Over 142 years of experience… 5,286 deals… $59,400,000.00 of profit…
Their growing group of successful students have no hesitation calling them…
“The Best Real Estate Coaches
In The World…”
And now… it’s your turn to meet this “dream team” of proven Millionaire Makers.
Up first is the founder…
Specialty = Business Development, Internet Marketing, Direct Response Marketing, Short Sales, REOs, Rehabbing, Lease Options, Brokerage, Raising Capital, Sales Training.
Josh is the top residential real estate investor in his community and has been a full-time investor since 2003. He bought his first real estate investment in 2001 at age 24 and still owns that two-family rental property today.
He has bought and sold over 700+ properties since 2003.
Josh is laser-focused on the distressed property niche including his 6 revenue pillars. Those 6 revenue pillars are Bank Foreclosures (REO’s), Short Sales, Lease Options, Buyers, Magnetic Marketing for sellers, buyers and private lenders and most of all, Raising Private Capital.
Josh has nearly 14 years of experience as an active investor, private lender, passive investor, educator, author, nationally recognized speaker and fund manager. Today, Josh focuses on building 4 core businesses:
1 – Active Investor buying, selling, repositioning, launching and profiting from real estate. Josh owns Yellow Jacket Properties and several other related sister real estate investment companies. Josh runs this business with his business partner and brother, Mark. They own a robust rental portfolio of residential and commercial properties and are actively flipping 12-15 big profits properties at any one time.
2 – Real estate speaker, author and educator. Josh is the Founder and CEO of Strategic Real Estate Coach and has nearly 330,000 email subscribers and members and 15,000 paying customers throughout the world with members concentrated in the US, Canada, China, Japan, Israel, Australia, India, Western Europe and South America.
3 – Real estate lender. Josh is the CEO of Freeland Ventures. Freeland lending makes asset based loans to real estate investors to acquire real estate properties. Freeland provides NO MONEY DOWN real estate loans to Strategic Real Estate Coach members.
4 – Fund Manager. Josh is the CEO and Fund manager of Freeland Fund. Freeland Fund is a private equity fund that buys and manages a portfolio of high yield performing real estate loans originated by Freeland Lending. These high yield performing real estate loans produce an annualized return of between 22-30% per loan to investors. Josh is the CEO of the Freeland Companies, which serves both borrows and investors making real estate investment loans to real estate investors and Strategic Real Estate Coach students across the United States. The Freeland Companies also serves investors by offering a fixed 13% rate of return.
Josh has surrounded himself with “A PLAYERS.” The executive management team that helps to run these companies are leaders in their own right with backgrounds of working with Fortune 500 companies, real estate investment trusts and world renowned restaurants. The members of Josh’s mastermind groups are also “A Players” in their own right. The members of the Maverick Mastermind are all full time real estate investors and entrepreneurs who started as “newbies” and quit their jobs as a result of their success in real estate. Today, they run real estate investment companies across the U.S. in markets like Chicago, IL, Tampa, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Dallas and San Antonio, TX, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, Billings, MT, Las Vegas, NV, St. Louis, MO and other markets across the U.S.
While his home base is Northeast Ohio, Josh regularly partners up with other investors and students to close deals across the U.S. So no matter where you live, Josh is the man to show you how to find, structure, fund, reposition and close real estate deals for big profit.
No matter which area of real estate you intend on focusing on, there’s no doubt that Josh can teach you a thing or two… or fifty.
Specialties = $40k Flips, Commercial, Sales Training
Kyle Garifo started his professional career as a licensed clinical therapist in the state of Illinois before he got into real estate investing.
Kyle started as a SREC student back in 2007, then invested in one-on-one coaching with Josh in 2011. He has been flipping houses ever since. He started AZ Home Solutions, LLC in the Northwest suburbs of Illinois, where he focuses on upper middle class homes in his market, as well as shared housing for assisted living.
He has flipped over 250+ properties over past 8 years.
Kyle is a founding member of Maverick Mastermind group and is now the Head Coach at Strategic Real Estate Coach.
Specialties = Vacant House Flip Guru, Short Sales, Commercial, Sales Training, Direct Marketing
Christopher Seder is a Real Estate Investor who buys and sells houses. Christopher is the Marketing Director of Big Sky Property Solutions, LLC which are the #1 home buyers in the Billings, MT area. He specializes in creative marketing and has helped hundreds of people find a solution to their real estate problem. Christopher’s main passion is buying old run down houses, fixing them up and making them sparkle.
Christopher Seder is the author and creator of several real estate investing books and investing products and courses. Some of Christopher’s books include his best seller No B.S. Real Estate Flipping – The Ultimate No Holds Barred Guide to Real Estate Investing for the Average JOE, Real Estate flipping Riches, Vacant House Riches and his RealEstateVIPCoaching.com.
Specialty = Builder, Rehabs, Aquisition, Negotiation, Distressed Real Estate Markets.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Mark got married to his wonderful wife Michelle. He was always involved in construction and art projects at school and during summer breaks. He became a teacher for two years and was working for Josh in the summers doing real estate projects. In the fall of 2005, Mark decided to quit his teaching job and become a full time real estate investor. From 2005 until 2009 he was involved in short sales and flipping between 1-3 homes a month, in 2008 / 2009 Mark decided to buy properties with private money, improving and then selling them.
From, 2009 – 2011 Mark worked on buying and selling foreclosure properties. Then in 2011, Mark and Josh decided to create a formal business relationship where Josh took care of marketing, raising capital and systems and Mark would handle all the construction and purchasing of homes. Mark now has over 40 rehabs under his belt and currently he and Josh carry 12-15 single family, 40k flips and renovation projects at any one time.
