The meetup has now grown to more than 110 people and more than 30 people in attendance. It was literally a standing room by the end.
In addition to Joshua Dorkin, we also had Sandy Rodriguez discuss her real estate investments in Arizona as well as local real estate agent, Jeff Yu, who explained different ways of investing including gweonligeum - a system where the former tenant of a building receives money from a new tenant for any added value that was created during the former tenant's tenancy.
A year ago I started on this journey into real estate. I had no idea what I was doing - I just knew that this was something I wanted to do for the future. I started like most people - by reading and reading and reading. I learned a lot, but it wasn't until I joined BiggerPockets and actually started to meet and connect with others that I made real progress.
And by progress I mean forming a joint venture with Ben and fellow BiggerPockets members Kelly L. and Maxwell Lee last year and closing on my first buy and hold rental property in Jacksonville, Florida at the end of 2014.
If I could somehow buy a house in a state I've never visited with partners I knew only through the internet; help organize a meetup of real estate investors in Korea; and have Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner attend our meetups, all while living and working in Korea, running a business and raising two children, then I think anyone can do it!
If you're involved in a meetup in another country, send me a message or post to this thread! I think we share a special kinship as "international meetups," and I'd love to discuss how things are going.
Lastly, for the members of our meetup, post an introduction to yourself on this thread here. Let the BP community know who you are and what you're doing out in Korea!
And now for some photos: