Atlanta REIA Meeting Updates

Mon, May 7th @ 3:00 PM – Total Wine & More Atlanta
The Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Group
Is the “Meeting-Before-the-Meeting”

This Month with Don DeRosa

Don DeRosaPlease join us at our very first “Mobile Real Estate Rockstars Group” (Rockstars) hosted by Don DeRosa at our “Meeting-Before-The-Meeting” on May 7th at 3:00 PM in a private meeting room at Total Wine & More located at 124 Perimeter Center W (see map). The Mobile Real Estate Rockstar Group is an educational and networking group for investors who want to leverage mobile technology (think: iPad, smartphone, Tablet and other mobile devices) to become more competitive, profitable investors. Instead of playing Angry Birds, this group shares the latest apps, tips and techniques to use the information they need, right now, at their fingertips, from anywhere.

At the inaugural meeting of the Rockstars, Don will cover the basics of the iPad and iPhone and how he uses them in his investing business, from taking a lead to evaluating the deal, he’ll show the apps he uses to see if it’s a deal worth looking at, so he doesn’t waste his time driving out to a deal he’ll never buy. Then he’ll ask the group to share their favorite apps for doing business, or ones they just can’t live without. With over 11.8 million iPads and 35.1 million iPhones, plus millions of smart phones and other devices like the Amazon Kindle taking ‘fire,’ you’d better know how to use mobile devices in your business, or you’ll be left behind.

Total Wine & MoreAt 5:00 PM, Total Wine & More will be offering a complimentary wine tasting to all those who attend our meeting and wish to participate. There is NO CHARGE to attend this meeting or the wine tasting for Atlanta REIA Members and guests. Thanks Total Wine & More!

Mon, May 7th @ 5:30 PM – Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites
Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on May 7, 2012
Members are FREE! Guests Can RSVP Online for $15
Or pay $20 at the Door
“Discover Powerful Internet Marketing Strategies Specifically Designed for Real Estate Investors to Generate More Leads, More Deeds, More Cash & Equity!”
with Special Guest, Duncan Wierman

Duncan WiermanDuncan Wierman is an Atlanta REIA Business Member, a full time investor in Greenville, SC and a Internet Marketing Wizard. His business revolves around using automated systems so he can do less work and make more money buying, selling and holding real estate more efficiently. He uses Internet Marketing and automated Internet systems for attracting buyers, sellers, and investors that have allowed him to do as many as 300 deals a year without leaving his desk! Duncan is going to teach you his secret methods on how you can Buy 1, 2, 5 or even 10+ houses or more per month, snatching houses up fast and selling them for huge profits within hours, without risk and without leaving your home! If this sounds too good to be true, there is even more… Join us at the meeting and Duncan is going to teach you how to…

  • Attract dozens of desperate, motivated sellers so you can cherry pick the hottest deals
  • Uncover hidden bargain deals on the Internet at record breaking speed
  • Buy properties below 65 cents on the dollar and then sell them within 1 hour
  • Turn your business into a system that makes you over $32,756.32 a month, each and every month
  • Set up a system that can “sniff out” hidden properties that virtually no one knows even exist
  • Use automatic “bots” to work for you day and night, bringing you qualified customers and hot deals
  • Get your phone ringing off the hook with people begging you to use their money to fund your deals
  • Get insane real estate profits even if you’re holding down a day job and have no time to yourself
  • Boost your credibility with sellers, even if you’re new to real estate investing
  • Create a HUGE list of investors who want to be notified FIRST and will be begging to buy your houses
  • Market, buy, sell, and/or assign property online, to make MILLIONS in cash and equity from home

This Month’s Mini-Session Topics & Guest Speakers

Karen Bershad“New Member Orientation” is a mini-session hosted by Karen Bershad that is designed to introduce our new members (and guests interested in become a member) to our organization and show them multiple ways they can get involved, get connected and get educated. Come learn more about our website, meetings, networking events, workshops, webcasts, replays and more!

