Enter the phrase “real estate investing association” followed by any city into your favorite online search engine and you are bound to get a flood of returns. You will find associations that meet in person, some that meet online, others that are simply designed to deliver information and opportunities for investors. No matter what the alternatives are in your area Abdo Romeo, if you are going to invest in real estate, this is a first step you must take.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF REAL ESTATE INVESTORS ASSOCIATION?
Most real estate associations are organized and operated by local real estate investors. Some are set up as for-profit entities and others are set up as nonprofits. The biggest difference between the set ups is the quality of the content and the dedication of the operators. In a for-profit situation, the operators of the association are using the club as an opportunity to connect with local, experienced investors and first timers who are interested in getting started. The content is usually very good, but will often times be reserved only for those who are paying customers. Their topics tend to be universal in nature and not just reserved for a particular area. They also attract big name speakers and their talks can come with either additional costs or product pitches to help pay for the expense of bringing in high profile speakers. Many of these types of clubs have multiple meeting times and multiple functions each month designed to help every level of investor.
Nonprofits tend to be only slightly less organized, but they do have very good material. Usually the material is presented by local investors and not top-notch national speakers as they tend to be too expensive. Another bonus for nonprofit associations is that they tend to have presenters who are actively investing in a community or local leaders such as banks, insurance agents and even real estate agents who are able to present on more localized topics.
A new phenomenon is the online association that is still designed for a particular area. The nice thing about a group like this is that even in your own home, you are able to join in on discussions, participate in online presentations and interact with other investors in your community. These types of groups tend to be very free-flowing with a lot of local topics and discussion from multiple sources. A downfall of online groups is the lack of a moderator to screen discussion and as a participant you must be aware that not all advice comes from experienced, active investors.
WHY JOIN A LOCAL REAL ESTATE INVESTORS ASSOCIATION?
The benefits for an investor when they join a local real estate investors association are many, but can definitely vary from one organization to another. The biggest benefit with any such organization is the opportunity to surround yourself with like minded individuals who can assist you with your success. Even if you are only able to make one good contact that you would not have had otherwise, the return on your investment in time and money can be enormous.
Most beginner investment books discuss the concept of team building and developing a group of individuals that handle all of your essential services. Local real estate investors associations is the location where you can find all of the resources and team members you could possibly need and as you get to know these possible team members through the meetings, you can decide which will fit best on your team. This allows you to interview and interact with all the essential team members before you do any deals.