What do Brandon Turner, Josh Dorkin, Ali Boone, Engelo Rumora, and Matt Faircloth have in common? International speaking experience..

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I know the forum posts that get all the 'likes' and 'comments'.. the ones that fire people up.. the success posts that begin, “I quit my job and closed my first deal!!” or “Finally reached our passive income goal!!”

I, too, get fired up reading those stories.

But today, I want to write about a different kind of success. A success that comes from overcoming obstacles and finding creative ways to get involved in real estate investing.

In 2014, I set out on a journey that had all the makings of a classic boondoggle

I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going. 

I wasn’t exactly sure how I was getting there. 

And I didn’t really have anyone to help me find my way.

But what I did have, if not a specific goal, was a clear VISION of what I wanted. It included greater financial freedom, greater location independence, more time to spend with my family and loved ones and the ability to contribute and help others.

My vision was to become a real estate investor. I wanted to someday syndicate deals like one of my role models, Rich Dad Advisor, Ken McElroy, and help educate others in the process.

Only I had a few obstacles in the way.

One - I knew nothing about real estate investing other than what I had read in Rich Dad, Poor Dad many years before.

Two - I was over 40, which isn’t necessarily old, but seems ancient compared to the many 20-somethings who dominate BiggerPockets. 

Three - I live in Korea, 7,000 miles away from the areas I wanted to invest in.

Fortunately, I had a few things going for me:

* 15 years of business & entrepreneurial experience having started two English institutes in Korea.

* Work ethic & drive

* And most helpful of all, my ’secret’ weapon, BiggerPockets and it's awesome community 

It was through BiggerPockets that the complex world of real estate investing began to slowly reveal itself to me and I started to connect with key people who would help me make my first investment.

I met two of my investing partners, @Maxwell Lee & @Kelly L. , through BiggerPockets - They were colleague Request #16 & #17.

I met @John Van Uytven through BP, who had the brilliant idea of throwing our regular coffeeshop meetings on Meetup.com to see who else wanted to join us out here in Korea.

And little by little, inch by inch, that meeting has grown and grown into a full-fledged meetup.

I still remember @Joshua Dorkin , BP CEO, agreeing to speak at our meetup and wanting to Skype to work out the details. All my mind could think was: The. Joshua. Dorkin. 

The founder of BP was giving me 20 minutes of his day? During the call, I was so nervous about taking up too much of his time that I accidentally hung up on him while he was in mid-sentence saying goodbye.

And while, thanks to the hard work of Max and Kelly, local Jacksonville experts, as well my other real estate investing partner and meetup co-organizer, @Benjamin Hauser , I was able to make my first investment - a JV purchase of an SFR that closed at the end of 2014 - I am also really proud of my "non-investing" successes. Helping to organize a community of investors here in Korea through the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup.

Here are some of our victories:

* from 3 to 223 Members

* Virtual Guests that include a murderer’s row of who’s who on BiggerPockets: @Brandon Turner , @Ali Boone , @Engelo Rumora , @Matt Faircloth - (who now all have international speaking experience!)

* Gaining the use of the entire 2nd Floor of the YoungSamSung Life Cafe, located in Hongdae (very trendy and busy area)

(Also, I've been personally able help a few of our members overcome obstacles to out-of-country investing.)

This month, we were really fortunate that on Memorial Day WeekendDeRosa Group founder and Syndicator, Matt Faircloth agreed to join us for a live Q&A. (Thank you to @Elizabeth Faircloth for helping to set this all up.)

Matt was able to give us so many actionable tips and was a great sport despite the late hour on his end (past midnight) and technical difficulties on our end.

During the Q&A, we asked Matt, what enabled him to persevere in the beginning when he was just starting out and go from being a part-time house hacker to a full time real estate syndicator - (click below to hear his response):

Matt Faircloth Visits the Seoul Real Estate Investing Meetup

Afterwards, we had fellow meetup co-organizer, Ben Hauser, give a very informative speech on modular home building (factory built, premanufactured homes) and what he learned about land development from his research into BluHomes. He covered costs, challenges, opportunities as well as shared demographic info on a potential investing area for him - Seattle, Washtington.

(Have to give a H/T to  @Brandon Hall  for his article on CAFR that helped Ben dig into the demographics of Seattle).

