Every now and then, I hear from people who are interested in trying out the REtipster Club membership site – but after they've looked at the sales page and seen the high level overview of what comes with the package, they still need more clarity on what they'll get if they decide to enroll and become a member.
I've always been a little hesitant to hammer my email list and readers with sales promotions for the site, because even though I've put a TON of work into the creation and maintenance of this platform, I don't want to be all about selling you stuff.
The only real downside to this approach is – I haven't always made it abundantly clear that this site even exists, and why YOU might want to sign up and become a member at some point… so with this in mind, my goal with this blog post (and video, below) is to give you a transparent look at what this site is all about, and what comes with the package for those who want to give it a try.
Now, I realize… it's impossible for me to give a purely unbiased “review” of this site, because I own it and I created it. Nevertheless, for what it's worth – I always appreciate seeing an abundance of information on any product or service before I pay for it, and since this kind of comprehensive overview simply isn't out there right now (at the time of this writing, anyway), I'll to do my best to provide a more in-depth look at the site right here.
What Is It?
The central purpose of the REtipster Club is to provide a 12-module course on how to get into the land investing business, and how to take your land investing business to the next level.
The is a GIANT arsenal of everything I know about how to succeed in this line of work. It contains a comprehensive, step-by-step “playbook” that will take you through the entire process, from start-to-finish.
The course is set up in such a way that you can either start from square one (if you know nothing about the land investing business) and go through it sequentially, or if you're already well-acquainted with some aspects of the business, you can jump around to different sections of the course and zero in on specific aspects you want to learn more about (e.g. – how to sell properties faster, how to find deals, how to research properties efficiently, how to handle seller financing, etc.)
This video gives a pretty good overview, check it out:
What Comes With A Membership?
As I discuss in the video above, every membership comes with access to the following areas of the site:
This is the real “meat” of the site. This is a comprehensive course that covers all the basics (and then some) of the land investing business. There are 12 modules, and each module contains anywhere from 3 – 9 lessons within. The course content consists primarily of text, with dozens of videos and audio clips embedded throughout.
Some people prefer learning by reading, others prefer learning by video and/or listening – so I've tried to use ALL of these components to explain things in great detail. I've also been continually adding new elements to the course as I'm able to develop new forms of content, and offer up solutions to some of the issues that users continually ask for in the forum.
When you're finished learning the basics in the course, I've included a number of bonuses as well that go beyond the basics. They discuss things like:
- How to Build A Buyers List
- How to Get Traffic to Your Website
- How to Wholesale Land (by Assigning Contracts, rather than buying them outright)
- How to Get Great Photos of the Properties You're Selling
- How to Diversify Your Investments Into Other Types of Real Estate
If you're familiar with the blog, you probably know that I have several pieces of paid/premium content available through the Gear Up page (if purchased separately, the value is well over $1,000). As a member of the site, you will be able to download all of these items for free… so if you want to jump in with both feet, the price of a membership will cover the full cost of all the related material that goes into the land business.
Every month, I hold a free webinar for members only. It's a purely unscripted, hour-long session where I'm simply available to answer questions in real-time. There are no sales pitches, and I don't have any pre-planned material to discuss – I'm just available at my desk if you need help.
There are usually about a dozen attendees at each session, and each person can either post their questions in the chat box, or we can do a live, face-to-face conversation (similar to a Skype call). It's a great way to get help with your issues and/or gain insights on how to get through issues that your or others might be dealing with.
Every so often, I prepare formal webinar presentations for readers of the REtipster Blog. Every webinar I've ever done, (including every Office Hours webinar I've ever held) is recorded – so if you're looking for a HUGE (and growing) library of recorded webinar content to learn from (and/or if you simply aren't able to attend of the webinars you were hoping to see), you'll have access to this growing treasure trove of information and content as long as you're a member.
Another interactive resource in the site is the forum. Again, this is a members-only resource where users can post their questions, help others who are going through similar issues, and network with other land investors around the country.
In the land investing business, this type of forum can be a MAJOR help, because there are a lot of questions and obstacles that are virtually guaranteed to come up in this business, and it's impossible to address every possible situation in the form of a course. When you come across issues like this, there's an active community available to help you.
