Monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at the

Leighton Evatt Post 365, American Legion, Pine Room,
1022 Vandalia St., Collinsville, IL 62234.

Unless otherwise indicated, the meetings are as follows:

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING ------------ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

ASK THE PRO ------------ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

GENERAL BUSINESS MEETING ------------ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

SCHEDULED SPEAKER ------------ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Food for attendees - first come, first served


Calendar of Events


January 8
7 Secrets the Wealthy Know About Using Corporations To Reduce Their Taxes. Ford, Getty, Trump (before he became President) all worked inside of corporations. What do they know that you don’t? Come and learn seven ways to gain wealth.

February 12
Cash Flow 101…Do You Invest the Way Your Parents Taught You? Learn how small tweaks in your investing strategy can lead to positive growth in your cash flow. We will play the investing game invented by the world famous author Robert Kiyosaki. Author of the best seller ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’.

March 12
Myth Busting the Rules For Rental Property Owners. One of the area’s most knowledgeable real estate attorneys will explain the nuances of the Illinois Landlord Tenant Law and how to apply them to our everyday business of real estate investing. As an added bonus copies of the law will be handed out.

April 9
What Did I Do Wrong? I Being Sued For Discrimination! It happens all the time to well-meaning real estate investors. Usually the investor broke the law accidently, but the results can be the same. Thousands of dollars in legal fees, plus fines and his or her name splattered all over the paper. A representative from the EHOC will discuss simple steps to avoid tragedy.

May 14
8 Steps to Being Successful As A Real Estate Investor. Buying houses is easy, making real money at it is a lot harder. Learn the 8 proven steps that every real estate investors needs to master to find wealth.

June 11
How Much Is That Home Worth? So you think you found a super, once in a life time motivated seller who wants to practically give his building away to you! Is it a deal or is it fool’s gold? A local real estate appraiser will show us easy ways to pull comps and do our own due diligence before we buy.

July 9
What’s Next With Housing Inspections? Inspections … love them or hate them. Most of us have to endure allowing city inspectors into our vacant rental properties. Code Enforcement officers will be on hand to discuss new requirements as laid down by the International Building Code of 2018.

August 13
Here Comes The Judge! Eviction court, no one wants to be there, except the lawyers and Judges who decide the cases. A local judge will be explaining how decisions are made based upon evidence presented. This is your chance to see into the person dressed in black who hold sway over you getting your rental property back quickly.

September 10
When It Rains It Pours… Why You Need An Umbrella Policy. Don’t be an ostrich when it comes to protecting your biggest investments. You might be just one slip and fall away from losing it all. A local insurance agency will spend the night talking about why and when you need more protection than just a simple liability policy.

October 8
Haunted Houses and Other Spooky Deals. Hear from seasoned real estate investors as they recap properties they bought and renters they had rented to, that scared them almost to death. Learn from their mistakes, see how they escaped…sometime by the skin of their teeth.

November 12
Oh NO!!! I’ve Got Lead Paint, Asbestos and Mold Contamination? It happens to the best of us. Learn how to spot the problem before you buy and how to get rid of it if you already have it. A representative from the EPA will provide practical knowledge on what to do to protect yourself.

December 10
MEREIA Christmas Bash. No speakers, just food and fun. Perfect for you and your family. We always collect toys for needy children.

2018 Ask the Pro speakers (6:00 – 6:30 PM) will be in the newsletter each month.


Please note that all meeting topics and speakers may be subject to change. If time permits, we will make every effort to notify members by e-mail if and when a speaker or topic changes.

October 2016