Dustin Griffin“What’s Happening at Atlanta REIA” is a mini-session hosted by Atlanta REIA Executive Director, Dustin Griffin, to update our members and guests on many of the exciting new things that are going on at Atlanta REIA in the upcoming weeks and months such as upcoming workshops, webcasts, special events, member’s benefits and more!

Don DeRosa“There’s an App for That” is a fun new mini-session dedicated to updating you on some of the latest and greatest applications or “apps” for your iPad, iphone or Droid smartphones and tablets for both business and personal use. We want to help you become a high-tech, mobile real estate entrepreneur and this month, Don DeRosa is going to help you do just that!

Ben RaoNew Benefits & Discounts for MembersBen Rao, President of the Community Buying Group will be showing Atlanta REIA Members how to take full advantage of many new member benefits and discounts from companies such as Lowes, Sears, Sherwin Williams, Office Max, Sunbelt Rentals, Spring and more!

Joe Thompson“Have’s & Wants Speed Marketing” is 30 minute marketing session hosted by Joe Thompson that is held to help facilitate deals by giving our members the opportunity to quickly market things they HAVE and no longer want and to find things they WANT but don’t yet have. Be sure to get to the meeting early and get on the speed marketing list if you want to participate.

Late Night Networking at Tilted Kilt Perimeter (FOOD SPECIALS!)

Tilted KiltAfter the conclusion of the Main Meeting, we will be reconvening at the Tilted Kilt Perimeter located at 1155-B Mount Vernon Highway in Atlanta for the “Meeting after the Meeting”. The Tilted Kilt will be offering half price appetizers as well as food and drink specials for our members and guests. Come eat, drink, network and have fun with us as hang out late into the night!

*Meeting Agenda for May 7, 2012
3:00 pm: Mobile Real Estate Investor Subgroup at Total Wines & More
5:00 pm: Vendor & Event Setup for Main Meeting
5:30 pm: Vendor Trade Show & Networking in the Lobby
5:30 pm: New Member Orientation, Updates & There’s an App for That
6:00 pm: New Discounts & Benefits for Members with Ben Rao
6:30 pm: Haves & Wants Speed Marketing Session
7:00 pm: Networking Break
7:20 pm: Vendor Door Prizes & Giveaways
7:30 pm: Main Topic with Duncan Wierman
9:30 pm: Late Nite Networking at the Tilted Kilt Perimeter!

*Please Note: Meeting agenda is subject to change.

Participating Vendors & Sponsors

Each and every month, for the duration of our meeting, we have a Vendor Tradeshow in which you can come out and meet many of our participating business members who help sponsor our meeting. It’s not to late to sponsor this 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→

Atlanta Private LendingAtlanta Private Lending – Atlanta’s premier private real estate lending company. We provide private, hard money loans to professional real estate investors for renovation and investment purposes. Read More→

American IRAAmerican IRA – The American IRA mission is to provide the highest level of customer service in the self-directed retirement industry. Read More→

Atlanta Carpet ServicesAtlanta Carpet Services, Inc. – Providing carpet, wood, vinyl, and tile, ACS is dedicated to every aspect of your floor covering needs from initial consultation to the sale and follow-up services. Read More→

Fuller Center for Housing of Greater AtlantaFuller Center for Housing of Greater Atlanta – A faith-driven, Christ-centered, non-profit organization dedicated to providing adequate shelter for people in need in the Greater Atlanta area. Read More→

Real Estate Works 4 UReal Estate Works 4 U – Stop paying too much and get your property tax bill lowered! Our team will manage the entire property tax appeal process from start to finish. 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→

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→

Commercial Realty ExpertsCommercial Realty Experts – Our Team utilizes the latest information technologies, market research, and business strategies to move real estate quickly, or satisfy your particular buying needs. 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→

Simply Amazing Staging AtlantaSimply Amazing Staging Atlanta – We have a proven record of converting those “For Sale” signs into “Sold” signs. We use 5 proven and time tested steps to sell your home in record time.