I just want to end by saying.. from my experiences, I feel like success in real estate doesn’t have to come down to a door count, especially in the beginning.

To other new investors - your first foray into real estate might not be a Flip or Rental Property or House Hacking. It might be, as Al Williamson mentions in this article, getting involved in your community and just helping to improve the neighborhood (and in the process, networking with other community leaders and investors - see comments). It might be starting a BP member’s blog. Or it might be helping to start a meetup in your community.

If you make success only about a door count, you’re letting a lot of potential valuable and enriching experiences slip by. 


And as real estate investors, we’re all about creating value, not leaving it behind.


Thanks BP for all your support in helping us grow our community in Korea.

Thanks to all our meetup members who are also BP members:

@Sandra Roddy , @Dustin Karns , @Paul Wurster , @Jacob Michaels , @Account Closed ","user_avatar":{"medium":{"url":"https://biggerpockets.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/avatar/no_avatar.svg"}}}" href="/users/JohnK42">@Account Closed

Here are a few of the places in the US our members are currently investing in:

Jacksonville, Florida; Illinois; Kansas City; Indianapolis; Las Vegas; Nebraska; California; Yuma, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; Memphis

In Korea

Busan, Sokcho, Seoul, Gangnam, Samsung

Worldwide

Hong Kong; Ireland; Taiwan; Myanmar; Phillippines

And now for some pictures:

Thanks again to the YoungSamsung Life Cafe in Hongdae for the use of their main showroom.

I see some of the biggest names are missing...

So, you skype with me every other day, which means you get smarter every other day. But, you don't wanna share with anyone. I'm like your private master-mind...

That could work :)

Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich :

I see some of the biggest names are missing...

So, you skype with me every other day, which means you get smarter every other day. But, you don't wanna share with anyone. I'm like your private master-mind...

That could work :)

 Geez only 12 letters.  Maybe if you went by Benjamin you'd make the bigger name list.  And the lesson is that shortcuts will always come back to haunt you. ;-)  

Benjamin on the silver screen?  Remember there are no small parts, just small investors!

Congrats on the successful meet up.

Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich :

I see some of the biggest names are missing...

So, you skype with me every other day, which means you get smarter every other day. But, you don't wanna share with anyone. I'm like your private master-mind...

That could work :)

Dang Ben.. you busted me! ^^ It's my cagey veteran trick!!

You are the bomb, Ben.. We'll have to plan something special with you in the future.

How was the Lima Meetup?

Originally posted by @Bob Bowling:
Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich:

I see some of the biggest names are missing...

So, you skype with me every other day, which means you get smarter every other day. But, you don't wanna share with anyone. I'm like your private master-mind...

That could work :)

 Geez only 12 letters.  Maybe if you went by Benjamin you'd make the bigger name list.  And the lesson is that shortcuts will always come back to haunt you. ;-)  

Benjamin on the silver screen?  Remember there are no small parts, just small investors!

Congrats on the successful meet up.

Greetings Bob!

Thanks for commenting. Ben's already as big as they get.. and he knows it! ^^

Hawaii looks beautiful. Happy investing. 

@Daniel Ryu  #16 and #17? That's unacceptable. 

:) We need to chat soon and catch you up on everything. Sorry we've been very swamped. And I still haven't figured out how to login to kakao on my new phone, it's so frustrating!!

Originally posted by @Maxwell Lee :

@Daniel Ryu #16 and #17? That's unacceptable. 

:) We need to chat soon and catch you up on everything. Sorry we've been very swamped. And I still haven't figured out how to login to kakao on my new phone, it's so frustrating!!

It took me a while.. but I found you guys! That's what counts ^^

Weird.. what's going on with Kakao?? Samsung phones should do a better job of working with Korean apps!

I'm looking forward to the chat!

Originally posted by @Engelo Rumora :

Thanks for the mention @Daniel Ryu,

Keep the dream alive and have a great day :)

I will! And If I ever feel it waning, I know 10 minutes talking to you and hearing your energy will solve that. ^^ Thanks to you and the whole Ohio Cashflow Team for all your support. 

Originally posted by @Al Williamson :

Nice post @Daniel Ryu

 Keep on making things happen!

Thanks Al! That was a great article you wrote. Very eye opening..

