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Medium 1447971502 avatar joelopez Joe Lopez
Residential Real Estate Broker from Lemont, IL
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Joe Lopez

Residential Real Estate Broker from Lemont, Illinois

Nov 18 '12, 09:53 AM

Hello everyone, I'm Joe, and I'm very happy to have stumbled upon this website! I have been looking through some of the posts and I'd like to mention how kind and helpful everyone is here, as well as very informative!

I hope to interact with you as I learn more about REI. Right now I'm looking into wholesaling since that seems to be the best road for me to start on since I need to build capital.

Any words of wisdom and encouragement is always greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


Medium 1399315588 avatar jonk Jon Klaus
Investor from Garland, TX
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Jon Klaus Verified Moderator Donor

Investor from Garland, Texas

Nov 18 '12, 09:59 AM

Hi Joe, welcome to BiggerPockets! There is really a lot of great content in the wholesaling forum. Better than any book on the topic in my opinion. Especially considering you can get your specific questions answered by experienced pros.

Jon Klaus, SellPropertyFast
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Telephone: 214-929-6545

Joe Lopez

Residential Real Estate Broker from Lemont, Illinois

Nov 18 '12, 10:07 AM

Thank you, Jon! Just by the little bit I've been looking around I couldn't agree with you more!

Thank you for the welcome!

Medium 1399658869 avatar kek148 Kevin Kachin
Real Estate Investor from Chicago, IL
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Kevin Kachin

Real Estate Investor from Chicago, Illinois

Nov 18 '12, 09:34 PM

Hey Joe. I'm new to the site too (and in the Chicago area). I agree, great amount of information and kind members.

Medium 1399394541 avatar jvermillionaf James Vermillion
Property Manager from Lexington, KY
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James Vermillion Donor

Property Manager from Lexington, Kentucky

Nov 19 '12, 05:19 AM

Welcome to BP Joe! Wholesaling is certainly not as easy as some people make it sounds, but with it is definitely a viable strategy if you understand the process, work very hard, and understand marketing. I agree with Jon, the wholesaling forum is a great starting point for you. Good luck!

Joe Lopez

Residential Real Estate Broker from Lemont, Illinois

Nov 19 '12, 06:29 AM

@Kevin Kachin that's great! Which type of investing are you doing? Are you in the city or in the suburbs? Feel free to message me.

@James Vermillion I agree with you. I know it's not going to be a cake-walk, but I'm willing to learn from the pros and work hard at it. I'm excited to learn about something new! Thank you for the welcome!

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Medium 1425595084 avatar hasemann Mike H.
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Mike H.

Investor from Manteno, Illinois

Nov 19 '12, 01:41 PM

South suburbs. You're actually in a pretty good area to do some investing. Not in Lemont of course with the price to rents not really lending themselves to investors. But all those other surrounding areas are pretty good.

I'm buy and hold mostly in southern cook (although I no longer touch (cook), will (crete, monee, braidwood and peotone) and kankakee (bradley, bourbonnais, manteno) counties .

If you ever want to talk real estate, feel free to contact me.
I'm always open to new strategies or learning new stuff from people and always willing to share my stories and/or resources.

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Real Estate Investor from Chicago, IL
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Dec 02 '12, 02:12 PM

Wow check out all the Chicagoland investors! I hope to be able to work/meet all of you in person. I have been investing for just about 2 decades, and while not all projects have gone as planned, I am far better off with investing than without that is for sure!

The start is always the part that can be the most difficult, so you must be prepared to stay the course. Usually when people quit, it is right before the success hits.

Medium 1399654856 avatar essexd24 Darrell Essex
Wholesaler from Chicago, IL
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Darrell Essex

Wholesaler from Chicago, Illinois

Dec 02 '12, 03:00 PM

Welcome to BP, I'm floating around Chicago too, looking at which area to get into and it's all pushing towards the south and west. I'm going to be putting in some of my first offers this week, so if you need any ebooks or things like that let me know, I've got tons that I've just finished reading.

Medium 1399502398 avatar donko901 Don Koss
Investor from Fox River Grove, IL
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Don Koss

Investor from Fox River Grove, Illinois

Dec 03 '12, 02:47 PM

Welcome Joe (and Kevin), Happy to know there are others who still are looking to invest in our miserable, pension under-funded state.

Best Regards,


Edited Dec 30 2012, 23:19 by Administrator: Link removed.

Telephone: 847-516-1415

Medium 1399502465 avatar stevenhamilton Steven Hamilton II
Tax Accountant from Lake Villa, IL
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Steven Hamilton II Verified

Tax Accountant from Lake Villa, Illinois

Dec 03 '12, 10:00 PM

Hi @Joe Lopez,

Sorry I missed giving a welcome to the board message here. Wholesaling can be very rewarding, but it definitely requires some time paying your dues in research and putting deals together.

I've been wanting to get together a group of us for a good discussion forum/meeting group to discuss, present and talk and share ideas every quarter or so. Similar to the Large BP forum, but to help keep everyone motivated.


Medium hta logoSteven Hamilton II, Hamilton Tax and Accounting
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Joe Lopez

Residential Real Estate Broker from Lemont, Illinois

Dec 04 '12, 08:22 AM

Thank you @Don Koss , I agree, our state needs an overhaul!!

@Steven Hamilton II , meeting up periodically sounds like a great idea! I'd definitely be interested in doing that! Obviously I wouldn't have too much to offer (experience wise) since I'm a newbie, but I will bring a positive, and energetic attitude.

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Dec 08 '12, 12:48 PM


I believe I saw you on Thursday night, am I wrong?

Joe Lopez

Residential Real Estate Broker from Lemont, Illinois

Dec 08 '12, 01:15 PM

*********** -

Yes, I was there Thursday night. I had a good time, good energy there, and very informative. I'm brand new and doing research on REI and thought it would be a good idea to drop in and see what went on in a REI club event.

It was a last minute decision to show up because I got out of work a little later than I wanted, but glad I showed up nonetheless.

Thank you for having me there!


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Dec 30 '12, 10:21 PM

@Joe Lopez yeah sorry for the slow response. I am glad you enjoyed the meeting. How have you progressed in your investing since then?

Medium 1448399064 avatar biggerpo Joshua Dorkin
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Joe Lopez

Residential Real Estate Broker from Lemont, Illinois

Dec 31 '12, 12:32 PM

*********** since the meeting I've been in contact with a couple of people on here and just doing a lot of reading. I figure that most questions I have have already been asked on here so I've been doing research to get a better understanding of whatever I had questions about.

This past Friday I went out and posted 50 bandit signs and received my first call less than 24 hours later! I received another call today that I need to call back.

I made another 50 bandit signs today that I'm gonna go out and post up.

I'm going to go driving around looking for what appears to be vacant houses, get the addresses, and send out post cards.

This is pretty much what I have going at the moment. Just trying to get my feet wet and gain some experience.

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