Hello!!! Newbie from Maryland

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Hi everyone, my name is Chioma and I am new to real estate investing scene. I am currently a PA and would like to focus on the BRRR strategy. I am interested in the Maryland, D.C and Virginia areas. I have been lurking around on the bigger pockets forums for a while and decided to join the community. I am here to soak up all the information I can receive from this community as well as make connections. With rei, my goal is to achieve financial freedom but also acquire all the knowledge I can so I can be able to help others in my community. I've been to a couple of meetups in my area but they ended being groups trying to sell me their products. If you happen to know of any in the area, I would gladly take suggestions. Feel free to reach out to connect. Thanks.

Welcome to BiggerPockets! Truly nice to meet you. Good luck going forward! Hope the best for you going forward in 2020!!

That is what I have heard goes on in the meetups. I have been hesitant to attend any of them. So I can understand you anguish. Hopefully, things will change. 

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@David Greene and @Brandon Turner has some good ones.

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Welcome. I attended some but it can be a strange experience. Not even sure how to describe it. Feel free to ask me any questions. I live in Virginia.

Hi @Ika Sargeant . I definitely understand what you mean. Glad to meet someone in the area. Have you been able to find find any groups within the area? Also, would you mind telling me your experience getting started in this area? Thank you in advance. 

Chioma, the meet ups that I attended were not very helpful in terms of what I was looking to do and not very informative. I guess I should try and attend more before concluding that the meeting are not useful. I am investor and also an real estate agent in VA and MD. As an investor I mostly focused on buying single homes/townhomes/condos and then holding the properties. I think the hardest part right now is finding properties because Maryland and Virginia has seen a bit of increase in real estate prices.

@Ika Sargeant I will try to check out some more. That's great that you have a real estate background. I know that's got to help you with the investing aspect. I've noticed the prices have increased as well. I was interested in Baltimore with the brrrr strategy. What do you think about the Baltimore area? Where have you invested so far?

@Chioma Harris hey Chioma, welcome to BP! I havent invested there personally but I know several others who have been successful with BRRRing in Baltimore. I grew up in the area and know there are several local meetups as well as a Maryland/Baltimore investor page on Facebook thats pretty active as well. Happy to try to put you in touch with someone locally. Best of luck!

I have not focused in the Baltimore area and yes I have seen a few meet up there. My best advice is that if you are going to rent out out the properties learn the local laws and understand how they are going to affect you or work with an agent who does rentals in Baltimore.

@Chioma Harris @Ika Sargeant welcome to the area. The DC/MD/VA network is pretty tight and extremely active here on the forum. If you both are still searching for a meetup, @Russell Brazil and @Kevin Leahy started their own in DC proper which I thought was one of the better gatherings of active investors, agents, lenders etc in the area.  Check the events page. No pitching or awkwardness.. Just a solid opportunity to learn from heavy-hitters and extensive time to network. 

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