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  • 29 Dec 2021 8:30 AM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

    Abundance Mastermind Group

    accomplish anything.

    Take your life and business to another level beyond your expectations.

    Joining a mastermind group is the first step to real success.
    It’s up to you! Are you ready?

    About us.

    Abundance is a Wisconsin-based mastermind group founded by the owners of the Wisconsin Real Estate Investors Association.

    The mastermind group consists of experienced investors, finance professionals, business experts and consultants, and other individuals who are masters in their field and are there to help you succeed in your life and business.


    Why join a mastermind group?

    Imagine an elite boardroom filled with your own personal advisors that are all focused on you and your roadblocks both personally and in business.

    Mastermind groups are powerful.

    How does it work?

    1. Interview & Screening

    Getting into the mastermind group is a process. You will be screened and interviewed so we can ultimately decide if you are a correct fit. There will be specific requirements and qualifications to join this amazing group of professionals.

    2. Meetups

    Abundance will have three retreats per year plus monthly virtual mastermind group calls.

    Who are your members?

    • Coaches
    • Fitness Experts
    • Experienced investors
    • Finance professionals
    • Business experts and consultants
    • Accountants and CPAs
    • Marketing Experts
    • Real estate attorneys
    • Corporate attorneys
    • Real estate business owners
    • Executives of real-estate-related vendors
    • And more…

    Well. What are you waiting for? It’s time to take the next step…

    Apply Now

  • 24 Nov 2021 8:21 AM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

    ATTENTION: Green Bay's Christmas Party will be held at the Lyric Room, 231 N Broadway, Green Bay! December 7th, 7 PM CST.

    Expect networking games, Christmas prizes, investor recognition, food and drinks, ugliest sweater contest, sponsor give aways, and lots of networking!  ✨

    Pre-register at to be included in the check-in list!

  • 29 Oct 2021 9:00 AM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

    We are excited to introduce our new Green Bay & Appleton Hosts, Joe Gracyalny and Geoff Possley!   Welcome to the WiscoREIA family!  Joe will be replacing our former Green Bay host, David Nelson, and Geoff will be replacing Cory Schubert from Appleton.

    Let's give them both a warm welcome!

    #wiscoreia #networking #realestateinvesting

  • 15 Oct 2021 10:30 AM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

    What is WiscoREIA?

    WiscoREIA is the best place to learn real estate in the state of Wisconsin. New to real estate? WiscoREIA is the perfect place for you to learn, make connections, and land deals! A veteran in real estate? Network with like-minded investors and business owners and grow your business even further!

    We are the biggest REIA in Wisconsin with over 650 members and six locations. Green Bay, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Appleton, Wausau, and Madison.

    What are the benefits of being a WiscoREIA member?

    Our Membership Swag Bag includes:
    • Exclusive Coaching Sessions: Access to on-hand coaching sessions with local, national, and international experts, trainers, investors, and business owners.
    • Event VIP Access: Get access to WiscoREIA's monthly events for FREE in all locations: Green Bay, Eau Claire, Appleton, Kenosha, Madison, and Wausau.
    • Monthly Virtual REIA: Learn and Network anytime, anywhere! Paid members get access to livestreams of physical meetups and exclusive online coaching sessions.
    • Sponsor & Vendor Offers: Access local vendors and service providers that will make a difference in your business.
    • Online Subscriptions: Fresh Picked Leads, Rehab Estimator Pro, Real Deal Coaching, and More!
    • Make Connections: Network with like-minded investors, the people you need and want to know. Land deals! Get exposure and make friends!

    Interested? Sign up at now!

  • 16 Jun 2021 1:00 PM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

    Other Agents Are Not the Enemy

    People have a tendency to assume that anyone sitting on the other side of the table during a transaction is an enemy. However, that mindset is detrimental to everyone involved. In the world of real estate, relationships are crucial, and that includes cultivating relationships with other agents.

