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Main Monthly Meeting

It’s almost Thanksgiving.  We should all be thankful for the many friends in Upstate CREIA and for what we have learned and continue to learn from the group and from each other.   This is a unique and special “family” that means a lot to me, personally and I am sure to you, too.

Next Monday, Nov 18, will feature special announcements and several speakers for short segments on their areas of expertise.   
-testimonials of Bill Cook’s events—-who’s already out door knocking??
-recognition of our 500th Member!
-Golden Ladder Award nominations/explanation (to be awarded at Dec party)

-Follow the Money — Gville City’s Economic Dept, Business Development Manager, Mike Panasko, will share insight on recent and upcoming businesses expanding or moving into our upstate.   More businesses, more jobs means more housing needs.   Watch the growth patterns.

-Look Good to a Lender —How to prepare proper docs/info before you meet with a private or hard money lender—UCREIA Vendor, Equity Max’s Gregory Emmer, will share tips to help you present yourself well, develop a package of information, know what to expect a Lender to ask, etc.

-Follow your Nose — How to remedy the nasty, stinky, disgusting sites and smells in properties —-UCREIA Vendor Property Plus LLC’s President/Owner, Nick Conner, can take care of those awful headaches no property owner wants to deal with.  Water/fire damage, mold, smoke and other nasty smells.

-Work Together —-How Starters, Builders and Enders can work together symbiotically for win-win situation.  Examples by Board Member Gregg Branham and Member Antoine Paden.

Audience questions and participation welcome with all speakers.


Monday, November 18, 2019
6-7 PM Networking Hour
7-9 PM Main Meeting
Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort
670 Verdae Blvd
Greenville, SC 29607

Bill Cook's Door Knocking and Creative Deal Structuring
We had a great time with Bill Cook as once again he shared tons of valuable information, and in a real-life setting!


We had a blast at our 2019 Membership Appreciation Picnic! Thank you all for coming, and for your continued support of Upstate CREIA!





At our May Monthly Meeting, we honored some VERY special Upstate CREIA members: our volunteers! For 17 years, volunteers have been the life blood keeping our organization alive, thriving, and growing! Below are the volunteers that were honored May 20, 2019 (this is not a comprehensive list; more names will be added as those individuals are recognized at future meetings):
1 year
Lori Andrews- education, seminars
Gene Wilson - Greeter
Steven Ancona - MH Focus Group Leader

2 years
Laurie Rappl - Member services, greeter, seminars
John Underwood - moderator, seminars
Deborah Powell - Greeter, Photographer
Sam Bouter - AV Tech, seminars
Milissa Smith - Member services, Greeter
Zane Meadors - George Antone FG leader
Robert Dayton - Past Vendor Coordinator, Board Member

5 years
George Smith - since 2012   Adv Focus Group Leader
Paula Martin - since 2012. Adv Focus Group Co-Leader
Lisa Harrison 2014 Vendor Coordinator
Toyya Funchess - since 2014. Rental Focus Group Leader, seminars 
Susan McCarter - since 2011 Women’s Focus Group Leader
Steve Hattersley - since 2011 Member Services 

10 years
Kathy Malcolm- since 2008 Membership Director, Board Member, Teacher, seminars, and MUCH MORE
Norm Reid . Since 2009 President and more

15 years
Brandon Smith -since 2004. Treasurer, Board Member
Maria Orbik since 2004  Member Services, Moderator
Bill Clark - since 2003 PR, promotions, DOA FG leader, Board Member, VP, Guest Orientation Leader
Gregg Branham -since 2003 Past Volunteer Coordinator and Social Event Coordinator, Board Member
John Keller -since 2002 —in first year "Lifer". Member Services
Barbara Keller - since 2002 —in first year  "Lifer" Member Services
Karla Kuhn - since 2002 —in first year "Lifer"  Education Director, seminars, speaker relations, logistics, volunteer parties, and MUCH MORE

From our most recent meeting:


Documents from the November Meeting:
PowerPoint - Opportunity Zones Discussion Panel (click to download)

New Website....Here's a Tour!

Here's some tutorials for you to review on how to navigate the website!


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Welcome to Upstate Carolina Real Estate Investors Association (Upstate CREIA). We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving real estate investors by providing education and networking opportunities. Join us on the 3rd Monday of every month for one or more topics that are relevant to real estate investing and for an opportunity to network with other investors and vendors.

If you have interest in buying rentals, rehabbing houses, flipping property or just investing for passive profits, we’re the single source in the Upstate SC area where you can come learn, meet other investors and enhance your journey as an investor, regardless of what level investor you currently are or wish to become.

Take some time to dig around our website. Lots of good stuff here. Then be sure to take some time out to come visit one of our monthly meetings. We’d love to have you!

Monthly Meetings
When: On the 3rd Monday of the month
Meeting time: 6pm Coffee & Networking – 7pm Meeting Starts
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, 670 Verdae Blvd, Greenville SC Driving Directions
Hotel Phone: (864) 676-9090
Cost: FREE for Members and $20 for Guests

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