NICIA Monthly Meeting Information

The Northwest Indiana Creative Investors Association

Wesleyan

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Meeting  Every second  Thursday
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

Upcoming Events

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Thursday: November 9, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Topic: Lets Talk Taxes
Presenters: Panel Discussion

The month of November will focus on helping investors prepare for the 2017 tax season.

 

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Thursday: December 7 , 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
TopicNICIA Annual Holiday Party

Join fellow members for a night of food and fun. Dinner, cocktails, and a raffle with your fellow investor. One of the best events of the year, don’t miss out!

 

 Past Events

 

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Hal Slager at Northwest Indiana Real Estate Investment AssociationThursday: October 12, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Topic: A talk with Representative Hal Slager
Presenters: Representative Hal Slager

Ever wish you could talk to your state Representative without driving to Indy? Now is your chance! Representative Hal Slager will be joining the NICIA community to talk with our members about legislation effecting the investing community.  Representative Hal Slager will be our guest for the month of October during our monthly Real Estate Investment meeting. He will be giving the NICIA community an update on legislation changes that effect landlords and investors. Don’t miss your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop! Attendees will have a chance to hear firsthand the legislative agenda for Indiana and ask questions. Don’t miss this golden opportunity. Join us!

Find out more information and register for this event at: Registration

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Thursday: September 14, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Topic:  Landlord Panel
Presenters: Multiple Speakers

 Are you interested in learning more about being a landlord?  Are you a landlord and looking for answers to some of your biggest challenges? Do you want learn what it takes to become  a successful landlord?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then join us for a lively discussion on Landlord issues. We will have an expert panel that will discuss issues including local policy and legislation and will take questions. You don’t want to miss this event.

Find out more information and register for this event at: Registration

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Saturday: September 16 , 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Topic: So You Want to be a Developer
Presenter:
Milt Petersen

A phenomenal amount of real estate experience and wisdom shared within one event!
This presentation will be an extensive discussion around what Milt has learned from his ten years’ experience developing and managing Brookstone Estates Condominiums.

At this NICIA event he will cover everything from:

  • Property acquisition, blueprints and engineering plans
  • Municipal and state approvals
  • Construction financing
  • Excavation to finished construction
  • Sales office to actual sales
  • Market crash to survival
  • Rentals to recovery status.

Milt will display prints and permits for his established Brookstone Estates Condominiums.
His power point presentation will have 200 actual photos from his work.
He will cover what went right, what went wrong, errors and corrections–in short nothing held back for the ten years of his life when he worked, breathed, and lived Brookstone.

You really do not want to miss this Real Estate Investment and management event.

Cost will be only $30 for members and $40 for non members.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.

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PrintThursday: August 10, 2017– 6:00 PM
Topic:  The Benefits of Being an NICIA Member
Presenters: The NICIA leadership team

As part of your membership with NICIA you also have many benefits and privileges that are designed to support your Real Estate Investing business.  There are discounts on materials and services that you use often in your business.  Educational resources are available to help you grow to the next level.  Along with your NICIA membership you also are included in membership with the National REIA.  That alone provides you with many, many benefits and resources. Our Investment Club offers you all of the products, support and services you need to be successful.

Do you know if you are taking advantage of everything NICIA has to offer? Come and see what benefits are available to you and what you need to do to get them. Don’t miss this event. NICIA Benefits Meeting Link.

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DSC_0072Saturday: August 12 , 2017– 9:00 – 12:00
TopicrRehab Event – Hands On
Presenter: Joe Peterson

This event was a hit last year and Joe has agreed to host it again. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate and gain some hands on experience. This event is limited to 16 attendees and you must be pre-registered to attend.  A second event may be added on the same day if the response is great.

If you have trouble registering or we’ve reached the maximum count please email members@nicia.org to express your interest so we can determine whether to plan an afternoon event.

Register at: Rehab Event Registration

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summer picnic croppedSaturday: July 15 , 2017– 12:00 Noon
Topic/Presenter: NICIA Annual Picnic

NOTE: Meeting at Brookstone Estates Condominiums Club House, 7507 Taft St.,  Merrillville, IN 46410

The NICIA is hosting its annual Picnic Event. All current NICIA members and their families are invited. Guests and their families are welcome for a small fee. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Each year the NICIA hosts a couple of social events.  The annual picnic is our summertime event for relaxation and networking opportunities.  We plan to start at 12:00 noon and encourage you and your family to spend an afternoon with other real estate investors.  There will be grilled food, games for the kids, and plenty of networking opportunities. We’ve requested a sunny day and are looking again at renting a bouncy house for the kids.  We are lining up a couple of other games too.  Please bring a dessert or side dish to complement and round out the selection of grilled meats.  Pre-registration is encouraged.  If you are unable to register please email members@nicia.org with the number of adults and children attending.

Guests may attend with their family. All guest attendees over the age of 12 (13 and older) will be asked to contribute $5.00 each to help defray the costs.  If you would also like to bring a dessert or side dish please feel free to do so. Please email members@nicia.org if you will be attending.

For more information and to register for the meeting, navigate to the NICIA.org registration page: NICIA Annual Picnic

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TimBrownThursday: July 13, 2017– 6:00 PM
Topic:  Lake County Development Programs
Presenters: Timothy Brown

Timothy Brown, the Executive Director of the Lake County Community Economic Development Department will be presenting to NICIA, relevant information around Lake County Development programs that can help benefit your investment efforts.

The Lake County Community Economic Development Department oversees 1.8 million dollars in federal funds each year for Community Block Grant Project, HOME Buyer Assistance, Emergency Grants, and Home Rehabilitation Loan all for Low to Moderate Income Residences and New Residents in the 17 Cities and Towns in Lake County and unincorporated Lake. The LCCEDD also over sees the Economic Development Commission in helping to fund new businesses in Lake County with Land, Building, and Equipment purchases.

Mr. Brown is the Executive Director of the Lake County Community Economic Development Department in the Lake County Government Center, 2293 North Main Street, Crown Point, Indiana.  He has held that position since March of 2015. Mr. Brown is also a Real Estate Broker and works with businesses throughout Northwest Indiana as an Independent Contractor with Transworld Business Advisors of Indiana.

We are excited to have Timothy Brown at our meeting. Come out and hear how this Lake County Indiana department has helped others and may be able to help members of the NICIA.

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JimBanks (2)Thursday: June 8, 2017– 6:00 PM
Topic/Presenter: How to Find and Invest in Probates
Presenters: Jim Banks

Jim Banks has been investing in Probate Real Estate and Probate Personal Property for over 30 years as well as being a Real Estate Broker for over 30 years.

He started his real estate career with fixer-uppers then moved into tear-downs and building two story homes.