    It’s a Small World
    The expression may seem cliché, but you know, have met or at least have an impression of the other agents in your area, and they have an impression of you. Part of developing your brand identity is actively working to ensure that your interactions with others in the industry are creating positive impressions.

    While real estate is competitive in many regards, building trust with other agents can lead to better outcomes for everyone. Having a good rapport makes it easy to pick up the phone and have a conversation when hiccups occur during a sale. It’s easier to solve an issue when you trust the person on the other end of the line.

    It’s Not What You Know; It’s Who You Know
    Everyone loves a referral, but it might not come from where you would expect. Developing relationships with other agents can help on that front, as well. An agent from the other side of the country you met at a conference might have a client moving to your area. Perhaps another agent already in your area knows a different market sector that you don’t have as much experience in. Developing relationships allows you to tap into a network of benefits.

    Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
    It has been said that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” and creating the best possible team is a win for everyone, including your clients. When you recognize the talent and expertise that another agent could add to your team, you develop a synergy that goes beyond what any single agent might be able to offer on their own. Leadership through serving others means that you might be able to help someone else along, which, in turn, benefits everyone.

    Build. Build. Build.
    We cannot emphasize this point enough…build relationships with other agents. Treat each other with respect and professionalism. It benefits us all personally and professionally!


  • 5 May 2021 12:00 PM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

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  • 23 Apr 2021 12:00 PM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

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  • 7 Apr 2021 12:00 PM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

    Real estate has some tremendous superpowers—not the least of which is its ability to help you find financial freedom and leave your terrible day job. Do you want to travel the world? Dedicate more time to volunteer efforts? Focus on raising your kids? A thriving real estate business providing you with passive income can be the key.

    But there’s a catch: To achieve true financial independence, you have to really love real estate. Just because you’re ditching the nine to five paycheck doesn’t mean real estate investors don’t work. In many ways, it’s still a full-time job. You’ll just have more freedom to arrange their lives in the way that best suits them.

    Start with the basic elements of financial freedom

    Before digging into how you should build your net worth, let’s start with the basics: Getting your finances in order. After all, financial freedom won’t feel that free if you’re still trapped by debt and bad financial habits. Here’s what to look at before you start pursuing real estate.

    Credit cards

    Credit cards aren’t inherently bad—in fact, utilizing credit card rewards and the purchase protections offered by said cards can be a smart financial strategy! However, many Americans can’t use a credit card without overspending. If you have credit card debt, pay it down as quickly as you can. If you’re prone to impulse buying, consider either getting rid of your cards or pursuing financial counseling. Over time, you can change your mindset toward credit, and eventually can use these cards as intended: As excellent sources of rewards.

    Emergency funds

    Do you have money set aside in case of an emergency? What would happen if you lost your job—before fully executing your wealth-building strategies, of course—or you have a significant unexpected expense, like a medical bill? Start with a small emergency fund (many experts say $1,000 is a good starting point), then build it over time. Ultimately, you should be able to cover six months of living expenses without your primary income. Consider creating a bank account explicitly for your emergency fund. Keep that money in your savings account until you need it.

    Other debt

    Do you have student loans or a car loan? A large mortgage? You don’t necessarily need to pay these off before beginning your real estate investment career, but it is important to understand exactly how much debt you have. This will be important for lenders, too: Before lending, they’ll calculate your debt-to-income ratio. Many consider 36% the highest allowable ratio, including a new mortgage, if you need to take one out. Wrangle your debt before investing to ensure your best chances of landing a loan.

    Should you quit your job to pursue real estate?

    Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of financial freedom through real estate, let’s discuss whether quitting your job is truly the best solution for you.

    Ideally, you should find what you love to do in life more than anything else and do that for a career. If that means teaching high school math, teach high school math. If that means traveling the world, then find a job that travels the world.

