Join Your Local REIA – Here’s Why …

REIAThe REIA (Real Estate Investor Association) as we know them today are the organizations dotted around the country, in just about every major market, dedicated to helping beginning real estate investors of to a successful start, and facilitating networking for active investors.

I’m sure real estate investors have always been getting together to swap notes, but the REIA as we know it today is a vestige of the Blue Vase Club initiated by Robert Allen during the heyday of Nothing Down and “creative real estate” in the 1980’s. Time hasn’t been kind to Robert Allen, but the Blue Vase idea really stuck … like minded people getting together monthly to help each other succeed.

Today Real Estate Investor Associations are becoming more organized, both as sources of education and centers for networking. In the early stages of your real estate investing career they are a must stop destination, for several very good reasons.

1) You will be around other people who are as nuts about real estate as you are. There will be no vacant stares, no eye rolling or admonitions to “be sensible”. Everyone else at the meeting is there for the same reason you are; to learn as much as possible about about real estate investing. You will be around “your people”.

2) There will be live training courses being conducted, often by local investors, that will allow you to get very specific training, usually at very affordable prices. Bus tours to look at rehabs in different parts of town are becoming more common in REIAs around the country. Theses trainings given by active local investors are some of the best you will find. Many REIA’s also have lending libraries with many of the latest home study courses. The REIA has paid the expensive sticker price for the course, and you are able to borrow the course when you are a paid member.

3) A lot of vendors, like mortgage brokers, real estate brokers, appraisers, real estate attorneys, title officers, contractors, attend the monthly REIA meetings. Many have associate membership and get the majority of their business from the REIA. When doing your fist few deals these contacts are extremely useful. The quality of the vendor is usually very good, as they are concerned about their reputation, and in the case of title/escrow officers it is a quick way to find the investor friendly title/escrow company that will help make your first deal a success.

4) You have a good chance of meeting an active local investor who will agree to be your mentor. If you are will to take instruction and be a diligent student, a mentor/mentee relationship can really fastrack your learning curve and gain priceless experience you would not otherwise be able to get. There are many veteran investors who attend REIA meetings looking for just such opportunites to help beginning investors along.

5) Networking for deals. Many investors with properties to sell, as well as investors wanting to buy attend monthly REIA meetings. If you have a multi-family project you are looking to wholesale, or raise money for, you are very likely to find the people who can help you, or know the people in their network who can help you, at the monthly REIA meeting.

These are just a few of the many benefits of joining your local REIA and attending the meetings. To help you find a REIA close to you, I have put together the following list:

Alabama

Alabama Real Estate Investors Association

Jack Eyer, Chairman

Ph: 205-823-9008

www.aiaclub.com/

Madison County REIA

Rebecca Klein, Event Coordinator

Ph: 866-592-2429

www.madisoncountyreia.com

The Tuscaloosa REIA

Wayne Taylor, President

Ph: 205-366-0411

www.bamapropertygroup.com

Arizona REIA Inc.

Alan Langston, Executive Director

480-990-7092

www.azreia.org


Arizona

American Rental Property Owners and Landlords Association (ARPOLA)

Alan Langston, Executive Director

602-443-8993

www.ARPOLA.org

 

Phoenix Real Estate Club

Alan Langston, President

602-9442-906

www.phoenixrealestateclub.com

 

AZREIA Prescott Chapter

Alan Langston, Executive Director

928-830-2599

www.azreia.org

 

AZREIA Tucson Chapter

Alan Langston, Executive Director

480-990-7092

www.azreia.org

 

California

Los Angeles & Asian REIA

Bill Tan, President

760-634-0492

http://www.asianreia.com/

 

San Diego Creative Investors Association

Bill Tan, President

760-634-0492

www.sdcia.com

Inland Empire Investors Forum

Nicholas Manfredi, President

951-263-3090

www.ieinvestorsforum.com

Santa Barbara REIA

Dan Ringwald, President

866-853-0803

www.SantaBarbaraREIA.com

 

Colorado

Investment Communities of the Rockies(COLORADO SPRINGS)

Troy Miller, Executive Director

970-599-1476  

www.icorockies.com

 

(DENVER)Investment Communities of the Rockies

Troy Miller, Executive Director

970-599-1476  

www.icorockies.com

 

Investment Communities of the Rockies

Troy Miller, Executive Director

970-599-1476  

www.icorockies.com

 

Peak REIA, LLC

David Von Glahn, Vice President

719-229-3597

www.pplig.com

 

Delaware

Delaware Real Estate Investor Association LLC

Mike Ferris, Managing Member

302-981-8862

www.delreia.com

 

Florida

Central Florida Realty Investors Assoc (CFRI) Lenore Bentley, Office Manager

407-328-7773

www.cfri.net

 

Broward REIA

Janice Leon, Member

954-318-6042

www.breia.net

 

Investors Resource Center

Chuck Burt, President / Director

407-831-2498

www.IRCFlorida.com

 

Suncoast REIA

Dav Marks

813-287-1515

www.sreia.com

 

Indian River County Real Estate Investors Association

Danielle Vosburgh

772-778-2010

www.ircreia.com

 

Dade Real Estate Investors Association, Inc.

