Tuesday, February 24, 2015


REI of Virginia Members. Very important message. Tuesday night, February 24th 2015 will be the last night at Shakers. Our new meeting location will be Franks Italian Restaurant on Williamson Rd. The address is 5933 Williamson Rd, Roanoke VA 24012.

Thank all of you who looked around for places to meet. We had several downtown but there was the issue of parking. Several others had lots of restrictions or were too expensive. Some were far out of the way for many members. We talked with the owner of Franks and she invited us to come to her restaurant. Everything seemed to work well with Franks so that is where we are meeting now.

Our parking is in the back of the restaurant. They will be building a new parking lot to the right for us as well. Please do not park in front of the restaurant as that will be the area for her regular customers. Plenty of parking in the back.

If you look at the picture above you will see a door in the middle. That is for the regular customers. We have our own separate room over to the right. You will see another door to the right of that and that will be our meeting room.

So the next meeting on March 3rd 2015 will be at Franks. Please remember to go there instead of Shakers. I will send another reminder with the next email for our agenda.

Franks is right across the street from B&D Locks
* From Hershberger to Williamson take a left and it’s down past Happys Flea Market on the right.
* From Botetourt down Williamson it’s past the golf driving range on the left.
* From Downtown down Williamson past Hershberger and Happys and it’s on the right. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Hardscapes For Your Property This Week At REI

This week our special guest speaker will be Bill Garren from Green Acres Landscaping. Bill will be there to give us a presentation on hardscapes. They specialize in outdoor landscaping with stone, pavers, etc.

Green Acres has an impressive portfolio of their work on things such as walkways, patios, driveways, retaining walls, waterfalls, fireplaces, and ponds, etc. They won 2nd place in Best In Show at the RRBHA Spring Home Show in Salem, March 2014.

Come on out to the meeting tomorrow and get educated on hardscapes by one of the best.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Building Relationships At REI This Tuesday

This week at REI of Virginia we are having a relationship building meeting. We will be meeting with The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors president, Vic Coffey.

There are several issues that REI of VA and the RVAR have in common that we could work on together within our area. It’s nice to team up with other like minded professional groups to make Roanoke a better place for everyone. Strength in numbers…

I’m writing this 1 day early just in case I can’t get into the office tomorrow afternoon due to the expected snow. If you didn’t already know, our policy is that if the restaurant is open we will be having our meeting. So if you’re unsure give Shakers a call.

See you there!

FYI, as you know we have been working very hard over the past few years to prevent the Water Authority from putting liens on landlords property for unpaid tenant bills. It’s looking like we just may have a win.

As of right now Senate Bill 868 has passed the senate with a unanimous 38 yes to 0 no vote and has now passed the House Counties, Cities and Towns committee with a unanimous 21 yes to 0 no vote. It now has to go to the House floor for a vote and then to the governor.

And another complementary House Bill passed the house 100 yes to 0 no and has now been referred to the Senate for their vote.

If we win this the Water Authority will have been successfully defeated and tenants will in this manor now be responsible for their own actions as they rightfully should be.

Thank you Senator Edwards for all of your help on this! And thank you REI members for getting those letters out showing your support for the bills! A couple weeks to go and we will know the final verdict.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Earn Your Money And Keep It This Week At REI

This week at REI of Virginia we will have special guest speaker, Miller Baber, with Blue Ridge Financial Partners. Miller will be educating us about several estate planning and wealth building business strategies that they can help you put together to keep the money you make working for you.

This will be an interesting meeting for me as I am currently researching setting up an self directed offshore 401K or IRA.

We’ll see you there!

Fun Stuff...

We’re back from Vegas now. I went with Spanky and one of the best contractors in Roanoke. It was a lot of fun! Several nights of stumbling in my room at 7:00 am. I have that out of my system now and it’s time to kick myself in the A** and get back to work.

BTW, your tenant told me something about their rent the other day along the lines of this…

And your other tenant told me this when he was late on his rent:

And This Is What Spanky Has To Say About Rent In This Rough Draft Of A Series Trailer For A Show Called Slumlord Millionaire:


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