Jim is the creator of the Probate Investment System “MR. Probate” and has lectured and taught nationally, as well as internationally for decades.

His educational pursuits include attending Indiana University as an undergrad, and a graduate of the University of Southern California and the West L.A. Law School.

So what is probate, you might ask? Probate is the governing process for the distribution of a person’s assets after they pass away. Many investors stay away from probates because of their lack of education. This breeds fear—a fear of the unknown. However, a fear of the unknown is the same as going into a dark house. If you turn the light on, the fear goes away.

Just as other professionals have specialties, attorneys do as well. However, very few would specialize in probate. Instead, they specialize in personal injury, corporate law, tax law or something more traditional. Attorneys usually take one probate course in law school—estates and wills. As a result, the majority of the attorneys of record that are handling probate cases are doing so because they handled other matters for the deceased, such as, divorce, corporate matters, traffic tickets-etc. Probate, however, is not their area of expertise.

As a result, probate cases can take an unnecessarily long time to settle. For those left behind, an extended probate can be a trying experience. But, an investor, who is able to help settle the estate, can provide a welcomed solution for the heirs and becomes the proverbial hero riding in on a horse wearing the white hat.

Often, one of the concerns for the heirs is converting the estate to money to help cover bills and other expenses. A probate investor can help shorten the average time to settle the probate. Probate investors can cut cost and bring closure to the estate sooner for the sellers, as a result, sellers are grateful to work with probate investors and often sell the property at a price that benefits both parties which can be below fair market value.

Another benefit of probate real estate is the constant supply and, if purchased CORRECTLY, has little to NO competition because, if pursued correctly, the address has never been in print.  And there is no greater MOTIVATED SELLER than someone who has inherited a probate property!

Jim will teach us how to find and invest in Probates (THE SECRET REAL ESTATE) the “correct” way before anybody else knows the property is for sale.

For more information and to register for the meeting, navigate to the NICIA.org registration page: How to Find and Invest in Probates

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Yellow HomeSaturday: June 10, 2017– 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Topic/Presenter: Real Estate Wholesaling
Presenters: Seasoned Investors

NOTE: Meeting at Brookstone Estates Condominiums Club House, 7507 Taft St.,  Merrillville, IN 46410

What is wholesaling, you might ask? A real estate wholesaler contracts with a home seller, markets the home to potential buyers, and then assigns the contract to a buyer.

Of course, this is a simplified explanation of the wholesaling process and there is so much more to it.  Wholesaling can be a profitable venture and a great way to earn quick money for those with limited means.  Plus, it can be a great way to gain entry into other types of real estate investing.

Join us for a great opportunity to learn and to ask questions from a couple of our more seasoned investors who will discuss this method of real estate investing at this special Saturday meeting.

For more information and to register for the meeting, navigate to the NICIA.org registration page: Real Estate Wholesaling

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Thursday: May 11, 2017– 6:00 PM
Topic/Presenter: Buying HUD homes- Buford Edy
Topic/Presenter: Insurance – Randy Raines

Buford EddyJoin us as we look at how to purchase HUD housing. Our guest speaker will be Buford Eddy who has more than 30 years experience in the real estate  business. He is a Graduate of the  REALTOR® Institute, (GRI) and a licensed Real Estate Broker in both Indiana and Illinois. He is also a Certified Residential  Appraiser, an approved Licensing and Continuing Education Instructor  and has been a Nationally Certified Real Estate Trainer.  

 

Randy RainesRandy has expertise in both commercial property and commercial liability insurance and has been doing this for more than 9 years.  It is both a life of protecting the property owner and protection for the tenant or buyer.

Raines Insurance Group has built and pursued the best products for coverage and premium for these risks.  Along with having some of the most aggressive commercial carriers, they also lead Northwest Indiana in most personal lines as well.  They offer everything in regards for your personal insurance, home, auto, toys, life insurance and umbrellas.  For commercial they insure every business that is operational. Randy and his team makes your home and business their utmost importance.

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ElectionsThursday: April 13, 2017– 6:00 PM
Topic: Board Elections/ Expert Panel
Presenters: N/A

NICIA will be holding its annual board elections.  Members are encouraged to attend to elect their leadership for the year. After the elections there will be a panel of experts available to engage the audience around real estate investing topics.  This panel will provide an opportunity for real estate investors both seasoned and new to interact through a time of questions and answers. This experienced group will consist of a real estate investor, a lawyer and three very active and seasoned investors.  Take this opportunity to ask your most challenging questions. Don’t miss out on the networking time following the panel discussion.

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INlandThursday: March 9, 20176:00 PM
Topic: Fair Housing
Presenters: Christopher Schmidt

Christopher Schmidt is a fair housing attorney and mediator with Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board located in Ontario, California. He has worked in the fair housing field since 2014 investigating, filing, and mediating housing discrimination complaints on behalf of tenants. Christopher has a thorough understanding of the Federal Fair Housing Act, the HUD housing discrimination complaint process and HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing requirements. Currently, Christopher is providing onsite assistance to residents of the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, Indiana. His efforts are focused on working with residents, local housing authorities, and area housing providers regarding fair housing issues that arise during the relocation process, with a focus on the reasonable accommodation and reasonable modification processes for disabled residents, as well as working with other service providers onsite in ongoing efforts to assist residents with relocation to environmentally healthy areas of higher opportunity.

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Real Estate InvestingThursday: 
February 9, 20176:00 PM
Topic: Annual Vendor Fair

Join us to meet the Northwest Indiana Creative Investors Association’s local vendors who support the NICIA.  Hear about their product and service offerings and have the opportunity to directly discuss your particular challenges and how they can help you. After the vendor presentations there will be time to network with them and other investors.  Also, if you have a trusted contractor, accountant, attorney, or  a person or business that you have used and trust in your real estate endeavors, feel free to invite them to the annual NICIA Vendor Fair.

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Thursday: January 12, 20176:00 PM
Topic: Vacant and Abandoned Properties
Presenters: Richard Hardaway and Vickie Burnell

Topic: East Chicago; NICIA and GNIAR Helping Families
Presenters: Tia Cauley
Location: Indiana Wesleyan University, 8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

January Meeting speakers will be Richard Hardaway, President of Merrillville Town Council, Vickie Burnell, Head of Code Enforcement in the town of Merrillville.  They will be speaking on Vacant and Abandoned Properties and How investors can help.
Also, at the January meeting, Tia Cauley, Director of East Chicago Housing Authority will be speaking with several other authorities on how NICIA can help with the 287 dislocated families from the lead situation in East Chicago. NICIA is partnering with Gniar, the East Chicago housing authority and HUD to help relocate 287 families affected by the lead contamination.

