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 14
Tax Code Update for Real Estate Investors: Congress has made substantial changes to the Federal Tax Code. MEREIA’s own CPA Tim Elefros will explain how the new tax rules can either help or hinder us as we plan for the future.

February 11
Solar Power Your Way to Better Cash Flow: You see them everywhere... solar panels. But have you ever considered adding them to your rentals? Todd Hulbert with EFS Energy will explain how to receive federal and state tax credits to help pay for solar panels. Can you say “Free Money”?

March 11
Here Comes the Judge: Ever wonder how a judge makes a determination on how to rule in an eviction? Learn about court rules and procedures. A local judge will be on hand to not only teach us, but to also answer our questions.

April 8
Get All the Money You Will Ever Need to Buy Houses: Why use banks when you can borrow from private investors and friends? Learn how to borrow the right way... with you setting the terms! Nationally known educator and author Alan Cowgill will join us for a special night of financial education.

May 13
Don’t Be the Target of a Frivolous Lawsuit! Asset Protection takes on many different forms; Trust, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, equity stripping. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Learn how to defend yourself from a lawsuit using entity structuring.

June 10
Property and Rehab Bus Tour: Get on the bus to bigger and better deals. We will ride on a chartered bus touring houses that are for sale and houses currently under rehab. Learn how to spot hidden money making real estate and how to correctly fix up a house for maximum profit.

July 8
Short Sale Magic: Local short sale expert Iean Finley will teach us how to negotiate with homeowners who are in foreclosure and then how to work with the bank to buy the house at a big discount. You don’t need to be a magician; you just need to know what to say.

August 12
Flip It or Hold It? The Big Question to Wealth: One way makes fast cash, the other long term cash flow. Which is better? It all depends upon your needs. Be with us as we go into detail on the advantages and disadvantages of both.

September 9
MEREIA’s Trade and Vendor Fair: Back by popular demand. An evening of fun and education as local and national vendors put on lectures and discussions about their special trade. Lots of giveaways, prizes, snacks and drinks.

October 14
Ask the CPA: With only two and a half months left in the year, why not start your strategic tax planning now? Tim Elefos CPA will be on hand to answer your questions on how to reduce your taxes.

November 11
Legal Q & A Night: Got a legal question? Emily Scott with the law firm S.F.S. Legal has agreed to hold a special question and answer session. Questions can be on real estate law or any other matter. It should be a fun night of learning.

December 9
MEREIA Christmas Bash. No speakers, just food and fun. Perfect for you and your family. We always collect toys for needy children.

2019 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