From the BiggerPockets Blog

 BiggerPockets Blog »

Jump to Forum View All

Click a category below to view different forum categories.


General Info

BiggerPockets Q&A, Site Questions, & Announcements

1514 topics, 14412 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:53PM

BiggerPockets Exclusive PRO Area

117 topics, 841 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 08:28AM

New Member Introductions

10994 topics, 86671 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:49PM

Real Estate Success Stories

400 topics, 6221 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:13PM

General Real Estate

General Real Estate

Buying & Selling Real Estate

6002 topics, 47284 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 06:01PM


651 topics, 5873 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 03:20PM

Get Foreclosure Help - Help Stop Foreclosure Forum

317 topics, 2561 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 08:28PM

Home Owner Association (HOA) Issues & Problems Forum

238 topics, 1611 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 04:02AM

Do it Yourself

660 topics, 6333 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 02:46PM

Reviews & Feedback

Real Estate Deal Analysis and Advice

3716 topics, 29811 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 06:00PM

Real Estate Guru, Book & Course Reviews and Discussions

1140 topics, 11615 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:04PM

Ask About A Real Estate Company

743 topics, 7348 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 03:12PM

Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Strategies


5647 topics, 44005 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 06:00PM

Rehabbing and House Flipping

3354 topics, 31117 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 06:02PM

Real Estate Development & New Home Construction

554 topics, 4695 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 06:22AM

Innovative Strategies

705 topics, 6044 posts — Last Post 04/22/14, 04:06PM

Tax Liens, Notes, Paper, & Cash Flows Discussion

869 topics, 6703 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 06:01PM

Rent to Own a.k.a. Lease Purchase, Lease Options

700 topics, 4961 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 11:26AM

1031 Exchanges

143 topics, 1063 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 11:10AM

Foreclosure Investing

General Foreclosure & Pre-Foreclosure Forums

1692 topics, 11317 posts — Last Post 04/22/14, 09:26PM

HUD, VA, and Tax Sales

416 topics, 3103 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 02:29PM


1217 topics, 10604 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 07:13AM

Short Sales

1539 topics, 13154 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 08:25PM

Landlord & Tenant Forums

Landlord & Rental Property Questions

7259 topics, 71276 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:44PM

Mobile Homes & Mobile Home Park Investing

639 topics, 5146 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:13AM

Investor Basics

Starting Out

7739 topics, 60719 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:30PM

Investor Psychology

434 topics, 6131 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:58PM

General Real Estate Investing

4732 topics, 37336 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 02:34PM

Real Estate Investor Marketing

1740 topics, 14165 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:08PM

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Investing Forum

1414 topics, 9022 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 04:12PM

Multi-Family and Apartment Investing

1124 topics, 9411 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:56PM

The Business of Real Estate

Real Estate Technology and the Internet

Real Estate Technology, Social Media & Blogging

645 topics, 4913 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 12:21PM

Business Basics

Goals, Business Plans & Entities

835 topics, 7595 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:56PM

Real Estate Finance & Legal

Financial, Tax, and Legal

Tax, Legal Issues, Contracts, Self-Directed IRA

2803 topics, 20142 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:04PM

Property Insurance

312 topics, 2059 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:22AM

Personal Finance Discussion

330 topics, 2754 posts — Last Post 04/22/14, 12:06PM

Loans, Mortgages, Credit Lines

Private & Conventional Lending Discussion

2853 topics, 19851 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:15PM

Creative Real Estate Financing

1221 topics, 8870 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 03:19PM

Crowdfunding Real Estate

35 topics, 463 posts — Last Post 04/19/14, 06:24PM

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Agents

1218 topics, 8051 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 01:43PM

Bankers, Lenders, and Mortgage Brokers

442 topics, 1931 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 09:04PM


268 topics, 1689 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:05PM

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate Networking & Recommendations

2023 topics, 11775 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:28PM

Americans & International Real Estate

162 topics, 572 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 03:31AM

Foreigners Buying in the USA

62 topics, 409 posts — Last Post 04/10/14, 06:27AM

Canadian Real Estate

66 topics, 440 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:54AM


Real Estate Marketplace

Real Estate Marketplace

15097 topics, 54165 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:17PM

Real Estate Events and Happenings

169 topics, 2622 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:42PM


Off Topic


2909 topics, 32450 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:32PM

Housing News & Real Estate Market

922 topics, 8397 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 02:57PM

BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit

97 topics, 1752 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 04:51AM

BiggerPockets Resources

Forums » New Member Introductions » Brand New in Chicago! Great to be here!

Brand New in Chicago! Great to be here!

22 posts by 11 users


· Lemont, Illinois

Hello everyone, I'm Joe, and I'm very happy to have stumbled upon this website! I have been looking through some of the posts and I'd like to mention how kind and helpful everyone is here, as well as very informative!

I hope to interact with you as I learn more about REI. Right now I'm looking into wholesaling since that seems to be the best road for me to start on since I need to build capital.

Any words of wisdom and encouragement is always greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


Real Estate Investor · Garland, Texas

Hi Joe, welcome to BiggerPockets! There is really a lot of great content in the wholesaling forum. Better than any book on the topic in my opinion. Especially considering you can get your specific questions answered by experienced pros.

