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GaREIA General Meeting, "A Night of Knowledge", May 8, 5:30 pm

Georgia Real Estate Investors Association

General Meeting

Monday May 8

"A Night of Knowledge"

Your Hosts: Steve Laube, Darlene Coquerel, Curt Smith

What You Will Learn at the Event

---Pick the brains of GaREIA's "in house" experts! Questions encouraged!

---Instructors from and graduates of GaREIA's successful internal programs: Subgroups, New Investors' Boot Camp, Yellow Letter Coaching Program, Mastering Passive Income Coaching Program, FindIT, FlipIT, CashIT© Wholesaling Coaching Program, Mastermind/Success Classes!  

---All in one place at one time - front and center to overview their programs, share success stories from recent graduates, and to answer any and all questions about real estate!  

---How GaREIA members have used their participation at GaREIA to put together successful buy and hold, flip, and wholesale deals, to retire early, to become financially independent, to manage their own stock portfolios.

---Success stories and deal analysis on successful deals with GaREIA members, Theo Muhumuza, Shirley House, Jeff Dimock, and Rick Shaw!

---How to utilize your participation at GaREIA to build your network, learn from experienced investors, to help you on your journey in becoming a successful real estate investor!

Schedule for the Evening

5:30 pm - Networking with Business Associates

6:45 pm - Welcome / Announcements, Steve Laube, Treasurer

               - Marketing Session (for GaREIA members only who have controlling interest of a property to market to the group)

               - Business Associate Introductions

7:30 pm - Keynote Presentation: "A Night of Knowledge", with your hosts, Steve Laube, Darlene Coquerel, Curt Smith, and GaREIA members

8:45 pm - Adjourn

9:15 pm - Networking at the nearby Rose & Crown Restaurant, 1931 Powers Ferry Rd SE, Atlanta 30339 770-933-5595

What GaREIA members are saying about GaREIA:

"Steve Laube's Mastering Passive Income course gave me the tools I needed to perform a much-needed assessment of my current portfolio and business model, as well as create a budget. Steve shares his wealth of knowledge and experience, and personalizes this course by setting aside time to work with each student one-on-one. This course gave me the ability to make some big decisions, one of which included identifying and selling an under-performing property.

Managing a portfolio of sing family homes on your own can be very intimidating. Joining GaREIA is one of the best decisions I have made. It has given me a support system of other real estate professionals that are here when I need questions answered. No matter if it is finding a sub, help with a lease issue, or how to file evictions or tax appeals, the people here are so supportive, open and honest with their knowledge. I am not sure I would have made it in this business without GaREIA."

                 --Clair L. 

"I have purchased, renovated and rehabbed two rental homes in the past year. Through GaREIA, I was able to meet fellow investors that helped:

---vet my purchase decisions, giving me peace of mind

---provide advice such as how to handle lead based paint

---find a hard money lender who could help me secure my second property quickly

Plus, I save $170 with the Behr paint discount that paid for my GaREIA membership within a few months!  I also received a nice gift card from Home Depot with GaREIA's 2% back incentive program, which was $100. So my ROI, just on hard money costs alone is 81% ($170+$100)/$149 (membership).  Not bad!!

The Dealmakers and Intown Rehabbers Subgroup meetings are my favorites and always worth the time. My husband couldn't believe that people truly cared and helped each other. Then he met some of the folks when my house was being highlighted at the Intown Rehabbers' meeting - and then he understood.  Thank you GaREIA!"

             --Melissa U.

About Your Hosts

Steve Laube

Starting life as a nerdy scientist with a BS in chemistry, a keen interest in things financial lead Steve Laube to get an MBA in finance and to take the CFP (certified financial planner) program at Oglethorpe. He passed the national CFP boards (bar exam equivalent) in 2001; the hardest thing he has ever done academically.

Actually earning money with his chemistry degree, a 28 year career with Cabot Corporation, a $3 billion dollar chemical company based out of Boston, Massachusetts owned largely by the infamous Cabot family, included becoming the technical director for North America. Using his MBA, he also served as the global business development manager for several years.  He holds four “nerdy” chemistry patents and co-authored a chapter in a “chemistry book” for the rubber industry.

His real estate investing started in 1979, with a brand new duplex in Kent, Ohio. This duplex opened his eyes to the world of student housing (by accident, who knew Kent State university was less than a mile away?). Steve quickly acquired two brick four family buildings and a single family home at Akron University, then moved to New England  a couple of years later with his “day job” and put his real estate interest on hold, selling the Akron properties for large profits.