    And if that means investing in real estate for a career… then invest in real estate for a career. Because full-time real estate investors still work—in fact, the job often feels more like a lifestyle. While there are some truly passive investments, such as REITs (or real estate investment trusts), full-time investing usually involves work. You’ll need to:

    • Talk with troubled homeowners
    • Send out massive amounts of direct mail
    • Network with established real estate investors.

    Does that sound like something you’d hate? Everyone can, and should, create a real estate portfolio as part of their strategy for retirement and wealth building—and many current millionaires have followed that exact path. But full-time real estate is a full-time commitment.

    Ready to dive into real estate investing as a full-time career? Here’s your path to financial freedom.

    Educate yourself

    If you’re unfamiliar with real estate investing, brush up on your basics. Do this before you even consider dipping a toe in the full-time waters.

    Start by deciding which strategy will be your focus. There are a number of different types of real estate, and each type has unique pros and cons.


    This process is where you locate amazing deals, put them under contract, and sell that contract to an investor or house flipper—and make a sizable profit doing so. Wholesalers master the most valuable skill for a real estate investor to possess: how to buy right.

    Wholesaling works. However, while wholesaling might be fairly “simple”—it’s not easy or quick. It takes hard work, skill, motivation, and certain personality traits (like the ability to negotiate). Consistently finding deals that are worth pursuing can be a time-consuming job.

    House flipping

    This can be an exciting and profitable way to earn income. You’ve probably seen flipping TV shows where investors turn a dump into a mansion in three weeks and profit hundreds of thousands of dollars. While this is possible, don’t enter real estate expecting this to happen to you. Make sure you understand both construction and the market before starting a fix and flip business.

    Flipping houses is a lot of fun, and fantastic profits can be made. However, there are some important considerations to make before jumping in head-first to your career as a full-time investor:

    • How will you fund your flipping business if you don’t have a job?
    • How will you make your monthly payments if you don’t have a job?
    • Is your location conducive to flipping?

    Buy and hold cash flow investing

    Buy and hold cash flow investing produces a stable of cash-flowing properties. That can add up quickly to provide significant income. This can be a great option for long-term investing, but keep in mind that you’ll need significant monetary reserves when things go wrong.

    Educating yourself goes way beyond simply picking your favorite real estate strategy.

    • Sign up for BiggerPockets. If you are reading this blog post but haven’t signed up for a free account, stop what you are doing right now and sign up. Trust me.
    • Read the Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing. This is a quick, free online training manual that we put together to help you build a solid foundation for your future in real estate. Internalize it. Make it make sense. And if you don’t understand something, go ask about it on the BiggerPockets Forums.
    • Fully fill out your BiggerPockets profile. Include a nice picture of your face. Detail your history, your goals, and your wants/desires on your profile. People look at these things! Make it count.
    • Introduce yourself to the community in the New Member Introduction Forum.
    • Ask questions and offer ideas. If you aren’t an active member of the Forums, you are simply missing out on one of the most powerful tools on the planet for becoming a real estateinvestor. Ask questions, get answers. Answer questions, get smarter. Build your online brand. People will start to follow you and help you out. They will give you honest feedback on your ideas, your plans, your goals, your timelines, and more.

    Learn about your local market, too. Are jobs growing? Incomes? What does the population look like? Network with local investors and real estate agents—and make sure to visit homes for sale in your area before you start bidding. Knowing what your market offers in different price ranges is essential knowledge for all real estate investors, regardless of your strategy.

    Create a customized business plan

    A business plan works like a blueprint created by an architect.

    Keep in mind: This plan is doomed to be flawed, despite your best preparation and education. Expect to change your plan as your understanding of the local market—and your abilities and interests—change.

    Here’s what your business plan needs to address:

    1. What is the purpose and the model for my business?
    2. How will I raise capital for operations and for acquisitions?
    3. What is a good deal? What objective deal criteria will I stick to?
    4. Who is my target end-user? What do they really want? Where do they live?
    5. How will I find prospective deals? How will I convert them to purchases?