Jon Klaus, SellPropertyFast
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 214-929-6545

· Lemont, Illinois

Thank you, Jon! Just by the little bit I've been looking around I couldn't agree with you more!

Thank you for the welcome!

Real Estate Investor · Chicago, Illinois

Hey Joe. I'm new to the site too (and in the Chicago area). I agree, great amount of information and kind members.

Kevin Kachin, J-Arm Investments, LLC
"You Stay Where You Focus" Kevin Kachin J-Arm Investments, LLC e-mail: [email protected]

Rehabber · Lexington, Kentucky

Welcome to BP Joe! Wholesaling is certainly not as easy as some people make it sounds, but with it is definitely a viable strategy if you understand the process, work very hard, and understand marketing. I agree with Jon, the wholesaling forum is a great starting point for you. Good luck!

Small_kvJames Vermillion, K&V Investing
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 859-684-2511
Invested in the Bluegrass!

· Lemont, Illinois

@Kevin Kachin that's great! Which type of investing are you doing? Are you in the city or in the suburbs? Feel free to message me.

@James Vermillion I agree with you. I know it's not going to be a cake-walk, but I'm willing to learn from the pros and work hard at it. I'm excited to learn about something new! Thank you for the welcome!

· Illinois

pm me; i'm in your neck of the woods & would be happy to help you out.

· Lemont, Illinois

@Scott W. I sent you a colleague request so I can pm you. Thanks a lot!

Real Estate Investor · Manteno, Illinois

South suburbs. You're actually in a pretty good area to do some investing. Not in Lemont of course with the price to rents not really lending themselves to investors. But all those other surrounding areas are pretty good.

I'm buy and hold mostly in southern cook (although I no longer touch (cook), will (crete, monee, braidwood and peotone) and kankakee (bradley, bourbonnais, manteno) counties .

If you ever want to talk real estate, feel free to contact me.
I'm always open to new strategies or learning new stuff from people and always willing to share my stories and/or resources.

Wow check out all the Chicagoland investors! I hope to be able to work/meet all of you in person. I have been investing for just about 2 decades, and while not all projects have gone as planned, I am far better off with investing than without that is for sure!

The start is always the part that can be the most difficult, so you must be prepared to stay the course. Usually when people quit, it is right before the success hits.

Wholesaler · Chicago, Illinois

Welcome to BP, I'm floating around Chicago too, looking at which area to get into and it's all pushing towards the south and west. I'm going to be putting in some of my first offers this week, so if you need any ebooks or things like that let me know, I've got tons that I've just finished reading.

Real Estate Investor · Fox River Grove, Illinois

Welcome Joe (and Kevin), Happy to know there are others who still are looking to invest in our miserable, pension under-funded state.

Best Regards,


Accountant · Lake Villa, Illinois

Hi @Joe Lopez,

Sorry I missed giving a welcome to the board message here. Wholesaling can be very rewarding, but it definitely requires some time paying your dues in research and putting deals together.

I've been wanting to get together a group of us for a good discussion forum/meeting group to discuss, present and talk and share ideas every quarter or so. Similar to the Large BP forum, but to help keep everyone motivated.


Small_hta_logoSteven Hamilton II, Hamilton Tax and Accounting
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (224) 381-2660
Website: http://www.HamiltonTax.Net
-Steven the Tax Guy Hamilton Tax and Accounting LLC (224) 381-2660

· Lemont, Illinois

Thank you @Don Koss , I agree, our state needs an overhaul!!

@Steven Hamilton II , meeting up periodically sounds like a great idea! I'd definitely be interested in doing that! Obviously I wouldn't have too much to offer (experience wise) since I'm a newbie, but I will bring a positive, and energetic attitude.


I believe I saw you on Thursday night, am I wrong?

· Lemont, Illinois

*********** -

Yes, I was there Thursday night. I had a good time, good energy there, and very informative. I'm brand new and doing research on REI and thought it would be a good idea to drop in and see what went on in a REI club event.

It was a last minute decision to show up because I got out of work a little later than I wanted, but glad I showed up nonetheless.

Thank you for having me there!


@Joe Lopez yeah sorry for the slow response. I am glad you enjoyed the meeting. How have you progressed in your investing since then?

BiggerPockets Founder · Denver, Colorado

Looks like I missed the bandwagon on this one . . . sorry for the late message, but welcome to BiggerPockets, Joe.

Small_bp-squareJoshua Dorkin, BiggerPockets
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 877-831-4704
Check us out on Twitter: @BiggerPockets

· Lemont, Illinois

@Joshua Dorkin thank you very much! Excellent job on this forum!!

· Lemont, Illinois

*********** since the meeting I've been in contact with a couple of people on here and just doing a lot of reading. I figure that most questions I have have already been asked on here so I've been doing research to get a better understanding of whatever I had questions about.

This past Friday I went out and posted 50 bandit signs and received my first call less than 24 hours later! I received another call today that I need to call back.

I made another 50 bandit signs today that I'm gonna go out and post up.

I'm going to go driving around looking for what appears to be vacant houses, get the addresses, and send out post cards.

This is pretty much what I have going at the moment. Just trying to get my feet wet and gain some experience.

Sign up