About Scott Yancey

Investing in real estate has been a path to wealth for a very long time, but it wasn’t until the release of popular TV shows like A&E’s “Flipping Vegas” that the strategies used by these businesspeople—and the trials and tribulations they experienced—were on display for all to see (and perhaps learn from).

Based on the TV show’s success, “Flipping Vegas” star Scott Yancey launched his line of real estate investing seminars hosted all across the country, so that he could help others achieve success. How? By teaching proven investment strategies about how to make “your money work for you.” While each of these seminars can teach vastly different content, Scott typically focuses on four key areas:

  • Residential real estate
  • Commercial real estate
  • Tax liens & tax deeds
  • Multiple income streams

Is this what you’ll really get, though? If you just started researching Scott Yancey and his seminars, we’ll be totally upfront: you’re going to come across a lot of negative reviews—including here on HighYa, many of which continually reference the same problems. But is this feedback necessarily warranted? What can we learn from it (here’s a hint: If your main goal is to get a free lunch or learn everything you need to know from the free seminar, you might end up disappointed.)? And using this information, who might these seminars work best for?

We’ll address all these important questions—and explain why we came to the conclusions we did—in this review. Let’s begin by talking about Scott Yancey himself.

Who Is Scott Yancey?

As we mentioned above, Scott Yancey originally rose to fame as star of the A&E TV show “Flipping Vegas,” which follows him and his wife Amie Yancey (a designer by trade and prolific real estate agent in her own right) around the city as they buy, renovate, and then sell different homes for profit. Currently, the show is in its fifth season (on air since 2011).

Before becoming a reality TV personality, Scott was involved in real estate at a very early age. In fact, he purchased a second deed of trust for a home mortgage when he was just 14, and became a runner for real estate attorney Walter J. Plumb III while in college.

Although he’s lived in Las Vegas since 1994, it wasn’t until 2008 that Scott founded his real estate brokerage and investment firm Goliath Company, which “focuses on investment properties buy and hold approach,” including retail department stores Las Vegas, NV, Provo, UT, and Tempe, AZ.

What about Scott Yancey’s seminars, though? We had a unique opportunity to attend one, take some notes, and speak with the man himself, which is what we’ll discuss next.

Our Scott Yancey Seminar Experience

Based on the amount of customer feedback here on HighYa (we’ll talk more about this in a second), Scott Yancey and his team invited us out to one of their seminars in January 2016, with the goal of giving us a better idea of what they’re all about, what their attendees experience, and more. We’ll cover some of the highlights in this section.

Note: In the interest of full disclosure, the company paid for our airfare and hotel stay, although some of the students in attendance may have received the same. And other than a little extra time with Scott, we were afforded no special treatment and we received no compensation in return.

Different Types of Events

Before we dive in, it’s important to outline that there are two basic types of Scott Yancey events: free (also known as “preview”) events and paid events, each of which focuses on different information. For example, preview events concentrate on:

  • Getting your real estate investment off the ground
  • Choosing the best areas to invest in
  • Ensuring your investments always remain profitable
  • Generating passive monthly income, or “big monthly paydays”

On the other hand, Scott’s paid events and services focus on a much broader range of topics, 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

Of these, we were invited to attend a Buying Summit event.

Buying Summit Event, Day 1

During the initial meet and greet/networking session, our first impression was that everyone attending the event seemed friendly, optimistic, and energetic. The vibe was laid back and a lot of people were smiling and laughing.

Important note: Even though these seminars bear his name, Scott Yancey is not the main spotlight. Instead, they’re operated by a company based out of Utah, who utilizes Scott’s strategies and brand for marketing purposes.

During this time—as well as other times throughout the day—we noticed a fair amount of upselling, although we always found it relevant to the topic. In addition, the room adjacent to the conference room was filled with more relevant resources (different companies had their own booth to help you expand your business), so attendees could visit at their leisure. Here, it appears the parent company partnered with Lear Capital, so there was a lot of talk about precious metals, IRAs, insurance—and even brain supplements!

But here’s our take: Personally, the HighYa team is pretty tough on upselling, so we’re especially sensitive to when it’s occurring. In this instance though, we didn’t feel pressured to buy at any point, and the vibe remained laid back.