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NICIA Christmas Party 2014 copyWednesday: December 7th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Topic: NICIA’s Christmas Holiday Party
Location: Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft St., Merrillville, IN 46410

Join us for an evening of dinner, drinks, conversation and fun. Tickets are $35 per person/ Cash Bar

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Giving back to the community is part of the mission of the Northwest Indiana Creative Investors Association(NICIA). This year we are excited to be able to help our community around the holidays by participating in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project and adopting a family for the holidays.  The NICIA is asking its members to  donate  money to help make this family’s Christmas a joyous day.

NICIA will match each dollar donated to this cause up to $1000. This money will be used for gifts for the family, to purchase dry goods and daily essentials like soap, tooth paste, laundry detergent for the family.

For cash donations you can pay online through the Donate Now button below, or bring your cash donation to the NICIA Christmas Party December 11 at the Innsbrook Country club.

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Mark ReynoldsSaturday: November 12, 2016 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Topic: Real Estate Math; Making Sense of the Numbers
Presenters: Mark Reynolds
Where: Brookstone Condominiums, 7507 Taft ST, Merrillville, IN 46410

 

 

ALL THE REAL ESTATE MATH YOU WILL EVER NEED IN 5 EQUATIONS.

1. The Fix and Flip formula
2. The Cash Flow formula
3. The Capitalization Rate formula
4. The Net Present Value Formula

If you understand these 5 financial concepts (and their related equations) you have all the mathematical knowledge you will EVER need to be a successful real estate investor. With these 4 equations you are equipped to do everything from a wholesale deal to the largest office building. And none of them require more than high school math or an Excel spreadsheet.

Mark Reynolds, NICIA’s current president and long time successful businessman, will present on this topic.  You don’t want to miss it.

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Real Estate and IRAs

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Thursday: 
November 10, 20166:00 PM
Topic: IRAs and Real Estate
Presenters: Joedy Patrick and Jeff Watson
Indiana Wesleyan University
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

 

Joedy Patrick from Quest will be speaking on Real Estate and self-directed IRAs with a special focus on  how to create tax free income for a life time for you and your heirs.

Joedy Patrick is the Executive Vice President for Quest IRA Inc., located in the Michigan office.  As a licensed broker, real estate investor and past member of the Michigan Realtors Public Policy Committee and Land Use Subcommittee, Joedy brings a broad range of experience to the Quest IRA team.  Joedy has been acquiring real estate with his IRAs for 15 years. These acquisitions include vacant land, Single family homes, and multi-unit rentals. The IRA purchases include tax auctions, short sales, debt-financed as well as REO properties.

As a seasoned IRA investor Joedy understands the self-directed IRA business from both the administrative side and the investor side of the table. Joedy’s favorite IRA topics include “How to create tax free income for a life time for you and your heirs.” & “Buying real estate with an IRA is easier than you think.”

 

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Jeff Watson will be presenting 3 simple steps to SD IRA success.

He will be discussing investing in your Self Directed IRA with small amounts of money. Instead of getting confused and overwhelmed with the fancy and complicated strategy that many talk about, I help my clients focus on three simple steps that over time lead to massive results.

Jeffery S. Watson is an attorney who has had an active trial and hearing practice for more than 25 years.  As a contingent fee trial lawyer, he has a unique perspective on both real estate investing, wealth building and asset protection. As a frequent and popular guest speaker and teacher on stages and webinars, he has become recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the field of real estate investing, wealth building and self-directed retirement account transactions.

He is a nationally-recognized authority regarding regulatory concerns with wholesaling.  He was the co-creator of the Option Contract method that revolutionized the short-sale process.  Tens of thousands of investors have used documents created by Jeff. Jeff is general counsel to the National Real Estate Investors Association.  Jeff is general counsel to and a cofounder of Realeflow, LLC, which made the Inc 500 list in 2011.  He currently advises four different national organizations with a combined membership of over 100,000 investors.

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Frank -Dodd, Wholesale, Rehab, REIAThursday: October 13, 20166:00 PM
Topic: Dodd-Frank
Presenter: Steve Eslinger
Indiana Wesleyan University
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

 

Steve will be discussing Dodd-Frank, its implications for our real estate businesses, pending changes in the law and work being done to make changes that would better benefit investors and communities.

Steve Eslinger has been a real estate and business attorney in Indiana since 1980.  After graduating magna cum laude from the Indiana University Law School, Indianapolis, he began practice in South Bend as a litigator. Gradually, his practice moved into real estate, business, and estate issues.

Steve has been very involved in many organizations in the Michiana community.  He presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Real Estate Investors Association of North Central Indiana (REIA-NCI), and the Governmental Relations Council of the Home Builders Association of St. Joseph County. Steve has also served on the St. Joseph County Area Plan Commission.

In the last twenty years, he has also been an active real estate investor.  He started with multifamily units but quickly realized that he preferred single family homes.  He buys distressed properties, renovates, and rents or sells.  He has been involved in dozens of landlord/tenant disputes.  He has learned from these practical experiences what does or does not work for landlords.

He has also written two books one concerning Indiana property taxes and the other concerning investing in Indiana tax certificates. He has been a popular speaker with the Northern Indiana investment clubs bringing the insight of both a day to day investor and an attorney who deals with clients’ real estate problems.

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don-distressedSaturday: October 8, 10:00 am -2:00 PM
Topic: The Coming Economic Reset
Presenter: Don Conrad
Halls of Justice
220 S State St
Crown Point, IN 46307

Don’s presentation will bring understanding to the attendee on maneuvering through the coming economic reset.  The past, present, and future will be covered.  All are welcome to attend and we encourage you to invite your family and friends to this important event. Learn the History of the dollar, Understand the Present economic situation. Plan Your Future based on coming events!

He is a native of Northwest Indiana.  He is a self-taught economist who has been interested in and following the U. S. economy for many years.  He lives in Valparaiso with his wife and two children.  He is a real estate investor for over 20 years, a founding member of NICIA and served on the NICIA Board for 5 years.  He also has studied martial arts for 25 years. His passion for studying the economy is clearly evident when you meet him.

 

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Real Estate Investment, Security Fraud, REIAThursday: September 8, 20166:00 PM
Topic: Securities Fraud
Presenter: Scott Starr
Indiana Wesleyan University
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

Scott will be presenting on  some of the  rules and what real estate investors need to do to avoid securities law violations.  There is a safe way to use other people’s money when investing in real estate, and there is a very unsafe way to use other people’s money when investing in real estate.  At Scott’s presentation, our members will be able to learn how not to violate the securities laws when using other people’s money.