I am also in the forum on a weekly basis (usually multiples times per week), and I do monitor this forum very closely and get involved by directly answering many questions as I have the opportunity to do so.
At the time of this writing, there are two membership options available:
Monthly: $97/mo (paid monthly)
- 12 Week Course (New Module & Lessons Released Each Week – for 12 weeks)
- Bonuses (Monthly Releases Upon Course Completion)
- Office Hours (Immediate Access)
- Webinar Library (Immediate Access)
- REtipster Forum (Immediate Access)
- Access to All Digital Downloads (Released in Weekly Increments w/ Course Content)
Annual: $67/mo ($804, paid annually)
- 12 Week Course (Immediate Access to All Modules & Lessons)
- Bonuses (Immediate Access)
- Office Hours (Immediate Access)
- Webinar Library (Immediate Access)
- REtipster Forum (Immediate Access)
- Access to All Digital Downloads (Immediate Access)
The obvious benefit of the annual plan is that for a longer (12-month) commitment, you’ll get access to everything, immediately, and the price will also be significantly less than the month-by-month plan (assuming you plan to stick around for a full year).
That being said… if you aren’t quite ready to jump in with both feet yet and commit to a full year, you can certainly test the waters with the monthly plan.
Why a Membership Plan?
I’ll be honest with you – it always kind of bothered me how so many courses were only available with a HUGE upfront investment.
On one hand, I do get it. When the information is solid and can literally change the course of your financial future (as it did for me)… it's not asking all that much. For some of us, dropping a couple thousand dollars to get educated isn't necessarily a huge sacrifice. Many of us have the money, and we know the knowledge is worth FAR more than the price of admission.
However, I also realize that many people simply don't thousands at their disposal to get educated. I get this too. When I got started, didn't have a lot of cash to work with, and even though I could usually identify a system that would work, I didn't want to lose all of my startup capital just to learn the basics.
If you want the one-on-one coaching or the personal attention that a mentor can give you, there are other courses and packages out there that may be a better fit for you. That's okay. I'm not going to tell you that MY course is the only real choice and the perfect fit for everyone. There are other educators out there providing good information too – and if you feel compelled to investigate those options, go for it! My objective isn't to steer you ONLY in my direction.
However, if you're looking for the best possible overview for the least amount of money (while still having enough cash to do your first direct mail campaign and buy your first few properties), then I think the REtipster Club is a solid place to start.
With the membership plans available here – you don't have to commit thousands to learn the basics. Even though it may be a better value over the long run to sign up for an annual membership, if you're concerned about preserving your capital at the outset, this is what the monthly membership option is for.
Why Not a Physical Product?
One of the primary benefits of offering this course in an online, cloud-based format (without a printed, hard copy version), is that I can constantly improve and revise this material as the business changes.
For the most part, the fundamentals don't change terribly quickly, but they do change and when I hear people telling me what areas they need the most help with, where they're struggling, and where they're getting stuck – an online platform like this allows me to seamlessly offer many of those solutions without selling a new or revised version of the same course.
I should also mention that the website is also mobile responsive, so whether you're viewing the course content, forum or webinars from a desktop computer, tablet or phone – it will be easy to read from any device.
Smart Phone View:
See what I mean? The content is pretty easy to consume on almost any device.
Is This The Right Option For You?
It could be!
While I certainly don't think it's the only way you can learn and succeed at the land investing business – I have spent a good portion of my life learning the most effective ways (and even some viable alternatives) to make a KILLING at buying and selling raw land.
It's a great business, and in many ways – it's one of the simplest real estate investing models I know of… but even so, it's not necessarily the right business for everybody.
In the same way I've seen people experience incredible success in this business (almost entirely on a part-time basis), I've also seen people give up and walk away from it. It happens – because this is a business that takes PLENTY of work, and it's not something anyone should sign up for unless they're ready to do some of the heavy lifting and learning required from the outset.
That being said – if you see the logic behind the business model and you think you've got what it takes to make it work (and you probably do, believe me), I'd encourage you to sign up and give it a shot. Jumping into the land investing business could be the best financial decision you ever make. It was for me!