“A like-mind community of individuals who want to live the fullest life possible by using their skill in real estate investing not only to help themselves and their families financially but helping others as well.”

The Long Island Real Estate Investor Association (LIREIA) is an organization which is committed to supporting its members throughout their real estate investment career. We do so by providing the resources and quality education which are necessary to help members develop their skills in the field.

LIREIA’S MISSION is to provide its members with:

  • Outstanding Affordable Real Estate Investing Education
  • High  Energy Networking Opportunities
  • Quality Resource Center  (such as attorneys, funding, title companies)
  • Opportunities to invest in Deals

LIREIA’s  Core Values are the fundamental beliefs we have as individuals and  as an organization.  It is the way we choose to conduct our business practices and live our lives.

  1. Create a WOW experience
  2. Pursue personal growth
  3. Express Gratitude daily
  4. Be passionate
  5. Embrace Change
  6. Be Creative
  7. Resolve conflicts immediately
  8. SMILE…Enjoy a sense of humor
  9. Focus on the task at hand while enjoying the moment
  10. Pay it Forward
  11. Build a positive Team

BioMelissa J. Shea

Melissa J. Shea President of the Long Island Real Estate Investor Association (LIREIA) since November of 2007.  The organization has been in existence since 2001.  She has been a successful small business owner since 1996 and real estate investor since 2004.

Melissa is active in the real estate educational world outside of the LIREIA as well, hosting educational seminars on how to structure and finance deals and rehabbing distressed properties as well as financial education for both adults and children.  As the lead instructor of Mentoring Masterminds, her goal is to motivate individuals to attain financial freedom through real estate investing. She is a licensed NY Real Estate Broker and has experience in negotiating short sales and working with homeowners facing foreclosure and assisting homeowners to stay in their homes.

Melissa began investing in real estate in May of 2004 by 2009 acquired a portfolio of over 360 rental units mainly in the Alabama and Mississippi areas.   In addition Melissa has experience in purchasing private notes, brokering private money, raising over $20 Million in capital for real estate, overseen and operated a property management company, wholesaled over 100 different contracts, as well as managed over 300 rehabs.  

Since 2006 Melissa has been an advocate of emergency housing for victims of domestic abuse and for those disabled throughout Long Island, NY, and Birmingham, Alabama and South Carolina by providing housing, food and weekly house meetings.  Melissa lives in Suffolk County with her husband John and is a mother of eight children and believes in living life in all area of live abundantly.

Get inspired by our dynamic president and join us to become a winner in the real estate market too. Don’t delay to sign up for our next general meeting if you want to join the field.  


You can be successful too. If you need some more inspiration and guidance we recommend the following books:

  • Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – Michael Gerber
  • Rich Habits – Thomas C. Corley
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

Feel free to contact us for more detail, we will be glad to assist you.