Good evening Jamar,
Welcome to the forums!
It sounds like you're ready to get out there and connect with people to help you build that portfolio.
BP meetups are great... you can also find local events on meetup.com. Check out Facebook for local real estate groups and if there is none of its kind, make your own!
We created a local meet-up in our area and its lead us to create a FB group and local community. The best part about attending these groups is you can potentially find the mentors and accountability partners that will push you towards your goals to see YOU win!
Set up keyword alerts in your settings... set up alerts for "Jasper Alabama" and "Gardendale" and any topic you want to be alerted about once mentioned.
Best of luck to you!
From what I know, you live in a good area to buy rentals. Birmingham may be a good area for you to invest also. I love how the downtown is getting cleaned up.
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