    Too many beginners look for answers before they even ask the right questions. Phrasing the major cornerstones of a business plan as questions means that naturally, you will try to answer them. And when you lack good answers, go back to your educational resources or local professionals.

    Think about your finances, too

    If you’re ditching your job for real estate, you’ll need a plan for that, too. Quitting your job is a big deal—with big financial consequences. Entering the world of self-employment is a risky venture. Most startup companies fail, largely because they run out of money.

    If you are looking to quit your job you are going to need to make some sacrifices—starting with your living expenses.

    • Do you really need cable TV?
    • How about that car payment?
    • Gym membership?
    • Starbucks?

    If you are serious about making real estate investing a full-time gig, it’s time to cut your expenses. Decide right now what is essential and what is luxury. You can always add the luxury stuff back in later.

    In addition to cutting your expenses, you’ll also need cash. Having a large financial cushion is imperative. The amount you’ll need is largely dependent on your personal situation, but try to have at least six months of savings before quitting your job.

    One additional point to make here: a great sacrifice to make is your home itself. Buying a small multifamily property, living in one unit, and renting the other unit out (a strategy called house hacking) is a great way to live cheap—or free—and learn the real estate investing business.

    Build your team and network

    Identifying and recruiting excellent team members is key to financial freedom through real estate. Here is a list of my most important members, why they’re important, and how I plan to recruit the right people for this role.

    Money sources

    Without money sources, the rest of your team members won’t matter. You can’t fix a fix and flip unless you can buy a fix and flip.

    Build banking relationships with lenders who offer a home equity line of credit (HELOC), and work with private lenders to fund the balance of your capital needs. Unfortunately, finding a private lender is not easy or fast. It can take “slow dances” with potential lenders before one or more will commit their money.

    You also want someone you trust, with long-term goals that align with yours. Long-term partnerships are essential to real estate investing.

    General contractor / project manager

    Unless you’re skilled in construction, you’ll need a contractor or project manager who can analyze repair costs, avoid large problems, and manage a rehab project from start to finish.

    Here are some qualities to look for in a partner:

    • Competency: Your contractor must be skilled in the world of construction. They should know costs and best practices for all of the trades you will be hiring—from plumbers to electricians. They also need to have all of the proper licenses and liability insurance.
    • Honesty: Can you trust them? Do you pick up on dishonesty, even in small things?
    • Organizational skills: Can this person handle many moving parts without dropping the ball? Maybe they’re old school with a planner and paper or totally digital. Whatever the case, look for a strong system.
    • Low overhead: You’re not paying for big trucks, extra office space, or fancy staff to feed your contractor’s ego. You want lean, cut-to-the-bone overhead.
    • Fun to be around: You’ll be talking to this person a lot. Will you have fun? Or will you dread having to talk with him?

    Broker and expert listing agent

    You won’t make money without buying and selling your inventory. So, you need to know everything possible about how to move houses as fast as possible and for top price.

    Some real estate investors choose to become licensed real estate agents—and there’s nothing wrong with that. But if that’s not an avenue you’re ready to pursue (yet), partnering with an investor-friendly agent is key. Here’s what your agent should do:

    • Consult with you while negotiating properties you’re buying
    • Providing estimates of after repair value (ARV), including lists of the best comps
    • Consulting on design, layout, paint colors, finishes, and other rehab choices
    • Staging the house for showing
    • Taking professional-quality pictures for marketing
    • Marketing the property through all the traditional channels, like signs, MLS, online websites such as Zillow, and networking
    • Being your eyes, ears, and advisor during negotiations with buyers
    • Handling details required to get a deal to closing

    That is a pretty powerful combination, don’t you think? Having an expert team member willing to provide these benefits will give you confidence.


    Team members fill expertise gaps—and the business of real estate transactions can be a minefield of legal problems. Trusted legal counsel is a necessity.

