Techniques to create single or multi-family portfolios without using banks
  • Learn what Lease Options and Debt Partners are and how they are used in creative financing.
  • What Master Lease Options are(MLO).
  • How and When to use Seller Financing
  • How To Negotiate Creatively
  • And much, much more…

Atlanta REIA members can attend at NO CHARGE. Non-Members can register online for $15 or if you register online or $20 at the door. RSVP Now and come learn how to buy houses without using banks! Seating is limited.

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Sneak Peek at the Upcoming Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Workshop
with Don DeRosa

Don DeRosaDo you have a smartphone, Ipad, or tablet that you just use for phone calls, an internet surfboard or just games? Would you like to learn to save time, money and leverage your mobile devices to supercharge your real estate investing business? If so, come join us and Don will show you why you should sign up and come to his Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Workshop on Feb 22. Don will drop a golden nugget or two of knowledge at this sneak peek, so you do not want to miss this segment at BIG!

Atlanta REIA members can attend at NO CHARGE. Non-Members can register online for $15 or if you register online or $20 at the door. RSVP Now and come learn how to buy houses without using banks! Seating is limited.

Late Nite Networking at the Hudson Grille

Hudson GrilleAfter the conclusion of out BIG Meeting, we will be hanging out in the meeting room at the Hudson Grille for “Late Nite Networking”. Hudson Grille will be offering burger and other meal specials for our members and guests. Come eat, drink, network and have fun with like minded real estate investors and other professionals late into the night!

Participating Vendors & Sponsors

Each and every month, come out and meet our participating business members who help sponsor our meeting. Thanks again sponsors!

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>>

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>>

Sandra Watkins & Co

BIG Meeting Agenda*
6:00 pm: Check in, Seating, Ordering Food & Networking
7:00 pm: Welcome, Introductions & Announcements
7:15 pm: Real Estate Transaction Case Study
7:20 pm: Meeting Sponsors, Giveaways and Door Prizes
7:30 pm: Main Presentations with Guest Speakers
9:00 pm: Late Nite Networking & Buyer/Seller Role-Playing

*Please Note: Meeting agenda is subject to change.

Click to view Cruise VideoWIN A CRUISE: All participants who attend the BIG Meeting can enter into a drawing for a chance to win a *Complimentary 2 Day Cruise to the Bahamas with Caribbean Cruise Line! *You must be present at the meeting to win. The 2 day Cruise does not include port fees, transportation and taxes.

About the Beginning Investors Group (BIG)

Alan McDonald & Dustin GriffinThe Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group (BIG) is an educational and networking special interest 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. BIG is hosted by Alan McDonald and Dustin Griffin, who bring in local and national real estate experts to teach new investors how to survive and thrive in the current real estate market.

Atlanta REIA members can RSVP to attend at NO CHARGE. Non-Members can RSVP Online for $15 per person or pay $20 per person at the door. Non-Members can Join Atlanta REIA first for as little as $100/year and attend this and all other Atlanta REIA Meetings at no charge. Seating is extremely limited at this meeting, so please take action and RSVP Now!

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
The Beginning Investors Group is Getting BIG! We Had 116+ Investors at Our January Meeting!

Beginning Investors GroupYes, you read that right, 116+ people gathered together at January’s BIG meeting for a record turnout. We listened to an action oriented, powerful presentation made by William Crowley on Credit Restoration. William informed us of a lot of points that many of us did not know about our credit reports and history. He delivered his 4 step system to restore credit and facts about the UCC code. William touched a nerve that a lot of us have… Many of us are slaves to debt and our credit history. William is driven by his passion to help us break those chains of credit slavery.

Bernard Lawson and Ester WalkerWe also expanded our meeting agenda. We have started a “First Deal” segment, where we will highlight members as they do their first deals. Congratulations to Bernard Lawson and his partner Esther Walker of BE Property Investors LLC for taking the “leap of faith” and getting into the game. Congratulations to Jason Baines too who did his first “subject to” deal. If you are a first time investor and a regular attendee of our meeting, we want to hear about your first deal!

