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JULY 2019
Main Monthly Meeting: July 15, 2019
Embassy Suites
670 Verdae Blvd
Greenville, SC 29607
6:00- 7:00 PM: Networking Hour
7:00- 9:00: Main Meeting and Featured Speaker
     Vacation Rentals- Your Future Profit Potential
     Let's Look at How Vacation Rentals Should be the NEXT Investment You Make

July Featured Speaker: Beth Carson Ellington
Throughout history, there has been a fledgling business of renting out your home or rooms in your home to travelers. Beth Carson Ellington entered the industry before HomeAway or Airbnb were companies. 

Did she do it the conservative way?
Nope. She “accidentally” built a vacation rental in Fiji- a mere 24 hours door to door from Greenville, SC. It was meant to be a haven in the winter and a boutique resort was to manage it.  And, while the resort promised 25% occupancy and fulll property management, they abandoned her due to the sale of the resort.

After panicking, she dove in and racked up a massive 85% occupancy and huge monthly income- even after the bills, by herself. Most months, she made $250/hour as her business was running mostly on autopilot.

Beth learned a LOT in her 19 year journey to wild profits and delighted guests, and looks back now with horror on her first few years, when she, “Burned through 10’s of thousands of dollars in lost revenue due to lack of knowledge.”

Knowledge is power.

Now, Beth has sold her Fiji property and currently runs 6 properties in Hendersonville, NC and Tulum, Mexico. She’s been a real estate investor since 2001 and is experienced in rehabbing, flipping and landlording. By far, her favorite and most lucrative form of real estate investing is whole-home vacation rentals. She and her husband, David, have started flipping homes as vacation rentals, with fantastic ROI.

Beth is International Living’s resident expert on vacation rentals, speaking internationally, and will be speaking on the National REIA Cruise to Alaska in September. She creates online programs to help others reach the highest success possible with their own rentals.


Rebuild Upstate Work Day- July 13 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM
“Not every person lives in a safe and healthy home,” but Rebuild Upstate, a local non-profit group, is actively helping homeowners in our community who wish to stay in their home, yet struggle to make needed repairs.
There are hundreds of homeowners in the upstate who do not live in safe homes, and we can help! UCREIA members are gathering for a work day on Saturday, July 13th from 8:00 - 5:00 to assist Rebuild Upstate in helping a homeowner in our community. Skilled labor is always welcome, but not required. Rebuild Upstate will train anyone who volunteers for them.
Although we do not know exactly what the project will be yet, examples of a Rebuild Upstate project are building a wheelchair ramp, installing handrails, or repairing rotting floors, shower bars, etc. These repairs will be something a skilled rehabber would find quite easy and something a new investor might want to learn how to do, so whatever your skill level come join us!   Materials and tools will be provided.

We need up to 12 volunteers committed in order to go forward with the project. If you would like to help someone in our community sleep easier knowing that their house is safe, please commit to joining us on July 13th.  Please plan on a full day. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is now full! Thanks for all the enthusiastic responses we received!!

Details of the project and location will be sent to you as soon as that is confirmed.  

We’ve done projects in the past and watched people learn new skills and forge new friendships, all while helping those less fortunate. Join in and do your part to help!

Email Heather Harley, Volunteer Coordinator, at with any questions.

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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