Just about everyone seems to be ‘time poor’ these days and often the last thing we feel like doing at the end of a working day is going out to yet another meeting and networking with people we’ve never even met before.
However, making the effort for a few hours every month can reap huge benefits for our property investing career. And that’s where PIN meetings come in. PIN stands for Property Investors Network and you’ll probably find there is already a meeting organised not that far from where you are sitting reading this right now. That’s because the network already hosts regular get-togethers in around 41 venues throughout the UK.
Acting along similar lines as a support group, PIN meetings are about encouraging newbie investors and providing a meeting point for experienced property investors. And there is always a good mix. In fact, a survey carried out last summer on attendees showed that from 879 of those who regularly attended PIN meetings 30 per cent didn’t have any investment properties at all, another 30 per cent owned up to three properties, 20 per cent had up to seven properties and 20 per cent owned eight or more rented apartments/houses.
The organisation certainly must be doing something right because it has now been in existence for more than a decade. Well actually we can vouch for that because Property Go-To Girl is already a signed up member.
What can you learn at a PIN meeting?
The way you’ll learn about the above is by speaking to other property investors ie those who have already ‘been there and got the tee-shirt.’ In other words, they’ve already made your mistakes for you. It’s the reason all support groups work so well – the ‘mentor’ knows exactly how you feel and can empathize completely.
What won’t I get at a PIN meeting?
What’s the format of a PIN meeting?
The meetings start at 7pm but the venues can be accessed an hour earlier to allow for networking (and which is often an extremely busy part of the evening).
Every month a different topic of the property letting and selling industry will be discussed following a presentation by an expert guest speaker. The talks can last anything from 25 to 55 minutes.
Who started up PIN meetings?
The director of the organisation – Simon Zutshi – set up PIN in 2003. Up to that point he had enjoyed an extremely successful career which had allowed him to become financially independent at the enviably youthful age of 32 and after only eight years of clever property investment. However, he didn’t have many like-minded folks he could share his plans and swap ideas with. So, his next step was to form his own group – hence the Property Investors Network (PIN) was born.
How much does it cost to join PIN?
There is no annual cost to become a member of PIN and meetings only cost £20 to attend. The first meeting is free by registering for a complementary voucher from the PIN website.
Follow-up meetings can be booked from the website and it’s possible to attend a meeting in any PIN location (each will be discussing different topics at seminars). Booking must be done online to secure a place and it’s best to do so at least three days in advance of the actual meeting date. Booking more than 24 hours in advance also qualifies you for entry into a prize draw.
To find out more about PIN together with the locations and dates of upcoming meetings then take a look at their website today.
Who knows, I may even get chatting to you at the next PIN meeting if you come along to the Oxfordshire venue. Why not come up and introduce yourself (you can see my pic from the website)? It'd be lovely to meet a fellow investor!
I'm Jacquie the Property Go-To Girl. I am passionate about property. I love to help people make the most out of their property investments!