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Women's Empowerment Subgroup, 7 pm

GaREIA Women's Empowerment Subgroup meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7 pm at GaREIA Headquarters. Leader is Jacquelyn Swint.


Jacquelyn Swint, Leader

Program for June 13

 "Keeping It Legal"

All Closing Attorneys Are Not Created Equal. First things first…. Georgia does not have non-attorney title closing agents, unlike other states. In Georgia, a real estate transaction is closed by a real estate closing attorney. Unlike traditional closing attorneys, an investor-friendly closing attorney, in particular, is familiar with creative financing strategies and or techniques; for example, simultaneous/double closings, assignment contracts, etc. The investor-friendly closing attorney may also be familiar with equitable interest in property for resale, wholesaling, flipping property. These strategies have to be done the “correct” way.

One of the most important things in a real estate transaction is the ability to CLOSE THE DEAL! If you skip this part, you have NO DEAL which could mean YOU HAVE NO MONEY!! Come out and hear from our extra special guest, Ms. Melanie Meyer, of Shafritz & Dean, LLC, Attorneys at Law, as she tells us how to “keep it legal.” Ms. Meyer will also show us how she can assist us in closing our deals. Bring ALL of your questions for her as it pertains to real estate investing. We look forward to seeing you there! As I always say, you have to BE there in order to BE empowered. See you there!

Jacquelyn Swint, MBA, Leader

Disclaimer: Please do your due diligence when seeking legal counsel before making any investment decision(s).

About the Speaker

Melanie Mayer

Attorney Melanie Mayer was born into Atlanta real estate. The only child of an Atlanta real estate developer, she started her career developing and managing property. Melanie graduated from Georgia State University Law School in 1995 and began practicing real estate law. After working with some preeminent Atlanta closing firms, Melanie began her own firm in 1998 in Alpharetta.

Ten years later, due to the mortgage crash, she merged her firm with Shafritz and Dean, LLC and continued as the managing attorney of the Alpharetta office. Then in 2009, due to her mother having a stroke, Melanie moved to New Orleans to take care of her parents.

In 2017, in order to be close to her first grandchild, Melanie returned to Atlanta with her parents in tow and resumed her practice with Shafritz & Dean. While Shafritz & Dean has multiple offices around the Atlanta area, Melanie works mostly in the Alpharetta and Glenridge offices.

She is a member of the Johns Creek Rotary Club, is active in her church and as an alumnae of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

About the Group

“I am not my sister’s keeper, I am my sister.”

--Iyanla Vansant


We are looking for women in all areas of real estate including, but not limited to, painters, licensed agents, electricians, handywomen, attorneys, contractors, roofers, hvac technicians, etc.



A diverse group of women who have an interest or a passion in real estate investing. We are here to help support one another in our quest to be the best real estate investor and woman that we can be. Whether you are a pro or are just getting started, we want to share skill sets, which will enable us to grow professionally, mentally, financially, and spiritually.



To empower women to be the best that they can be in their real estate business and in life. We will discuss the status of the current real estate market, learn how to be a better negotiator, learn various marketing strategies, and other techniques that will enable us to reach our goals.



To edify, inspire and educate women by giving them tools needed to start, grow, and maintain a successful real estate business.  



To build a network of savvy businesswomen and real estate investors in every facet of real estate who can assist in our real estate transactions and in building wealth.



To help each other break away from the shackles that binds us from being our best. We will gather input from a wide range of women in the real estate industry and stay abreast with what is working in today’s market. We intend to hold one another accountable with doing what we say we are going to do. We will also discuss how our mindset affects us as businesswomen and as real estate investors. It is vitally important that everyone who attends contribute ideas and information because this is how we will grow thus becoming more empowered. After all, we all have GREATNESS within us. 


****We welcome you to come and spend an impactful evening with us and share any expertise you have to contribute to the group. See you at our next event!***


About the Leader

Jacquelyn Swint has practiced real estate for the past 7 years. She started out by attending a “free” seminar that was anything but “free.” That seminar ended up costing $12,000 in which she split in half with a complete stranger. Ms. Swint was so intrigued that soon after she became a seminar junkie and went to every real estate seminar she could find. (Can you relate?) This was the start of the real estate crash at the end of 2008 and people thought that she was crazy getting into the market.