After watching a few clips of ”Flipping Vegas,” Scott and Amie Yancey walked onstage, he began talking about how he got started, why he does what he does, along with explaining his “your network is your net-worth” motto, all in a nice, humble manner.

The “Meat” of Scott Yancey’s Seminar

After his introduction, Scott dug into the meat of his presentation, where he discussed buying low, selling high, what factors trigger the housing market to go up and down, as well as riding massive waves of growth. He also talked about diversifying your real estate portfolio between options like single family homes, land, apartment buildings, and even stock options.

Then, Scott moved on to discussing real estate fundamentals, like:

  • Location
  • Quality
  • Price
  • Market stability
  • Unemployment rates (if there are jobs, then the housing market goes up, and vice-versa)
  • The housing industry (new to old)
  • Rentability
  • Comparables in the area
  • Rising sale prices
  • Shrinking inventory

Sprinkled here and there, attendees also learned about tax regulations, dos and don’ts, how to file for non-profit status, and more. There were lenders on-hand to help attendees finance different deals (regardless of credit score), and other tools to help them obtain their first property.

Our takeaway was that, even as non-real estate investors ourselves, this information really helped put things in perspective.

Our Time with Scott Yancey

After lunch, which was flavorful and delicious (the dessert was phenomenal!), we were able to meet with Scott for 20-30 minutes, where we were able to hang out, hear about his events in his own words, and share what we do here at HighYa. He’s definitely not a jerk like “Flipping Vegas” often makes him out to be (hey, drama sells!), and he seemed humble, down to earth, and genuine, yet high-energy.

When we inquired about the useful of real estate seminars like his, Scott likened his service to a gym membership. By paying for one, you’re gaining access to a suite of professionals who can provide coaching, mentorship, and accountability, which can truly help people achieve their goals.

But in order to achieve these goals, you have to put in the effort; you have to work out. If you choose to pay for your membership but not utilize all the tools it provides access to, you won’t get results. And it’s the exact same with Scott’s seminars and other services.

Talking With Other Seminar Attendees

Finally, everyone was able to have a Q&A with Scott, where we discussed just about anything real estate-related, along with a few members from the Creative Wealth team and co-stars from the TV show “Renovate to Rent.”

I also had a few opportunities to talk with other attendees and see what they thought about the overall experience:

  • One woman in her late 40s mentioned that about 20% of the seminar provided valuable information, but the remaining 80% was hype and motivation. She said she didn’t need the motivation (but could see where it might be useful for some people), and felt that it was a good overall value and she didn’t have any regrets. Her only recommendation would be to cut down on “all that yelling.”
  • Another woman in her mid-60s with no real estate background mentioned that she was happy as well, but that should would like more “literature.” She said she also felt out of the loop and a little lost, and wished the information was a bit more “digested” and “tangible.”
  • Two ladies in their late 40s or early 50s who came together told me that this was their first real estate experience, and so far they thought it was informative. There were happy with no regrets.
  • A man in his 60s who was attending the even with his daughter, claimed that he had 35+ years of experience in real estate. Overall, they were both happy and found the information valuable.

Our Final Thoughts About Scott Yancey Events & Seminars

When you’re searching for Scott Yancey reviews online (including here on HighYa), you’re sure to encounter a lot of complaints about his events, the most common of which seem to reference:

  • High-pressure sales tactics.
  • Basic information you could probably find elsewhere for free (or for a minimal amount of money, such as the cost of a book).

To this first complaint, although there was admittedly a lot of upselling (even one of the attendees we spoke with mentioned it), none would be what we’d consider “high-pressure.” To the second complaint, although we’re not real estate investors, we definitely didn’t find the information basic. In fact, unless you’ve got some solid experience already, you might feel left behind, as one of the others who we spoke with mentioned.

However, the Buying Summit we attended is a higher-level event, and there are dozens of packages and tiers that would probably act as a solid foundation building up to this point.

Could you find this information elsewhere? We don’t think Scott claims that his methods and strategies are proprietary, so it’s certainly possible. But if you’re not the DIY type, are looking for built-in mentorship (again, depending on the package) and networking opportunities,--and have the money, we think his events and seminars could provide a decent bang for your buck, even compared to other real estate mentorship programs we’ve reviewed.

Again though, anything you learn at these events won’t generate money on their own; you have to utilize the tools and work the system.

