About Scott Yancey

Based out of Las Vegas, NV, Scott Yancey is a self-made millionaire through investing in residential and commercial real estate, as well as a published author, and an executive producer of A&E’s television show “Flipping Vegas.” Mr. Yancey claims to have made his first real estate deal and the age of 14, and with a personal belief that “your money works for you,” is passionate about helping others achieve this same success through his live real estate seminars.

Scott Yancey’s infomercials have been featured on networks such as NBC, CNN, and ABC, as well as publications such as the Wall Street Journal. While there are some positive online reviews, the vast majority are negative, with the most frequent complaint citing high-pressure, deceitful sales tactics.

How Scott Yancey Seminars Work

In addition to his infomercials and television shows, Scott Yancey’s claim to fame is his live real estate investing seminars, which claim to show you proven investment strategies that you can use to realize your own success. More specifically, Mr. Yancey’s seminars claim to provide core information in areas such as:

  • Residential Real Estate
  • Commercial Real
  • Estate Tax Liens & Tax Deeds
  • Multiple Income Streams

However, it needs to be noted that there are two types of Yancey events: Free and Paid. Free events are constantly being hosted in cities all across the country, and claim to provide basic information on how to:

  • Get your real estate investment career off the ground
  • Choose the best areas to invest in
  • Ensure your investments always remain profitable
  • Generate passive monthly income, or “big monthly paydays”

According to a wide variety of online reviews, these free events contain very high-level information, very little of which can be applied toward earning money in real estate. Instead, this information basically acts as a “teaser,” and you’ll be urged to purchase access to a paid event, which then promises to provide actionable information. Scott Yancey hosts several of these paid events, the most popular of which appears to the his 3-Day Workshop, though many more are provided, including:

  • Boots on the Ground
  • The Buying Summit
  • Inner Circle
  • On-Demand Training, which includes:
    • Seller Financing Boot Camp
    • Residential Rentals Boot Camp
    • Quick Cash Boot Camp
    • Cash Flow Boot Camp
    • PropTrend Real Estate Software

Scott Yancey Seminar Pricing & Refund Policy

Scott Yancey “Preview Events” are completely free of charge, and often include bonuses such as his “Go Time” book (in PDF format), free cameras, and a chance to win one of 15 iPads. However, it seems the primary intent of the Preview Events are to hard-sell you into purchasing a $2,000 ticket to his 3-Day Workshop. However, we learned that even this preliminary paid event features more hard-selling for additional training/events that range in price from $20K-$60K or more.

According to the Yancey Events website, a 100% tuition refund is available to seminar certificate holders who “close a new positive cash flow real estate transaction and submit the supporting documentation to us” within 100 days of the seminar date. The process is fairly technical, so if you find yourself in this position, full details can be found here. Oddly enough, if the information provided in your seminar fails to help you purchase real estate, it does not appear any sort of refunds are offered.

Are Scott Yancey Seminars Worth the Money?

As mentioned previously, online reviews of Scott Yancey Seminars are overwhelmingly negative, and primarily cite high-pressure, deceitful sales tactics. During our research, we even came across several instances where it appears employees of Scott Yancey posted false positive reviews intended to counteract hundreds of negative ones.

Furthermore, if you base your decision to attend a seminar on the “Success Disclosure” page on the YanceyEvents.com website, a pie graph shows that 60% of students who attend a seminar have reached success. However, a closer look at the fine print does not indicate whether or not these individuals made any money on their transaction(s), or the length of the time period that was included in their sample pool. Additionally, only those who “purchased advanced training—above and beyond the 3-day Workshop” were included in the sample group of 1,966 individuals. Finally, even when taking a look a the Testimonials page, all the success stories are provided by students and teachers who “purchased additional training materials.”

In short, this means that it’s fairly apparent you shouldn’t expect to start closing deals and earning money from real estate from the Preview Event, or even the $2,000 3-Day Workshop. While no prices are listed for the supplementary training materials and events on the company’s website, our research uncovered prices ranging anywhere from $20K-$60K.

Bottom Line: Should you spend your hard-earned money on a Scott Yancey Seminar?

