Dear Pink Realtor,
My husband and I read your column religiously and love how you make Real Estate so simple and easy to understand. We have an investment property (a house we rent out) in Hollywood and want to meet other Real Estate Investors in the area to continue to learn more about the business and network. Where can we connect with other investors?
Looking for Real Estate Connections
Thank you for the nice compliment!
Your best bet is Real Estate Investor Associations, commonly called REIAs. Most REIAs are run by actual local real estate investors and hold meetings once a month. Meetings include time to mingle and network, educational presentations, Q-and-A sessions and opportunities to make deals with other investors in your area. Attending meetings in other areas can also be beneficial.
Dues to join are reasonable and many REIAs will allow non-member guests to attend meetings for a small fee. (BREIA, for example, charges $20.) The real value is in the networking opportunity and the educational presentations. REIAs feature speakers with decades of real-world experience willing to share it all.
Broward Real Estate Investors Association (BREIA) is the largest REIA in Broward County and meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Fishing Hall of Fame near Griffin Road and I-95 (www.breia.com). Dade Real Estate Investors Association (DREIA) meets the third Wednesday of each month at Miami Shores Country Club (www.dreia.org). Search for REIAs nationally at www.nationalreia.com.
Shameless plug: Rochelle LeCavalier will be presenting “Sure it is Cheap, But is it a Deal? Real Estate Analysis for Today’s Market” followed by live Q-and-A session at Dade Real Estate Investors Association Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. at Miami Shores Country