A partner at Starr Austen & Miller LLP, Scott Starr graduated from Ball State University summa cum laude, majoring in accounting (he passed the CPA exam), and from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, magna cum laude. Since graduation, he has concentrated on litigating civil lawsuits, including class actions and various types of securities fraud.

Our meeting September 8 and our speaker is Scott Star, an attorney who splits his law practice time between Logansport and Indianapolis.  He is a specialist in securities fraud, having handled several securities fraud cases, including the current civil investigation of the 5 Star Real Estate company in Elkhart County.

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Real Estate Investing, Lifestyle, REIAAugust 27 – 29, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Topic: Lifonaire
Presenter: Jason Wojo

Location:
Holiday Inn Chicago /Oakbrook
17 W 350 22nd St
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

If you missed our regular NICIA meeting on Thursday, August 11th, there’s more.  Come to the 3 day Get A Life Getaway event in Oak Brook to get your life back and have a business you absolutely love.

Lifeonaire for three days! If you are a slave to your business; if you are already stressed and overwhelmed every day; if you have no time; this three day event is for you.

Here are just a few of the powerful things you will learn:

 

  • How to schedule and organize your life and business for maximum income potential and freedom so you have a life you LOVE
  • The 4 Stages of Financial Prosperity and how you can use these powerful steps to create TRUE leverage and wealth
  • The ONE key thing that investors consistently do wrong that prevents them from ever feeling free
  • And MUCH MORE!

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Holiday Inn in Oak Brook for the Lifeonaire LifeBuilders 3 day Retreat.

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Jason Wojo headshot_1Thursday: August 11, 20166:00 PM
Topic: Lifonaire
Presenter: Jason Wojo
Indiana Wesleyan University
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

 

Do you remember why you first started real estate investing? If you’re like most people, you probably thought it would give you financial wealth, freedom, and control of your time. And it can… But unfortunately, most investors have set up their business all wrong and instead become slaves to it. They end up stressed, overwhelmed, have strained relationships, money problems, and a lack of time. In other words… the very thing we created to give us a great life ends up taking it away. If this sounds familiar, don’t worrythere is a solution and we’re going to cover it at next month’s meeting! 

It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before and frankly it’s very controversial. It’s called Lifeonaire and you’ll want to be at our meeting  if you don’t have a life and business you absolutely love.

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July 14, 20166:00 PM
Topic: Estimating Repairs Quickly and Accurately
Presenter: Panel
Indiana Wesleyan University
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

Making offers is the only way to buy properties. However, making the right offers is the only way to make money. At this training we will Learn How To Use this Simple Strategy to Quickly and Accurately Estimate Repairs in 15-20 Minutes or Less.

Making offers is the only way to buy properties. However, making the right offers is the only way to make money. At this training we will Learn How To Use this Simple Strategy to Quickly and Accurately Estimate Repairs in 15-20 Minutes or Less.

Unless you know how to accurately estimate repair costs, you can’t make smart offers. And when you know how to do it FAST, you’ll save valuable time, make more offers, and get more deals. If you’re going to make good offers, you’d better get good at Estimating Repair Costs. The accuracy of your equations, the profit in your deals, and the cost benefit of taking on a project all hinge on your ability to Estimate Repairs Quickly and Accurately.

Mike Jacka is a long-time retailer and experienced wholesaler who’s developed a system for repair estimation for his own business that’s so easy that even his non-rehabber assistants can use it, and he’ll share it with us at this meeting.

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Wholesaling, Real Estate Investing, REIASaturday: 
July 16, 20169:00 am – 5:pm
Topic:Step-By-Step Process to Create Multiple Offers
Presenter: Mike Jacka
Brookstone Estates Condominium
7507 Taft Street, Merrillville, IN

Using the right tools will help you learn the Seller’s TRUE MOTIVATION and help you create multiple offers that will give the seller more options than just a low ball offer and increase the overall percentage of your offers getting accepted.

Full Day Real Estate Intensive Workshop

If you know anything at all about making offers, you already know that the right offer is a made from a combination of the right evaluation and the right negotiation. In this training session, you’ll learn both from a hyper-experienced real-life investor. You’ll be much better at making offers that will actually get accepted and that will make money, when you learn:

  1. How to find the sellers true motivation
  2. How to use the right tools to help you negotiate with the seller
  3. How to construct multiple offers to increase your odds of the seller accepting one of your offers
  4. How to create an exit strategy for whichever offer the seller accepts

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Due Diligence, REIA, Investment ClubThursday June 9- 6:00 PM
Topic: Due Diligence
Presenter: Mark Reynolds
Indiana Wesleyan University
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

 

Due Diligence is a critical part of every business and can mean your success or failure. How the proper research and analysis can protect you in your real estate transactions.

Due diligence analysis serves to confirm all material facts in regards to a sale and is a way of preventing unnecessary harm to either party involved in a transaction.  It can help you to avoid costly mistakes when considering acquiring property.  Is that property really a good deal or will you take a loss due to unforeseen circumstances.

Mark Reynolds, NICIA’s current president and long time successful businessman, will present on this topic.  You don’t want to miss it.

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Randy RainesThursday May 12
Topic: Insurance
Presenter: Randy Raines
Indiana Wesleyan University
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

Randy has expertise in both commercial property and commercial liability insurance and has been doing this for more than 9 years.  It is both a life of protecting the property owner and protection for the tenant or buyer.

Raines Insurance Group has built and pursued the best products for coverage and premium for these risks.  Along with having some of the most aggressive commercial carriers, they also lead Northwest Indiana in most personal lines as well.  They offer everything in regards for your personal insurance, home, auto, toys, life insurance and umbrellas.  For commercial they insure every business that is operational.

Randy and his team makes your home and business their utmost importance.

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Saturday Investor Series; Members Only

Mark Reynolds

Topic: The Art of Negotiations
Presenter: Mark Reynolds
February 20th ,  9:00 am
Brookstone Condominium Clubhouse
7507 Taft St, Merrillville Indiana

Join us on Saturday as our special guest Mark Reynolds discusses the importance of NEGOTIATION and reviews the tools/skill set necessary to become a good negotiator.

Mark Reynolds is a member of NICIA and has owned and operated manufacturing, service, construction and sales companies. But his primary expertise is in real estate development. In his 35+ years of business experience he has earned a reputation for seeing the big picture and finding opportunities others have missed by thinking out of the box. Mr. Reynolds has developed Apartments, Industrial, and Commercial buildings throughout the Chicago land area. Currently he resides in the south suburbs and mostly works in that geographic region. Mark believes that the discussion around contracts is an important, but missing topic with Real Estate Investors.  He will bring his extensive knowledge around contracts to our members and will engage us in his typical down to earth way.  Be ready to ask questions and to be challenged.

