What’s Happening at Atlanta REIA – Week of May 9, 2011Posted on May 9, 2011 by
Response to our current $50 Atlanta REIA Silver Membership Special has been overwhelming. If you haven’t joined Atlanta REIA yet, now is your last chance to Join for ONLY $50 for the entire first year! You can even add a spouse for ONLY $25 more! Thanks to our members, volunteers and local speakers and real estate experts, the Atlanta Real Estate Investors Alliance has quickly become the hottest real estate investor association in Georgia. If you are still not convinced, feel free to attend any of our monthly meetings and see for yourself. Below is a list of what’s happening at Atlanta REIA this week alone. For more upcoming events, be sure to check out our Events Calendar. We hope to see you at a meeting, networking event, workshop or webcast very soon!
Monday, May 9th @ 7:00 PM
As we all know, Internet Marketing has a lot of moving parts that are always changing from month to month. There is Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Video Marketing, Email Marketing, Viral Marketing and so on… Most small business and real estate investors have a difficult time getting a grasp on Internet Marketing or actually pulling off an effective Internet Marketing plan. Many don’t know where to start. Others start, get quickly overwhelmed and then stop before the leads start rolling in.
The good news is, your local, high-tech Atlanta REIA group is here to help. If you join our group and participate in many of our ongoing real estate and technology training meetings, webcasts and workshops, you will GET IT and will GET IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Atlanta REIA is a real estate information, education, networking, marketing and technology immersion program.
If you missed our Atlanta REIA North Meeting last month, Dustin Griffin and website designer and internet marketing expert, Jens Beatty, will be getting together again on Monday, May 9th at 7PM via GoToWebinar to show you how you can use a WordPress Website and Blog to help manage and automate your Internet Marketing Strategy from any virtually any web-ready device such as a PC, notebook, netbook, iPad, Droid, Smart Phone, etc.
Whether you run a real estate investing business or any type of other business, a WordPress website and blog can definitely help improve your credibility, marketing efforts, online presence and lead generation. The best news is, you don’t have to be a techie to use WordPress, but it doesn’t hurt either. We are teaching our Atlanta REIA members and guests how they too can be “High Tech Home Buyers & Sellers” and utilize modern technology to run their businesses more effectively online and offline.
Come join us on the webcast live, and let Dustin and Jens show you how other successful investors and businesses are using WordPress to dominate the search engines, automate their Internet Marketing and generate all the leads they can handle online. Register for the webcast now and get a FREE WordPress Lead Theme just for being on the call.
Tuesday, May 10th @ 7:00 PM
Are Land Trusts Dead? Have You Given Up on Short Sales?
Is Your Business Affected by MARS Disclosures?
If you are counting on the past real estate trends and regulations to help you close deals today, that is enough to put you out of business. The short sale industry is changing and if you don’t change, your short sales deals will fall apart. NO CLOSINGS = NO CA$H. What worked in the past is not working now. What worked in January 2011 is not working now. The only guarantee we have is that change will always continue. It’s scary and often we want to bury our head in the sand and wait until it passes, but that’s not a choice here. We must arm ourselves with education and turn change from our enemy into our friend. Join us Tuesday at 7 PM ET for the Real Estate Junkie Webcast to find out how!
Tuesday, May 10th @ 7:00 PM
The East Point Subgroup takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Giovanna’s Italian Kitchen located at 1375 Virginia Ave in East Point, GA. The meetings will cover many areas of real estate investing and offers many opportunities of participation by all attendees. Atlanta REIA members can attend at no charge.
Wednesday, May 11th @ 6:30 PM
This month at our Creative Financing Group (CFG) meeting on Wednesday, May 11th at 6:30 PM at Champps in Alpharetta, local and national real estate expert, Don DeRosa, is going to show you how you can buy new, gorgeous houses in nice neighborhoods with little or no money down and none of your own credit. Yes, it’s true!
- If you’re tired of your current house and want to move, you can trade up to a new gorgeous home and possibly pay less than you are paying on your current mortgage or rental property without going to the bank.
- If you’re a new investor and don’t have a lot of cash or credit to invest but want to get in the game, you can get started by purchasing newer homes without large sums of money or qualifying for a mortgage.