Based on our research, much of the information found in the seminars can be found elsewhere for free (or for minimal prices, such as the cost of a book), which can be read and applied at your own pace. Overall, with the huge number of negative reviews readers have left here, most of which tell nearly identical stories, we would recommend spending your hard-earned money on real estate training through more traditional methods.

141 Customer Reviews for Scott Yancey

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    3 Day Workshop review

    This is a review from a single Dad with full custody of three young boys. I do have a good job and make decent money so I'm looking at this program as a strategic value in how to do something that I've always been interested in (Real estate). 3 stars because I think this system can work. -2 stars due to the treatment and disrespect from one of the counselors. At this time I would still recommend this program to a friend and I will attend it again as long as I'm treated with respect and understanding from the counselor that I had to deal with.

    To start off with, I NEVER write reviews (this might be my 1st one) but this deserves a review and I hope it helps some. I have written a long review but the details are fresh for me and have some good information included. This is not a scam but please read on. For those people who go to a free seminar and expect the magic answer as to how become rich for free, well, that just doesn't exist. An education does have a cost which is a reasonable expectation. Like any other seminar and workshop they are trying to sell you their services (or in this case their system). This does not make it a scam and this group appears to have a good system. They are up front and honest about what they are trying to sell and what you get out of it and I respect this. And yes, when you get to the 3 day seminar they do try to sell you an advanced education program. Again... expected. But one way to do this is to use what they teach you in the workshop to build up enough money to then go back and pay for the advanced seminars which then takes you deeper into their system to make your margins higher. It appears to be a good system but just like with any other group it will take some legwork and dedication. I went to the free seminar knowing that it is a marketing sales pitch and what they were selling was something that I was interested in so I paid the $1997 plus $200 for a friend.

    Day One: I went to the workshop and it went late the first night (11pm, not 10pm). They have the main instructor and multiple "counselors" or "mentors". The main instructor (Deno, ('m bad with names but his name is printed on my workbook, you'll understand the humor in this in a minute) can come across as hard or cold but honestly he is a good person and a very good instructor (I have taught many classes so I understand the challenges and expertise it requires for this). No complaints with Deno at all. When you break off into your "groups" you are assigned a counselor to work with along with the rest of your team. The first counselor I was assigned to (I believe her name was Caroline... I'm bad at names but I know I'm close... she was the only lady there) was very nice, intelligent, and a pleasure to work with. I then was changed over to another counselor (Wyatt, I won't forget his name and this will become clear as to why shortly) due to the size of the class. The new counselor asked if I could come in on day 2 for our 1 on 1 at 7:30am or have the session at 1pm. And since it was 11pm and they had given us a book to read and so some homework on it I chuckled (yes, I have a sense of humor) and declined coming in 90 minutes early.

    Day Two: As a single Dad of 3 boys and a job that keeps me busy in the evenings, I did not have the chance to complete the reading of the book and finish the worksheet. I'm smart enough to get the gist of a story in less than the amount of time it takes to read it. There were about 8 other people who were unable to complete the assignment so they had us go out into the hall and WHO KNEW??? there was a YouTube video of the book which was a much better instructional resource so we watched it. The instructor (Deno) then came out and talked to us as a group privately without the rest of the class and explained why it was important for us to have read the book (or in this case watch the video) when it was assigned to us. He was not demeaning, he was teaching and he's very good at that. Kudos to Deno for how he handled the "lesson". I was then pulled aside by my "new" counselor (Wyatt... see, I didn't forget his name) and was told that I was not being a "team member" and I was not showing dedication to this education and workshop. Obviously I was a little confused because I had been participating in the class and I was enjoying what I was learning. I asked if any of the other people who didn't do the "homework" were being pulled aside (he said "no") and that's when he then stated that this was Day 2 and I already had 2 infractions (or this was the 2nd time). This really confused me. I found out what my first infraction was and I will get to that shortly. After I asked why nobody else was being pulled aside and being talked to about missing the "homework" he told me that I had a bad attitude. Something about me... I'm pretty easy going, very humble, and about as happy as people get. So again, I was confused. I started to feel like he was attacking me because he was not nice in his demeanor. He then kept harping about how I had a bad attitude.

