REIA of Oakland
A Non-Profit Real Estate Investment Group
Serving Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, and Macomb Counties


Using Michigan’s Crowdfunding Law to Fund Your Real Estate Investing Business

September 11, 2014

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people.   It has been described as “the practice of raising funds from two or more people towards a common Service, Project, Product, Investment, Cause, and Experience or [2]

Our panel discussion will cover:

      -The basics of the crowdfunding deal structure

      -Requirements of investors, project sponsors and legal considerations

      -Discussion of how crowdfunding can benefit the investor

Our expert panel includes:

Robert Mattler

Robert Mattler, has been practicing law for over twenty-five years in the areas of real estate, probate and commercial law.  He has been a licensed associate real estate broker in Michigan since 1994 involved in real estate development, investment and leasing transactions with a particular emphasis on the retail sector.  Robert has also been a featured speaker and commentator on numerous radio and television programs, conferences and workshops for non-profit and for profit groups.

Ralph Sherman

Ralph M. Sherman, Esq., has been practicing law since October 1988. Licensed in Massachusetts and Michigan, he focuses on working with entrepreneurs and small-business owners, practicing securities law. He is licensed to appear in numerous federal courts and federal agencies, including the SEC and the Supreme Court of the United Stares . He helps clients raise investment capital in Michigan and across the US, and regularly speaks before groups of business owners and real-estate investors across Michigan and the US .

Dennis Fassett

Dennis Fassett is a former investment banker and current real estate investor in Metro Detroit. As an investment banker he helped clients raise over $1.2 billion using public offerings. As a real estate investor he has raised $1.6 million in private money to fund his short term deals and his long term rental houses and one apartment building. He has partnered with securities attorney Ralph Sherman to help bring the power of Crowdfunding to the local real estate investing community.




Meeting Location

Club Venetian

29310 John R Rd

Madison Heights, MI


Meeting Schedule
  • 5:30pm Vendors
  • 5:45pm - 6:30pm Early Bird Q&A
  • 6:15pm - 7:00pm Hors d'oerves
  • 7:00pm - 7:30pm General Membership Meeting
  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm Guest Speaker
The public is welcome to attend at any of the above times.
It is not necessary to attend all night.
Admission Fee
Members - Meeting is FREE, Dinner is $16 if paid in advance or $18 at the door
Non-member - $20.00 meeting only, $38 meeting and dinner

About REIA of Oakland

REIA of Oakland is a non-profit organization founded in 1981 run entirely by volunteers. Our goals include providing education to our members, providing professional networking, and monitoring the political and legislative environment as it affects the real estate investment business.


Our meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. Each month we have a different guest speaker, including national speakers on topics useful to real estate investors. The formal presentation is followed by a question and answer session.

In addition to free admission to our monthly meetings, joining REIA has many benefits for real estate investors from novice to pro. Visit our membership page here for more details about the benefits of membership.


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Subgroup Get Togethers

(Groups of 8-12 people)



Sat, August 23, 2014

8:30 am - 10:30 am

New Location

Kerby's Coney Island

5407 Crooks, Troy, Mi



Sat, August 16, 2014

8:30 am - 10:30 am

New Location

Kerby's Coney Island

5407 Crooks, Troy, Mi




This meeting is before the general meeting at Club Venetion



As you're aware, REIA of Oakland is a non-profit educational organization, and we are always looking for ways to offer added member benefits while keeping member dues as low as possible. As part of this effort, we have teamed up with who is donating 4% of everything purchased through our website to REIA of Oakland to help fund member programs. To start shopping, click here.



The doors open at 5:30pm for informal networking and the "Early Bird Q&A" hosted by Drew Sygit. Don't miss out!

2nd Thursday of every month-just before the General Meeting at Club Venetian. 



REIA of Oakland is run by unpaid volunteers. Our only goal is to help members maximize their profits from real estate investments. Before you join any real estate investment group, find out if they are FOR PROFIT! It's worth asking, because if they are FOR PROFIT, their goal is to make money OFF of you, not FOR you!





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