Jim Pamplin, Vice President

305-948-3378

www.DREIA.org

 

Jacksonville REIA

Executive Director

888-545-7342

www.jaxreia.org

 

Sarasota REIA

Jim Willig, President

941-623-7053

www.sarasotareia.com

 

Georgia

North Metro Real Estate Investors Association

Buddy Corbin, Advertising

770-573-2143

www.northmetroreia.com

 

Hawaii

Hawaii Real Estate Investors

Paul Xavier, President

808-483-5777

www.hirei.org

 

Illinois

Chicago Creative Investors Association

Jane Garvey, President

630-858-4663

www.ccia-info.com

 

Metro East REIA

George Skidis, President

618-877-6352

www.mela-il.com

 

Decatur REIA

Stephen Thorpe, President

217-433-8692

www.pinespropertiesllc.com

 

Chicago Area REIA

Laura Baker, President

630-375-7342

www.careia.org

 

Indiana

REIA of North Central Indiana

Diana Williams, Treasurer

574-235-3634

 

Central Indiana REIA

Debbie Green, Administrative Asst

317-670-8491

www.cireia.org

 

NICIA-Northwest Indiana Creative Investors Association

Barb Poland, Membership Director

219-942-8022

www.nicia.org

 

Iowa

Two Rivers REIA of Central Iowa Andrew Lietzow, Iowa Landlord Assn & IaREIA – Exec Director

515-710-1955

www.tworiversreia.org

 

Central Iowa REIA

Lynda Clayton, Director

888-515-2158

 

Kansas

Mid-America Association of Real Estate Investors

Kim Tucker, Director

913-815-0111

www.MAREInet.com

 

Kentucky

GCNKAA

Mark Franks, Executive Vice President

859-581-5990

www.gcnkaa.org

 

Louisiana

NOREIA- New Orleans Real Estate Investor Association

Linda Locascio, President

504-909-1299

www.neworleansreia.com

 

Maryland

Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Investors Association Valarie Mares, Executive Director

443-738-3600

www.mareia.com

 

Traction REIA

Carolina Zeeb, Vice President

202-558-6508

www.TractionREIA.com

 

Baltimore REIA

Joseph DiMaggio, Chairman

800-557-9146

www.baltimorereia.com

 

Maryland Real Estate Exchange

Coleen Parrish, CFO

410-426-6000

www.investorsunited.com

 

District REIA

Tammy Phelps, Founder Executive Director

240-793-6477

http://www.DistrictREIA.com

 

Massachusetts

Northern Worcester County Landlord Association

Brian Lucier, NWCLA.com President

978-448-3873

www.nwcla.com

 

Eastern Massachusetts REIA

John Fossetti, Technical Director

888-588-7342

www.easternmassreia.com

 

New England REIA

Annie Trajlinek, President/CEO

603-329-3361

www.newenglandreia.com

 

Michigan

Michigan Real Estate Investors (MREI)

Wendy Patton

248-394-0150

www.michiganrealestateinvestors.com

 

Washtenaw Area Apt Assoc

Alice Ehn, Executive Officer

734-663-1200

www.wa3hq.org

 

REIA of Oakland

Christine Burkhardt

800-747-6742

www.reiaofoakland.com

 

East Michigan Rental Housing Association

Jodi Galbraith, Admin. Assistant

810-385-2332

www.emrha.org

 

REIA of Wayne County

Wayde Koehler, President

313-347-1401

www.reiawaynecounty.org

 

Minnesota

MNREIA – Minnesota Real Estate Investors Assoc.

Mike Jacka, President

763-432-2809

www.mnreia.com

 

Missouri

Metro East REIA

George Skidis, President

618-877-6352

www.mela-il.com

 

St. Louis Real Estate Investors Association, Inc

Jim Heisserer, President

314-849-2578

www.stlreia.com

 

Kansas City Investment Group

Keith Magneson, Board Member

www.kcig.org

 

STREET REIA (STREET LLC)

Gary Tretter, President

314-965 -6075

www.streetreia.com

 

New Hampshire

New Hampshire REIA

Dianne Shvanda, President

603-318-1330

www.nhreia.com

 

Seacoast REIA

Bert Cox, President

603-225-8000

www.seacoastreia.org

 

NashuaREIA

Bert St. Pierre, Founder

978-743-9263

www.NashuaREIA.com

 

New Jersey

Central Jersey TriState Mixer

Trang To, Board Member-Coordinator

732-658-5872

www.tristatemixer.com

 

North Jersey TriState Miixer

Connie Tang

732-658-5872

www.TriStateMixer.com

 

New York

REIA NYC (Mastermind & Training)

Teresa Martin, Esq., Founder/Counsel, Main contact

646-278-6724

www.REIANYC.com

 

Long Island Real Estate Investment Association

Celeste Stalker, member services

631-504-6096

www.lireia.com

 

NYC TriState Mixer

Nick Tang

732-658-5872

www.TriStateMixer.com

 

Freedom 1st REIA, Ltd.