 

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Thursday, February 11
Topic: NICIA Annual Vendor Event
Hosted by NICIA  Join us for our annual Vendor Event!  Last year’s vendor fair was a great success and we are planning to have an even better event this year.  If you have a trusted contractor,   accountant, lawyer, or  any person or business that you have used in your real estate endeavors, invite them to the annual NICIA Vendor Fair.  Our goal is thirty vendors this   year.  The cost of attendance is FREE!

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ThursdaShark Tanky January 14
Topic: Shark Tank
Time: Doors Open at 6:00 pm
In January we will be having our first Shark Tank event.
How many of you have ever watched the TV show “Shark Tank”?  Next month come out to our meeting on January 16 and watch, learn, and laugh as we have our very own “Real Estate Shark Tank”.  Presenters will bring current real estate properties to present to our Shark Panel (a few of our own local investors).  You will see the different perspectives these investors have as they analyze a property in front of the crowd.  This is really going to be an interesting and fun night.

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On Thursday December 10th, 2015, NICIA will hold its annual Christmas dinner. This year we will be having our Christmas dinner at the beautiful Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and events will start at 6:30 pm.

NICIA will be serving a fabulous dinner. There will be door prizes as well. Members are encouraged to bring a partner, a guest or spouse. Admittance to this event requires pre-purchasing tickets. Seating will be limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early.

Location:

INNSBROOK COUTRY CLUB

6701 Taft Street Merrillville, IN 46410
P: (219) 980-9060

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(Introduction)
Presenter: Tony Youngs
Date:
Members Meeting – November 12, 2015 – 6:30 PM
Where:
Brookstone Condominium Clubhouse
7507 Taft St, Merrillville Indiana

Tony began his real estate investment career after attending a seminar in 1986. By applying the techniques he learned,
 he was able to make a profit on his first deal equal to a years wages at his regular full time job as an aircraft mechanic, an occupation he eventually gave up forever.

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(Depth Workshop)
Presenter: Tony Youngs
Date: Saturday November  21, 2015 ; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Indiana Wesleyan University, 8415 Georgia St, Merrillville.
Cost: $30

Tony began his real estate investment career after attending a seminar in 1986. By applying the techniques he learned,
 he was able to make a profit on his first deal equal to a years wages at his regular full time job as an aircraft mechanic, an
 occupation he eventually gave up forever.

Some of the things you will learn:

How to find all the best deals in your own zip code.
Cash buyers that will beg you sell deals to them
How to buy defaulted notes and mortgages
How to generate $500 to $10,000 per deal without doing work
How to master your own market
Find owners of vacant houses
Eliminate your fear of estimating repairs
Eliminate your fear of getting stuck with a property
Make offers without risk . . .and much more!

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Celeste EvansThursday September 10 , 2015

Regular Members Meeting 6:00 pm
Topic: New HUD Rules
 Presenter: Celeste Evans
 PHP Subject/Credits: Purchasing/ 1.5  Hr

With over 20 years in the Real Estate Industry Celeste was a successful Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Industry software developer.  She currently holds the title of Manager of Indiana Operations for Prism Title.Celeste Zajac-Evans serves as a director for both the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association as well as the Greater Northwest Indiana Board of Realtors.  She was a former Board member of the Indiana Mortgage Bankers Association as well as the Building Industries Association and Indiana Land Title Association. Celeste was the founder of the Northwest Indiana Housing Alliance a partnership of the Real Estate Industry that was created to have an impact on Legislative issues affecting the Real Estate Industry in Indiana. She served as the Mortgage Broker Liaison for Indiana Tile Association in which she was involved in Mortgage Fraud Investigation. Celeste volunteers her time to the HIT group (housing Industries Team) a non for profit group formed of Realtors, Builders & Lenders who donate their time and efforts  to Housing related Charities. She currently holds a Indiana Managing Brokers Real Estate License, Indiana Title Producers License and an Indiana Instructor License. She is recently married and the proud mom of 3 great kids

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 Saturday Investor Series; Members Only

Mark Reynolds

Topic: Contracts
Presenter: Mark Reynolds
September 12, 2015 ,  9:00 am
Brookstone Condominium Clubhouse
7507 Taft St, Merrillville Indiana

Mark Reynolds is a member of NICIA and has owned and operated manufacturing, service, construction and sales companies. But his primary expertise is in real estate development. In his 35+ years of business experience he has earned a reputation for seeing the big picture and finding opportunities others have missed by thinking out of the box. Mr. Reynolds has developed Apartments, Industrial, and Commercial buildings throughout the Chicago land area. Currently he resides in the south suburbs and mostly works in that geographic region.

Mark believes that the discussion around contracts is an important, but missing topic with Real Estate Investors.  He will bring his extensive knowledge around contracts to our members and will engage us in his typical down to earth way.  Be ready to ask questions and to be challenged.

 

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Regular Members Meeting 6:00 pm
Topic: Tax Sales: Would You Bid On This House
 Presenter: Lee Newar
 PHP Subject/Credits: Purchasing/ 1.5  Hr

LEE NEWAR is an Active Real Estate Professional who started his real estate investing career at the age of twenty–‐five, with the purchase of a single family rental home. One year later, he received his real estate sales license and was recruited as an agent for Thorsen Realtors (now Coldwell Banker)

For the past nine years, Lee has focused heavily on tax lien investments. He has purchased and managed hundreds of liens within four states, concentrating on Illinois and Indiana. Daily rental property management, property acquisition, as well as occasional property flips round out his real estate operational activities.

Lee has been a lifelong resident in the Chicago-land area and has two grown children , Jacqueline who lives and works in New York City and Brian who lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.

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Saturday Investor Series; Members Only

Victor_edited-1Topic: The 5 Myths of Real Estate Investing
Presenter: Victor Jernigan
Saturday August 15, 2015 ,  9:00 am
Brookstone Condominium Clubhouse
7507 Taft St, Merrillville Indiana
Price: $40 Members Only [Register Here]

Victor  has been involved in just about every type of real estate transaction, either as an investor, an owner, or a broker. He has done fix and flips, speculative remodels, used every type of creative financing strategy, and both borrowed and loaned hard money. Victor has owned mobile home parks, borrowed millions from private investors, purchased or restructured millions in notes and commercial debt, and structured many joint ventures, the largest in excess of $20,000,000. Today, he owns a property management company, a real estate brokerage, and is the president of Knox REIA.