Bottom line? There is certainly a lot of selling going on at some of Scott Yancey’s seminars, which, based on personal preference, might not be your cup of tea. But in our opinion, they’re definitely not a scam and could very well help you get your real estate investing career off the ground, or take it to new height—you just have to commit to putting in the work.

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178 Customer Reviews for Scott Yancey

Average Customer Rating: 2.3
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5 stars: 42 4 stars: 18 3 stars: 3 2 stars: 9 1 stars: 106
Bottom Line: 37% would recommend it to a friend
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  • A lot of knowledge

    I did the three-day Boots on the Ground in Orlando with Joe Jurek. What can I say? It was amazing. This training made me think different, and now I'm much more motivated. I'm looking forward on putting my own "boots on the ground" and making great deals. Joe, you rock!!

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

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Boots on Ground good

    Got a lot of value from the three-day Boots on the Ground training here. Joe Jurek is knowledgeable and efficiently shares his wisdom and experience.

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

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Boots on the Ground

    • Orlando ,
    • Jan 16, 2017

    Boots on the Ground in Orlando was well worth the money and time to go. Joe Jurek taught from his own experience and has a wealth of knowledge. Glad we went.

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

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  • 7 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Great Fix and Flip Course

    My husband and I have taken the first 2 steps in Scott's course and have found it to be informative and motivating. We still have more to learn and lots of work to do. This is not a get rich quick scheme - it is a work hard, work smart and do your homework and you can make some serious money. Nothing in life worth having will be put into your lap - you have to work for it.

    This is the time to get into this business, now that our economy is going to be improving and people will be wanting to buy more homes. We encourage anyone who wants to better themselves to look into this type of business. It goes beyond Fix and Flip, there are rentals, buy and hold, and once you get started the sky is your limit. You reap what you sow. Give it a try.

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

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Waste of 3 and a half hours

    Scott and Aimee Yancey were advertised to be there. I do not care if in fine print it might say they cannot attend all events. In that case, don't have them be on the cover to promote it and also don't have them say in their promotional video, “We are excited to come and meet you and show you what we’ve done to help make millions of dollars through real estate.”

    Some random guys on our team kept telling us how if we pay so much money for another event we will actually get to meet Scott and Amie Yancey and they personally will help us learn their ways.

    The other guy was talking about ways to save money by signing up for a coupon type of program called Powerperx. Now I am not sure how satisfying or legit the program of Powerperx actually is, but when we signed up for that we have been getting 100+ junk emails a day since the event (no we do not sign up for random things online or do any scam things on the internet that make us share our email).

    The entire thing was a waste of time and why would we spend the type of money to go to more of these events to help us "further our knowledge" when we could be using the money for starting our own businesses instead of these events that will only promote us to "further our knowledge?"

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

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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Deceit! BUYPD, Income Property USA, Scott Yancy Seminar, Insider Cash, Veil, Market Analysis

    • Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
    • Dec 12, 2016

    Milwaukee resident that attended and invested in this conference.

    Free Conference:

    In August 23, 2014 my husband and I attended Free Scott Yancey real estate conference. There we got some insights on real estate investing, however, there was a constant push to purchase the 3 day conference where you would learn how to turn deals and get specialized information. The education they're promoting comes in packages, Gold is $18,997, Platinum is $24,997, Diamond is $29,997. To entice you to buy more expensive packages they split the training classes so the ones you want are in higher costing packages. We didn't buy the package then but we did pay $1997 for the 3-day conference.

    3-Day Conference:

    We attended that conference in October 2014, they gave us a little more good information but continued to push buying the packages. You are told this education is equivalent to education you would get in school so the cost is equivalent to a college education so it's worth it. You heard that message at every conference you attended. They promoted using your IRA money to buy property, they use a company called AccuPlan. AccuPlan is a self-direct IRA company. I have spent a lot of my IRA just in their fees for processing checks and wiring money, etc.! They further promote using someone else's cash to do deals. They use a company called Insider Cash. Depending on which package you buy, they offer you access to Insider Cash's money which is a LOAN that you pay back at a low interest rate to make your real estate deals. However, if you get the money and can't close in a short time then the rate goes up.

    Homework at 3-day Conference:

    Identify all possible lines of credit and call to extend limits (credit cards, loans, friends, family, etc.). We finally bought into it and pulled money from everywhere to buy a modified version of the diamond package with a mentor so we spent $32,000, maxed out all credit cards. Stupid - YES! But we trusted them and wanted to invest in real estate.

