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4 Reasons You Should Sign Up for a National Real Estate Conference NOW

Expertise: Landlording & Rental Properties, Business Management, Flipping Houses, Personal Development
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Matt and I just got back from attending IMN’s 4th Annual Single Family Rental Investment Forum in Miami, Florida. Matt was invited to speak on a panel about turning over rental units so we decided to both attend the two and a half day conference. Since we have never attended this conference or even heard of it before, we did not know what to expect. After about an hour of attending the conference and meeting attendees, we quickly realized this was a very high-level conference with seasoned investors and top notch service providers who were the “real deal.”

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There were no “run to the back of the room” gurus in attendance. There was just a ton of experts and active investors, property managers, and vendors who shared real world expertise on topics ranging from evaluating markets, scaling your business, rehab and maintenance of your rental portfolio to using technology, financing strategies, and exit strategies. There were over 1,100 attendees from just about every corner of the country.

I came home refreshed, renewed, and super excited to put into action what I learned. So, I thought it would be helpful to share 4 reasons you should get out of your local market and attend national real estate investing conferences.

4 Reasons You Should Sign Up for a National Real Estate Conference NOW

1. You’ll learn innovative ways to improve your business.

One of the biggest advantages to attending national conferences like this is that you have the opportunity to learn countless ways to improve your business. One of the people who sat on the panel with Matt was the CEO of Taskeasy.com. This company is only a few years old, but they are basically revolutionizing lawn care services for home owners and investors.

They are more or less the “Uber of lawn care services.” We are going to be using them for some of our multi-family properties. The quote they sent us on one of our buildings is HALF of what we are paying now for lawn care! We probably would have not heard of these folks if we had not attended this conference. As a result of attending, we had the opportunity to learn about a ton of different service providers that can help us run our business more effectively and efficiently.

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2. You’ll engage in valuable networking and relationship building.

Hands down, this is probably the most beneficial aspect of attending national conferences. We met potential partners, private money funders, lenders, hard money partners, mentors, and many others. We even bumped into someone we knew from New Jersey, and it was great to reconnect with them. We discussed an apartment building we are looking at this Thursday with this person, and there might be some opportunity to work together on this project!

We also had the opportunity to meet Engelo Rumora and Andrew Syrios — two fellow bloggers from BP. Both of them were part of panel discussions and added tremendous insight during the conference. Both are phenomenal people! The list goes on and on. When you participate in these types of national conferences, you meet people that you don’t have the opportunity to meet on a daily basis. Most importantly, you meet people who you can help in some way, and you meet people who can help you.

3. You’ll expand your possibilities.

We soon realized that we were one of the smaller investors in attendance at this conference. Yes, there were some completely new investors in attendance, but most of the investors had portfolios much larger than ours. At first, we began to compare ourselves to these investors.

However, we stopped ourselves. We quickly became very inspired by this. It was refreshing to be at a conference where we were the small fish. It was inspiring and provided us a tremendous opportunity to stretch ourselves and stretch our thinking. We left the conference asking new questions about our business and our future. There is no question that this conference will cause us to think differently about our business both now and in the future.

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4. You’ll learn from highly seasoned investors.

The panel discussions were so rich with real world discussions and lively debates about every aspect of real estate investing. There were shark tank panel discussions, where you could see how investors pitch companies that have large funds to invest. I literally have about 10 pages of notes that include various ideas that seasoned investors shared, from raising money to finding deals to running a more efficient property management business to expanding your business to finding new markets.

Related: 3 Reasons Why Attending Conferences Is Essential For Your Success In Real Estate

I hope these four reasons inspire you to take a minute right now to look into upcoming national conferences that you could attend this year. More importantly, I hope it inspires you to actually register for one of these conferences. Make sure you attend a conference that has real world investors speaking versus “run to the back of the room” gurus. Yes, there is an investment of time and money to attend these types of conferences. However, I am confident that we will make back our investment of money tenfold as a result of attending this conference. There is something incredibly refreshing and inspiring about being around like minded people and the real estate investing industry.