Scott Bowen’s Specialized Services

Angel Oak Funding

Also, special thanks to all of our volunteers that help make our meetings and networking events possible!


Real Estate Works 4 UIt’s that time of year again, when all the property tax bills are mailed out, we receive and open them, and are absolutely shocked to find that the “values” the tax appraiser has on them are way, way higher than what we know we can sell the properties for.  Then we look at the amount owed for the year for property taxes and groan, knowing we need to check to see if our rental rates will cover that amount for the year.  At the very least we know its money out of our pockets and into the government’s, when we did all the work to buy and rehab the property, then locate a (hopefully) decent tenant who will pay the rent payment on time.  It doesn’t seem quite fair to be overtaxed on property that the assessor values too high for today’s market, does it?  What can we do about this though?  I believe we all want to keep as much of our hard-earned money on our property investments as we possibly can, without the government getting more than their fare share, right?

LaGaylia ApplebyWe’ve all heard “You can’t fight City Hall”.  Well, this isn’t exactly all true.  Please join us Monday, April 23rd at 6:30 PM at the Cherokee Cattle Company at 2710 Canton Road, Marietta, GA (map), where we are pleased to host our very special guest speaker, LaGaylia Appleby of Real Estate Works 4 U!  LaGaylia works diligently to lower property taxes for both homeowners and real estate investors across Atlanta.  She’s got many tips and techniques to share with us on how we can go about lowering our property taxes legally, ethically, and honestly.  By working within the laws and guidelines of our government agencies, she’s been able to save me well over $1,000 on just two properties!  I think I’ll go to the beach with that money (I can already hear the waves)!  What will you do with the money you save by joining us Monday evening at the West Meeting of Atlanta REIA?  Read More→


Ben RaoAre you running your business or it is running you?  Are you doing everything you can to build a brand, leveraging technology, network effectively and save money? On Monday, May 7th at the Main Atlanta REIA Meeting for May 2012, Ben Rao, President of the Community Buying Group, will be discussing many of the new Member Benefits available to Atlanta REIA Members through our new relationship with the Community Buying Group. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up new ideas on doing business better and how to save money on products and services you may already be using.

There are no programs to buy since these benefits are already included in your paid Atlanta REIA Membership. Join Ben at the meeting and learn…

  • See how other Real Estate Investors and Landlords are putting more money in to their deals by saving money on materials, services and products they use everyday
  • Tools and Tips to expand your sphere of influence and network more effectively with other RE Investors locally and nationwide
  • Showcase your business or services to other RE investors in your Community
  • Learn how to use technology to do business better
  • Learn the importance of building your brand and see tools to build your own brand.

Come hear about these incredible benefits that are now included in your Atlanta REIA Membership.  You now have access to more tools to help you save you both time and money.  We also will show you how you can get bigger discounts at Lowe’s, Sun Belt Tool Rentals, Sherwin Williams, Sears Commercial, Sprint /Nextel, Rent Fast, Build a Sign and another dozen suppliers.


Imagine taking any sales lead you get and creating a winning deal out of it. Making thousands of dollars where you thought there were none. No more wasted marketing dollars. No more wasted phone calls. That used to be just a dream. But not anymore.

Don DeRosaJoin Don DeRosa at the Creative Deal Structuring Group meeting on May 2nd at 7PM at the Whitehall Tavern (formerly the Cheyenne Grill) located at 2391 Peachtree Rd NE in Atlanta, GA as he shares with you his Real Estate Insider Secrets and the state-of-the-art tools he uses to evaluate deals and make them work – for him and for the seller.

