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The Two Must-Attend Real Estate Conferences for Investors

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There are a lot of real estate conferences out there—but which ones are actually worth your time?

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There are two conferences that everyone should attend. The first one is the IMN (Information Management Network). It’s held in Scottsdale, Arizona and Miami, Florida every year. It’s a single-family residence-geared conference that is very high end. There are a lot of hedge funds, institutional money, and institutional buyers and sellers there. That is pretty much where you want to go if you’re a more experienced investor and do anywhere from five to 10 deals per month. You’re doing volume, you’ve got various companies, and you’ve got a big team. That is where you go to shake hands and kiss babies because the who’s who of the real estate world is at this conference. Keep in mind it is very expensive to attend, around a couple grand a ticket. Now, if you can schmooze your way into being a speaker, you may get your ticket comped—and they are always looking for content and great speakers. So make sure to check that out.

Think Realty Conference

Another one that you should definitely attend, especially if you are a beginner, is the Think Realty Conference. They run about four to five conferences every single year and have an amazing team based in Kansas City. I know them very well—they are awesome people. My experience from that conference is that there is no pumping products and services. They don’t like “spruikers” as we refer to them in Australia. Yes, there are products for sale. Yes, there are services for sale, but there are insightful panels, interesting speaking presentations, and good content. There is a lot of great stuff that you can learn there, and you can meet a number of good people. So I strongly recommend and encourage you to attend that conference. It is not that expensive, and you can sign up online.

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I want you to know that I get nothing from either one of these conferences for mentioning this to you. So again, the IMN is awesome and so is the Think Realty Conference. Google them and check them out. Personally, I think you should attend them.

So that’s about it. Post below about any real estate conferences that you attend that are great and do not sell products and services. I don’t want anyone shoving crap down my throat. I just want good content and want to meet some great people and awesome investors. 

Which conferences do you attend?

Please comment below.

Engelo Rumora, a.k.a."the Real Estate Dingo," quit school at the age of 14 and played professional soccer at the age of 18. From there, he began to invest in real estate. He now owns real estate al...
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    Douglas Skipworth Rental Property Investor from Memphis, TN
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Engelo, as usual, I totally agree with your recommendations. As you know, I attend both IMN’s and at least two of the Think Realty’s per year. For me, they are great opportunities to (1) learn what’s going on in the industry at a macro level, (2) connect with other real estate enthusiasts, and (3) keep up with the latest tools and technologies vendors are offering. Plus, one of the highlights for me is getting to catch up with the Real Estate Dingo in person!
    Engelo Rumora Specialist from Toledo, OH
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Thanks Doug and agreed. It’s always a pleasure catching up with you also. You’re only a professional in your business but also a true gentleman. Speak soon mate
    Larry Russell Rental Property Investor from Whitsett, NC
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Thank you for providing some insights on both conferences. Personally, I haven’t heard of either one of those conferences and I’m always looking for a real estate conference to attend. I would love to hear of others you would recommend for an intermediate buy & hold investor. I’m currently no where near buying 5 to 10 houses per month, however that’s definitely a worthy goal.
    Engelo Rumora Specialist from Toledo, OH
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Hi Larry, Thanks for your comment. The Think Realty Conference would be a MUST attend for you in my opinion. Keep the dream alive mate
    Cindy Larsen Rental Property Investor from Lakewood, WA
    Replied over 2 years ago
    I have no input on what conferences to attend, but, I do have a negative recommendation: about 5 years ago I attended the Fortune Builders Mastery confernce. Unfortunately, being a newbie, and not yet having found Bigger Pockets, I signed up, for the free two day conference, determine that these people knew more than I did and paid the enormous fee of (this is embarasing to admit) $25,000 for a lifetime membership. Expensive mistake. Leson learned. After going through their courses and materials, my conclusion is, if that is worth $25k, then BP ought to be worth about $50 million. FortuneBuilders seems to have three aims: 1. get people to buy a membership 2. Teach those people the rudiments of finding deals, and charge them ongoing fees for mentoring and to evaluate the deals, while using them as wholesalers 3. Sell “turnkey” properties as investments through a partner. They have other partners that will try to sell you other services too: lucky you! Needless to say, after figuring this out, I have never bothered with them since. So all you newbies out there, don’t waste your time and money there. I have learned tons more about investing in real estate on BP than I have anywhere else. Fortunebuilders was definitely a mistake. Cindy
    Engelo Rumora Specialist from Toledo, OH
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Thanks for sharing Cindy, I have never been a fan of paid seminars, courses, etc… and always believed that actually doing a deal will be the best experience. Start slow and small, make mistakes and learn from them. Bigger Pockets is a great free resource for real estate investors of all kinds. Keep the dream alive 🙂
    Roberta DeVoy
    Replied over 2 years ago
    Hello Cindy I too paid a lot of money for a course just like you mentioned. It is embarrassing but we were taken and they have to deal with Karma. WISH I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW. Bigger pockets is the best for me as well. Maybe we can chat sometime and discuss where we are in RE. Roberta