About Success Path

Perhaps you have a friend or family member who’s always talking about the money they’re making flipping houses. Or, maybe you’ve watched several episodes of popular house-flipping TV shows, and your interest is piqued. Either way, you want in on the action. But where can you turn?

Endorsed by Tarek and Christina El Moussa, stars of HGTV’s hit reality show Flip or Flop, Success Path is a seminar-based educational program that claims to help you “build your future” by learning how to become a real estate entrepreneur. Through the Success Path series, you’ll learn:

  • How to master the components of house flipping
  • The secrets of finding deals in nearby neighborhoods
  • How to close deals using other people’s money
  • Business concepts like planning and goal setting, asset protection, funding acquisitions, and creating an LLC
  • How to move toward your income strategy with “greater velocity”

You probably noticed that Success Path’s seminars are constantly traveling to new cities, so there’s probably one near you at this very moment. But before you spend your time (and possibly your money) on a Success Path seminar, we think there are some important things you should know, all of which we’ll cover here.

Ultimately, there’s nothing like on-the-ground feedback, so this is where we’ll start.

What Are Success Path Seminar Attendees Saying?

Overall, it seems like Success Path’s seminars come with mostly negative online feedback from those who attended. However, it’s important to note that much of this feedback was identical to other real estate seminars we’ve reviewed (we’ll go into much more detail about this in the next section), so it’s certainly not unique.

What’s everyone saying? Most of these seminar-based real estate programs end up being discussed on BiggerPockets.com’s forums, and Success Path is no different. In general, the two most common complaints were:

  1. A lot of upselling (in fact, more than one user claimed that roughly 70% was focused on convincing attendees to purchase additional training), whether in the free or 3-day events. In addition, one of the first “homework assignments” in these seminars is to call your credit card company and request a limit increase.
  2. Even among the 30% of these beginner’s seminars that contained usable information, much of it can be learned elsewhere for free, such as online real estate forums, books, local real estate groups, and so forth. Several members specifically mentioned that your money might be better spent on an income-producing property than a higher-level Success Path seminar.

Regardless of where you look, and regardless of the real estate seminar you’re investigating, this common negative feedback might make you run away quickly. But is this necessarily warranted? Let’s answer the question by talking about our personal experience.

Our Experience With Real Estate Seminars Like Success Path

Over the years, the HighYa team has reviewed several popular real estate seminar programs, including Flip with Nick, Scott Yancey, The Flipping Formula, FortuneBuilders, and more. In the instances of Flip with Nick and Scott Yancey, we were invited to attend upper-level events, experience them first-hand, speak with other attendees, and gain some valuable insight. What’d we learn? Quite a lot, so let’s break it down into digestible bits:

There Will Be a Lot of Upselling

Like seminar attendees noted in the previous section, we experienced quite a bit of upselling and “pep talks” for motivation. Although frequent, the upselling seemed relevant to the topic at hand.

If you’re sensitive to sales pitches though, these types of seminars might not be your cup of tea. This is especially relevant to the free “preview” events, where upselling is generally more frequent than at paid events.

What You’ll Learn Might Not Be Unique

Do Tarek and Christina have their own tricks of the trade that they might pass along in these seminars (assuming the content is built around their coaching; more about this soon)? It’s certainly possible.

But much of what you’ll learn—especially in the lower level classes—is probably tried-and-true information that can be picked up elsewhere for free, or at a minimal cost, like books or online forums. However, once you transition to higher level classes, you’ll almost certainly benefit from some experience in the field and/or lower level classes to act as a foundation.

It’s Up to You to Take Action

Regardless of what you learn, if you don’t take action and implement this information, it won’t move you any closer to your goals.

Throughout seminar series like Success Path, you’ll almost certainly learn information you can immediately put to use, regardless of your experience level. But if you fail to take action, then much of your investment will have been for naught.

Instead, if you’re committing to an event like Success Path (especially if you’re attending anything other than a preview event), make sure you understand which direction you’re headed beforehand. In other words, if you’re not going to implement the information (or at least use it to decide whether or not house flipping is for you), then you need to strongly consider whether or not it’s worth your time and money.

Who are Tarek and Christina, anyway? And what business do they have talking about real estate?

Who Are Tarek and Christina El Moussa?

Tarek El Moussa became a licensed real estate agent at the age of 21, which is how he met Christina. Things were going good until the 2008 stock market crash, after which the couple claims to have quickly moved from a $6,000 per month mortgage to a $700 per month apartment.

At the time, Orange County, CA (where the couple resides) was one of the hardest hit areas in the nation for home foreclosures. Tarek and Christina soon decided to use the situation to their advantage and began buying, fixing, and selling (otherwise known as flipping) homes for profit.

Then, based on his experience flipping homes, Tarek decided to send in an audition tape to HGTV in 2011. Amazingly, less than a year later, he and Christina had their very own show named Flip or Flop, which has since become a breakout hit for the network.