Mike Cherwenka of Goldmine PropertiesMike Cherwenka of Goldmine Properties also spoke about the in’s and out’s of Wholesaling during his long real estate investing career. Rock Shukoor also taught us “How to Wholesale Like A Pro” during Late Nite Networking.

Dustin Griffin also spoke on the benefits of having an Atlanta REIA membership and updated us on some of the exciting new subgroups that Atlanta REIA is forming now. He also updated us on how our members can participate in the new DIY Network TV Show called “First Time Flippers”. If you want to know more details, just go to First Time Flippers. The information is free, just place the order to download the information. Read More→

Mon, Jan 20th@ 6:30 PM – Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group – Jan 20
How Credit Repair Really Works
with William Crowley (AKA “The Credit Man”)

All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend
Members Attend for FREE and Guests for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door.
Guests can Join Atlanta REIA for Only $100/year and Attend for FREE!

William CrowleyCome join us at BIG on Monday, January 20th at 6:30PM at Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, where long time credit restoration expert, William Crowley, will be our special guest speaker.

William is an honorably discharged Marine and the owner of Complete Care Financial Services which has specialized in providing Credit Restoration Assistance to real estate investors, agents and other real estate professionals and their clients since 1999.

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After getting fed up with all the misinformation from the Credit Reporting Agencies and all the hype from so called “Credit Repair Companies”, William created a powerful, yet simple, proven 4-Step Credit Restoration Formula that you can put to use immediately to start removing negative items from your credit reports or those of your clients.

During his presentation, William will teach how to use the Fair Credit Reporting Act to greatly benefit yourself and your customers by deleting negative entries off their credit report in as little as 30 days. Negatives such as bankruptcies, tax liens, student loans, late payments, collections, repossessions, foreclosures, charge offs and much, much more.

You will learn:

  • William’s 4-Step Credit Restoration Formula
  • How to delete negatives off your credit report and dramatically increase your credit score for the cost of a postage stamp.
  • How to get tax liens, student loans, late payments, collections, repossessions, charge-offs and even foreclosures and bankruptcies removed from your credit reports due to the Credit Reporting Agencies’ incompetence.
  • How to use a Cease and Desist Letter to stop harassing calls from Collection Agencies.
  • How to use the Fair Credit Reporting Act to your advantage.
  • How to settle accounts with Collection Agencies the right way.
  • Any much, much more about Credit Restoration…

RSVP Now and come learn about bettering your credit score, your clients and your tenant/buyers to unleash your investing business. Seating is limited!

And An Important Announcement on DIY Network Casting Call…
Are You a 1st Time House Flipper?
Would You Like to See Your 1st Deal On TV?
Join Us at BIG to Learn How You Could Be On DIY
Network’s New TV Show About First Time Flippers!
Watch Video!

Atlanta REIA has been contacted by the casting department for the DIY Network’s new show called “First Time Flippers”. They are looking for first time house flippers in the Atlanta area to feature on the upcoming season of the show. The show is about whether or not two First Time Flippers can turn a disaster house into a dream home. The show will chronicle the highs and lows of finding, fixing and flipping a house as investors take on their very first deal. Will they make a profit or will they break the bank?

People that are featured in an episode of First Time Flippers will receive $5,000 for allowing the show to film their flipping experience. Since the title of the show is “First Time Flippers”, they are looking for people who really are fixing and flipping a house for the first time. They do not want seasoned pros or people who are already flipping houses for a living. Also, they said they prefer people who plan on doing the majority of the physical work themselves – it’s just not as entertaining to watch somebody buy a house and then hire contractors to essentially fix it for them. Plus, this show is going to be airing on the DIY Network, which stands for “Do It Yourself”.

Join us at BIG on Monday, January 20th to Learn
How To Apply for the Casting Process!

