Freedom First REIA

Meetings in February –


Freedom First REIA Investor Academy

February 17 

How to Attract, Identify, and Select Quality Tenants

Presented by Karl Weekes of MelKar Enterprises. 

Karl has been a property manager for more than 30 years.  He has devised a document-based system that allows him to manage 150 units on his own and he shares this system with those who want to know.  This session explains how he attracts cash-paying, long-term, quality tenants into the units he manages.  If you’re currently a landlord or you are thinking about becoming a landlord, this session will give you some tried-and-true techniques to increase your chances of success

Only those who have pre-registered will be allowed in the room.
Registration for the 6-session package available:
Discounted member price $149  (individual class $30)
Regular price $249  (individual class $50)



 Upcoming Academy Classes

March 17 – Rent-To-Own Presented by Scott Speer  Hear how to use this investing technique from someone who is doing it RIGHT NOW, RIGHT HERE.

April 21 – Passive Income with Florida Tax Liens Presented by Darlene Noeson who has been profiting from online investment in Florida Tax Liens for more than 7 years.  Darlene lives in Syracuse, NY, so if you think you need to live in Florida to invest there, think again!

May 19 – Onsite Flipping (field trip) Presented by Steven King.  See first-hand how this successful investor flips dozens of properties per year.  This session will be held on-site at one of his current works-in-progress.

June 23 – Equity Trust Event – FREE BONUS session for Academy Attendees (full series only)  Learn how to use your IRA to invest in real estate (and more) from one of the country’s premiere custodians.

September 15 – Advanced Wholesaling presented by FFREIA’s own Gail Smith, Joe LaBarbera, Barrington Nelson, Chris Cieslak and Rick Doherty.  These people have built their successful businesses using wholesaling as the cornerstone.  They’re all into much more than that now, but wholesaling is still an important part of what they do.  And they are willing to share HOW they do what they do.

October 20 – Preliminary Due Diligence Presented by Pheterson & Spatorico Law Group.  Need to know what to look for and where to find it when you’re deciding if a deal is a good one for you?  See it from a legal prospective with someone who does it all the time.



 General Meeting February 8, 2018


  *** Rick’s Prime Rib ***

898 Buffalo Road
Rochester, NY 14624

Networking starts at 6:30 PM
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM





Johanna Santiago is the Manager of Contract Services for the City of Rochester. Johanna oversees the City of Rochester’s Residential Rehabilitation Programs and the Demolition Program.  Rochester can provide financial assistance to eligible homeowners for home repairs.  Tonight she is providing information on grants and help Rochester can provide landlords.



Contact Susan Holman


[email protected]ffreia.com

 Not to mention incredible networking opportunities!


Remember, the 1st 2 meetings are free.

Check out FFREIA to get started investing in Real Estate or expand your current business.



The Investor Academy RESTARTING


How to Attract Quality Tenants   (Karl Weekes)    


Members:  $149 for the 6 session series, per class price $30

Non members:  $249 for the 6 session series, per class price $50

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Refreshments provided.

Five Star Bank

CityGate Office

395 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY 14620

Contact Susan Holman

585-690-5056 or  [email protected]ffreia.com


Thursday February 1

Alternative Real Estate Investing Strategies AM Meeting

Bayfront Restaurant 1075 Empire Blvd 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Bayfront charges a $5 pp minimum, plan on having something to eat)

Networking begins at 8:30 AM

This group is co-moderated by Adam Johnson, Joe LaBarbera and Scott Speer.


Thursday February 8

Landlord Support Group

Ezzy’s Restaurant on Buffalo Rd

8:30 AM – 10 AM Let’s talk tenants and toilets.

What works for you? What isn’t working for you?

This group is chaired by Bob Napier and Pat Gallagher.


Thursday February 15

Alternative Real Estate Investing Strategies PM Meeting

Bayfront Restaurant 1075 Empire Blvd (Bayfront charges a $5 pp minimum, plan on having something to eat)

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Topics include Wholesaling, Mortgages, Flips, Assignments, Lending and topics other than Landlord.

The “Deal Makers” section offering members a fuller platform to explain a potential deal to possible lenders, partners, buyers.

This group is co-moderated by Adam Johnson, Joe LaBarbera and Scott Speer.


Thursday February 22

Landlord Support Group 


Bayfront Restaurant 1075 Empire Blvd

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM  (networking at 6:30 pm)

(Bayfront charges a $5 pp minimum, plan on having something to eat)

Featuring Property Management Expert Karl Weekes of MelKar Enerprises, Inc.



For more information please call

 Susan Holman

 585-690-5056 or [email protected]

 2018 General Meetings (Program Committee):

  • House Hack & Air BnB
  • Free Money (Lead and Window Grants)
  • Preliminary Title Work
  • Legal update with Steve Pheterson
  • Wholesaling
  • Using Social Media
  • Creative Investing Techniques (Panel)
  • Picnic
  • Tax update
  • FFREIA Annual Holiday Party


Special Thank You to the Program Committee Chairman Frank Dimino and Program Members Barrington Nelson, Chad Braungart, Kathy Merton, Susan Holman, Leon Griggs, and Joe McGuire



Your membership in FFREIA includes membership in National REIA.

Did you know National REIA has a University of real estate classes?



Have you looked into Benefits that are available to you?






Did you know Equity Trust is the newest sponsor of National REIA?

And that FFREIA members receive the $700 package for FREE?

As a national sponsor, we’re offering a FREE account to all Freedom First REIA members for 1 full year! Watch the video below to discover the full package of benefits available and see the program highlights in the chart below:

Learn how it’s possible to invest in real estate with your IRA and watch your profits grow in a tax advantaged account. We’ll provide our best tools to help you get started:


Interested in learning more?
Visit WWW.TrustETC.com/NationalREIA or call 844-732-9404 to talk to a member of our team.





For more information please call Joe McGuire 585-342-5850

If interested in volunteering for our organization please contact:

Susan Holman


[email protected]