Focus Groups

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

  1. Advanced Investor Focus Group
  2. Rental Focus Group
  3. WIRED Focus Group (Women In Real Estate Development)
  4. Mobile Home Focus Group
  5. George Antone User Group (seminar attendees only)
  6. DOA (Deals, Offers and Analysis)

Who Can Attend Focus Groups: Focus groups are FREE for dues paying UCREIA members and all area REIA members. The Guest fee is $10 per meeting per person. Contact the focus group leader to verify schedule and locations since they do change from time to time.  You can also join the Yahoo! Groups list for each of the groups as available 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.

Advanced 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. Usually, the presentation is by local professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, appraisers, business leaders, consultants, etc.

Meets: Thursday after the Monday Upstate CREIA monthly meeting 11:30am (lunch), 12:00 (noon) – 1:00pm at Eggs Up Grill, 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville.   Please buy food and to leave a tip for servers.
Focus Group Leader: George Smith
Co-Leader: Paula Martin

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: 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm at the Runway Cafe, 21 Airport Rd. Ext., Greenville, SC 29607, ( telephone (864) 991-8488. (Driving Directions). FYI, the Cafe expects attendees to buy food and to leave a tip for servers. Sign up for the rental focus group Yahoo list at
Focus Group Leader: Toyya Funchess

W.I.R.E.D. Focus Group (Women In 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:  The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 9:00 am to 10:30am at local member's business called Baby Impressions, 620-D Congaree Rd, Greenville, SC.  (In a L-shaped shopping strip across from Miyabi Steakhouse). Feel free to bring your own coffee or breakfast.  No food available for purchase.
Focus Group Leader:  Susan McCarter
Cell: 864-421-3353

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, Bill Clark and Karla Kuhn.  From finances to land acquisition, to evaluating/buying/rehabbing/selling/financing, etc.

Meets:  The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:30 pm till 7:00 pm at Southern Fried Green Tomatoes 1175 woods Crossing Road, Greenville (behind Haywood Mall) NOTE: You will need to plan on purchasing dinner each time you attend. They provide the room free, so long as everyone eats) (good food and very reasonably priced)

For questions about this focus group, contact Lila Brasher,

  1. George Antone User Group (seminar attendees only)
Meets: The PRIVATE group meets the 1st Tuesday of every month from 6-8 pm 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.
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 best to walk away. 
No food or drinks allowed, except bottled water.

Meets:  1st Thursday 6:30-8pm at the Five Forks Library, 104 Sunnydale Dr, Simpsonville.   Date, time and venue subject to change—watch calendar of events monthly.
Focus Group Leader:  Mona Lisa Harrison
Cell:  864-506-5939

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