Today, Tarek and Christina run their own real estate agency, The El Moussa Group, and have become leads in the Success Path series of seminars and events.

Will Tarek and Christina Attend Your Seminar?

Although it might appear to be the case, Tarek and Christina didn’t start these seminars on their own. Instead, Success Path seminars are owned and operated by a company named Premier Mentoring Inc. (also known as Premium Financial Training) based out of Salt Lake City, UT. In fact, this is the case for many of the other celebrity endorsed seminar-based real estate training we’ve reviewed in the past.

What’s this mean for you? These events are set up and operated by an independent company, with its own staff and presenters, and Tarek and Christina’s likenesses are used primarily for marketing purposes. As such, unless you purchase a higher-level event (or get lucky at one of the lower tier seminars), Tarek and Christina are unlikely to be in attendance.

Speaking of purchasing, how much will a Success Path seminar set you back?

How Much Do Success Path Seminars Cost?

Most of the Success Path seminars you’ll see advertised online (such as on their home page) are for their free preview events. However, like many of the other real estate programs we’ve reviewed, these free seminars are intended to give you a taste of what you could learn by paying for higher level seminars.

Although these companies rarely—if ever—advertise their prices, one BiggerPockets forum user referenced the following:

  • 3-Day Event (according to reviews, this is likely what’ll be pushed the hardest during the free seminar): $1799
  • Gold Enrollment: $21,297
  • Platinum Enrollment: $26,297
  • Diamond Enrollment: $41,000

What constitutes the Gold, Platinum, and Diamond programs? We’re not told.

Given everything we’ve discussed here, should you attend a Success Path real estate seminar?

Will Success Path Seminars Help You “Build Your Future”?

According to the company, Success Path can help you “learn how to build the ultimate business and become real estate entrepreneurs.” Is this what you can realistically expect?

In a couple words? It’s certainly possible. But perhaps more importantly, is a Success Path ‘education’ worth your time and money? In other words, is it a good value? Based on customer feedback and our experience with similar programs, the answer to this questions largely depends on your needs. For example:

Are You a Go-Getter?

If you’re a self-starter who’s on a budget, and who enjoys learning new things independently, picking up the core information you need to launch a real estate career is fairly straightforward. After all, there are dozens of websites and thousands of different books dedicated to the topic, which can be used for free or at a minimum cost. On top of this, nearly every metropolitan area in the country features multiple real estate networking groups, where you can meet with other investors, who can provide invaluable advice—and maybe even partnerships!

Pro tip: Remember that the Success Path website doesn’t claim that you’ll necessarily learn anything revolutionary in their seminars. They do mention that, “with each deal, [Tarek and Christina] have refined their house-flipping system and broken it down into a series of repeatable steps.” However, you’ll notice they’re not claiming this is what you’ll learn; only that this is how Tarek and Christina approach their business.

Given this, if you like putting yourself out there and putting in the legwork to learn what you need, what you’ll uncover in Success Path seminars might not provide the greatest bang for your buck.

Do You Prefer Leaning on Someone Else’s Experience?

On the other hand, if you’d prefer to immediately join a large support network of like-minded individuals, but don’t have the time or ability to create one out of thin air, seminars like Success Path might provide a great deal of value.

Sure, you’ll pay quite a lot, but you’ll also have a built-in community who can provide some experience-based guidance as you make your first few deals, in order to make sure you’re doing everything right. You could even gain access to useful tools (such as software) and other services, like lenders who specialize in what investors like you need.

The Bottom Line About Success Path

Despite the negative feedback surrounding a lot of real estate seminars like Success Path, the fact of the matter is that there are thousands of satisfied customers, and they definitely have their place. Are they a place for you, though?

Ultimately, as we outlined in the previous section, this depends on your personality, your time commitment for the learning process, available funds, and more. But if you want to get a taste of what to expect, Success Path’s free seminars are happening all the time at locations all around the country, so you won’t be out anything more than a few hours of your time for giving them a test drive.

Did you find success through Success Path’s seminars? Or, do you feel they weren’t worth the time or money? Either way, we want to hear from you, so be sure to write a review below!

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15 Customer Reviews for Success Path

Average Customer Rating: 3.9
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5 star: 11 4 star: 0 3 star: 0 2 star: 0 1 star:  4
Bottom Line: 80% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Run far away!

    • Staten Island, NY,
    • Sep 17, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Run as far as you can before you give them any money.

    I was charged $2,000 for going to the seminar. This charge was to "pay for the 3-day classes." I called customer service after I left the seminar for them to say, "this charge does not apply to the further education and resources for full members." I asked what the further education would cost, and I was shocked. Depending on the package of your choice, you're looking at spending from 20 to 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS. An automatic red flag went up. Customer service told me I did not have to purchase these packages, but if I didn't, I would only have access to "materials" for 30 days. The 30 days begin from the day of the seminar, and the 3-day classes begin a week from the seminar, therefore, leaving you with roughly 15 days of access.

