Greetings. Just an update from our latest, December 6 meetup.
Looking at the headline, you might be thinking, "Meh!"
But John Van Uytven, Benjamin Hauser , and I are really proud of how our small meetup ("Let's grab some coffee since we all happen to be in Seoul and are BiggerPockets members") has continued to grow!
Thanks to John's decision to create a meetup group on meetup.com ("Maybe we'll get two other people to join us."), we've now had two official meetups and one informal Happy Hour.
In each of our events, adding to the "international flavor" of our group, we've had at least one visitor from out of Korea in attendance.
At the first one, we had Andrew Kim, an Investor from Hong Kong who had just closed on his first purchase of a one room officetel in Seoul.
And at our most recent meetup, held on December 6, we had international investor, Rose, president of the Taiwan-based United Group and who helps bring Asian money into the US, UK, etc. She started out investing in Taiwan, branched out to the US, and now looking to invest in construction in Myanmar, which I was surprised to learn has a population of 60 million.
To accommodate our growing membership, this time we held the meeting at a TOZ - a place that rents out room space for about $3 per hour per person. (You can see fellow BP Member Jacob Michaels with the baby on his lap.)
John gave a presentation, entitled Hedgehog vs Fox on investment strategies, as well as a workshop on Goal Setting.
As part of our strategy to provide value to our members, we send out detailed notes from each meeting, including member profiles to help everyone keep track of who's doing what and who's interested in what. Here's an example:
And we're hoping to build our Facebook page (which has grown to almost 100 "likes") in order to build more credibility for the group and attract more people we can network with and share resources with.
In keeping with the BP ethos, we don't want our meetups to turn into a pitch forum. This is from the "About" page:
So far we've been pleasantly surprised with the results. As Joshua Dorkin mentioned on the BiggerPockets podcast (or it might have been Brandon), our group is pretty active, and we get almost half the membership to attend our meetings.
We're even thinking about branching out into subgroups for people who want to play Robert Kiyosaki's Cashflow board game (unsurprisingly at least four people have the $250 board game!); planning a field trip to look at real estate in Korea; and creating a lending library for people to share real estate books with each other through a Google Document we set up. (Note: The Lending library is not in place right now. However, if someone would like to set it up, let us know.)
Anyways, if you're going to be in Korea anytime soon and want to join our next meetup, let us know! We might even set up a special meetup just for your visit!
And for anyone living in Korea, I hope to see you at the next one!
Of course, all thanks goes to BiggerPockets for setting up this website that allows real estate investors from all over the world connect!