Reviews – Legit or Scam?

Fortune is an online education website that teaches its members the ins and outs of real estate investing.  Run by Than Merrill, Paul Esajian, and JD Esajian of A&E’s “Flip This House,” FortuneBuilders claims to have courses available to people of all levels of real estate investment experience.

Though this may seem like an odd time to become involved with real estate investment, fans of the show “Flip This House” understand that the concept behind Merrill’s investment theory is buying homes cheaply and finding ways to quickly and affordably fix them up for a solid profit return on your investment.

How Does FortuneBuilders Work?

Fortune Builders functions completely as an educational company.  Working with professionals in every aspect of the real estate industry, their course curriculum covers a wide range of real estate related topics, including but not limited to what to look for when buying an investment property, what remodeling projects offer good investment returns, how to deal with the tax implications of quickly buying and selling property, and how to successfully market and sell your property when the time comes.

Having recently been written up in Inc. magazine, FortuneBuilders is growing quickly.  Perhaps one of the best reasons why is the wide variety of ways they handle their classes.  You can take an in person seminar from one of the three owners or many faculty members referred to as a 4 Day Bootcamp seminar, which is a type of crash course to being successful in the real estate industry.

In addition to that, Merrill himself offers a brand new webinar each week on a topic relevant to investing in today’s volatile real estate market.  They also offer eBooks and online classes, in addition to a selection of DVD series on a variety of topics.

Finally, they offer the FortuneBuilders Mastery Implementation Coaching Program to a select group of members at a time. This series includes in-depth training from a variety of professionals who have been and continue to be successful in the real estate industry.

Is FortuneBuilders Right For You?

Fortune Builders claims to work with people of all different levels of experience, but what they aren’t clear about on their web page is what sort of resources you must have at your disposal to begin a career in real estate investing.

A quick glance of their DVD training series will be enough to stop many people, as the DVD training courses are priced at $1,197.00 each.  A further investigation shows that investing in many of their coaching programs often requires investments of thousands of dollars.

Though prices in the housing market as low as they’ve been in years, you’ll still need the time and money to purchase, fix up, and a market a home.  As these figures vary widely from region to region and project to project, Fortune Builders wisely makes no promises as to what is required from you for potential success.  But it does seem fairly clear that being serious about switching to a career in real estate investing will certainly require some significant investment capital.

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  • I find the reviews posted on this site have been fairly represented, both positive and negative. To me, that is the only way to make an informative, non biased request of truth, being the only way of actually knowing is doing.
  • Thank you for your honesty i attended. the naples seminar and felt the vibe from the

    gentleman running the 2hr. class. i absolutely believe what you just said. you need a

    starting point. whether i was scammed or not i learned alot of knowledge that i gathered from the internet and life but it took a long time when i received lot of info. in just 2hrs.

    thanks again...
  • Bob , with all due respect a real estate agent has already left a review with excellent points about the money he has to spend in real estate and actually thinks this is a good educational tool to learn the process, because either way your going to spend money, do i believe the claims of Than Merrill ? lets say I'm skeptical , i have made good money as a former business owner, and have lost good money as well, but I never made any real money without taking a risk "Let Every Man be Convinced in his own mind."
  • are all mlm companies pyramid scams ?

    well, it's a scam if one condition exists or if one condition exists it's a scam !

    so, basically what are you doing in one simple sentence ?

    "give us money and we will tell you how to get rich."

    anytime that 4 letter word is involved, it's a scam.

    if you know someone is willing to give you money, then any fairytale will sound good.

    the word "fortunebuilders" implies scam scam scam.

    who's fortune are you building? yours or theirs?

    fb offers tickets to fantasy island and some people never come back until all their $$ is gone.

    you're the mad hatter and all the suckers are alice in wonderland.

    the scam is simple:

    1. tell people they don't need any $$ to invest in real estate.

    2. tell people to give you $$ instead.

    3. tell people they know a special secret worth all the $$ they gave up.

    of course you don't need a down payment to invest in real estate, everyone knows that !

    common sense should tell any human with a brain that you don't have to have any of your own money and you can get rich quick !

    that is why most people in the world are rich and there's hardly any poor people anywhere in the world ...

    but of course, many people are unable to apply common sense to every situation or circumstance.

    and a lot of people do not know or understand what an mlm is.

    everyone has heard of something called a "get rich quick scheme" and most people know to stay away from a "get rich quick scam".

    is every "get rich quick scheme" a "scam" ?? common sense anyone ?

    there are 2 unwritten rules to having money or 2 rules poor people should follow for any reason they end up with a big chunk of cash:

    1. never pay for financial advice

    2. if it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is.

    the 2nd rule is actually the 1st rule of investing.

    both rules are broken when joining this type of mlm.

    once you've gone that far down the rabbit hole the commitment is so great that it's hard to find a way back out.

    when you fail to use common sense where $$ is involved then everything you say and do is the opposite of what you should be saying and doing.

    when you believe a fairytale about how to get "rich" then common sense is irrelevant.

    i've worked in building supply for the last 15 years and i've talked to a lot of different contractors, real estate agents, home owners, and millionaire investors and not one person ever said they made a fortune because they paid some one from an infomercial for a special secret.
  • Hey, I am about to attend his 3 day seminar. How did it go for you? have you gotten any deals?
    • Save your money. It up sale, up sale and more up sale. Trust me, if your curious like I was, go to the three day seminar. you will eat everything they say thinking you'll make money. They emphasize risk and expect you to start with their master program to transition into getting on your way. All the information is readily available on the internet. They don't flip houses anymore, they flip you upside down and shake you for change. What a great business model.
  • I just want to know if I can start using what I learn and start making money after I go to the 3-day training. If I have to buy more training classes first, I'm all out of money so I should not even spend the 3 days instead of spending time with my family.
  • I’m attending the 3 day seminar Oct 12-14,2018. I’ve never been in real estate, but have a friend who is a realtor and she’s racking in the money. We both attend the same church. With no competition to her, I just want to obtain what God has for me. I’m excited about this new adventure I’m taking. I’m tired of working for others and getting nothing in return. I want to beable to control the amount of money 💰 which can obtain.
  • How anyone can pay this amount of money just for information that you can get for almost nothing on Biggerpockets or a local REIA chapter just blows my mind. I've been doing RE for about 15 years and you need capital to do it! It's not rocket science, you just do it and learn from the process. Anytime there's a boatload of hype you know it is BS. Don't fall for it!
    • I most certainly agree. Do you have a LinkedIn Account? I would like to connect to learn more about the learning process. I am looking to make a few investments
  • This company advertises on MSN front page, that they have an event in "insert town where you live", but in all reality, the event is nowhere near your city, but thousands of miles away.

    What a scam!!
  • I read ALL the reviews. IF anyone felt pressured into anything in my opinion at the 3 day seminar which I just attended, it most likely was what they had already decided was going to happen. Because perception is true to the individual, regardless of any facts to prove it, they got what they expected from it. If your mindset was to get something for nothing you'll always get what you've always gotten. Why would you expect different results without trying different choices? By the end of the first day what I got from the seminar was 100% ROI . the next 2 days were strictly bonuses! Yes I have no doubt all the information is available free somewhere on the internet, and your also free to make your own mistakes to learn from, of course you also have to pay for those mistakes on your own. How many times can you do that before you either lose more than you can afford or you give up for fear of making more mistakes you can't afford. On the other hand how many properties following the're system would you have to complete to not only pay back your investment into yourself and learn from mistakes of others and don't duplicate them. All while having access to resources and successful coaches and mentors in person with a proven, duplicatable, documented successful system that's making money for a helluva lot of people. IF YOU do exactly what they did to get there you could to! And if you ask for it, there always there to help you become successful too. Not everyone is able to leave there comfort zone and believe in themselves enough to yes take a risk, the only guarantee in life is if you always do the same thing the same way, you'll always get what you've always gotten. Just because your not ready, don't belittle what other people are very successful in to generate sympathy for your shortcomings and poison those around you to justify your failure to change and take a chance.
    • 5000 complaints from people who never went and 1 logical person from someone who actually went. How does that even happen? I went to the 3 day thing and was in total awe of the things I learned. Yup, you can learn them for free. But you can learn the college stuff for free too. Man, Harvard is a scam. Anyway, the program I want is 50k. It's good for 2 yrs. You get all the training, all the software, all materials, all the coaching, and so on. I'm a realtor with Keller Williams. As an agent I pay them a fee every month and every time I see a house. As an agent you can easily spend 20k a yr in fees and stuff. Then you have to pay for marketing and more for coaching. So, what's the difference here? And all the way through the seminar they repeated over and over and over, this isn't a get rich quick thing. You get out of this what you put in. We are here to help you, not do it for you. And so on.
    • Very Well said Randal. Thank you and God Bless.
    • Hi Randal,

      Did you get into the mastery program? I'm genuinely interested in your take on it
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