    I explained to him that when someone feels attacked for no reason that they get defensive and I felt like I was being attacked (Psych 101). It got to the point where I asked if I was being kicked out of the class and he said "no" so I asked how we could resolve this and he continued with his tirade and never said anything constructive (he was very negative). He said that if I didn't want to be there then I can leave. I explained that the only time I step out is if I have to field an email for my job because it is Friday and due to the line of work that I'm in I still have work that might come up. The final straw was when he told me that if I have to do some work then I should go out to the parking lot and do my job and not return to the class. That's when, unfortunately, I had to ask for a refund and he said "no problem". It's expected that if I have an interruption that I respect the instructors and the class (which I am in agreement with) but then it is stated to me that I am expected to disrespect my employer and those who currently put food on the table for myself and my 3 young boys.

    After this took place I asked Caroline (again, sorry if I got her name wrong but again,.. I'm close) if we could talk. My new counselor (Wyatt... yup, I still remember his name) hovered around until I made it clear that I would only talk when he was out of "ear range". I explained to her the situation and as I stated before, she was very nice, intelligent about the situation, and again a pleasure to work with. She informed me that my first infraction was when we were given our first break (3 hours into the seminar) I left the room and came back while everyone else walked up to their counselors. I explained to her that the only reason I left was because after 3 hours without a break I really needed to use the restroom. :) I then came back and joined the group. She asked if I wanted to rejoin the training and I told her that at this point I was frustrated, embarrassed, and did not feel comfortable. I will take the class again if it comes back to town and I don't have to deal with Wyatt (see. I won't forget his name).

    My refund is processing. I feel serious (dedicated) about this enough that I am delivering a copy of this tomorrow (a 1+ hour drive for me and my 3 boys) back to the instructor (Deno... his name is printed on my workbook so I'm cheating when it comes to names) so that hopefully they will correct this situation and misunderstanding because I do believe that they have a good system going. I will update this as soon as I know how all of this plays out.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 11 people found this review helpful

    What happens in Vegas does not stay in vegas, but sure wish Yancey stayed there!

    • by Mary Field,
    • Chicago, IL,
    • Mar 31, 2015

    I went to his free event because it was Scott Yancey and I liked his show, even though I don't like at all how he treats his wife, Aimee. That should have been my first clue to stay away from this man. Who can trust a man who is so verbally abusive to his wife and on camera to boot? Guess she puts up with him stealing for the money. Well Aimee, you can't take it with you. But God will see that you both have a newly renovated very warm room that won't be in Vegas for ripping off people of their hard - earned money. Some people don't even have the $2,000 but are so full of hope that they borrow it from their family or friends because they too want to believe that you two are good people and want to share some of your knowledge with others. After all, it's Scott and Aimee, right? Wrong! It's Scott and Aimee, money hungry monsters who are leading you down a dark alley to rob you of your time and money.

    They are preying on innocent victims and if you think for one second that they want to help others think again. They only want to help themselves to your pocketbook! And they have come up with a cleaver way to do it. Instead of Murdock ' s way, call it education. Yeah, right. The only thing they are teaching is how to be a crook. I, too, fell prey because it's Scott and Aimee after all and I an trust them - after all they have a TV show, right!? Boy, was I that stupid to believe I could trust mean Scott? Run away from the seminar and from signing up for the three day workshop. I see that it's just another con to rip $30,000 or more from people holding onto the false hope of success. If there is an investigator or postal inspector reading this, I truly hope and pray that you investigate and prosecute Scott and Aimee to the fullest extent of the law and stop them from ripping off more and more innocent people every weekend.

    Go undercover to their seminars and 3 day "education" classes to see that they just want more cash for their pockets and shut down their illegal activities. Please do whatever it takes to bring down these crooks and put them into a cell next to their buddy, Rupert Murdock. Their con game is the same -- ripping off innocent trusting people. Their deck of cards will hopefully come crashing down on them soon. It's time to flip Scott.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    The seminar

    • by johnny,
    • Gurnee, Il.,
    • Mar 26, 2015

    So, we went to Gurnee Key Lime Cove that was supposed to be a seminar but was a sales pitch to BUY a training session. Of course Scott was not there nor the gifts they promise. The dinner that was supposed to happen was a box lunch, crappy little sandwich and small bag of Doritos. Camera, no...a piece of paper saying to go to a website and fill out form. Gift card... haha no... 200$ visa card. What do you all think....no! At least the speaker was cool and didn't really pressure you into buying into another seminar even though they wanted $2k for a three day seminar. Lol

