Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 12, 2012
Western Pennsylvania Real Estate Investors Association President Josh Caldwell has contracted with the National Real Estate Investor’s Association to offer a new level of discounts to the members of the Pittsburgh, PA based investors club.
In the past, WPREIA has sought out and contracted with local small business owners who were strategically aligned with the core investing goals of the club members. In many cases these mom and pop stores were very valuable partners and offered the individual investor a great value. The value of these relationships cannot be overstated. The only shortcoming with these business entities was their geographic limitations. An example would be the local one person company New Perspective Staging, which WPREIA members have come to love for their apartment staging needs. There is no better staging company in the Pittsburgh area. The only problem is their geographic range; they only operate in Allegheny County. Other companies like title companies, law firms, and accountants also face this same geographic limitation many of these companies have been business partners with WPREIA for over a decade. Nothing about these local relations has changed. Every business partner is considered a valuable asset to the club.
What has changed is the demographics of the club itself. While WPREIA is a local based club, the membership has grown and expanded to the point where geography and location of the clubs meeting is no longer relevant to membership. Several of the recent upgrades to the club have allowed for out of town and in several cases out of state membership in the club. There are now members who live more than a few hours plane ride away from the meeting location. These members are not likely to attend a meeting ever. They are members because the value of membership in the club exceeds the cost of membership.
Out of state members get to enjoy access to the PittsburghREIA.com newsletter. This monthly newsletter is filled with education tips that would benefit any real estate investor. Many of the articles are written by national know real estate gurus. The other feature that attracts the distance challenged members is the clubs forum. This newly created board is designed in a question and answer format, where members can post a question in nearly any aspect related to real estate investing and have a subject matter expert in that area of investing answer their question. This part of the club is less than a month old, but the interest in this concept has been off the charts. The initial spark that started the forum was a series of questions for one of the club’s lawyers, since that time many aspects of land lording and investing have been covered. The forum will grow to become a very valuable tool in the years to come.
Now the club can offer discounts with national companies like Home Depot, and Office Max, as well as companies that aren’t traditionally tied to the real estate industry, like car rental companies Avis, Budget, and Enterprise.
Membership in the club is a nearly inconsequential $109.00 per year. With the great discounts and all of the educational benefits that the club offers, it is very easy to use the discount program to offset the annual membership. The Home Depot discount alone can pay for a membership for the average home owner.
As always the club is looking to expand its list of discount vendor partners and will do so in every business related category. Marketing companies like Social oomph for social media and Tube Toolbox for YouTube video marketing are already on board to help members promote their own business interests.