Upstate Carolina Real Estate Investors Association

Upstate Carolina Real Estate Investors Association

Focus Groups

Upstate CREIA Focus Groups (scroll down for descriptions & specifics of each group)

  1. Experienced Investor Focus Group  ZOOM
  2. Rental Focus Group  ZOOM
  3. WIRED Focus Group (Women Inspiring Real Estate Development)  ZOOM
  4. Mobile Home Focus Group  ZOOM
  5. George Antone User Group (seminar attendees only) LIVE
  6. DOA (Deals, Offers and Analysis) (members only) ZOOM
  7. Women's Notes Group (members only)  ZOOM
  8. Haves, Needs and Wants (members only)  ZOOM
  9. Short-Term Rental Group  ZOOM always and LIVE/ZOOM (once per quarter)

Who Can Attend Focus Groups: Focus groups are FREE for UCREIA members and reciprocal REIA members. The Guest fee is $10 per meeting per person. Contact the focus group leader to verify schedule and locations since they change from time to time.  You can also join the Online Email Group to keep up to date on location and topics covered at the meetings.

NOTE – Some venues expect attendees to purchase food and to leave a tip for servers, if appropriate.


Experienced Investor Focus Group  Each month there will be a different topic. The presentation and discussion is geared to a more in-depth study of real estate related topics for intermediate to advanced investors. The presentations may be by local or nationwide professionals, such as investors, lawyers, accountants, appraisers, business leaders, consultants, etc.

Meets: ZOOM. 4th Monday 12 noon - 1:00pm
Focus Group Leader: Karla Kuhn

Cell:  864-420-0273

Co-Leader: Gregg Branham


Rental Focus Group - Discusses issues of interest to landlords, tenants and property managers, including landlord/tenant law, acquisition and/or lease of rental properties, residential codes, rental announcements, property taxation, grants and other sources of funds for investing in rental property, insurance options, security and theft of personal property related to rentals. Each month there is a different topic.

Meets: ZOOM.  2nd Thursday of each month, 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Sign up for the rental focus group email group at Rental Focus Group.
Focus Group Leader: Toyya Funchess


W.I.R.E.D. Focus Group (Women Inspiring Real Estate Development)  - Provides a place for women investors, at all levels of experience, to come together for purposes of networking. Share experience and advice on pressing real estate investing issues. Join us and offer support, resources, properties, and tips to other like-minded women.

Meets: ZOOM 2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:00am - 10:30am
Focus Group Leader: Cheryl Wengert-Sievers 
Cell: 864-477-9962


Mobile Home Focus Group - Features monthly topics and a Q & A session with experienced MH investors, including but not limited to Maria Meinike, Brett Carton, Steven Ancona, Lila Brasher, Rod Holmes and Karla Kuhn.  From finances to land acquisition, to evaluating/buying/rehabbing/selling/financing, etc.

Meets: ZOOM.  4th Tuesday of every month, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Focus Group Leader: Lila Brasher


George Antone User Group seminar attendees only

Meets: LIVE. The PRIVATE group meets the 1st Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Keller Williams office at 403 Woods Lake Rd., Ste 100, Greenville, SC 29607.  Group includes those who attended the George Antone 2 day seminar in Oct 2017, joined FYNANC Academy or attended Family Bank, or other Antone events.
Focus Group Leader:  Zane Meadors
Cell:  864-325-2242


DOA (Deals, Offers and Analysis)
 - An interactive group to analyze your deals using comprehensive tools.  Mona Lisa Harrison will walk you thru these tools, help you understand factors determining if the “deal” is a “good deal” or does it need restructuring or is it best to walk away. 

Meets: ZOOM.  Members only.  1st Thursday of every month, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Focus Group Leader:  Mona Lisa Harrison
Cell:  864-506-5939


Women's Note Group - Notes keep money moving. We meet to share knowledge in real-estate backed promissory notes & help each other learn thru discussion, problem solving & knowledgeable speakers. 

Meets:  ZOOM. Members only. 1st Monday of every month, 10:30am - 11:30am
Focus Group Leader:  Amy Webber
Cell:  864-414-4108


Haves, Needs and Wants (buy, sell, trade) - Members of UCREIA and CREIANC participate together to "use what you HAVE to get what you NEED to get what you WANT".  Present properties, notes, rehab materials, anything that could be used as currency to do a deal together, money to lend/borrow, or other skills you have

ZOOM.  Members only.  1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month, 9:00am - 11:00am

Focus Group Leaders:  Gregg Branham and Karla Kuhn
Cell:  864-325-0776 GB and 864-420-0273 KK


Short-Term Rental Group - Discussion of all aspects of short-term and mid-term rentals.  Panel discussions with local STR owners, managers, guest speakers, and plenty of time for Q&A.

Meets: ZOOM. 4th Thursday of every month, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.  Once per quarter, we will meet both LIVE and ZOOM. Watch for details on which meeting will be live.
Focus Group Leaders: Kim Warren-Page

Cell:  864-430-0264

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