Focus Groups

Upstate CREIA Focus Groups (scroll down for descriptions & specifics of each group)

  1. Advanced Investor Focus Group
  2. Rental Focus Group
  3. Women Investors Focus Group
  4. Professional Focus Group
  5. D.O.A-Deals Offers & Analysis

Who Can Attend Focus Groups: Focus groups are FREE for dues paying UCREIA members and all area REIA members. The first meeting is free to Guests; thereafter, the Guest fee is $10 per meeting per person. Contact the focus group leader to verify schedule and locations since they do change from time to time.  You can also join the Yahoo! Groups list for each of the groups as available to keep up to date on location and topics covered at the meetings.

NOTE – Some venues expect attendees to purchase food and to leave a tip for servers, if appropriate.

Advanced Investor Focus Group – Each month there will be a different topic. The presentation and discussion is geared to a more in-depth study of real estate related topics for intermediate to advanced investors. Usually, the presentation is by local professionals, such as lawyers, accountants, appraisers, business leaders, consultants, etc.

Meets: Thursday after the Monday Upstate CREIA monthly meeting 11:30am (lunch), 12:00 (noon) – 1:00pm at Tommy ‘s Country Ham House Greenville, 214 Rutherford St., Greenville, SC 29609 (PH: 864-242-6099). (Driving Directions). FYI, Tommy’s restaurant expects attendees to buy food and to leave a tip for servers.
Focus Group Leader: George Smith
Co-Leader: Paula Martin

Rental Focus Group – Discusses issues of interest to landlords, tenants and property managers, including landlord/tenant law, acquisition and/or lease of rental properties, residential codes, rental announcements, property taxation, grants and other sources of funds for investing in rental property, insurance options, security and theft of personal property related to rentals. Each month there is a different topic.

Meets: 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm at the Runway Cafe, 21 Airport Rd. Ext., Greenville, SC 29607, ( telephone (864) 991-8488. (Driving Directions). FYI, the Cafe expects attendees to buy food and to leave a tip for servers. Sign up for the rental focus group Yahoo list at
Focus Group Leader: Toyya Funchess

Women Investor Focus Group – Provides a place for women investors, at all levels of experience, to come together for purposes of networking. Share experience and advice on pressing real estate investing issues. Join us and offer support, resources, properties, and tips to other like-minded women.

Meets:  The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 9:00 am to 10:00am at Panera Bread, 1125 Woodruff Rd, Greenville (In the Shoppes of Greenridge) (Driving directions) FYI, please consider purchasing some food.
Focus Group Leader:  Susan McCarter
Cell: 864-421-3353

Professional Focus Group – Led by 3 REI-specific professional services providers, and will feature monthly topics and a Q & A session.

Group leaders are;

-Kevin Brady, Closing Attorney
-Brandon Smith, CPA
-Sean McKay, Real Estate IRAs

Meets:  The group meets the 4th Monday of every month from 11:30 am till 1:00 pm at Southern Fried Green Tomatoes 1175 woods Crossing Road, Greenville (behind Haywood Mall) NOTE: You will need to plan on purchasing lunch each time you attend. They provide the room free, so long as everyone eats) (good food and very reasonably priced)

For questions about this focus group, contact Lila Brasher,

D.O.A- Deals…Offers…& Analysis
This is a hands-on Focus Group that will help you get moving in your Real Estate investing business by learning how to do what local successful investor’s like Bill & Dave do.

Meeting Format:
1.    Identify Good Real Estate Investing Deals
a.    Deals Brought In By Participants (Bring as much info as you can:
2.    Analyze The Deals
a.    Calculate After Repair Value (ARV)
b.    Estimate Rehab Costs
c.    Determine Your Maximum Allowable Offer Amount
3.    Make Offers Live
a.    Offer’s Made Live on Participant’s or Bill & Dave’s Deals

Meets: Monthly

-4th Monday Evening of Month, 6:30-8:00 PM

Location:     Simpsonville Library : 626 N.E. Main St. Simpsoville

Bill Clark (864) 542-4202         email:
 Dave Smythe (864) 881-1864     email: