Sunday, June 16, 2013

Than Merrill - From Football Pro to Real Estate Guru?

I guess even ex-football players need to make a living, and Than Merrill is no different. After washing out as a football pro, Than snagged a spot with A&E's "Flip This House", a spot once held by Armando Montelongo. So, it only stands to reason that Mr. Merrill would also launch his own real estate investing course and seminars.

But all is not "happy, happy, happy" for Than's students, as many complaints have been aired online, and while the Better Business Bureau gives him a rating of "A", they have also issued a warning about his seminar.

You can go to for an accurate Than Merrill review.

I like Than - our real estate guru review site ranks him #3 out of the Top 20 most popular gurus. But it is always a warning that folks should heed when any "guru" offers a seminar - seminars have only one purpose - to draw you into spending more money - a LOT more!

IntelliBiz does not host seminars. It simply publishes the best, no-nonsense real estate investing course available, complete with free mentoring - all for under $100. No monthly fees or hidden charges.

And it has a BBB rating of "A+" (and no BBB warnings).


Monday, June 3, 2013

Pick Up The Phone And Call Your Guru, Personally?

Are you paying big bucks to be "mentored" in your real estate career? Or do you plan to? If the answer is yes, can you just pick up the phone and call the "guru", himself, personally?

I don't think so. Students cannot ring up Armando Montelongo on his personal cellphone. Nor can they call up Than Merrill, Carleton Sheets or Dave Lindahl and talk to them, personally. But there is one "guru" who makes time, personally for students - Bill Vaughn, creator of "The Simple Man's Guide to Real Estate Investing" course.

Fot the novice, mentoring is crucial for success in real estate investing. But not just any mentoring - the consulting must be with a true, practicing professional investor. And Bill's students are all offered the option of being able to give him a ring on his personal cellphone each and every week if they choose. And the student will be speaking with Bill, not some trained telephone operator. And it is not a "group" call, either - it is one-on-one, just the student and Bill.

No other real estate guru makes such a personal sacrifice of time to help assure the success of his students. In fact, most of the "gurus" hire out their mentoring to a third party such as Mentoring of America, a company that he Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a case against with the US District Court for the Central District of California on fourteen (14) counts of deceptive or unfair acts and practices.  Such third party companies rarely, if ever, utilize actual investors, let alone the opportunity to talk directly with the guru, himself.

If you already have a "mentor" that you paid big bucks for, I wish you all the luck. If you do not yet have a mentor, choose carefully. As is true about many things in life, not everything is as it appears. Just because a "guru" has high visibility, that does not mean you will get his personal assistance.  Only "The Simple Man's Guide to Real Estate Investing" offers that - and it won't cost you an arm and a leg.