Victor’s goal is to help you recognize the difference between becoming a better investor and learning how to think like an investor. In other words, he is not telling you how to become a better gambler. He is showing you how to own the casino. ( read more about Victor here)

 

 

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MonopolyThursday July 9 , 2015

Regular Members Meeting 6:00 pm
Topic: Would You Buy This House: How to Identify a Deal
 Presenter: Local Experts Panel Discussion
 PHP Subject/Credits: Purchasing/ 1.5  Hr

 

On Thursday July 9 , 2015 NICIA will be holding a panel discussion on How to Identify a Deal.  We will have four seasoned real estate investment experts providing their insight into analyzing a deal as well as answering questions from our members.  This is certainly a meeting you don’t want to miss! Our panel members are: Cindy Rega, Julie Mintz, Bruce Dust and Don Conrad.  Take some time to read their bios and see how  they came into real estate investing.  Each one lives and invests in Northwest Indiana. Panel Bios

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 Topic: Annual Family Picnic, East Chicago Yacht Club
 PHP Subject/Credits: N/A
Activities start at 1:00 pm. Spend an afternoon with other real estate investors and bring your family along. There will be grilled food, games and plenty of networking opportunity.  There will be boat rides and the Gary Air and Water Show! We ordered a sunny day as well!  We have access to an upstairs patio and bar, grill access, and back yard picnic area.  There is a possibility for boat rides!  Stay tuned!

East Chicago Yacht Club, 3301 Aldis Ave, East Chicago, IN 46312

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Regular Members Meeting 6:00 pm
Topic: Increasing Your Community Connections
 Presenter: Gina Bell and Rick Johnson
 PHP Subject/Credits: Purchasing/ 1.5  Hr

 

Gina Bell is the Volunteer Coordinator and Life Coach for Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana. When Gina was growing up a small pink brick Habitat home was built in her small Chicago Heights neighborhood. That little pink brick house was a symbol of a growing community, team work, and generosity.  Years later, Gina felt as though she was coming home as she accepted the position with Habitat for Humanity.  She’s an IIN Graduate and has been involved in volunteer management for the past six years; bringing new ideas and creativity to the growing affiliate.  She works with Habitat partner families, encouraging them to follow their dreams and finding a clear vision of their future paths in life. Gina encourages everyone to get a 64 count box of Crayola crayons and color outside the lines of life.

 

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Rick Johnson has been a resident of Northwest Indiana for the last 23 years and a Retail Store Manager for over 25. He has served companies such as: Crown Books, Walden Books, and Game Stop; and more recently finding his way to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana. During his past retail experience, Rick has successfully taken a closing store from shutting its doors to bringing in 2 million dollars annually over four years.  Rick says, “In the retail world, I love connecting with customers one on one. To wake up every morning and know I am coming into work to make a difference within our mission is such a rewarding place to be.”

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Vena Cox

Thursday May 14, 2015
Regular Members Meeting 6:00 pm
Topic: How to Wholesale Houses in 2015
 Presenter: Vena Cox-Jones
 PHP Subject/Credits: Purchasing/ 1.5 Hr
Vena has been an active, full-time, third-generation real estate entrepreneur for a quarter century, and a principal in well over eight (800+) hundred deals and her business still does dozens of transactions per year . Co-founder and portfolio manager of the Restructure Opportunity Fund, LLC, a boutique private equity group specializing in asset-backed, high-yield alternative investment strategies .She is a multiple-time past president of the Real Estate Investors Association of Greater Cincinnati (REIA of GC), the Ohio Real Estate Investors Association (OREIA) and the National Real Estate Investors Association (NaREIA), plus she’s current president of Central Ohio Real Estate Entrepreneurs (COREE)
 

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Vena CoxSaturday  May 23, 2015

Seminar:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Topic: How to Build a Wholesale Business and

How to Get Your Phone Ringing Off the Hook with Motivated Sellers.
 Presenter: Vena Cox-Jones
 PHP Subject/Credits: Purchasing/ 7 Hrs

Vena has been an active, full-time, third-generation real estate entrepreneur for a quarter century, and a principal in well over eight (800+) hundred deals and her business still does dozens of transactions per year . Co-founder and portfolio manager of the Restructure Opportunity Fund, LLC, a boutique private equity group specializing in asset-backed, high-yield alternative investment strategies .She is a multiple-time past president of the Real Estate Investors Association of Greater Cincinnati (REIA of GC), the Ohio Real Estate Investors Association (OREIA) and the National Real Estate Investors Association (NaREIA), plus she’s current president of Central Ohio Real Estate Entrepreneurs (COREE)

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Mark ReynoldsThursday March 9th, 2015
 Regular Members Meeting 6:00 pm
 Topic: What is Your Niche In Real Estate Investing
 Presenter: Mark Reynolds
 PHP Subject/Credits:  1.0 HrMark Reynolds has owned and operated manufacturing, service, construction and sales companies but his primary expertise is in real estate development. In his 35+ years of business experience he has earned a reputation for seeing the big picture and finding opportunities others have missed by thinking out of the box. Mr. Reynolds has developed Apartments, Industrial, and Commercial buildings throughout the Chicago land area. Currently he resides in the south suburbs and mostly works in that geographic region.

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223ecc5 Thursday March 12th, 2015
 Regular Members Meeting 6:00 pm
 Topic: Trusts and Business Organization
 Presenter: David Kacmarik And Jack Phelps
 PHP Subject/Credits:  1.5 Hr

David M. Kacmarik is a native of Northwest Indiana. He attended Valparaiso University School of Law where he received the degree of
Juris Doctor. While attending law school David did pro bono work assisting the City of Hobart Public Defender’s Office in criminal, misdemeanor and traffic cases. He is a general practitioner, serving a number of areas of law such as bankruptcy, estate planning, commercial real estate transactions, and criminal and traffic defense. Attorney Kacmarik is admitted to practice in the Northern and Southern Indiana Districts of the United States District Court and the Indiana Supreme Court. He is active in a number of local civic and business organizations. He is also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association.

 

Jack Phelps

Mr. Phelps has over 30 years of experience operating and advising companies on revenue growth, profit improvement, operations, restructuring, valuation, mergers, acquisitions and integration.  Mr. Phelps  has broad based experience serving roles as President, CEO, COO, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Operating Partner, and Board Member .Complementing Mr. Phelps’ broad functional experience is his  diversity of industries which include automobile and heavy truck, manufacturing, distribution services, software development, and internet retail.

 

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Thursday, February 12, 2014

 Topic: NICIA Annual Vendor Event
 Hosted by NICIA  Join us for our annual Vendor Event!  Last year’s vendor fair was a great success and we are planning to have an even better event this year.  If you have a trusted contractor,   accountant, lawyer, or  any person or business that you have used in your real estate endeavors, invite them to the annual NICIA Vendor Fair.  Our goal is thirty vendors this   year.  The cost of attendance is FREE!     Bonus: Any member that signs up three or more new vendors will   receive a free NICIA membership.