And a BIG Bonus Session on…
Wholesaling for Beginners
with Special Guest, Rock Shukoor

Rock ShukoorWe are also excited to local real estate and marketing expert, Rock Shukoor doing a bonus session for us on “Wholesaling for Beginners”! If you have a phone, have access to a computer and the desire to make a dramatic financial change in your life, you need to attend! Rock will give a quick overview of the whole process:

  • How to find your buyers first
  • How to quickly build a buyers list
  • How to find properties for your buyers
  • More on “7 Ways to Find 7 Deals in 7 Days”
  • 5 ways to do a double closing without using your own money
  • Creating a system so you can make money on autopilot

This is wholesaling and guerrilla marketing at lightning fast speed. RSVP Now and don’t miss this exciting session where Rock will inspire and motivate you to take action, stay focused and find a deal a day!

RSVP Now!

Late Nite Networking at the Hudson Grille

Hudson GrilleAfter the conclusion of our BIG Meeting, we will be hanging our in the meeting room at the Hudson Grille for “Late Nite Networking”. Hudson Grille will be offering burger and other meal specials for our members and guests. Come eat, drink, network and have fun with like minded real estate investors and other professionals late into the night!

About the Beginning Investors Group (BIG)

Alan McDonald & Dustin GriffinThe Atlanta REIA Beginning Investors Group (BIG) is an educational and networking special interest 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. BIG is hosted by Alan McDonald and Dustin Griffin, who bring in local and national real estate experts to teach new investors how to survive and thrive in the current real estate market.

Atlanta REIA members can RSVP to attend at NO CHARGE. Non-Members can RSVP Online for $15 per person or pay $20 per person at the door. Non-Members can Join Atlanta REIA first for as little as $100/year and attend this and all other Atlanta REIA Meetings at no charge. Seating is extremely limited at this meeting, so please take action and RSVP Now!

BIG Meeting Agenda*

6:30 pm: Check in, Seating, Ordering Food & Networking
7:00 pm: Welcome, Introductions &Announcements
7:15 pm: Meeting Sponsors, Giveaways and Door Prizes
7:30 pm: Main Presentations with Guest Speakers
9:00 pm: Late Nite Networking for Real Estate Investors

*Please Note: Meeting agenda is subject to change.

Click to view Cruise VideoWIN A CRUISE: All participants who attend the BIG Meeting will entered into a drawing for a chance to win a *Complimentary 2 Day Cruise to the Bahamas with Caribbean Cruise Line! *You must be present at the meeting to win. The 2 day Cruise does not include port fees, transportation and taxes.

See Atlanta REIA Events Calendar for More Events!
Mon, December 16th at 6:30 PM @ Hudson Grille, Sandy Springs
Atlanta REIA BIG Christmas Party!
Mon, Dec 16th at the Hudson Grille Sandy Springs
with Special Guest Speakers & Sponsors
All Members & Guests Must RSVP Online to Attend.
*Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages Included!

Atlanta REIA BIG Christmas PartyAtlanta REIA wants to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! On Monday, December 16th at 6:30PM, we’re having a very special Atlanta REIA BIG Meeting and Christmas Party at the Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA. Atlanta REIA Gold Members can attend for $10, Silver Members for $15 and Guests for $30. RSVP Now & Reserve Your Seats!

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*PLEASE NOTE: Food and non-alcoholic Beverages will be provided for those who register and show up on time. Attendees can also order off the Hudson Grille menu and/or purchase adult beverages at the cash bar at their own expense as well.

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We also have a very exciting line up of guest speakers whom all happen to be Atlanta REIA subgroup leaders. We also have several vendor sponsors who will be in attendance as well. There will be lots of food, fun, networking, education and a cash bar as well. Come and celebrate the Christmas season with your fellow real estate investors and get ready for an exciting New Year full of new opportunities and exciting possibilities. RSVP Now!

