Hello BP community! My name is Anthony and I am a brand new member here. A short while ago my wife, son, and I moved from North Carolina to the Fort Walton Beach area in Florida. We owned our home in NC, and sold it before moving. That process made the light bulb go off above my head, and I found Bigger Pockets and started listening to them every day on my drive to and from work. In the past few months I have made my way through about 60 episodes, and could not be more thankful for all of the good info. If I could go back, I would do things a little different before leaving NC, but am hoping to get started on my REI journey here in FL instead.
I am interested in SFR for now, as well as any local meetups that I could learn from. After listening to Brandon/Josh/Dave (and finally reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad as well as a host of other books mentioned on the site/podcast), I realized that I want to set my family up for up a life of passive (is real estate ever truly passive?) income, and have become passionate about investing since. Recently I have begun to immerse myself on the BP site, and just finally decided it was time to introduce myself and jump feet first into this community, this site is an amazing source of knowledge and information for us new guys! Any tips or advice from those with experience as I get started in REI? I'm always looking for other great podcast episodes or books that others have found helpful, or have enjoyed. Thanks in advance, and I look forward to meeting everyone!
Hey Anthony welcome to the area and community! I just separated from Hurlburt Field last September and now practice real estate full time. There is a BP meetup usually once per month at various locations in fort Walton. Shoot me a PM if you need any help getting situated here in the community!
Thanks @Derek Pigulski !
@Anthony Lilley welcome to the panhandle and to BiggerPockets. One of the REI meetings @Derek Pigulski was talking bout is the PIG http://professionalinvestorsguild.com/ which is more structured and educational in nature. The other is a networking meeting hosted by @Arianne L. I believe every thrid Thursday of the month in Shalimar. My wife an I are both investors and Realtors with experience in multiple states thanks to the military. Let me know if you have any questions I really enjoy helping new investors get started.
Thanks @John Powell .
@Anthony Lilley welcome to BP! It's a great place to learn. We pretty much learned everything when we got started here. Take advantage of the podcasts, webinars, and forums.
Thanks for the mention @John Powell . We host a monthly meetup every last Tuesday of the month next one is July 31st. I usually post it here in the events section a couple weeks out or you can like our FB business page on my profile and it'll be there too. We also attend the local REIA - the Professional Investors Guild that is usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month but check their fb page too since it can change
Looking forward to meeting you
Thanks for the info @Arianne L. ! I will definitely be watching for the event announcements and start coming to them.
@Arianne L. Hi are yall still doing your monthly meetups? If so what is it called on fb or website? Is there any in Destin also or do they come to yours?
@Suzanne Lee yes the next one is this coming Tuesday 6pm here is the BP events page https://www.biggerpockets.com/forums/521/topics/676893-destin-fort-walton-beach-area-networking
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