As Don unveils his Insider Secrets, he’ll share with you the buying and selling strategies that are working for him right now, in 2012. Yes, he’ll show you the secret tools he uses to create profitable deals, even when there appears to be nothing there to work with. You’ll have abundance of deals to choose from! Plus he’ll show you how he gets the information to evaluate a deal, wherever is he, so you’ll never waste time with leads you shouldn’t spend time on and beat other investors to the most profitable deals.

Don will walk through real world examples, actual deals, to demonstrate step-by-step how to apply these “secrets” and tools. In fact, bring your deals, and he’ll show you exactly how to evaluate the lead, determine your exit strategy, structure the deal, negotiate with the seller, and get the paperwork done almost instantly and without any of the hard work you normally do to get your deals done.

By the end of the presentation, you’ll know… Read More→


Beginning Investors Group (BIG)You’re a new investor. You may have started yesterday or perhaps it’s been almost a year and you still haven’t completed your first deal. Maybe you are waiting for the perfect time or you may even be a bit freaked out. Hey, you aren’t the first one that’s ever been there. Is there someone that has been there just recently? There is! She will be speaking at BIG this April 25th.

Dorsie Boddiford23 year old Georgia Tech grad, Dorsie Boddiford started investing in June 2011. She bought her first property in August 2011. A couple of days ago in April, she bought her 8th property! Dorsie is going to be telling us her story at the Beginning Investors Group (BIG) on April 25th at 6:30 PM about of her first 3 months of investing all the way through her first deal. Sharing her insights, fears, and feelings in those first days. Dorsie will be analyzing some of those deals for you. She will also be taking questions and giving answers. This will be an event you DO NOT want to MISS! To register for BIG on April 25, 2012 just click on this button…

Eventbrite -  Dorsie Boddiford: Up and Running with Investing

You will be sent an email from eventbrite that will contain a ticket. Print out the ticket, bring it with you to the BIG event and get a free gift! Read More→

Monday, April 23rd at 6:00 PM in Savannah, GA
Savannah Real Estate Investors Alliance
Next Meeting on April 23rd at 6 PM
Hosted by Kristin Mack & Aislee Jackson

Kristin Mack & Aislee JacksonAtlanta REIA is excited to team up with Kristin Mack and Aislee Jackson to start the Savannah Real Estate Investors Alliance (Savannah REIA) down in Savannah, Georgia. Savannah REIA will be meeting on the 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 PM at Barnes Restaurant located at 5320 Waters Avenue in Savannah, GA. Savannah REIA’s next meeting is on Monday, April 23rd at 6:00 PM.

Savannah REIA Email ListJoin the Savannah REIA Email List
If you are interested in being a part of Savannah Real Estate Investors Alliance, investing in Savannah or just want more information on our new REIA, be sure to Join Savannah REIA’s Email List so you can stay informed on any upcoming meetings and events as they develop.

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Also, be sure to Like Savannah REIA on Facebook where we will also be posting any upcoming meetings, events and other useful information. You can also interact with our Facebook page and post your have’s and wants as well.

Thursday, April 12th @ 7 PM in Cartersville, GA
North Georgia REIA Meeting
with Pete Fortunato & Dyches Boddiford
Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at NO CHARGE!

Atlanta REIA Members,

Peter Fortunato and Dyches BoddifordYou are invited to this month’s North Georgia REIA Meeting at NO CHARGE! Just present your valid Atlanta REIA Membership Card at the door and get in for FREE! Get ready for our BEST North Georgia REIA Meeting EVER! Pete Fortunato and Dyches Boddiford will be our very special guest speakers!

MEETING TOPIC: 8 Benefits of a Deal


NEW MEETING LOCATION: Our new home is the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn in Cartersville, Georgia, at Exit #288 (Main Street) off I-75. (See Map)

ALSO, A SATURDAY SEMINAR: Pete, Dyches and I will be doing a full-day seminar called “What Box?” on Saturday, April 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Cartersville GA. Only 80 seats are available. First 40 people who register get an invite to a one-of-a-kind cookout lunch along with Pete and Dyches to be held on Friday, April 13th from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. around the camp fire at our horse ranch in Adairsville, GA! Read More→


WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn, Cartersville Georgia (map), Exit 288 off I-75

COST: Atlanta REIA Members can attend for FREE with valid membership card

MEETING TOPIC: How to Use Pete Fortunato’s 8 Transactional Benefits to Structure a Deal!