Susan Holman, Treasurer

585-467-7213

www.ffreia.com

 

Greater Westchester Real Estate Association Marlene Lambert

917 -449 -2009

www.gwreia.com

 

North Carolina

Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association

JC Underwood, Executive Director

704-523-1570

www.metrolinareia.org

 

Fayetteville Real Estate Investor Assoc. Inc

Carol Boswell, Treasurer

910-977-2622

www.fayreia.com

 

Triad Real Estate Investors Association Inc.

Dave Kiddy, President

336-442-5609

www.triadreia.org

 

Carolina’s REIA

Scott Raines, President

828-255-2727

www.creianc.org

 

Ohio

REIA of Greater Cincinnati

Diana Easley, President

859-292-7342

www.CincinnatiREIA.com

 

REIA of Toledo

Anna Mills, Past President,

419 283 8427

www.ToledoREIA.com

 

Akron Canton REIA

Jennifer Perella

330-858-0456

www.acreia.org

 

Stark County Real Estate Investors Association

Howard Barber, Secretary

877-655-8811

www.starkcountyreia.com

 

Central Ohio Real Estate Entrepreneurs (COREE)

Christy Gosser

888-275-8362

www.centralohioinvestors.com

 

Mahoning Valley REIA

Sherry Demar, Member

330-726-8888

www.mahoningvalleyreia.com

 

Great Lakes REIA

Gary Pallini, President

440-941-7342

www.greatlakesreia.com

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City Real Estate Investors Association

Donnavee or Cory Wilkinson

405-759-0712

www.OKCreia.com

 

Oregon

Northwest REIA

Liz Dauw, Secretary/Web Master

503-488-5969

www.northwestreia.com

 

Pennsylvania

Diversified Real Estate Investor Group

Elaine Kochanski, Administrative Assistant

215-712-2525

www.digonline.org

 

ACRE of Pittsburgh, Inc.

Jeffrey Kasmer, Treasurer

888-422-7340

www.acrepgh.org

 

Delco Property Investors

Jeff Mattero, President

484-802-7821

www.delcopropertyinvestors.com

 

Capital Area Rental Property Owners Assoc

Rita Dallago, 2010 Legislative Chair

717-691-0922

www.CARPOA.org

West Chester Apartment Housing Association

Grant Nelson, III, President

610-696-1140

www.wcaha.com

 

Western PA REIA

Josh Caldwell, President

412-761-7342

www.pittsburghreia.com

 

South Carolina

Upstate Carolina Real Estate Investors Assoc. Kathy Malcolm, UCREIA Membership Director

864-643-7955

www.upstatecreia.com

 

Tennessee

Knoxville REI

Victor Jernigan

865-446-0746

http://www.knoxrei.com

 

Real Estate Investors of Nashville

Rachel Sullivan, REIN Manager

615-885-5454

www.reintn.org

 

Memphis Investors Group

Chris Thomas, Club Administrator

901-414-2729

www.memphisinvestorsgroup.com

 

Texas

TXREIC, LLC

Iain Day

469-233-1722

www.texasrealinvestorscircle.com

 

Alamo REIA

Tom Hennigan, Founder

210-732-7500

www.AlamoREIA.org

 

DFW REI Elite

Dennis Henson, President

817-371-8658

http://www.meetup.com/DFWREIElite/

 

Real Estate Investment Club of Austin (REICAUSTIN)

Ashton Mouton, Jr., Managing Consutlant

800-844-9639

www.reicaustin.org

 

Lifestyles Unlimited- Dallas/Ft. Worth

Jessica Blackburn, Member Services

972-827-0208

www.lifestylesunlimited.com

 

El Paso Investors Club, EPIC

Lacy O’Leary, Founder

915-861-7160

www.elpasoinvestorsclub.com

 

Lifestyles Unlimited – Houston

Charly Varghese, Member Services

713-978-6565

www.lifestylesunlimited.com

 

Lubbock Real Estate Investors Association

John Corcorran, CEO

806-773-6148

www.sterlingcreekonline.com

 

Lifestyles Unlimited – San Antonio/Austin

Jody Carrillo, Member Services

210-787-2235

www.lifestylesunlimited.com

 

Vermont

Vermont REIA

Anthony Micklus, President

802-777-5881

www.vtreia.com

 

Virginia

Traction REIA

Carolina Zeeb

202-558-6508

www.TractionREIA.com

 

Tidewater Real Estate Investors Group (TRIG)

Patti Robertson, President

757-4668378

www.trigofva.com

 

Washington

Real Estate Association of Puget Sound

Katherine Swanberg, President

425 458 4797

www.reapsweb.com

 

Bellingham Real Estate Investor Network

Bellingham Real Estate Investor Network, Treasurer

800-691-3036

www.breinonline.org

 

Wisconsin

Milwaukee REIA

Eric Lundberg, Owner

262-355-4677

www.milwaukeereia.com

 

District of Columbia

NORTHERN VIRGINIA- DC METRO Traction REIA

Carolina Zeeb, Vice President

202-558-7746

www.TractionREIA.com