    In addition to looking for the basics, like being a straight talker, choose your attorney based upon expertise and experience in the following areas:

    • Real estate contract litigation: No one wants to litigate, but attorneys should be able to draw up contracts based upon knowledge of how litigation will proceed. This expertise allows you to preempt problems by including specific language in contracts.
    • Real estate transactions and title insurance: Look for someone intimately familiar with real estate closings. It’s even better if they have a team of paralegals on staff who can help manage minor issues.
    • Basic entity structuring, estate planning, and asset protection: An attorney can help create a basic legal entity to perform your buy-sell business.


    Before setting up your legal entity with your lawyer, talk to an accountant about the best option for your business. That may be an LLC, S Corporation, or C Corporation—but the right answer depends on your state and business strategy.

    You may also want to consider a bookkeeper, eventually. Smaller investors can often get by using a program like QuickBooks to further organize accounting activities.

    Decide what a good deal is (for you)

    To help guide your business, create a detailed profile of a good deal. First, you’ll want to understand the basics of deal analysis. Here’s what you should know for each deal:

    • Sales costs, such as commissions, closing costs, and home warranty
    • Desired profit
    • Holding costs, such as taxes, insurance, utilities, and maintenance
    • Rehab costs, including labor, materials, and permits
    • Acquisitions costs, such as attorney or title fees, closing costs, and inspections

    For example, a fix and flip or BRRRR investor would subtract these costs from the property’s ARV to find their max purchase price.

    Be careful with deal analysis: Numbers can be deceiving. In other words, everything that glitters is not gold—or everything that meets your formula is not always a good deal.

    You need criteria beyond numbers. You must check the assumptions behind said numbers.

    First of all, be careful with the rehab costs. This is why your contractor is so key, and it’s why pre-purchase inspections are always money well-spent.

    Second, be careful with the assumptions behind your ARV. Consider making a “desirability checklist” of qualitative criteria about the house and location. If the house checks three or more boxes, consider passing. Overcoming that many negative factors can be difficult.

    Problems to include on your list include:

    • Unsafe neighborhoods
    • Neighborhoods with mostly tenants and not owners
    • Properties too far from jobs, shopping, and amenities (10-plus miles)
    • Steep lots
    • Busy roads
    • Obnoxious outdoor smells or obnoxious next-door neighbors
    • Large power lines nearby
    • Extra-small house size
    • Two-bedroom houses, if they’re hard to sell in your market
    • Weird layout (e.g., walk through bedroom to another bedroom)
    • In-ground pool, if you’re buying in cooler areas

    Create a marketing plan to find good deals

    All of this hard work is for naught if you can’t find good deals. You want to create systems that bring you opportunities to buy deals—or leads—so you aren’t constantly chasing them down. Consider including the following elements in your marketing plan.

    MLS leads

    A real estate license provides access to the multiple listing service (MLS). If you’re unlicensed, your agent can help you set this up. Use daily filters to send listed properties straight to your email inbox.

    For instance, your MLS filter might look like this:

    • Within your target location
    • Status of new listing, change in price, or back on the market
    • List price below 70% of your top retail price
    • Square footage above 1,200 sq. ft.

    Referral campaigns

    Send letters to local professionals telling them that you’re buying properties in any condition for cash. But don’t expect an immediate rush of results: You’re building relationships. Over the long run, 25-50% of your deals will come from these sources. Potential sources could include:

    • Attorneys handling probates, divorces, foreclosures, and bankruptcies
    • Property managers
    • Commercial real estate brokers, who can send you their small stuff
    • Residential real estate agents, who can send their ugly properties
    • CPAs
    • Financial advisors

    Internet marketing

    Focused online activity can generate leads from potential sellers. Specific projects might include:

    • Create a website with video and content.
    • Create a good BiggerPockets profile, including target markets. Make 10-plus Forum posts per week.
    • Create a Trulia and Zillow profile and answer 10-plus questions per week on their Q&A forums.
    • Create a LinkedIn profile and share an interesting tip or news update per week.