    I asked when I could cancel the $2,000 charge and the woman told me to think it over and call back tomorrow. Guess what? They are closed on Saturday and Sunday! Also., they give you two business days to cancel your charge. How convenient. I had to call my credit card company to put a stop to the charge immediately. I have yet to hear back.

    HORRIBLE. Please read reviews and ask ALL the questions before giving out credit information.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Great classes!

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • May 26, 2017
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    The pace of the three-day classes is very manageable. The information is relevant and can be tailored to your area. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be confidence. I now have the confidence to do my due diligence in finding and buying the right property to flip. In addition, I have the confidence to hold an intelligent conversation with lawyers, real estate agents, contractors, etc. Thank you Tarek and Christina.

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

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  • 4 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Feel good about it

    I felt confident coming in here just by my background and what we've done thus far together, setting up the LLC and just getting the money in the line, and getting your papers in order. But when you come here, and you get to talk to all the other people and network with other people, it even brings your confidence to a whole other level. So I feel real good now. We're both into this full-time now. This is it. We're going to make this work. We're going to go hard at it. And I feel confident that we can definitely get this done.

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

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Beware!

    • Florida,
    • Apr 28, 2017
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    They promise you the world and do not deliver. I went to a three-day workshop where I paid $2k. They try to get you to increase your credit cards for deals, but they do it to get you to pay for advanced training. It's all an upsell.

    They promise to give you lending options via transactional funding but when you call for the service they say you have not paid for it despite the promises that you have. Asked to speak to a supervisor and the agent would not transfer to anyone!

    Worst experience ever. Please beware, and I recommend you save your money! All the information is public knowledge and nothing revolutionary.

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

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  • 1 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Exciting opportunity!

    We just saw this online and on TV, and we just were very excited about it because I got no work right now. So it might be an income for us right now as a family.

    Well, the speakers have been great. They have been opening our eyes big time for a lot of opportunities to get this business rolling, in Puerto Rico specifically. So we are up to the challenge. Most of the business we're going to do it from there, from Puerto Rico. But we are definitely interested in doing business in the USA, but from Puerto Rico. It's real easy. If it can be done here, it can be done in Puerto Rico. We might have, maybe, different tax laws, but it can be done. It definitely can be done.

    And if you put into it 100%, I think you're going to make it. Hey, just looking forward to the rest of the weekend, and a great opportunity, and thank you, thank you guys for opening up our eyes.

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

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    • Aug 3, 2017

      bret smith

      How can you give it a five-star review, when you haven't done anything with the program yet? Get a clue and stop lying to everybody.

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  • 1 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Motivating program!

    • Kansas City, Missouri,
    • Apr 13, 2017
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    My name is Will Shaban from Kansas City, Missouri. That's where I do most of my deals. And I joined this because I had no idea how to do any kind of real estate, anything, and this just gave me the motivation to go out and actually do it.

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

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  • 1 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Incredible opportunity, if you know how

    This has been an incredible thing to learn about and experience.

    They tell you, yeah, you can buy a house, sell a house, and then you go home and you're like, "What house? Where's the house? You know, who's going to buy this house? Ooh, look at this house!" You know, it's just a lot of things that like, you know, they say, but it's like they teach you and everything, and you just have to really follow through. And if you follow through, you know, the end result is pretty amazing.

    You know, it really does work, you know.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Life changing perspective

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Mar 30, 2017
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    You just have to come out and do it. Everyone you see on TV, you listen on the radio, and if you don't do anything, you're not going to achieve anything. If you feel in your mindset that you want to do this, you should jump on.

    I feel like there is a lot of risk in this business. But you're not going to get anything by doing nothing. We're all on the same boats. We start off with zero knowledge of the industry. Just being able to witness these people starting from nothing, and then making $800,000 in one year is really inspiring, and motivating.

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

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    • Aug 3, 2017

      bret smith

      If you read the fine print, almost no one makes what they say on the TV ads etc. I'm glad to see that you're motivated. You are just like the people they are looking for to take your 35,000 dollars.

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Education seminar

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Mar 9, 2017
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    One of the things we've learned is a few tips here and there, things that we can do to further our business. But also, it was encouraging to find some of the things that we're doing right and just to keep doing those, because sometimes it seems like things are going too slow or it's not moving, and we just keep hearing that that's exactly the way we need to go.

    Just keep doing those things, and then they just had some other little tips about how to find properties.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Took the leap of faith

    • Mar 6, 2017
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    The information was so useful that it made us go and take the leap of faith and it was totally worth it. I feel 100% confident about getting my first deal done.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Eye-opening camp

    This is definitely an eye-opener. We didn't have that much clarity when we were coming out. We're working a deal right now. So that deal had me kind of wondering if I can handle it. I felt overwhelmed (like my plate was overflowing), and I didn't know how to clear it up some because I do work a full-time job, and so does my wife. And we were both feeling the same feeling. We have four children that we have to do homework with and help with their activities after school. That was how we felt, up until we did this camp.

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

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