REI clubs and club fees rant - Posted by Chris O. (Seattle, WA)
Posted by Chris O. (Seattle, WA) on February 07, 2002 at 24:25:54:
From what I’ve read here at CREOnline, local real estate clubs can be a great source for educational materials. One club for my geographic area purports to have a library of over 600 media including books, tapes, and courses. All free to check out to club members.
The catch with this club here is that the meetings cost $15 for non-members to attend, or an annual membership free of $85. I understand the need for funding to support organizations like real estate clubs, but it’d be nicer if it was optional or membership was granted with an non-fixed donation amount. For me to pay $85 right now is for me to give up food for a week. Down my real estate investment career, after I’ve made a few deals, I’d be able to fork it over, and perhaps a little more. Oh well.
I kind’f got off on a rant here because it’s been stuck in my craw. I’ve no personal experience with this club so I really shouldn’t be so outspoken. I am curious about other clubs–if it’s standard to have such a to-me hefty membership fee. You’d have to contact yours to find out, I suppose.
Go to the main creonline.com page and look for the RESOURCES links category on the left side of the page. There you’ll see, “Local REI Clubs.” That’s your g-spot. Hope there’s a club for you.
Besides REI clubs, live in a book store. I don’t know about your locale, or how much time you have, but here it’s hip to sip a coffee while spending your whole day in a big arm chair with others admist bookshelves. At least you might find a good book that’s worth saving up the $20 for.