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holiday     NICIA Annual Christmas Dinner
     Thursday December 11th  at 6:30 pm
     Innsbrook Country Club (Different venue than monthly meeting)
     This year we will be having our Christmas dinner at the beautiful Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville.

     INNSBROOK COUTRY CLUB

6701 Taft Street Merrillville, IN 46410
P: (219) 980-9060

NICIA will be serving a fabulous dinner. There will be door prizes as well.  Members are encouraged to bring a partner or spouse.   Admittance to this event requires pre-purchasing tickets.  Seating will be limited, so we encourage you to get your tickets early.

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Thursday November 13
Regular Members Meeting 6:00 pm
Topic: Filthy Rich; Introduction
Presenter:  Larry Goins
PHP Subject/Credits: TBD/ 1.5 Hr

Larry has been in the mortgage business for over 13 yrs. He is a Hard Money Lender and does Transaction Funding as well. Larry has been a licensed real estate broker since 86 and has been a licensed general contractor since 87. He was the president of Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association in 2003,2004, which is the largest non-profit investors association in the Carolinas. Larry Goins spent years perfecting his Filthy Riches approach to real estate. He’ll be showing us how to earn more money from a $5k house than most investors earn on a $100k

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Thursday November 15
Saturday Workshop 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Topic: Filthy Rich  Workshop
Presenter:  Larry Goins
PHP Subject/Credits: 5

Larry has been in the mortgage business for over 13 yrs. He is a Hard Money Lender and does Transaction Funding as well. Larry has been a licensed real estate broker since 86 and has been a licensed general contractor since 87. He was the president of Metrolina Real Estate Investors Association in 2003,2004, which is the largest non-profit investors association in the Carolinas. Larry Goins spent years perfecting his Filthy Riches approach to real estate. He’ll be showing us how to earn more money from a $5k house than most investors earn on a $100k

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    John SpaffordThursday October 9, 2014
    Topic: Resident Screening
    Presenter: John Spafford
PHP Subject/Credits: Management
/ 1.5 Hr

John is President/Owner of the Indiana National Tenant Network franchise, the nation’s premier resident performance reporting company. He’s been an Indianapolis landlord for 14 years. John has been a    member of CIREIA since 2003 and has served on the board for 5 years as communication chair, education chair, and vice president. He’s also active in the Indiana Apartment Association, currently serving on the    R&R Committee. John has also served on the board of the Oaklandon Youth Organization, promoting recreational and travel baseball teams. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and children.

Learn the top ten screening tips related to rentals, how to read a credit report, and get an important update to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You’ll come away with specific rules/principles that you can apply equitably to all of your applicants.

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Kathleen Mangel    Thursday September 11, 2014
    Topic: Title Work
    Presenter: Kathleen Mangel, Fidelity National Title
PHP Subject/Credits:
Title Work/ 1.5 Hr

Kathy Mangel is a Sales executive with Fidelity National title. She has lived and worked in Porter County for over 30 years and covers portions of Porter and Lake County and enjoys the diversity of working in both counties. She  has a strong background in the mortgage industry working as a loan processor for four years; also she has a Sales and Marketing background over the last 15 years in different industries and takes pride with the ability in the timely manner in which she replies to her customers, either with or without an answer, always keeping in constant communication with them.

Kathy and her team will be presenting information regarding what is found in title, why title is important and what needs to be cleared in order to close a transaction. Also, they will discuss HUD transactions as well as the correct way in which they can do back to back closings.  Time for Q& A will be provided as well.

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ThuHal_Slagerrsday August 14, 2014
Topic: New Rental Registrations
 Presenter: Representative Hal Slager
 PHP Subject/Credits: Purchasing/ 1.5 Hr

Representative Hal Slager is a member of the 118th General Assembly freshman class. Before being elected as State Representative of House District 15, Rep. Slager served 10 years on the Shererville Town Council, twice a Council president and twice Utility Board president.  He will be sharing the development and implementation of House Bill 1403 and its implications for investors.  This presentation will also include an open forum with plenty of opportunity for audience participation in the discussion.

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 Topic: Annual Family Picnic, East Chicago Yacht Club
 Presenter: N/A
 PHP Subject/Credits: N/A
Spend an afternoon with other real estate investors and bring your family along. There will be grilled food, games and plenty of networking opportunity. We ordered a sunny day as well!

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Thursday July 10, 2014
Topic: New Indiana rules for Real Estate Agents as of July 1
 Presenter: Tim McColly
 PHP Subject/Credits: State Regulations/ 1.5 Hr

Tim McColly has been a licensed Indiana Broker since 1974. In his career, he has been involved in real estate sales and management, new homes construction, title insurance, and mortgage finance. He is currently a managing broker for McColly Real Estate, and Director of the McColly School of Real Estate.

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Buford Eddy Thursday, June 12, 2014
 Topic: Purchasing HUD Housing Presenter: Buford Eddy
 Presenter: Buford Eddy
 PHP Subject/Credits: Purchasing/ 1 Hr

Join us as we look at how to purchase HUD housing. Our guest speaker will be Buford Eddy who has more than 30 years experience in the real estate  business. He is a Graduate of the  REALTOR® Institute, (GRI) and a licensed Real Estate Broker in both Indiana and Illinois. He is also a Certified Residential  Appraiser, an approved Licensing and Continuing Education Instructor  and has been a Nationally Certified Real Estate Trainer.  

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Monopoly

  Thursday, May 8, 2014
 Topic: Property Maintenance
 Presenter: Open Forum, Panel Discussion

Join us as four of our veteran members discuss the ins and outs of property management. They will look at the life and safety of a building, and keeping your investments running smoothly without being overwhelmed.  This will be a panel discussion with plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.

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MelissaThursday, April 10, 2014
 Topic: Marketing
 Presenter: Melissa Nausbaum

Melissa, and her partner Jeff, have been doing Real Estate investing full time in NWI area since winter of 2012-2013. They do everything from wholesale to fix and flip to buy and hold. They are very    familiar with the investment arena and were involved in over 20 rehabs last year in the local area. They have several creative strategies that allow them to incorporate several different techniques in their  daily business operations.

Marketing in one of the main pieces of making a business successful and they have some unique systems for marketing themselves and the business they conduct. They will be talking about ways to let  people know you are in business and how to bring buyers and seller to you.

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DSC_0062 Saturday February 22, 2014
 Topic: NICIA Annual Vendor Fair
 Hosted by NICIA

Join us for our annual Vendor Fair!  Last year’s vendor fair was a great success and we are planning to have an even better event this year.  If you have a trusted contractor,   accountant, lawyer, or  any person or business that you have used in your real estate endeavors, invite them to the annual NICIA Vendor Fair.  Our goal is thirty vendors this   year.  The cost of attendance is FREE!    Doughnuts and coffee are being served along with lunch.  Bonus: Any member that signs up three or more new vendors will   receive a free NICIA membership.