GUEST SPEAKERS: Pete Fortunato and Dyches Boddiford

Peter Fortunato and Dyches Boddiford“Pete Fortunato and Dyches Boddiford are our two favorite real estate investing teachers on earth. They have been our teachers since the late 1990’s. No one else has the know-how or experience to construct creative win-win deals like Pete and Dyches! At our first Pete seminar in 1999, he flashed a diagram of a house up on the screen. The reason this house was different was that each room represented one of the eight transactional benefits of a real estate investing deal. The eight benefits are: Growth, Income, Amortization, Profits, Management, Security, Tax Benefits and Use. Hope to see you there!” Bill & Kim Cook

Mon, April 2nd @ 3:00 PM – Total Wine & More Atlanta
The “Meeting-Before-the-Meeting”
with John Mangham on 1031 Exchanges

John ManghamPlease join us as we host the “1031 Guy”, John Mangham at our “Meeting-Before-The-Meeting” on April 2nd at 3:00 PM in a private meeting room at Total Wine & More located at 124 Perimeter Center W (see map), just across down the street from where we meet for the Main Atlanta Meeting. John is a CPA and a real estate broker but most importantly he’s been an active investor for over 3 decades. During the past 3 years, John and his partners have bought over 120 houses!

On Monday, John will take us through Essential Elements of a 1031 Exchange transaction and walk through the steps of a successful exchange transaction. In addition, John will help you evaluate what kind of investor you are and provide suggestions to maximize your investing efforts. 1031 topics include: Financial Benefit of an Exchange, Balancing an Exchange, Opportunities with Like Kind Property, Timing in an Exchange, and Your Role in a Successful Exchange. He’ll also share several scenarios to illustrate how to structure your own deals for maximum tax deferral!

Total Wine & MoreAt 5:00 PM, Total Wine & More will be offering a complimentary wine tasting to all those who attend our meeting and wish to participate. There is NO CHARGE to attend this meeting or the wine tasting for Atlanta REIA Members and guests. Thanks Total Wine & More!

Mon, April 2nd @ 5:30 PM – Atlanta Perimeter Hotel & Suites
Atlanta REIA Main Meeting with
Robert Shemin & Other Special Guests
Atlanta REIA Members Can Attend at No Charge
Guests Can RSVP Online for $10 or pay $20 at the Door

Robert SheminHave you ever gone to a class reunion where the “least likely to succeed” showed up in the fanciest car, wearing the most expensive suit, flashing the latest Rolex, and wondered, “How come that idiot’s rich and I’m not?” Bestselling author, wealth expert, and multimillionaire real estate investor, Robert Shemin, became that “Rich Idiot”. Robert is an active investor who has been involved in more than 1,000 deals. He became a millionaire by investing in real estate by the age of 32. He has a law degree and an MBA from Emory University.

On Monday, April 2nd, Robert is going to teach our members and guests how they too can become “Rich Idiots” by turning their thinking upside down, unlearning the things that keep them from making money, and instituting a three-part, wealth building plan based on buying real estate, investing in stocks and bonds, and starting a business. Robert is going to show you what will make you a fortune in today’s market If you really want to make more money in your real estate business than you ever have before, don’t miss this value-packed meeting.