Christmas Party 2013 Speakers

Don DeRosa – Humanizing technology to create success

Russ Hiner – Where the market is going in 2014

Rateb Rock Shukoor – The right mindset of marketing for 2014

Steve Brown – Creating the best partners and friends for success

Joe Thompson – 2013′s successes and 2014′s outlook at Haves And Wants

Leslie Mathis – Taking a personal inventory of 2013 & getting the right mindset for 2014.

This Christmas Party will sell out fast, so please RSVP Now to reserve your seats so you can come celebrate the holiday season with us! Again Atlanta REIA Gold Members are $10 per person, Silver Members are $15 and Non Members $30. The small fee is to help cover the food and room rental. RSVP Now & Save Your Seat(s)! We hope to see you there!

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Christmas Party Sponsors & Vendor Speakers

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>>

FirstCall ClaimsFirstCall Claims – Our public adjusters are experts in preparing, documenting, and negotiating claims. With more than 20 years of experience and millions of dollars for our clients, FirstCall has a solid record of improving settlement outcomes. Read More>>

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>>

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.
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Pete's Friendly Home InspectionsPete’s Friendly Home Inspections, LLC. – Pete’s provides home inspections, radon monitoring, gas/water/septic tests, checks pools/sprinklers and any other type of inspection needed to get you that next home! Read More>>

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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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>>

Solutions Realty NetworkSolutions Realty Network – Providing expert property management and investment services since 2003. You invest and we take care of the rest! We’re the solution to all your real estate needs. Read More>>

House4CashBuyers.comHouse4CashBuyers.com – Underwater? Behind on Payments? Repairs Needed? No matter what the issue is we can help! We can buy your house as-is for cash. We can also pay most of the closing costs, and we typically close fast!

  • Platinum Key Management, Inc (Rock Shukoor)
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Mon, November 18th @ 6:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group
Nov 18th at 6:30 PM @ Hudson Grille Sandy Springs
How to Create a Cash Flow
Fortune With Tax Sales!

With Special Guest, Tom DiAgostino
Seating is Limited. ALL Attendees Must RSVP Here…
Atlanta REIA Members Can RSVP at No Charge
Guests Can RSVP for $15 Online or Pay $20 at the Door.

Tom DiAgostinoAtlanta REIA and the Beginning Investors Group are excited to announce that Tom DiAgostino will be our special guest trainer this month at BIG on Monday, November 18th at 6:30 PM at the Hudson Grill located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA. Tom will be teaching us “How to Create a Cash Flow Fortune with Tax Sales”, a real estate niche that most investors know nothing about. Join us at the meeting and you will learn…

  • Why this is the easiest way to buy properties so cheap it feels like stealing
  • Why auctions are not the answer, and the secret to making maximum interest
  • How to make easy 18-36% returns without owning real estate, but enjoying its security
  • Where to tap into the most motivated sellers on the planet with the LEAST Competition
  • Why there is so much meat on the bone, it’s hard NOT to make insane profits
  • How to do it all tax free within your IRA
  • How we make our staff available to do it for you if you wish

Tom says… “Regardless of your experience or location, you can earn unthinkable interest, or find unbelievable deals to wholesale, flip, or partner on. Even Homer Simpson can do what I am going to teach you. I mean deals at 10-30% of repaired value.”

“I’ve been around the block for 21 years and done it all. This is not the flavor of the week. This training will change your financial life, and your generations to come. Stop trying to ride the next wave, only to find you’re on the back end, left at sea. We’re not just trainers, we’re your investment partners. Come join us and spend 90 min on November 18th at the Beginning Investors Group where I’ll explain why this is the best deal source on the planet for every type of investor.”

After Tom’s presentation, we will be having Late Nite Networking where you can have a drink, network and socialize with Tom DiAgnostino and other new and experienced investors as well. This is a great way to build your network and have fun doing it!