Take the step now. Go and register for a conference. You will not regret it.

Let’s get some discussion going. What have you gained from attending national conferences? How has it helped you grow your business?

Let’s chat in the comments section below!

Liz Faircloth has been managing and investing in real estate since 2004, along with her husband, Matt. We have built our business from scratch and now own over five million dollars in residential...
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    Tim Farrell Real Estate Investor from Reno, Nevada
    Replied over 4 years ago
    So how do fine out about conferences like this and others?
    Elizabeth Faircloth Real Estate Investor from Trenton, NJ
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Hi Tim, This conference was called the Single Family Real Estate Investment Forum (East) sponsored by IMN. Here is the website that has a ton of upcoming real estate conferences: http://www.imn.org/group/real-estate/. There are conferences focused on funding, single family home investing, and in November there is one on Multi-Family Investments. I hope this helps you! Thanks for reading and commenting! Liz
    Jared Garfield Rental Property Investor from Montgomery, AL
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Elizabeth, This is a great article and very inspiring, we attended Matt’s panel and he did a great job! We have been attending IMN conferences for quite some time, and it has more than tripled our business. Here are some of the things it has done for us: Provided funding that has required very little money down and allowed us to move from doing 10 acquisitions to 35 acquisitions per month. Provided Mezzanine financing that will take our capital from $10M to $100M allowing us to open an additional 6 markets for acquisition. Introduced us to a major $40 M hedge fund that wants to buy 1,000 doors and has offered us a merger proposal. I was able to have my market featured in the December RealtyTrac Newsletter, which was a great boost. It has allowed us to sell hundreds of properties to the biggest hedge funds in America, and has told us where they are focusing so we can both service them and avoid focusing on their primary markets. Task easy has been great! Gorilla Capital is a source that every experienced flipper on BP should be using!
    Elizabeth Faircloth Real Estate Investor from Trenton, NJ
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Jared: Thanks so much for your comment and sharing all the results you have gained as a result of attending this conference. Very inspiring!! I would agree with you that there is such a great opportunity to network with so many different companies that can help you grow your business. Thanks for your suggestion about Gorilla Capital. Are they more like a hard money lender? I just sent you a message via BP. Looking forward to connecting! Best, Liz PS: Our plan is to attend the Multi-Family Investment Forum in November (located in Orlando)!
    Alex Franks from Rock Hill, SC
    Replied over 4 years ago
    How does one find about the next event as well Alex
    Elizabeth Faircloth Real Estate Investor from Trenton, NJ
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Hi Alex, I just posted above the website with some of the upcoming conferences. I hope you find this helpful!! Best, Liz
    Louise Angelino Investor from East Brunswick, New Jersey
    Replied over 4 years ago
    globe st.com(national)has a lot of events listed. The real deal has events listed on their website as well as crains business(New York area).
    Elizabeth Faircloth Real Estate Investor from Trenton, NJ
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Louise for commenting! Good luck to you as you attend these conferences!!! Best, Liz
    Andrew Syrios Residential Real Estate Investor from Kansas City, MO
    Replied over 4 years ago
    One of the things I notice about attending conferences like these is it always gets me thinking bigger. OK, so American Homes has 47,000 houses…. hmmm, how do I get there?
    Tim Farrell Real Estate Investor from Reno, Nevada
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Elizabeth and others… thank you very much for the links to future conferences, truly something that will be put on the calendar. Hope to see you all in person at a future event.
    Engelo Rumora Specialist from Toledo, OH
    Replied over 4 years ago
    Thanks Liz and Matt, It was a pleasure meeting you guys. I love suits so much that I’m wearing pink pants and a t-shirt at the next one hehe Here are the video’s. Matt is a ridiculously good looking man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QKQ78Wf-Ds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TLdXIbAYTg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ_EU8K0vMU Enjoy lol