The whole concept of "Why buy another property to increase cashflow by $100 when you haven't completely optimized your current building" is a great way to think. 

Learning a lot from you.. and the other BP Bloggers.

@Al Williamson - you, sir, are a class act. Reading your book now. Good stuff!

@Daniel Ryu - the meet-up is tonight. @Engelo Rumora is coming, and I am bringing some guys with big arms...you know...for protection and all

Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich :

@Al Williamson - you, sir, are a class act. Reading your book now. Good stuff!

@Daniel Ryu - the meet-up is tonight. @Engelo Rumora is coming, and I am bringing some guys with big arms...you know...for protection and all

I am only attending because of YOU Ben Leybovich haha

Big arms can't stop me haha :)

Originally posted by @Engelo Rumora :
Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich:

@Al Williamson - you, sir, are a class act. Reading your book now. Good stuff!

@Daniel Ryu - the meet-up is tonight. @Engelo Rumora is coming, and I am bringing some guys with big arms...you know...for protection and all

I am only attending because of YOU Ben Leybovich haha

Big arms can't stop me haha :)

I'll be ready...

Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich :
Originally posted by @Engelo Rumora:
Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich:

@Al Williamson - you, sir, are a class act. Reading your book now. Good stuff!

@Daniel Ryu - the meet-up is tonight. @Engelo Rumora is coming, and I am bringing some guys with big arms...you know...for protection and all

I am only attending because of YOU Ben Leybovich haha

Big arms can't stop me haha :)

I'll be ready...

Great event BL,

Well done mate ;)

Milano had some great food also :)

See you in Toledo next time xoxo

Congrats on that first investment in 2014.Great also to hear of the "secret weapon" in your success.

Hey Daniel,

Thanks again for the invite.  I was honored to be a speaker for your group!  It was a great conversation - buying apartment buildings, the future of the multi family market, wholesaling, and advise on getting started.  It was well worth waiting up till 12:30 AM for it!  Let's talk again soon.

Matt

Originally posted by @John Van Uytven:

@Daniel Ryu

 another great write up

Gutted I am no there anymore.

Keep me posted.

We missed you out here! 

I'll definitely keep you posted.. and keep us posted as well ^^

Originally posted by @Matt Faircloth :

Hey Daniel,

Thanks again for the invite.  I was honored to be a speaker for your group!  It was a great conversation - buying apartment buildings, the future of the multi family market, wholesaling, and advise on getting started.  It was well worth waiting up till 12:30 AM for it!  Let's talk again soon.

Matt

Hope you were able to enjoy the rest of the weekend with your family!

Thanks again for participating and giving such great info.

Look forward to talking to you more in the future ^^ 

Originally posted by @Bhekizwe M. :

Congrats on that first investment in 2014.Great also to hear of the "secret weapon" in your success.

Thanks Bhekizwe.. Yeah, BiggerPockets has been key.

Thanks for commenting on my posts. Feel free to reach out anytime to discuss overseas investing!

Originally posted by @Engelo Rumora :
Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich:
Originally posted by @Engelo Rumora:
Originally posted by @Ben Leybovich:

@Al Williamson - you, sir, are a class act. Reading your book now. Good stuff!

@Daniel Ryu - the meet-up is tonight. @Engelo Rumora is coming, and I am bringing some guys with big arms...you know...for protection and all

I am only attending because of YOU Ben Leybovich haha

Big arms can't stop me haha :)

I'll be ready...

Great event BL,

Well done mate ;)

Milano had some great food also :)

See you in Toledo next time xoxo

 Makes me wish I were in Ohio too! Glad you guys had a great time..

Congrats on all of the success Daniel! I'm so pumped I have been able to be a part of it. You guys are the best!

Hi Ali.. 

aka "International Speaker @Ali Boone Who Spends Her Friday Nights Dancing and Advising Investors in Asia.."

Hope all is well with flying, lifestyle design, passive income, and turnkey investing! ^^

Thanks for the shout out. We love you, too!

I'll catch you in CA sometime. Take me flying!! ^^

Hahaha...I should have taken the phone in the bar with me so everyone could see my slick line dancing moves! And YES, let's totally go fly! Let me know when you are heading this way.

Thanks again! Love you guys!

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