Nevertheless, Jacquelyn was so excited that she learned how she could start with very little cash or credit and start out as a real estate wholesaler. Jacquelyn learned how to find distressed properties, such as vacant properties and absentee owners. She did every aspect of the real estate business such as working with buyers & sellers, negotiating, drafting and assigning contracts, closing attorney relationships, wiring instructions, etc. One of the most important things Ms. Swint learned was how to put a home under contract for $1 and/or $10 and then assign that contract (assignment of contract) for a fee. This process seemed very easy however; it would take Jacquelyn 14 months to get her first deal. Ms. Swint says she will NEVER forget her first deal. It was tax-day (April 15, 2015) and her check was for $8000. Jacquelyn was so excited and proved to herself that it could be done. Jacquelyn shared this newfound knowledge with her son whom she taught the business and is now in commercial real estate.


After many twists and turns in wholesaling, Jacquelyn furthered her real estate education and expertise. She studied at the Georgia Institute of Real Estate, (GIRE) and is now a licensed Realtor® in the state of Georgia with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services-Ga Properties (BHHS-Ga Properties). BHHS-Ga Properties provides full service brokerage support for all of your real estate needs including an evaluation of your home, residential leasing, commercial leasing, property management, purchasing your first home, down payment assistant programs, investment properties, foreclosures and short sale situations. 


Jacquelyn makes it her business to know the who, what, where, when, why, and how of real estate. She is very business savvy and makes it a point to stay up to date with what is going on in local communities, familiarizing herself with the housing market, and local real estate values. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, looking to sell or downsize your home, or a seasoned investor who is looking to flip, renovate and flip, or buy and hold, Ms. Swint can help you locate the property for YOU!  In addition, Jacquelyn is familiar with creative financing techniques and has worked with several professional lenders, hard-money lenders, transactional funders, down payment assistant programs, investor programs and loans, etc. and other real estate professionals who can help get the deal done!


Ms. Swint is a member of FMLS. She also volunteers with the Atlanta Volunteer Meet Up Group and the Atlanta Women’s Build (AWB) which is a grassroots effort led by individuals - all women - who raise funds to sponsor and construct an Atlanta Habitat for Humanity home for a working mother and her family. We plan on building two homes this year!  She is also a member of the Georgia Real Estate Investor’s Association (GAREIA) as subgroup leader of the Women’s Empowerment Real Estate Group. Additionally, Ms. Swint is a member of the Atlanta REALTORS® Association, the Georgia Association of REALTORS® (GAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). 


Jacquelyn is an alumnus of Walden University, in Dallas, TX, where she received her MBA degree. She holds a B.S. degree in Healthcare Administration from St. Leo College in St. Leo, FL. Additionally, Jacquelyn is a licensed real estate agent in the state of Georgia. If you are looking for an “investor-friendly” Realtor®, getting a free consultation, adding to your bank account, or if you just simply want to know how much your home is worth, come out to the group and meet Jacquelyn!

Registration Information

Members attend all Subgroups free. Guests attend Regional Subgroups free (Southside, Cobb, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Intown Rehabbers, Northside Rehabbers), and any one Subgroup meeting at GaREIA Headquarters free of charge; subsequent visits at Subgroup meetings at GaREIA Headquarters require $25.00 Guest Fee. Online registration is available until 5:00 pm the day of event; after that time you may register at the door.  First time Guests should register at the door.

The Women's Empowerment Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at 7 pm, at GaREIA Headquarters!  We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Date and Time
Start Date: 06/13/2018 Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 06/13/2018 Approx. End Time: 9:00 PM
Registration Deadline: 06/13/2018 Meet Time: 7:00 PM
Event Leader
Jacquelyn Swint
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Pricing Option Name Price Deadline
Guests $25.00 06/13/2018
Members Free 06/13/2018
Payment Details: Members attend all Subgroups free. Guests attend Regional Subgroups free (Southside, Cobb, Intown Rehabbers, Northside Rehabbers, Gwinnett, West Georgia), and any one Subgroup meeting at GaREIA Headquarters free of charge; subsequent visits at Subgroup meetings at GaREIA Headquarters require $25.00 Guest Fee. Online registration ends at 5:00 pm on day of event; after that time you may register at the door. First time Guests should register at the door.
Location (More Detail)
Event Location: GaREIA Headquarters
Address: 4353 Tilly Mill Rd , Atlanta , GA   30360
Directions: From I-285: Take PEACHTREE INDUSTRIAL BLVD/GA-141 NORTH via EXIT 31B; Take the first exit toward TILLY MILL RD/GA PERIMETER COLLEGE. Turn RIGHT onto TILLY MILL RD. Go LEFT at first traffic light, into the HOME DEPOT parking lot. Facing HOME DEPOT, look for 2-story office building to your left, Tilly Mill Professional Center. GaREIA Headquarters is Ste 130. You may want to put Home Depot's address into your GPS: 4343 Tilly Mill Rd.
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