Real Estate Investing Basics

How to Start a Local Real Estate Investor Meetup (& Why You Definitely Should!)

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The easiest way to do this is by attending local real estate investing events. These could include events from BiggerPockets.com/events, Meetup.com, local real estate investor associations (REIAs), local Facebook groups, etc.

And if you can’t find a solid group in your area, start one!

It takes a little time, and you’ll make some mistakes, but it is a great way to improve your network—and therefore your opportunities!

What Is a Real Estate Investor Meetup?

A real estate investor meetup is an event where real estate investors come together and “nerd-out” about REI!

You may have heard the famous Porter Gale quote, "Your network, is your net worth."

This statement is reinforced every time I attend a solid meetup and get around like-minded real estate investors.

Networking is THE most powerful way to take your real estate investing game to the next level. There are so many benefits to networking that it blows my mind when I hear people say they don’t take advantage of it.

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Why You Should Host an Event

If there aren’t any meetups in your area, I recommend that you start one!

A little over a year ago, I was telling Brandon Turner that there weren’t any good real estate investor meetups within 40 minutes of my house. If I’m being honest, I was probably using the inconvenience of driving as an excuse for not attending more meetups. I wanted to attend but clearly was not making it as much of a priority as I should have.

That is when Brandon suggested that I start my own!

But… I’m not qualified to do that, I thought.

Why I thought I wasn’t qualified to host:

  • I didn’t know anything about hosting an event
  • We didn’t have a venue
  • I was from out of state (which seems to matter in Hawaii)
  • I didn’t know very many people who would come
  • My social media following was small

Plus, I didn’t believe I was qualified to host a meetup because I was still a rookie investor.

NONE OF THAT MATTERS. Start a meetup!

All you need to do is post the meetup in the BiggerPockets “Events” section, and create an event on Facebook.

If you’re really gung-ho, you can even create a meetup.com event! I chose not to do this because there is a little bit of a cost associated with hosting events through meetup, but it is still a good platform.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how many people come to your event, so stop making excuses, and see what happens!

I have found that beaches, local parks, coffee shops, and bars make easy venues to start. I hosted my first meetup in a local bar, and we outgrew it in two months! We tried a couple of other venues and eventually settled on a local beach park; it was Hawaii after all.

The meetup got larger every month, even with these changes, which proves that your venue isn’t really that important!

I host my event the first Tuesday of every month, and I bring two pizzas (purchased through the business card as a tax write-off) to the event. We hang out in the open, and if it rains (hasn’t yet) we will move under a nearby pavilion.

All this to say, your venue doesn’t matter. Your experience doesn’t matter. Stop making excuses and start the meetup!

The Benefits of Attending Meetups

Learning

Networking and attending meetups help you hone your craft. Hosting the event will expedite your learning curve!

People always talk to the meetup host.

Hosting this meetup will open new doors, and bring more opportunities to you! Also, there is no better way to learn a concept than by teaching it.

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Networking

As stated above, people always talk to the host! When you host an event it gives you the opportunity (obligation) to meet every newcomer and make them feel welcome.

This automatically increases your networking opportunities. People will begin to see you as a thought leader in the space and will want to introduce other investors to you.

Confidence

I eluded to it above, but I believe there is no better way to confirm your understanding of a subject than to teach it. For the same reason, one of the best ways to gain confidence in the real estate investing world is to host an event.

This puts you in the spotlight and forces you to learn and network more!

Networking

Yes, networking is so important that I put it on here twice…so do more of it!

Become the Guy!

As we have already discussed, when you host a meetup, people always talk to you. As a result, you will become “the guy.”

You will begin to meet everyone in the local REI community by hosting your meetups. This will create an opportunity for you to become “the connector” (a reference to the great book Go-Giver).

The connector is a title used to identify people that are good at making introductions. If you need to find a lender? They know just the guy. Need to find a property manager? They have you covered!