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Your worst nightmare on steroids

    • by Jim,
    • Henderson, NV,
    • Mar 14, 2015

    My friend and I attended one of the free seminars yesterday after I saw one of the infomercials on television and almost fell prey to the hard sell techniques employed by the Yancey team. It isn't just the hard sell, but the peer pressure of watching so many other attendees rushing to sign up for the three day workshop that make you doubt yourself.

    Are you missing something from the presentation? Are you stupid? Are you really the loser they are suggesting you must be if you don't jump up and act immediately? Are you a gutless person that has to get permission from your spouse before taking action? Call me a loser if you will, but spending $2000 without talking to my wife is not what we do in our household.

    Thank God for my wife and her Internet research. This morning, I am now sitting in the back yard, with a cup of fine coffee and only the regret of having lost a couple of hours of my life that I cannot recover. I hope others find these reviews early enough to save themselves from the rabbit hole.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    No REAL info provided at FREE event

    • by Babs,
    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Mar 13, 2015

    I attended event in Las Vegas last night. I am unemployed & just approved for food stamps, so the idea of using someone else's money/credit = Gold mine.

    Of course, I know better of typical FREE events. Why would anyone give you Free information that is supplied in a book you pay for? But the eternal Optimistic in me went anyway, and I'll take a free dinner. (It was a sandwich & piece of fruit) Also, for the 6pm event people started showing up at 2:30pm because first 50 people get FREE tablet. (fine print: first 50 each month in the entire region).

    No REAL info provided, just the pitch for $1,997 = 3 day retreat/workshop. I told them my situation & said "I'm not afraid, but I have $19.97, let alone $1,997; but I made them the offer to front the money for me & I would repay them double = offer declined.

    Hey, if you're sitting on some retirement money & you have 20 years until retirement = yes, jump on this program. But if you're broke = this will not pay your rent next month.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 23 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Con men

    • by Anonymous,
    • Eugene, OR,
    • Mar 3, 2015

    If you make the mistake of going to one of the seminars, get a refund. They dupe you into believing that you will get money up to $750,000 in financing and you will get info on how to get knowledge and info before anyone else. Then, you pay $2000 to go to three day seminar and hear stories and nonsense for the whole three days. You will only to be hard sold on going to the next level for a starting price of $19,997 and up to the diamond package for $30,000. Don't be a fool, they never delivered on things promised. Thank God we didn't pay anything beyond the $2000.00. Terrible people, beware!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 28 out 30 people found this review helpful

    Fraud

    Unfortunately, my girlfriend got suckered into going to their three day workshop and like a fool I went with her. The main lie they started with us how we would be reach if stuck with them.

    Then we had to read a brainwashing short story (50 pages) about how we could be rich only if we tried their thirty thousand dollar seminar in Las Vegas. I didn't want anything to do with it. They had already stole $2,000.00 from her and then they pushed us into getting as many credit cards as we could. Before you know it, we put $20,000.00 on a credit card. I tried to get my money back from the start and they have refused a refund. I can't afford it and don't have the money to pay this credit card bill. I'm being charged a penalty and interest and that is costing me over $150.00 a month alone. They should be put in jail for using people as their bait. I want to sue!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Poor seminar

    I signed up for the seminar. Scott and wife were supposed to be there as advertised on TV and were not. I was also promised free complimentary gifts, which I did not get. Also lunch at half-time was not given. Got very upset as they strung us along. I would not recommend this seminar to anyone. These are just sales people giving you the old pitch similar to vacation timeshares. They are just trying to sell you a short course at a very expensive rate!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Traveling Circus