Atlanta REIA Members RSVP Here at NO CHARGE. Non-Members RSVP Here for $15 per person or pay $20 at the door. Seating is extremely limited at the Hudson Grill and this is sure to be a popular educational topic, so RSVP Now and be sure to bring your ticket receipt to the meeting to get a seat. Networking and ordering food begins at 6:30PM. Presentations begin at 7:00PM. Late Nite Networking begins at 9:00PM until Late. Read More→

Monday, October 21st @ 6:30 PM in Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group
What Happens When You Lock
4 Attorneys in a Room Full of Eager
New Real Estate Investors?

with an All Star Attorney Panel on Mon, Oct 21st
Non-Members RSVP Online for $15.00 or $20 at the door.
Atlanta REIA Members are always FREE!

Attorney Panel at the Beginning Investors GroupWhile this may sound like the opening line of a funny joke, it is no joke at all! On Monday, October 21st at 6:30 PM at the Beginning Investors Group (BIG), we’re having an All Star Attorney Panel Discussion with four prominent local real estate attorneys… Fred Kross, Craig Halperin, John Maurer and Jon David Huffman.

BIG meets at the Hudson Grill located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA. This is a special BIG Meeting you don’t want to miss since it is a rare opportunity for you to discuss your real estate investing business with not one, but four real estate attorneys!

With all the attorney jokes aside, as investors, having good attorneys on our team is very important to our business. They assist us with legal entity setup; reviewing contracts; closing our real estate deals; dealing with liens; assisting our sellers with bankruptcy; short sales and foreclosures; representing us in lawsuits and so much more. This month at BIG, you are going to meet four local real estate attorneys who are all Atlanta REIA Members and who specialize in serving the needs of new and seasoned investors. They will be joining us to share their thoughts with you and answer all your burning legal questions. Join us at BIG and you will learn…

  • When and why you need a good attorney on your side
  • What advice our attorneys would give to beginning investors
  • How to avoid many of the common mistakes investors make
  • What type of legal entities and asset protection you should use
  • How to work with sellers in bankruptcy or foreclosure
  • How to avoid frivolous lawsuits
  • What to expect at closing
  • And answers to all your burning questions and much more!

After the Panel Discussion, attendees can stick around and participate in our new creative deal structuring exercises. This is an opportunity to practice on how to structure deals. Bring some of the deals you are working on, or use some of our scenarios.

Atlanta REIA members can attend the Beginning Investors Group for FREE. Non Members can RSVP Online for $15.00 or pay $20 at the door. If you join Atlanta REIA before the meeting, you can attend at no charge and get BIG Discounts on Atlanta REIA Training Workshops.

Mon, Sept 16th @ 6:30 PM – Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group
How to Find It, Fund It, Fix It & Flip It
with Aaron McGinnis on Monday, Sept 16th
Non-Members RSVP Online for $15.00 or $20 at the door.
Atlanta REIA Members are always FREE!

Aaron McGinnisJoin us at the Beginning Investors Group on Monday, September 16th at 6:30 PM at the Hudson Grill located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA which is being co-sponsored with the Onsite Renovation Group. At this month’s meeting, Real Estate Investor and Property Renovation Expert, Aaron McGinnis, will be teaching new and “new again” investors about “Renovating Ugly Houses for Huge Profits”. Aaron and his special guests will teach you “How to Find a House, Fund It, Fix It and Flip It”. If you want to learn more about how to renovate houses, this is a special BIG Meeting you don’t want to miss!

PLEASE NOTE: The Beginning Investors Group will also be co-sponsoring the Onsite Renovation Group with Aaron on Tuesday, September 17th at NOON where they will be meeting on a renovation job site located at 3040 Waters Road, Atlanta, GA 30354 (map). This property is a lightweight, paint and carpet renovation, perfect for newbies, in a re-gentrifying area, so come on out, take a look and learn how you can get into the profitable business of renovating ugly houses.

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Mon, August 19th @ 6:30 PM – Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group
How Accurate Comps Can Make or Save You $1000′s on Your Next Deal
with Linda Dana on Monday, August 19th
Non-Members RSVP Online for $10.00 or $20 at the door.
Atlanta REIA Members are always FREE!