Becoming a connector, allows you to help solve problems within the local community. Being able to connect people is a huge networking strength. This will improve your reputation even more!

This ongoing process results in you gaining credibility in the area. Over time, other investors will be seeking you out, and you’ll find yourself, and your meetup, to be a hub of REI activity!

Talk about opening the door for opportunities!

What are you waiting for?

The only two downsides I can think of for starting a meetup are that it takes a little bit of time (maybe an hour a month), and there might be some costs associated with securing a venue or purchasing food.

Neither of these downsides outweighs the myriad of benefits to starting a meetup! If the small price is a concern, you can start a donation jar. You don’t have to provide food for the event either, but I think it is a nice touch.

Bottom line is this: If there isn’t a good meetup in your area, start one today!

Post your event on BiggerPockets. You can see how I set up my Facebook event here.

Do you have any questions for me about hosting a meetup? 

Ask me below or share your meetup success stories!

David Pere has been active in the U.S. Marine Corps since 2008. He got his start as a real estate investor in 2015 and since then has bought and sold over 50 rental units, partnered on multiple fix-and-flips, and built a growing community of like-minded investors. Through these experiences, From Military to Millionaire was born with the goal of teaching personal finance and real estate investing to service members and the working class. David is the host of The Military Millionaire Podcast and has created a YouTube Channel where he shares the knowledge that helped turn his life around. In four years, David has gone from living paycheck-to-paycheck to replacing almost half of his income. He aspires to help others follow in his journey to financial freedom!
    Jeffrey Grieshop New to Real Estate from Coldwater, OH
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Love this, a friend suggested we do it, i feel it coming. I won't let rookie mode get in my way because I agree with your entire post. I can already envision shaking hands and meeting my first PM lender :)
    David Pere Rental Property Investor from Oceanside, CA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    You would be amazed at some of the networking opportunities that come simply from hosting an event (no matter how big/small).
    Adrian Ayub
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Hi there, I would like to ask what is your thoughts on being asked to co-host a meetup that is already in progress but just taking off . Please advise
    David Pere Rental Property Investor from Oceanside, CA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    SAY YES! You could still host your own meetup if you wanted to at some other point in the month, but unless that meetup has a bad reputation (a situation I've never encountered) there is no reason not to jump on this opportunity!
    Tarl Yarber Flipper/Rehabber from Seattle, WA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Great article David! I could not agree more with you on this. Networking has been the key to everything i have ever done in real estate and its awesome to see you're getting after it too! Ill need to time my next trip to Hawaii next time to be around the first tuesday of the month!
    David Pere Rental Property Investor from Oceanside, CA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Unfortunately, I have since moved to Oceanside, CA...but I'm already hosting a meetup here! Would love to connect if you make it down to San Diego, and one of these days perhaps our schedules will sync enough to jump on a call brother!
    David Oldenburg Flipper/Rehabber from Granite Bay, CA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    I launched my REI group almost 5 years ago. I am now getting 150+ people at every meeting and have over 2,000 members. It is a lot of work...I mean a lot to keep people coming and continually grow. I have seen at least 20 other people launch, crash, and burn their groups while mine has grown. However, if you are committed you can make it happen.
    David Pere Rental Property Investor from Oceanside, CA
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Wow! That is quite a group! I'm sure it takes more effort to manage than my little meetups, but you probably get that much more out of it!
    Tim Woosley from Lincoln, NE
    Replied over 1 year ago
    Great post! Is there a structure to these meetups or are they just come and chat? I plan on starting one this month and want to provide value to others.
    Sandra Morrison Investor from Fort Thomas, KY
    Replied about 1 year ago
    You can have someone present a deal, or meet ata rehab, or have a real estate attorney, CPA, appraiser or stager give a talk. Ask your network what they want.
    David Pere Rental Property Investor from Oceanside, CA
    Replied about 1 year ago
    Great answer Sandra!