Come hear Robert speak and he will cover:

  • What Makes a Successful investor!
  • The 7 Best Ways to find a Motivated Seller in Today’s Market.
  • How to Analyze Any Deal in 20 Minutes or Less.
  • Discover How to Analyze Which is the Best Profit Process for You!
  • Learn the 3 Best Ways TO Get Money in Today’s Market.
  • How to Locate and obtain Multiple Sources of Money.
  • How to Vertically Integrate Your Profits.
Living the Significant Life: 12 Principles for Making a Difference


As a special bonus gift, Robert has generously agreed to give everyone attending Atlanta REIA’s Main Meeting on Monday, April 2nd a digital copy of his book “The Little Book of Questions” as well as his brand new book entitled “Living the Significant Life: 12 Principles for Making a Difference”. Thanks Robert!!!

How Come That Idiot's Rich and I'm Not?Robert will also be teaching a Full-Day “7 Keys to Making a Fortune in Real Estate!” Wealth Training Workshop on Saturday, April 7th. The first 20 people to register for this Wealth Training Workshop will receive a hard copy of his Wall Street Journal Best-Selling book “How Come That Idiot’s Rich and I’m Not?” The next 20 people who register will receive a paperback copy of the same book. The early registration price is $10 for Gold Members, $20 for Silver Members and $30 for guests. This price is good for 2 people. Register now while seats and supplies last! Read More→


Robert SheminJUST ANNOUNCED: You may recall that Robert Shemin dropped by one of our Atlanta REIA Meetings last fall while he was in town. The good news is that Robert is coming back to our Atlanta REIA Main Meeting on April 2nd as our main guest speaker for the month! For those of you who don’t know Robert, he is a best selling author of 16 books, a wealth expert, and a multimillionaire real estate expert. Robert will also be back in Atlanta on April 7th for a full day workshop with Atlanta REIA. More details will be posted soon!


Doug ShaddixThis month on Monday, March 26 at 6:30 PM, at the Atlanta REIA West Subgroup*, we have an incredible opportunity for you to learn the basics of asset protection from one of the country’s foremost experts on the subject!  We are very proud to host Atlanta’s own Attorney Doug Shaddix, founder of Wealth Preservation Solutions, LLC. which specializes in helping clients avoid probate, minimize their tax burden, and maximize their privacy by utilizing trusts and entities that assist you in your asset protection. Attorney Shaddix will be sharing his knowledge and expertise on this very timely and important subject.  Why is this so important? Here’s why…

If you have significant assets of any type, you are a target for a lawsuit.  You need to know more about legally protecting your assets.  Enjoy greater privacy, limits on your personal liability, as well as tax benefits through the use of entities such as LLC’s, corporations and trusts.

In today’s litigious society, you need only one person unhappy with your business, one injured tenant, one disgruntled individual to ruin all that you have worked for by going to a plaintiff’s lawyer to see how they can get to everything you own.  If you are sued, you could lose your business, its equipment and vehicles, your personal automobiles, your home, your rental properties . . . anything that you own in your own name.

Sounds pretty scary, right?  Read More→

Atlanta is Attracting a Growing Number of Foreign Buyers. How Will This Affect Local Investors?

Atlanta is Attracting a Growing Number of Foreign BuyersWe hear about all these foreign buying groups, hedge funds, big investor groups, etc. coming into Atlanta and purchasing big portfolios of properties. What’s the real story? Rumors are flying about large packages being sold off by government agencies. Who is going to purchase them, and who is going to manage them? What are they going to do with them once they purchase them? Will the “small” investor have a chance to participate or will they be locked out?

Robert LockeWe are very pleased to have Robert Locke, Broker Owner of Crown Realty and Management as our Speaker for the Movers & Shakers Meeting on Monday, March 19th at 11:00 AM who will be addressing these topics and more. Robert speaks to these folks on a regular basis and has some interesting insights to share on these trends and more.

Robert got his real estate license in 1973 and has practiced real estate sales, investing, leasing and property management ever since. He and his wife Betty started buying houses in 1978 in Atlanta and have bought over 150 houses for their own account. Robert has also sold over 500 houses to investor clients. Read More→