Focus Groups

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

  1. Advanced Investor Focus Group  LIVE AND ZOOM OPTION
  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) (meeting in person)
  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

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: LIVE AND ZOOM. Thursday after the Monday Upstate CREIA monthly meeting 11:30am (lunch), 12:00 (noon) – 1:00pm at 625 SE. Main St, Simpsonville, SC in private dining room.   Please buy food and to leave a tip for servers.  AND Simulcast option if you can't come in person.
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: ZOOM.  2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm . Sign up for the rental focus group Yahoo list at
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
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: ZOOM.   The group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 5:30 pm till 7:00 pm

For questions about this focus group, contact Lila Brasher,

  1. George Antone User Group (seminar attendees only)
Meets: LIVE. 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. 

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

Women"s Note Group .  Notes keep money moving. UCREIA Women's group (members only) to share knowledge in RE backed promissory notes & help each other learn thru discussion, problem solving,  & knowledgeable speakers. VIRTUAL MEETING.

Meets:  ZOOM. Members only. 1st Monday 10:30am-11:30am
Focus Group Leader:  Amy Webber

Cell:  864-414-4108
Haves Needs and Wants (buy, sell, trade)  Members of UCREIA and CREIA NC 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, other skills you have,

ZOOM Members only.  1st and 3rd Wednesdays 9am-11am

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

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