Women Real Estate Investors in Connecticut

The Women's Real Estate Investors Association, or WREIA, is an organization designed specifically to educate, empower and encourage women to invest in real estate. WREIA is one of country's fastest growing and premier real estate investor associations. We promote sound real estate investment principles, responsible property management, and ethical business practices.

Our Mission

  • Promote the advancement of women in the real estate industry
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and ideas
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of investment and property management issues
  • Provide educational progarams that foster the development of women in the real estate industry


$75 / year (if you are a member of CT REIA then WREIA membership is Free)

WREIA, CTREIA, and AOA members attend WREIA meetings for free. If you are not a member of either of these 3 organizations, admission is $20.


CT Women in Real Estate Awards

Laura Abbott

Laura Abbott (2013 Winner)

Laura is a mom of five and grandmother of one. Within 10 months of joining CT REIA and graduating from the coaching program, she rehabbed a property which rewarded her a hefted profit of $91,000! 2011 she received the CT REIA Rookie of the year award. And... that’s just for starters. She was recently featured on CNN rehabbing a house.

Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson (2012 Winner)

Sue, a mom of three, starting as a struggling art teacher in a local high school. Sue Nelson began investing in real estate to provide a better life and security for her and her family. Realized she had a lot of catching up to do and was attracted to the big profits that could be realized quickly in commercial real estate. Today she and her partners own over 1500 commercial units and now one of the worlds leading experts on Commercial Real Estate.

Victoria Kaplan

Victoria Kaplan (2011 Winner)

Victoria is Truly A pioneer in our industry! We Congratulate Victoria for taking Massive Action... 40 years ago! In her freshman year of college she begged her father to let her purchase her very first 2-Family house... Rented one apt. and she lived in the other!!! After college, after getting her Real Estate License and after she was denied employment from several Real Estate agencies, Victoria set out to opened her own "Women" Real Estate Agency... Which she still owns and operates today! Plus... Several hundred buildings!

I always learn so much.

"Thanks so much for the Women's group last night. As usual, it was great! I always learn so much. What a great group of women."
- Debbie Schroe / CT REIA Member and Coaching Student

More About The Connecticut Women Real Estate Investors Association

Historically, women have been involved in real estate almost since its inception in 1794 and its establishment as a legitimate business in the 1840s. In the early days of real estate, women's skills were used as office and clerical resources. By the 1880s women were already moving into the roles of agents and brokers, though at a relatively slow rate. Nationwide, women brokers dominate the residential real estate market but have yet to make a major breakthrough into the more lucrative commercial market.

WREIA is a subchapter of CT REIA. This organization is an opportunity for women to share their real estate challenges and get real life suggestions and solutions from our participants. Our group has a wealth of information available. Reach out and get advice. Or better yet, help out a woman in need and contribute your expert experience. Whether you are just beginning your real estate career or are already an advanced investor, we all have a unique perspective to share. Let's foster our relationships and let the women unite.

Already have a question in mind? Email us at info@womenrealestateinvestors.org so we may gather frequently asked questions. Or, in the meantime, go to our brand new community forum called womenSPEAK.

Ladies, are you ready to learn about your real estate investment goals and how this subchapter can help you achieve them? You can pursue your individual investment goals through education, sharing creative real estate investment ideas and strategies, and creating a stimulating networking environment to nurture those pursuits.

I felt encouraged, uplifted and inspired to get started in this business.

"I attended my first WREIA meeting in Meriden last Wednesday, and it was a great experience! I learned a lot in a very relaxed, fun, supportive atmosphere. I felt encouraged, uplifted and inspired to get started in this business! It was obvious to me that all of the presenters truly want to share what they know and sincerely want other women to succeed. I would recommend this group to any woman looking for a 'first step' to take toward becoming a successful real estate investor! I will be attending from now on. Thanks so much."
- Linda Brown / Naugatuck, CT

Do You Know Who The First Woman Millionaire Was in the United States?

Thinking you don’t have enough to invest to make a difference. Think again...

From Jakarta to Juneau, when women talk about the mistakes they make around money, they always include thinking that the amount they have to invest can’t possibly put them on a path to wealth. Someone should have told that to Madam C. J. Walker, the first female millionaire in the United Sates. Walker, an African American was born in Louisiana in 1867. She started off earning pennies a day as a washerwoman and, through pure determination and self-taught business savvy, parlayed that into a fortune she generously shared with others.

In 1912, Madam C. J. Walker told this to the National Negro Business League Convention:

I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations... I have built my own factory on my own ground.