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Sean McNiff
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Newbie Searching for North Jersey Local Meet-Up Recommendations

Sean McNiff
  • Investor
  • Morristown, NJ
Posted Jun 9 2022, 07:34

Hi all!  My name is Sean and I'm just beginning my real estate journey.  I'm 38 years old and work in a specialty insurance business that has no connection to real estate, so my knowledge is really only what I've learned from the Bigger Pockets podcasts at this point.  Like most, I've read Rich Dad Poor Dad and I try very hard to combat lifestyle creep so I can invest in assets as opposed to liabilities.  

I live in Morristown and have owned my primary residence for a little over 5 years at this stage (which I see as a liability, though the appreciation these last two years has been nice).  I've ordered a number of real estate investing books and I'm excited to get started, but I'm really interested in finding a group of people in North Jersey that can share some of their experience in our market and perhaps introduce me to events or meet-ups so I can begin familiarize myself with all things real estate.

Thanks so much in advance for reading, and if anyone is in Morristown (or close by), I'd love to grab a casual cup of coffee or a beer.


Thanks in advance for any comments and recommendations.

Newark, New Jersey

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Frank Avallone II
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Frank Avallone II
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Replied Jun 9 2022, 08:39

Hey @Sean McNiff, happy to hear you are interested in the real estate world! I am actually also in Morristown and would be more than happy to chat about my experiences as an investor. I also know of a few events and other people that you may benefit from. I will send you a connection request now.

Cheers!

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Julio Gonzalez
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Julio Gonzalez
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Replied Jun 10 2022, 03:06

Hi Sean, welcome to BiggerPockets! There is a great group of members on here to connect with.

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Bruce D. Kowal
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Bruce D. Kowal
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Replied Jun 10 2022, 04:36

Try some Meetup groups, like this:  https://www.meetup.com/real-es...

CPA Texas (#035694)

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Justin Windham
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Justin Windham
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Replied Jun 10 2022, 05:01

@Sean McNiff

Welcome to Bigger Pockets!

If you are looking to invest into real estate, I have found this site to be incredibly helpful.

If you are looking to connect with other members near you, or want to learn from people in a specific area you’d like to invest in, or have a desire to find people interested in certain topics, you could use the search feature here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/search/users

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Sean McNiff
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Sean McNiff
  • Investor
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Replied Jun 10 2022, 07:27
Quote from @Bruce D. Kowal:

Try some Meetup groups, like this:  https://www.meetup.com/real-es...

 Thanks @Bruce D. Kowal.  I've added myself to the group, however it looks like all the events are virtual.  At this stage, I'd really like to make connections in person as I'm pretty "Zoomed out" after the pandemic.  I'll keep my eye on that group to see if an in person meeting materializes.  Thanks again!

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Sean McNiff
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Sean McNiff
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Replied Jun 10 2022, 07:31
Quote from @Justin Windham:

@Sean McNiff

Welcome to Bigger Pockets!

If you are looking to invest into real estate, I have found this site to be incredibly helpful.

If you are looking to connect with other members near you, or want to learn from people in a specific area you’d like to invest in, or have a desire to find people interested in certain topics, you could use the search feature here: https://www.biggerpockets.com/search/users

 Thanks @Justin Windham.  Very much still learning how to use the site.  One of my goals is to better understand how to buy a tax lien in New Jersey (or other states if it makes more sense), so I'll try to find a few folks around North Jersey that might be willing to allow me to buy them a cup of coffee and pick their brains! 

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Shawn Mcenteer
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Shawn Mcenteer
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Replied Jun 10 2022, 18:55

Hi @Sean McNiff I am not far away, happy to connect and help out the same way BP helped when I first started REI. I also host a monthly REI meet up, we will be happening next week June 15th. Happy to help any way I can!

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Sean McNiff
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Sean McNiff
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Replied Jun 12 2022, 15:58

Shawn, thanks.  I'll take this over to DMs.  Very much appreciate it!

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Ryan B.
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Ryan B.
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Replied Jun 16 2022, 11:00

Hey all, I'm local to Morristown as well. Seems like we potentially have enough people to have a Morristown-specific meetup.

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Sean McNiff
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Sean McNiff
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Replied Jun 16 2022, 15:49
Quote from @Ryan B.:

Hey all, I'm local to Morristown as well. Seems like we potentially have enough people to have a Morristown-specific meetup.

@Ryan B. Let’s grab a coffee or a drink if you’re up for it. I would love to hear your experience and your journey!  I’ll DM you.

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Jake Handler
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Jake Handler
  • Real Estate Agent
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Replied Jun 20 2022, 17:12

I'm also an investor in Morristown, so count me in for the drink/coffee 

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Sean McNiff
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Sean McNiff
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Replied Jun 20 2022, 17:55
Quote from @Jake Handler:

I'm also an investor in Morristown, so count me in for the drink/coffee 


 Sounds great Jake. I’ll shoot you a DM!

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Anastasia G.
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Anastasia G.
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Replied Jul 5 2022, 08:08

Hello @Sean McNiff welcome to the world of real estate.. The best way to learn about it - is to work in the industry lol That's how I ended up in mortgage lending - "Recovering CPA"...You have an amazing background - Insurance, I would totally go for property & casualty and start working in that field. Insurance field is very complex and not that many people understand it.. Learn and Earn :)

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Sebastian Hernandez
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Sebastian Hernandez
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Replied Aug 5 2022, 05:08

Hi Sean, most of the meet-ups I attend are via meetup.com, eventbrite and by seeing posts on social media of people that I know in the industry. Lastly, I know @Jonathan Greene holds some great meetups as well, check him out. 

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