Are you an Atlanta real estate investor looking to connect with others?
Networking is important for any line of work. But when it comes to real estate investing it is even more crucial. Connecting with others in the industry can open you up to:
- New ideas or strategies for investing
- Guidance if you are a newcomer or new to a particular investment area
- Increased knowledge of the local markets
- New business opportunities
And, most importantly, networking for real estate investors can help you develop your reputation. This could send even more opportunities your way, as well as establish yourself as a key player in the market.
So, how do you build a network? Here are a few networking tips for Atlanta real estate investors.
1. Join online communities. Various social media platforms have a lot of groups available for you to join and begin connecting with others. The good part about online communities is that your access opens up. You don’t strictly have to join Atlanta groups, you have the world at your fingertips.
2. Use personal social media accounts. Friend requests those in your network. This allows you to get to know each other better without the constant pressure of face-to-face meetings. Interact with their posts and develop a connection.
3. Attend local networking events. Atlanta has a lot of networking groups that hold events throughout the city. And if you aren’t anywhere near Atlanta, do a quick Google search and you will likely find you have a lot of networking groups in your area, too. Show up to the events and be prepared to introduce yourself and keep the conversation going.
4. Ask those in your network how to expand your network. Think of all the people in your life that you know. Now, imagine that each person in your network has just as many contacts. Ask for their suggestions on expanding your network, any people they think you should meet or even any groups you should join.
5. Create a reason to follow up. Once you meet someone at an event or if you have been introduced outside of the event, find a reason to follow up. Come up with a question you don’t know the answer to or say that you would like their input on an idea. The more you build on this connection, the more valuable that person may become to your network.
6. Get to know real estate agents and property managers. These are the people who are in the thick of it. And they know the markets better than anyone. If there is anyone you want in your corner, this is it.
The idea with networking is to get yourself out there, meet new people, and grow your resource base. Atlanta is full of people just waiting to connect. Imagine what you could do if you reached out?
Marina Shlomov, a managing partner at ALH|Podland Rental Homes Property Management is the author of many articles on Landlording, Property Management, and Real Estate Investing. A residential builder in the state of Georgia since 1999, Marina is an investor herself. Her property management company is intended “For Investors” and “By Investors” for a simple reason – she knows what investors’ goals are and she works hard to reach their goals. In her spare time, Marina likes to spend time with her family, friends, garden, read and travel. Check her out atwww.alhpodland.com. You can find Marina’s articles and comments at @rentalhomesatl on Twitter, on Facebook, Google+, Blogger. and YouTube, Bigger Pockets and REI CLub and LinkedIn.