Mark focuses all of his time on standard operating procedures, scheduling, budgeting, finding homes, and interviewing, and hiring contractors. Mark limits his swinging of hammers, laying floors, roofing etc. and now focuses on being the foreman and general manager. His expertise is teaching student on how to find properties, budget repairs, accurately make offers based on repairs needed, find houses from VA, HUD, Fannie Mae, and many other avenues.
Specialty = Mentoring, Residential, Commercial, Mediation
Millen Atwood got an early jump on his real estate career. He was introduced to the business in high school, while helping an investor make repairs and updates to his income properties. This was the beginning of his infatuation with real estate.
He started his own investment career in 1988 after getting married, by acquiring two rehabs and a rental… and has been hooked ever since.
Millen had the unique opportunity and privilege to be mentored by an expert in the development of raw land, sales and existing residential properties. This taught him creative ways to acquire assets in real property.
Millen focuses on a service-based problem-solving approach. He realized, the better he’s able to resolving the problems sellers and buyers face, the more success he has. He is conversant with real estate terms in English and Spanish.
In 1996 he made his first investment out of the USA.
Millen is a consultant to a real estate development company and advises on a large $11 million development project. His creative outside the box thinking has led to new approaches in sales and expansion.
His experience in acquiring, evaluating and holding residential and commercial properties gives him the ability to project profits or losses, tax benefits and appreciation. This allows him to accurately identify whether or not a deal is going to be profitable.
Millen has served as a coach and mentor for the past eight years. He loves seeing his students become successful… and does whatever he can to help them reach their goals.
He is a Certified State Mediator and has used his skills as a mediator to bring about resolutions to conflicts arising in tenant/landlord relations, real estate purchase contracts and rental contracts. His goal is always to help create a win/win resolution for both parties.
Specialty = Mentor in Residential & Commercial; Buy/Fix/Sell, Rental, Internet and Direct Marketing, Creative Financing.
Leslee was introduced to investing at the age of 18, by a friend who was a contractor. She drove around finding vacant or FSBO distressed properties, purchased below FMV, did the necessary repairs to make them marketable and sold them FSBO. “We did not have all the online tools and resources we have today that can help us find properties, do our due diligence, market properties etc.” In the early 80’s Leslee started doing Creative Financing, buying her first property. She negotiated other properties known as Sandwich Lease Options today. Back in those days you never heard of a “Rehab, Flipping or Lease Option” etc. She had her first professional RE weekly Coaching calls back in the early ‘90’s and realized the value of having a Mentor, learning more strategies and terminology. She realized the importance of coaching to eliminate as much trial and error as possible. She’s continued to train and learn technics over the years to make strategies easier and that are best for different and ever changing markets. She’s had long term Renters for as long as 4 years and one for 7 1/2 years. Also, she has a Mortgage Loan Officer background.
She has taught educational programs such as Real Estate and Tax Liens and Deeds for over 12 years. Over the years Leslee’s mentored approximately 1,300 or more students and has done or assisted with approximately 350+ transactions all over the US, even in the strongest sellers markets. Teaching became her passion.
Leslee is very happy to be working with Josh Cantwell and his impressive team of experts. “Josh’s material and training is very detailed and comprehensive for someone first starting to invest, to a seasoned veteran”. He incorporates investing entities so students can utilize to become successful.
Currently, Leslee is an empty nester with 2 beautiful daughters, ages 21 and 24. Between Real Estate Investing and Coaching it gave her the life style she wanted and the flexibility to be a good, hands on Mother. “It is so gratifying making money doing what you love”. Also “It is very rewarding seeing the difference coaching has made in student’s lives, not only with profit margins”. Leslee genuinely cares about her students’ success and loves to hear about each and every Success Story when they implement what they learn.
Specialty = Investing, Funding, Business Development, Commercial
Brian Stark is the Senior Underwriter at Freeland Ventures.
Brian was born in Cleveland, grew up in Shaker Heights, attended University School and graduated from Shaker Heights High School. He attended Cleveland State University briefly before beginning his first business venture, a service business for the legal community. He then began a series of other ventures, culminating in the founding of a successful retail and wholesale floral company.
Shortly thereafter, Brian, along with other members of the Stark Family founded The Stark Group, investing in real estate properties in Cleveland; buying, selling, rehabbing, renting and managing. They then began, in rapid succession, a property management company, a construction / maintenance / repair company and a private real estate lending company. He and his team have completed hundreds of real estate transactions, including over 1,400 private loans, and hundreds of other transactions including buying, selling, renting, managing and rehabbing houses and small multi-unit buildings.
Brian served as a Principal in a New York area private equity fund focused on the purchase and workout of defaulted residential mortgage notes, and as a Director of the Berkley Asset Fund, a private equity fund focused on opportunistic investment in New York area commercial property.
In 2015, Brian started working for Josh’s company, Freeland Ventures, a direct hard money lender. They handle wholesale, transactional, rehab to flip, rehab to keep, rental and small commercial financing options to SREC certified borrowers. Students acquire investment properties and Freeland Lending handles the financing. Freeland is a ONE STOP shop for all your investment financing needs.
Brian and his Brother Paul Stark also host a weekly radio show; The Stark Group LIVE! Talking Real Estate, Thursdays from 7-8 pm, on 1300 am, WERE, now in its 10th year.
Brian and Paul Stark are founders of the Friends of the Cleveland Mounted Police, and are involved in other community activities.
Brian Stark was the founding Vice President of the Real Estate Investors Association of Cleveland,
and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Restoration Society. He is an active tennis player and an accomplished amateur chef.
Brian lives in Cleveland Heights, OH.