Brand New in Chicago! Great to be here!

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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!


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.

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!

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

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!

@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!

pm me; i'm in your neck of the woods & would be happy to help you out.

@Scott W. I sent you a colleague request so I can pm you. Thanks a lot!

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.

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.

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.

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,


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.


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.


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

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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!


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

Looks like I missed the bandwagon on this one . . . sorry for the late message, but welcome to BiggerPockets, Joe.

@Joshua Dorkin thank you very much! Excellent job on this forum!!

*********** 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.

@Joe Lopez Keep up the solid work. Persistence and Determination are key!! Hope to see you soon!

*********** I'm getting your emails AND READING them! haha I do plan on coming out to another meeting. I realize I do need to be plugged in somewhere and keep myself accountable, and I did enjoy myself at the meeting I went to last month. So, I'm sure I'll be seeing you again soon!

Thank you for keeping in touch!


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