Yes, this is possible using a very powerful investing technique known as “buying houses subject-to” which is a form of owner financing where you take over, but don’t assume, a seller’s existing debt. At this month’s Creative Financing Group Meeting, Don will teach you:
- What is “Subject-To” and why you only need small amounts of cash in these deals
- Why someone would give you their house and let you take over their payments
- Why the banks won’t call the loan due when they find out you’ve taken over payments
- How to handle negotiate with the seller and answer any of their questions or concerns
- How to close a Subject-To transaction and the right paperwork to use
- How to avoid making payments if the house sits empty
- and much, much more!
The Creative Financing Group is a new Atlanta REIA educational and networking subgroup led by Mark Durham that is designed to teach real estate investors Creative Financing Strategies for buying, selling and leasing real estate. The group will cover Creative Financing Strategies such as Owner Financing, Subject-To, Lease Options, Lease Purchase, Partnerships, Self-Directed IRA’s and much more! The group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Champps Americana located at 7955 North Point Parkway in Alpharetta, GA. Atlanta REIA Members can attend at no charge and guests for $5.00.
Thursday, May 12th @ 1:30 PM
This meeting is a weekly investor’s brainstorming and deal making jam session hosted by Joe Thompson and held at 5 Seasons Brewing located at 5600 Roswell Rd (map) inside the Perimeter at the “Prado” in Sandy Springs from 1:30 PM till approximately 3:00 PM. This group is all about doing deals and making money right now.
Thursday, May 12th @ 3:30 PM
Are you a quick change artist? Sometimes, it pays to make changes in your business for the sake of change. Or, the change needs to happen within you to be better at working on your business. At other times, you have to change your business because the market tells you to. And if you don’t change, you’re dead.
Like it or not, we are living in those times. Market forces worldwide are causing a whirlwind of creative destruction for businesses and their owners. The question is, how will you react to our current economic circumstances, and how can you make the money you will need to survive?
So, how can you gain some clarity for your business amid all the media noise and pessimism? Come visit us at the Small Business Group on May 12th at 3:30 pm at the 5 Seasons Brewing at the “Prado” located at 5600 Roswell Rd in Sandy Springs, GA inside the Perimeter.
The Small Business Group is a new educational subgroup, hosted by Karen Bershad, that is designed to help real estate entrepreneurs and other small business owners run their business more efficiently and profitably.
Thursday, May 12th @ 6:30 PM
The topic of this month’s Atlanta REIA South Meeting will be “Maintenance, Mayhem, Madness and Management!” Chris Littleton of Solutions Realty Network Property Management will be giving us all some helpful resources and tips for handling maintenance and land lording issues.
The Atlanta REIA South Monthly Meeting, run by Reggie Jackson, is held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at Ryan’s Restaurant located at 5425 North Henry Blvd in Stockbridge, GA (Map). Please show up at 6:30 PM to eat and network before the meeting officially starts at 7:00 PM. Atlanta REIA Members may attend at no charge. Guests may attend for $5.00. Immediately after the meeting, we will reconvene at the Stockbridge Taco Mac (Map) for Late Nite Networking. We hope you will come out and eat, drink, network, learn and have fun with us!
Saturday, May 14th, 2011 @ 9 AM
The Henry County Fuller Center has partnered up with the Atlanta Fuller Center, Atlanta REIA and other local organizations and volunteers to help Bobby & Anita Simpson rebuild their home that was damaged by the recent tornado that touched down in Sunny Side, Spalding County. This local Covenant Partner is proud to have behind it the support of Fuller Center (Americus) and the Atlanta Fuller Center in this effort.
Bobby & Anita Simpson Residence (map)
5029 Old Atlanta Road
Griffin, GA 30223
Ways that you can join the movement and help? Here are a few ways.
- What about making and delivering sack lunches for the construction volunteers?
- What about blogging or posting info on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc?
- What about taking pictures and/or video and posting up on YouTube with all the links?
- Do some interviews? Ask some questions. Get to know your neighbors.
- What about reaching out to all your media contacts and ask them to help spread the good word?
- Help raise donations?
- Participate in the reconstruction?
- Scouting for other needy families and victims of the tornadoes?
- What about contacting local churches, sharing what we’re doing and inviting them to join us? Civic Groups? Lumber Yards? Paint Stores?
For more information how you can help families hit the hardest, please call or text Mark Galey at 404-867-3258.