RealEstateInvestor.com is a free, interactive, online community built for investors and real estate professionals all across the nation and offers new tools to help them make smart investing decisions and communicate with other investors in a way that technology did not allow beforehand. RealEstateInvestor.com has loaded their site with the most cutting edge technology, ranging from educational videos, blogs, photos, interactive forums, and live web casts. All is intended to educate its members, foster interactions, and share information first hand from the people out in the field who know the markets the best. Members of the site can market and promote their products and services for free just by signing up and are then instantly placed where people in their area can find and contact them.
With all of the success of YouTube.com (allowing users to share videos), as well as social networking sites such as myspace, it is a no brainer to build upon their success. Are social networks just for kids or for people who want to get dates? “Absolutely not,” says CEO, Colin Andrews. “RealEstateInvestor.com takes the most powerful online features available today and uses them to allow investors to be more successful.”
He continues, “Let’s face it, the real estate market is changing and in many areas, it’s not pretty. Three years ago anybody could make money in the market, just buy and wait for it to appreciate 20%” “Now it’s different, you need to be on top of your game, you do that by being educated on the best investing strategies and by networking with others.”
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Matthew Leitz on the website, “It is clear that online networking is enjoyed by people of all ages. What sets RealEstateInvestor.com apart is that networking within the community has real value because it helps connect individual investors with the business contacts they need to do more deals.” Leitz goes on to explain, “We focused on making the site easy to use and we have been blown away by the fact that so many of our members are on the site every single day. Investors are excited about sharing experiences and working together and we believe that an online community is the best way possible to allow investors to do so on a national level.” Matthew and Colin remain very involved in not just creating but interacting with their members, always looking to better improve the site and help investors get more value from the community. Colin shares about a recent testimonial from REI member, Sean Malarky, “I just got a message from a fellow Columbus investor who said he picked up a great deal from another member on the site and is going to profit over 20k from it. These stories make me smile.” “Networking and blogging are important, but when I hear about profitable deals happening because of our site, that’s huge! Who says you can't make money in real estate in these times, it's simply not true.”
Launching earlier this year, Realestateinvestor.com with a membership of over 2,575, is just getting started. Matthew states, “We really haven’t done any marketing, our goal was first to have a fully functioning website that people could enjoy before marketing it to the world” The website is now at the point where we can share with a much broader audience. “Our members are spending an average time of just under 9 minutes on our site per visit which is very high in comparison to other sites which average less than a minute.” Matthew shares.
Colin spent 3 years as a full time investor in Columbus, Ohio before linking up with best friend, Matthew Leitz. Colin shares “I loved real estate investing but didn’t like the fact that it was very much a “lone wolf” business with investors keeping to themselves and not as open to collaborate as other industries.” While Colin was doing real estate deals, Matthew was immersing himself in online communities and internet business. “It was late one night and we were taking and it just came to us, ‘let’s take both of what we’re doing and put it together.” “I cranked out the 32 page business plan in 2 days with coffee in one hand and an energy drink in the other,” Colin jokes. They first met while studying in Cuernavaca, Mexico through a program at The Ohio State University. The two share a passion for having fun and bringing people together whether it is starting an Ultimate Frisbee Organization (UFO) during college or throwing a Fine Art, Cheap Wine party to raise money for charity, and they are now doing so online with the goal to be ‘the unquestionable online authority for real estate investors’. They are both 28 years old and live in Columbus, Ohio.
RealEstateInvestor.com is an online community for real estate investors and professionals across the country. It’s goal is to offer its members the best quality education, create vital networking opportunities, and provide tools to empower members to prosper in real estate.