    Build your ant farm

    Recruit your family, friends, and local contacts to be “ants” and bring morsels—or leads—back to you. Ask them to be on the lookout for vacant or rundown houses during their daily routines. If they see one, the instructions are simple: Text me the address, and I’ll do the rest.


  • 24 Mar 2021 10:00 AM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

    Garage Organization Ideas for the Fall and Winter

    A thoughtful approach to garage storage makes the most of this valuable space and keeps every necessity at your fingertips.

    If your house is bursting at the seams, or simply short on storage options, the solution may be as close as your garage. To make the best use of this space, however, you first need to corral its current chaos.

    This is, fortunately, a relatively simple task if you incorporate a few good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little effort, you can transform your garage from a messy catchall to an efficient, well-organized household annex.

    Divide and conquer

    First things first: Get rid of anything you no longer use. After you’ve winnowed down the contents of your garage, sort everything into groups. Keep garden tools with garden tools, and sports equipment with sports equipment. Items used together ought to be stored together.

    Where possible, place like items into clear plastic containers with lids. It’s fine to use opaque bins, just be sure to label each one. Stackable containers are especially handy. They keep your belongings clean, protect against insects and rodents, increase the amount of usable floor space, and cut down on visual clutter.

    Hiring a Garage Organization Company - The Dedicated House

    What goes where?

    The efficient use of space partly depends on positioning stored items in a thoughtful, strategic way. Are there certain items you’re likely to need on a regular basis, such as cleaning supplies? If so, store them near the door so you can access them quickly and easily. Stash rarely used or seasonal items, like sleds and skis, in harder-to-reach spots.

    Off the wall

    The key to garage storage and organization is getting things off the floor. Capitalizing on wall space enables you to fit the most into your garage, while keeping it all visible and easy to access. The type of wall storage you choose depends on your storage needs, project budget and personal preferences. Many homeowners opt for one or a combination of the following storage standbys:

    • Pegboard. A favorite for generations, pegboard is inexpensive and easy to install. Because it can be outfitted with an array of compatible hooks, clamps, bins and shelves, pegboard can be used to store and organize just about anything, as long as the item to be stored isn’t especially heavy.
    • Open shelving. Whether a wall-mounted track system or a set of stand-alone units, open shelves are affordable, versatile and user-friendly, and they keep everything in plain sight. Plus, depending on their construction, 12- or 16-inch-deep shelves are typically capable of holding heavier items.
    • Closed cabinetry. If you plan to park your car in the garage, cabinets with doors may be the most desirable option, because closed storage means not having to come face-to-face with paint cans and garbage bags every time you leave or arrive home. Cabinets are available in countless materials and styles, but generally speaking, they are more expensive than other solutions. And because they are unable to accommodate very large items, cabinets are most effective when used in conjunction with another storage system.
    • Panelized systems. Here, entire walls are covered with specially designed panels that hold any number of companion add-ons, such as hooks and shelves. Unlike pegboard, panelized systems can handle heavier items. But that strength and utility comes at a cost, especially since some proprietary products must be installed by licensed professionals.

    Look up

    For certain infrequently used belongings, the ceiling provides ideal, out-of-the-way storage space. Ladders and seasonal gear can be kept here, hung by clips or straps fastened to the ceiling joists. Or you can take advantage of hoist pulley systems, which cleverly operate like the cords on window blinds. Bear in mind, however, that ceiling storage must be oriented so that it doesn’t interfere with the operation of the garage door.

    Safety steps

    As you’re organizing your garage, it’s important to keep safety in mind. It’s unsafe to store gasoline and propane in the garage; a single spark could lead to tragedy.

    Likewise, if you have children or pets, you should store hazardous materials like fertilizer and pesticides far out of reach. Locked cabinets are a good solution for these toxic materials, and they’re also a smart place to store power tools and sharp implements.


  • 22 Mar 2021 2:38 PM | Francesca Reysel Jonker-Miranda (Administrator)

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