Linda DanaJoin us at the Beginning Investors Group on Monday, August 19th at 6:30 PM at the Hudson Grill located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA where property evaluation expert, Linda Dana, will be teaching new investors the art and science of “Determining Accurate Property Values”. Linda is a long time real estate investor and “transaction engineer”, a mentor and the President of Charlotte REIA.

Knowing “How to Determine Accurate Property Values” is a highly critical skill that we must master as real estate investors in order to create profitable deals.

As investors, we determine a property’s value by “pulling comps” using property evaluation websites, software or the MLS. By “comps” we mean recent “comparable sales” of other properties in close proximity to our subject property that are similar in age, bedrooms, baths, square footage, lot size, style, amenities, etc.

We gather this recent sales data and analyze the high sales, low sales, average sales and distressed sales to determine the properties current “As-Is Value” as well as the “After Repair Value”. We must carefully determine which comps we include in our calculations and which ones to exclude if they are not truly “comparable”. We then carefully calculate our offer(s) to the seller based on these numbers.

If we get these numbers wrong and think the property is worth less than it really is, we may offer the seller too little and lose the opportunity to buy the property and any profit we would have made to another buyer who is willing to offer more.

If we think a property is worth more than it really is in its present, as-is condition or fixed up, we may pay too much and lose thousands of dollars when we sell. For example, if we are off by $5,000 to $10,000 on the properties value, our anticipated $5,000 profit on a wholesale flip may quickly evaporate.

Most investors don’t want to hire an appraiser to determine the value of every house they make an offer on, nor do they want to rely on a Realtor to determine these critical numbers for them. Therefore one of the first skills every new investor must master is how to determine accurate property values by pulling comps and doing the research themselves.

Join us at the Beginning Investors Group on Aug 19th where Linda will teach us…

  • What criteria to use in your comp search
  • How to know a good comp from a bad comp
  • Which comps to include and which to eliminate
  • How to determine a property’s value based on comps
  • How to pull comps without being a Realtor
  • All this and much more…

If you want to learn to put more money in your pocket and leave less on the closing table, this is a BIG Meeting you don’t want to miss!

Remember, Retail Buyers buy based on emotion… Investors buy based on the numbers. Join us at BIG to learn more about how to determine these important numbers!

Mon, July 15th @ 6:30 PM – Sandy Springs, GA
The Beginning Investors Group
Generating Leads with Guerilla Marketing Strategies & Techniques
with Dustin Griffin
Non-Members RSVP Online for $10.00 or $20 at the door.
Atlanta REIA Members are always FREE!

Dustin GriffinAs a new or “new again” investor, are you generating enough motivated buyer and seller leads each month to survive and thrive in today’s competitive real estate market? Are you generating at least 25-50 leads per month from your marketing efforts? If you’re not generating this many leads or more, you should join us for our next BIG Meeting to learn how to generate all the motivated buyer and seller leads you can handle.

Dustin Griffin will be speaking at the Beginning Investors Group (BIG) on Monday, July 15th at 6:30 PM at Hudson Grille located at 6317 Roswell Rd NE in Sandy Springs, GA on many of the Guerilla Marketing Strategies and Techniques that he and other successful real estate investors use to generate a steady flow of leads for their real estate investing businesses. You will learn…

  • What is Marketing?
  • What is Guerilla Marketing?
  • How can one dominate their local market online and offline on a budget?
  • Marketing in 7 Easy Steps
  • Multiple ways to consistently market your business
  • 12 Tips for Search Engine Domination
  • And much more…
What to Bring: Please bring examples of your marketing materials such as your business cards, flyers, signs and any other marketing material you would like to share with and/or show the group.

Come join us and learn how you too can totally dominate your local competition online and offline with little effort and a relatively low budget using new and traditional marketing techniques, a little creativity and the power of the Internet. This meeting is FREE for Atlanta REIA Members. Guests and Non-Members can pay $20.00 at the door or RSVP Online for $10.00. If you Join Atlanta REIA before attending or at the door, you can attend at no charge.

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