    3 Day Asset Buying Summit Retreat in Las Vegas (was also included in the Gold and Platinum):

    We went to Las Vegas. Keep in mind you have paid for a package so they are NOT giving you anything.

    Homework at Buying Summit:

    Look into IRA money - 401k, etc. They will convert it for you into self-directed IRA.

    What happened next - BUYER BEWARE:

    We were told that BuyPD has special properties that they had already made the repairs on, they were the best for the area. They had been inspected and had property managers and tenants already setup for us. They were GOOD investment properties - we were getting special access to these properties since we bought this package. NOT TRUE. Not good properties.

    We bought land, property in St Louis, and a note, with all our IRA money and Insider Cash money (which is a loan we need to pay back in 3 years).

    We found out that the property inspection reports were FALSE. Both properties needed repairs. The property manager had not taken care of repairs, my husband's place had no tenant and no one wanted to rent it in that condition. We found a new property manager and just got a tenant into this property after a year later! My property JUST passed the city inspection due to outstanding violations almost a year after purchasing it. The bills are still coming in, even today I got another bill I have to figure out how to pay. We found out we paid more than we should have for the property. BuyPD was NOT helpful in any resolutions at all. The companies are all connected.

    We paid almost 3x the amount for the land in Florida that BUYPD entity partners paid for it.

    This is a high level of the story, it is far worse than this and we are not the only ones that have had bad experiences. I have gotten so many emails from people from around the world that have similar stories.

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

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  • 1 out 6 people found this review helpful

    3 day boot camp

    We attended the 3-day boot camp and we learned a lot of valuable information we need in order to success in the business. Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Yancey.

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

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  • 2 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Boots on the Ground event

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Dec 5, 2016

    I attended the 3-day Boots on the Ground training in Atlanta last weekend with Casey Poppinga, and I must say I learned so much! Even having closed on RE deals before, this training opened up a can of worms for me on how to GROW my business and leverage other people's time and skills. Everything about the training was practical, with live calls to cash investors, property walkthrough and analysis, and even a trip to Lowe's to more accurately assess repair costs. I'm so glad I went and I'd recommend it to anyone who's serious about building wealth in real estate.

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

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  • 3 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Boots on the Ground - Atlanta

    Joe and Amber have so much knowledge and they share it so well. I just pray and hope to sell correctly, am trying to do at least one (if not more) thing per day and want to complete my first transaction (which will be a miracle), then to my lofty goals. I need all the support I can get -- and you provide it. Thanks.

    Joe's "crawl before you walk and walk before you run" and God's grace and strength will keep me going. All I can say is that I will not quit. Slow maybe but I am in good hands with you.

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

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  • 3 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Great Business Idea

    The first time I saw the commercial, I knew this was something I wanted to do, although I had no knowledge about fix & flip, or the likes. I had just graduated with my MBA two days prior to seeing the commercial. It seems like a wonderful graduation gift, so I attended the seminars. As a matter of fact, the first seminar was so inspiring and Scott Yancey was so great in his presentation I signed up immediately. I'm now completing my boots on the ground training, I love the ideas, and the knowledge gain is incredible. I feel I'm equipped to run with this business, and I know I am going to succeed. Kudos.

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

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  • 16 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Do not trust them

    • Grand Junction, CO,
    • Nov 30, 2016

    The invitation was for lunch. In the weeks prior to the seminar, I received numerous emails and phone calls. One call I answered the phone and said "This is Shawna" then he asks "Can I please speak with Shawna". I decided to go during my lunch hour. After arriving, we are told the first speaker is 90 minutes then there will be lunch then another 45 minute presentation. When someone says lunch, to me it's within an hour. I noticed several other attendees were not happy once this was learned. The seminar was just a pitch for a weekend workshop that was going to be held two days from now. I did leave after the speaker mentioned that when you ask your broker about using self directed IRA's to buy real estate they would tell you "you can't". I am a broker and I tell my clients they CAN do this and that real estate should be a part of everyone's portfolio. I then asked for my release form back (this form states it's ok for them to contact you). Since the seminar, I have received a phone call every day even though they do not have permission since I took my form back.

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

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