Real Estate Biz

Expo Offers Advice and Savings for Investors and Homeowners

The Diversified Investors Group exists to help novices become ethical real estate investing experts. Its annual trade show has something to offer the plain old homeowner too.


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Whether you’re looking to buy a house as an investment or as a place to live, you can benefit from the advice and services offered at the DIG Trade Show and Expo. | iStock photo by courtneyk

Interested in learning how to make an honest buck by investing in real estate? Or are you just looking to either buy a place you can call home or improve the home you already live in?

Would-be investors, would-be homeowners and current homeowners can all benefit from the information, services and special deals offered by the vendors at the Diversified Real Estate Investor Group’s (DIG) 14th annual Trade Show and Educational Expo tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 1st) at the Radisson Hotel at the Valley Forge Casino Resort.

More than 60 businesses and organizations will be on hand, offering information about everything from finding houses to buy to financing the purchase to managing properties to making them accessible.

Many of the vendors at the expo, however, will be companies interested in selling you stuff to make your home a better place for you (or someone else) to live in. Names You Know include Colonial Marble, Gerhard’s Appliances, Home Depot, JCPenney, Montgomery Tile & Design, PGW and Sherwin-Williams. You will also be able to find deals on basement waterproofing and kitchen cabinets.

Prizes to be raffled off include a Nest/Google smart home technology bundle, a tool kit and a year’s membership in DIG. Guests who register in advance online and bring a friend can get additional raffle tickets.

The afternoon event will also feature educational seminars for everyone from novice to experienced investors and networking opportunities.

Like its fellow local affiliates in the National Real Estate Investors Association (an expo participant), DIG was established to help people learn how to invest in real estate ethically. “DIG was formed in 1978 as a networking group for people to get together and discuss how they do business and real estate deals they might know about or want to share,” says DIG Executive Director Stephanie Pappas. “And they also decided, ‘Let’s educate people in how they can do this the right and ethical way.'” As real estate is one of the few fields in which one can get rich by using only other people’s money, honest dealing is a key to long-term success.

The Trade Show and Educational Expo is DIG’s signature annual event, drawing members from neighborhood investor groups across the region. Originally held in August as a means of keeping up interest and activity during the slow season, the fair is taking place in the fall for the first time this year so that members who are on vacation in August will be able to attend. Because of this, Pappas expects attendance to exceed previous years’ figures.

Pappas notes that while the advice being offered is primarily aimed at those looking to purchase properties as investments, some of it is also useful for those simply looking to buy a house of their own.

The expo takes place from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1st, at the Radisson Hotel at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 First Ave. in King of Prussia. The event is free and open to the general public. For more information about DIG and the expo, visit the DIG website.