Shortly after arriving in Georgia in 1992, Steve initially acquired about 2 dozen student condos in Clemson, SC as well as twelve non-student condos in Alpharetta, GA.  In 1997 he authored “Dormitory Dollars,” the first book ever written on how to invest in the student housing market.  Including flips, Steve has held about 80 rental properties over his career, with 40-50 being the most he has held at one time. Steve was able to “quit his day job” and just plain retire in 2002, but rather than getting seriously into real estate the numbers told him to “cash out” in 2004/5, and he sold dozens of paid or near paid for condos and got very lazy.   His portfolio now is down to 9 condos, and also includes three beach properties; two four bedroom oceanfront homes and a near oceanfront 7 bedroom home. The beach properties are held in a partnership with his daughter, Lynne.

After about a decade of golfing, traveling, and enjoying his car obsession, Steve came back to GaREIA, driven by “boredom” and a desire to give back.  His current interests are private money lending and retirement planning.  Steve is an instructor for the GAREIA Boot Camp and leads a Coaching Program at GaREIA, “Mastering Passive Income / The Key to Quitting Your Day Job”.  Steve is a co-leader of the Dealmakers Subgroup, and serves as Treasurer on the GaREIA Board of Directors.



Darlene Coquerel

Darlene Coquerel is a Broker at Key Property Services since 2009 in Atlanta, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Tennessee. She has transacted over 5,000 residential properties since 2010.  She is a Qualifying Broker and Manager of a network of brokers in several states, overseeing Acquisition and Sales; foreclosures; trustee auctions; online auctions, MLS, and wholesale properties; as well as renovation and turnkey properties.

Darlene’s specialties include 25+ years’ experience in buying, selling and managing real estate; expertise in all phases of foreclosures and pre-foreclosures; buying at courthouse auctions, REO's, HUD foreclosures and online auction acquisitions; marketing and negotiating; and is a national trainer for  beginner, intermediate and advanced Real Estate Investors.

Darlene has been a member of Georgia Real Estate Investors Association (GaREIA) since 1992. She is a long time active volunteer and former Board member of the Association. She is an instructor in the GaREIA Boot Camp, leads the REI Strategies / Deal Structuring Subgroup on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at GaREIA, and is a coach in the GaREIA Yellow Letter Marketing Coaching Program. 

Curt Smith

  • 25 year career as a software engineer, recently left the day job; now a full time real estate investor.
  • 5 years ago I saw the drop in the housing market just as I was thinking "how will I live in retirement?"
  • I started reading books off Amazon on how to get started in real estate, some by Wendy Patton, a good person and early book author.
  • Then I met a GaREIA board member, Brad Popp, on line via a site he was advertising a wholesale on.  I contacted Brad and, as everyone at GaREIA is, he was extremely helpful and helped me get started buying my first buy-fix-rent in Norcross.
  • Brad continued to help me get started by encouraging me and my wife to join GaREIA and get involved taking training and buying some speakers systems
  • Some 5 years later our real estate company now has 34 rentals or owner financed deals cash flowing in our IRAs and LLC and is a partner in a commercial deal, a mobile home park in Gulf Shores AL.
  • In 2015 we did 10 rental buy and fixes, in 2016 we are finishing 6 more, both heading into rent-to-own then owner financing.
  • What being a member of the GaREIA Board of Directors has done for me:
    • Being on the GaREIA Board has been a great experience meeting more of the Atlanta real estate movers and shakers.
    • I have met GaREIA wholesalers and bought their properties that I would not have met if I was not very active.
    • Helping other investors forces my wife and I to think more clearly and be precise with good advice for new folks.
    • Offering training on how to get started, how to find rentals, how to manage rentals from long distance and other topics.

GaREIA Monthly General Meeting is held the 2nd Monday of every month at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, 6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta GA 30339

Doors Open at 5:30 pm!

Date and Time
Start Date: 05/08/2017 Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 05/08/2017 Approx. End Time: 9:00 PM
Registration Deadline: 05/08/2017 Meet Time: 5:30 PM
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Karen Yaap
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Guests $25.00 05/08/2017
Members Free 05/08/2017
Payment Details: Members attend free of charge. Guest fee is $25.00. Please bring verification of your registration. Online registration runs through 11:00 am the day of the event. After that time, feel free to register at the door at the event!
Location (More Detail)
Event Location: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
Address: 6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW , Atlanta , GA   30339
Directions: I-285 W to the NEW NORTHSIDE DR exit, EXIT 22, toward NORTHSIDE DR/POWERS FERRY RD.; Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp; Turn LEFT onto NORTHSIDE DR NW; or if taking I-285 N turn RIGHT then turn LEFT onto POWERS FERRY RD NW. The Wyndham sits right next to I-285.
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