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Considering Than Merrill’s Fortune Builders University? Do Your Due Diligence First…

Than Merrill's Fortune Builder University ReviewSo Than Merrill’s “Fortune Builders University” (formerly known as “Wholesaling University) has officially opened its doors.

Posturing itself as, “…a systematic, classroom-style approach to continuing education in today’s wholesaling and real estate investing arena.” it makes some pretty bold promises. 

Fortune Builders University: But will it really deliver?

I must say I’ve been intrigued by “Fortune Builders University” since it first hit my radar.

(And yes, it’s true – I was recently asked (and agreed) to contribute by teaching a module myself.)

But more importantly, I know some of my friends and colleagues here will be considering how these classes might be a fit for you, and whether you should invest your hard-earned education dollars in it.

Consider This Before You Buy…

Here’s a few things you should find helpful in your due diligence, including a private interview I had with Than just recently, in which we boil Fortune Builders U. down to its very essence for you.

If you’ve been around REI Tips for a while, you know how much I love unscripted interviews.  And Sunday night I got on Than on the horn and threw an array of questions at him, including:

  • Who are you, and what’s your REI business really like today?
  • What exactly is Fortune Builders University / Wholesaling University?
  • How did you come up with the idea?
  • With no shortage of REI education available, what sets this apart and makes it unique?
  • What will the training sessions really be like?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Is this a replacement or a supplement to a good wholesaling home study course?
  • Will there be any other discounts offered on your other products?

I think you’ll find this interview very helpful in processing how Fortune Builders University might fit into your continuing education as an investor.

Listen to a “Ruthlessly Benevolent” Chat with Than Merrill About Fortune Builders University…

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Than Merrill ReviewIn addition to candidly answering all the questions above, Than unexpectedly threw in a few practical, real-life tips into the mix of our chat.  I may post them separately in the future (as REI Tips) but for now you’d do well to take a couple of notes when you listen, and learn about…

  • A window of opportunity for “Bulk REOs” today
  • The biggest resource for new leads in their business today
  • How to sell a house fast with a zip code / demographic list from Experian (a golden tip here)
  • Specifically how his biz has changed in the last year to compensate for today’s market?
  • His top 2 strategies for finding hot investor-buyers quickly (another hot one)

So I definitely recommend listening to our chat before you make a buying decision.

A Handful of Fortune Builder University Nuts-and-Bolts…

Short and sweet-like…

  • Our recording above was made before they opened FBU.
  • It’s now open and I’m happy to report you can test-drive the whole shebang with a risk-free trial first (a nice touch)
  • You’ll find a good bit of content already pre-loaded inside right from the start.
  • Content is specialized, and designed to be consumable at your own pace, digestible and practical.

In my final assessment, I for one am looking very much forward to seeing this new resource in action. And holding Than’s feet to the fire to make sure he delivers the value he’s promising. 🙂

If this resonates with you, then jump in and give Fortune Builders University a risk-free “test drive” here…

And as always, your comments are welcome.

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About 

JP Moses is a roughly-hewn man-child who first got into REI after reading Rich Dad, Poor Dad back in Y2K and went full time in 2002. He's tinkered in everything from landlording to short sales to rehabs to Realtoring to REOs to notes to owner financing, blah, blah, blah...Till he finally stuck his flag deep into wholesaling and has since flipped somewhere north of a couple hundred deals.

JP's not a “guru” but also doesn't think it's a bad word. Among his core values are authenticity, creativity, big honkin' value, general fun-ness and being unshaven. He's super proud to be chief blogger guy at REItips.com and host of the free REIology podcast. He also thoroughly enjoys sharing his 53 best real estate investing forms with anyone who wants them. You should totally check that out. :-)

  • Eric

    It is absolutely shameful how all of you would be Gurus cover each others backs. How you continue to pander your overpriced “secrets” to the masses. People that are so overwhelmed by all that keeps being thrown at them, they want to believe there really is a secret to success which you all posses. They forget that action, and not another course is the real answer.

    Hi, Eric. Thanks for commenting.

    Am I a “would be Guru”? I’m not sure if you’re talking about me. I don’t find “guru” to be a particularly bad word. It just means “known expert” in a particular field. But also I don’t consider myself one. I’ve got my fair share of deals squarely under my belt. Done over a hundred wholesale deals, been a landlord a few times over for the last 9-ish years, done a few other types of deals…but I really consider myself more an advocate for my fellow real estate investor. At least I do my darndest to present myself that way. If I’ve ever come of like I see myself as a “guru” (positive or negative connotation) then it was a mistake.

    I make no bones about the fact that I aim to make money from this website here. Just as in the real estate biz, I’m not in it for my health. I’m an entrepreneur through and through, and there’s no need to apologize for that.

    But I refuse to sell my soul or sacrifice my integrity in the process. And there’s no need to. I may make less money, but I can sleep at night and look my girls (wife and daughters) squarely in the eyes and know they can be proud of me. I also serve a God who’s got some pretty lofty guidelines for me to live up to as well…so I do my best in that arena too. 🙂

    Long story short…I’m not sure if you’re talking about me here or not, but I hear your pain. And frankly, I agree. Action beats buying another course or attending another seminar any day of the week. I have no problem buying stuff or selling stuff for that matter. And education is critical if you want to shorten your learning curve and waste less money and/or time while you’re moving forward. But it can be (and all too often is) a poor excuse for not taking action.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    My best,

    …jp

  • Eric

    It is absolutely shameful how all of you would be Gurus cover each others backs. How you continue to pander your overpriced “secrets” to the masses. People that are so overwhelmed by all that keeps being thrown at them, they want to believe there really is a secret to success which you all posses. They forget that action, and not another course is the real answer.

    Hi, Eric. Thanks for commenting.

    Am I a “would be Guru”? I’m not sure if you’re talking about me. I don’t find “guru” to be a particularly bad word. It just means “known expert” in a particular field. But also I don’t consider myself one. I’ve got my fair share of deals squarely under my belt. Done over a hundred wholesale deals, been a landlord a few times over for the last 9-ish years, done a few other types of deals…but I really consider myself more an advocate for my fellow real estate investor. At least I do my darndest to present myself that way. If I’ve ever come of like I see myself as a “guru” (positive or negative connotation) then it was a mistake.

    I make no bones about the fact that I aim to make money from this website here. Just as in the real estate biz, I’m not in it for my health. I’m an entrepreneur through and through, and there’s no need to apologize for that.

    But I refuse to sell my soul or sacrifice my integrity in the process. And there’s no need to. I may make less money, but I can sleep at night and look my girls (wife and daughters) squarely in the eyes and know they can be proud of me. I also serve a God who’s got some pretty lofty guidelines for me to live up to as well…so I do my best in that arena too. 🙂

    Long story short…I’m not sure if you’re talking about me here or not, but I hear your pain. And frankly, I agree. Action beats buying another course or attending another seminar any day of the week. I have no problem buying stuff or selling stuff for that matter. And education is critical if you want to shorten your learning curve and waste less money and/or time while you’re moving forward. But it can be (and all too often is) a poor excuse for not taking action.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    My best,

    …jp