    My Partner and I just went to a FREE seminar last evening, and from the time we signed in, I was already suspicious. When it was time to go inside and start the presentation, I felt as though I was seeing a low-budget documentary with really BAD actors. First off, the "Real Estate Team" in blue polo-shirts were anything BUT professional; not professional-looking, not professionally dressed, and clearly not too familiar with professional/personal hygiene. Then, it was time for our Presenter, Trent, to come out and speak for what seemed like FOREVER. He just loved to keep sipping out of his empty Starbucks coffee cup and setting it back down...then pick it up again, take a "sip," and set it back down. Yeah, we sat in the front row and I know what it sounds like when an empty cup is set onto a table multiple times...if it sounds the same, like an empty cup, then it's empty...was just weird. THEN, it was time for the "testimony" from someone who had no experience, and quite frankly, had a POOR script that she probably had to memorize. OH, and she TOO looked very unprofessional, for someone who supposedly has a savings of around 2.2 million dollars...YEAH RIGHT!

    What struck me in the absolutely WORST way, was when Trent answered a question from someone who was hearing impaired. In the beginning of the presentation, YES, he asked that people hold their questions until the end...it's a scare-tactic that they do that. Anyway, the person performing sign-language for a gentleman asked a question about money...and "don't you have to work or have a job in order to come UP with this kind of money?" Without skipping a beat, Trent said to this person, very rudely, "how about you listen and I'll tell you...." UM, EXCUSE ME?! Yeah, ask anyone who went to that seminar and they will tell you the same thing - he actually said that. I actually have it on video if you want to see it!

    When it came time for the "break," we were only allowed 7 minutes to really discuss things...I told my partner that we absolutely should NOT do anything impulsively until we ask some other folks in this line of business - people we have personal friendships with. When we entered back into the room from our break, one of the "Team Members" couldn't answer a question that I had, so he calls Trent over to answer it for me...which he didn't and probably couldn't! After they both walked away, well, we were revisited by the "testimony lady" again, asking if we were going to do it...I told her that we were still on the fence...so she asked a Team Member named Mike to come over, who was extremely pushy. I basically put him in his place and told him that I didn't know him from a stranger on the street, so why should I trust HIM with my money over consulting a secondary opinion from someone on the outside (my friends). His only answer was, "well, if it's not for you, then don't do it...but why have someone else decide what is best for you?" Um, isn't that what learning life is all about? Information passed down? And what makes him think that HIS information is superior to someone else who has been in the real estate business for almost 35 years (my friends)?

    Like I said, it's a traveling circus that cannot produce results...there were holes all over the place in their presentation...and for anyone else that went to one of these acts, well, if you weren't convinced within the first 5 minutes of the presentation start time, hopefully you were convinced before writing your check!

    The only piece of truth they said, in my opinion, was that the Yancey program is there to make money....YES, they are there to make money, but they want to steal it away from YOUR pocket rather than help put it INTO your pocket. If you want results, it takes hard work ON YOUR OWN...don't buy into this garbage...

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Apr 3, 2015

      Denise Stout

      Interesting that you had a hearing impaired person at your seminar, we also had one with two interpreters with him and they were seated up front. Do you think they are shells to make potential victims think that everyone can do this? We were also promised a meal and we got just a granola bar...

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  • 12 out 16 people found this review helpful

    I received my refund within 5 days!

    • by Amal Long-Labaar,
    • Downey, CA,
    • Feb 20, 2015

    My husband and I attended the seminar in Burbank, CA on February 3rd, 2015. Although we did not complete the 3-days, we did however receive all our money back within five business days as promised. I appreciated the professionalism of the customer service staff and that of the follow-up counseling staff. They were understanding and friendly NOT pushy, which is a plus! Although this may not be for everyone, it is easy to understand and the counselors are fast to respond your questions, comments and concerns.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Don't believe it. If it's too good to be true, step back please.

    • by Don Messinger,
    • Beaverton, Oregon,
    • Feb 20, 2015

    To begin with, they are real good sales men and woman. All I can say is they had us all nodding our heads right away. If I was as wealthy as Scott Yancey, I would help those less fortunate instead of stealing from them, especially the much older ones like I watched last night. Thank God I didn't have a check book or credit card like all the others had last night. I just can't believe there are so many companies out there like this praying on those less fortunate like these guys do. I agree with some of these others who got scammed, we should get someone to back us and make our own students program where people actually get the real information like promised. All I can say now is that more than ever, my new goal is to start my own research on where all this information is really at.Thank you for your time, Don

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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