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Marisa M Smoljan CPA Thursday January 9, 2014
Topic: Tax Planning for Real Estate
Presenter: Marisa M Smoljan CPA and 
Matthew Stosich, CPA

In the 2013 tax year, there have been significant changes in the tax law.  Some of the most significant include higher tax brackets, the passive income tax, and an increased Medicare tax. This  meeting will discuss those issues and more.

Marisa began her career in public accounting at Plante & Moran in Chicago.  While there, her concentration was in the real estate and construction group’s tax department.  In October 2010, she  made the transition to McMahon & Associates, CPA’s in Munster.  Marisa is the tax manager at McMahon and is involved with tax preparation and tax planning for businesses and individuals.
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NICIA Holiday BashThursday December 12, 2013
Topic: NICIA Annual Christmas Party
Presenter: Hosted by NICIA

Join us for our annual members Christmas party and recognition dinner.

Last year’s celebration was a huge success and we are expecting a high turnout this year as well. Bring a friend, spouse or interested real estate investor.
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Sharad MehtaThursday November 14, 2013
Topic: “Numbers, Numbers, Numbers”
Presenter: Sharad Mehta
Sharad will share his experience regarding the numbers for figuring out deals and some basic RE investing tips. Sharad purchased his first property in Aug 2009.  As of today, he has done approx. 100 deals including wholesaling, flipping and land lording. Some of his deals include a 40 condos package in Phoenix, AZ. and 100 deals amounting to approx. $5 mil in total transactions. He has successfully worked with NICIA members to finance, purchase and sell properties.
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Thursday Oct 10, 2013
Topic: Alternative Financing for Today’s Economy
Presenter: Joe Varnadore

Investing in his first property at the age of 19, Joe learned the importance of using creative financing to make the deal work. Since then, he has created and brokered more than $30 million in note transactions on residential and commercial properties. An author, speaker, and trainer for the past 25 years, he believes that there has never been a greater opportunity for real estate investors to use nonperforming notes to acquire properties and seller financing to cash out.

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joevarnadore Saturday Oct 12, 2013
Topic: Why Every Real Estate Investor Must Learn Notes
Presenter: Joe VarnadoreThursday 

The real estate note industry has always been looked upon as a small niche industry. This notion was not without merit as it was ingrained with seller financing and on the surface seemed rather confusing. Most of the training available for the note business revolved around brokering seller financed notes. That has all changed as Fundamental market conditions have made distressed paper MORE profitable than distressed property. Join us to learn how you can take advantage of this profitable niche.

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Thursday Sept 12, 2013

Topic: Tenant Issues: A Lawyers Perspective
Presenter: Jonathan Petersen

Attorney Jonathan Petersen brings his training and experience to the legal problems faced by businesses, landlords and property owners.  His law practice includes real estate, construction, property development, business and finance law. He will discuss various developments in real estate law that will be of interest to landlords.  Topics of discussion will include:  Tax sales, evictions, bankruptcies, lease agreements, land contracts, etc.

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nicia3_logo CroppedTuesday Sept 17, 2013
Topic: Open Forum addressing Landlord Licensing Laws
Hosted By: Northwest Indiana Creative Investors Association

Many towns and cities in Lake County are imposing ever increasing landlord licensing fees.  These fees started at $10 to $20 per rental unit in the early 2000s, but have mushroomed to amounts of $80 to $300 per rental unit today.  Further, the towns and cities collecting these fees use these funds to impose further restrictions or inspection requirements on landlords.

NICIA will be hosting an open forum featuring guest speakers Indiana state legislators Hal Slager and Rick Niemeyer to discuss ways to limit or ban local towns and cities from imposing these unfair fees. All landlords should attend this. Meet representatives Hal Slager and Rick Niemeyer and explain to them why you, as a landlord, believe Indiana should ban these fees.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Topic: Getting to the Next Step in Your Real Estate Investing
Presenter: Open Discussion

Whether you are new to real estate or a seasoned investor, if you are active in your business you are looking for that next deal . Perhaps you are trying to broaden your real estate horizons or looking to find ways to strengthen your business. In this month’s meeting we will explore what issues might be holding you back and discuss ways to move your real estate investing to the next step. Join us for an interactive, hands on evening! There will be opportunity to network and learn from each other. Doors open at 6:00 pm to provide more networking time.

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JodiBushThursday June 13, 2013
Topic: Social Security Panning for Retirement”
Presenter: Jodi Bush

This meeting is to provide you with important information about Social Security Planning to assist you with your retirement planning. We encourage our members of all ages to attend and to bring your spouse or friend.Prior to and after the meeting, you are encouraged to network with our speaker and your peers to enhance your network and success team. Jodi Bush has 26 years of experience in the retirement and financial industry. Education: B.A. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,  MNFINRA Series: 7,63,65,66

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Topics: Property Insurance and Elections

Presenter: Mr. Randall Raines

We are pleased to have Mr. Randall Raines provide a presentation concerning Income Property Insurance Guidelines. Mr. Raines is an experienced insurance agent who has been involved with NICIA for a number of years.  Many of our members are clients of Mr. Raines.

Also, during this meeting the members will have the opportunity to elect the next year’s board of directors as well as to share the results of the recent member survey.

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More info will be provided on each meeting to follow as we finalize details. Please plan to attend each meeting for the education and networking opportunities we present. Learning is a continual process over the course of a lifetime and is one of the keys to success.

 

Meeting information

NICIA meets on the second Thursday  of every month. This is a great way for new investors and experienced investors to come together and share information and experiences with other likeminded individuals.

Legal issues affecting our members are also discussed, such as recent pending state and federal legislation on lead paint , landlord and tenants rights and investing.Members are allowed to promote their wholesale deals and related services either prior to the presentation or afterwards and are encouraged to network with their peers after the meetings.Our Program Director’s goal is to find and invite local and sometimes nationally recognized speakers to present relevant information about the various aspects of investing in real estate, landlording and tenants, purchasing and selling and other topics of interest.

Occasionally, we will have open forums and discussions about general topics relevant to real estate investor businesses and anyone in attendance can ask for advice or provide info relevant to our group. For the general membership meeting, doors open at 6:00 PM and meetings start at 6:30 PM CST. Social events are planned around a Summer picnic and end of the Year Holiday event.

The Northwest Indiana Creative Investors Association
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Meeting  Every second  Thursday
8415 Georgia St, Merrillville, IN 46410

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