If you didn't see Michael's post, check out the link below.
The "Meetup" is actually a site where you can go to find groups for just about any topic of interest. The above link is the site for a real estate investing group. I checked out the site and did join the group. I did not find any information that indicated there was any fee to be a member of this group and to attend the meetings. However, I will definitely find out when I attend the meeting on November 28, 2009.
Charles Blair organized this REI Club "The Real Deal." This club is listed in the Maryland Real Estate Investment Clubs Directory.
The Real Deal Club meets the 4th Saturday of each month at 9:30AM. According to the directory, the meeting is held on N. Calvert Street, but that is not where the next meeting is being held. The meeting on November 28th is being held in the Catonsville area instead. I will find out if all the regular monthly meetings are being held in Catonsville or if this is only for the November meeting. Again, I will confirm that when I attend the meeting.
I do have the exact location address for the meeting, but the meeting address on the site is not given out until you actually have joined and RSVP to attend the meeting. Therefore, I will honor the group's site requirements and not give out that address without prior authorization in this forum. I believe the address is probably being kept "blind" so that the organizers can keep a handle on the number of people planning to attend. I think that is a good idea.
I suggest that the Baltimore (and surrounding areas) REIs plan in their schedules to attend if at all possible. DG suggest that investors try to attend as many REI Club meetings as possible. It is a great source of networking and finding those important end buyers and other contacts you will need in the investment business.
So, remember to check out the site and send in your RSVP in time. Hope to see you all at that meeting on November 28, 2009 at 9:30AM.
P.S. Also check out the Baltimore Real Estate Investors Association (baltimorereia.com). It's only $179 annually to join and your spouse can attend free. Also, note that Charles Blair, who is the Marketing Director of the Baltimore REI Association, is also the organizer of the Real Deal under the Meetup.
P.P.S. Michael, thanks again for the info on the Meetup site.