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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257 Consumer Reviews for Scott Yancey

Average Consumer Rating: 4.0
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    I thought I liked Scott Yancey, I hate to even see his face NOW

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • May 25, 2018
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    They only tell you what you want to hear on the commercial! The seminar is not free at all, unless $30,000.00+ is free to you! Luckily, I only got cheated out of $2,000.00; I really feel bad for those who invested more. The commercial is false advertisement, free gifts when you go to the seminar - nobody, absolutely nobody got any free gifts! We got coffee for free. I would have at least wanted to get something for my $2,000.00, but you live and learn, huh. I am an official Scott Yancey and Amy Yancey HATER, no longer a fan!

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

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  • Great opportunity.

    This is a great opportunity. I had a real estate license in the past. What you're taught by Scott Yancey is true. I am looking forward to when I can financially go to the retreat. The best way to make money is in real estate. I hope there is an opening in your retreat when I get the money. Thank you for the opportunity.

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

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  • The real estate program was very informative and professional.

    • Decatur, GA,
    • May 20, 2018
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    I’ve had an amazing introduction to the real estate business of flipping properties. Apart from understanding the core values of the strategic funding network, I was able to set my goal for the future, which is to be educated and knowledgeable in the real estate world of business, and to use innovation as the gateway to our future!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Fired up

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • May 14, 2018
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    My experience so far has been "fired up." The information in the book and the way everything was explained at the seminar is very helpful and simple. I really bought into the idea that I can make money flipping houses and etc. Did it cost? Yes, but it’s about what I (Donald Davis) want and I feel good about what’s to come. And to be honest, I haven’t felt like this in a long time. So am I "fired up," and you can bet your bottom dollar. So let’s go Scott! I’m happy about it and more than ready to become a better provider for my family.

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Thank you

    We thoroughly enjoyed attending their May 3rd meeting in Glendale, California, and the information was well presented. We look forward to becoming a part of their exciting team. The staff was professional, and first impression is key!

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

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  • 15 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Overpriced scam

    • Indiana,
    • May 5, 2018
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    I have purchased many systems, attended many seminars and programs over the years. I pride myself on learning and growing. I like to learn the most efficient way possible. Below is my opinion on the Yancey program, and I did purchase their Diamond Package.

    Scott Yancey was not involved in any training that I was a part of. His wife made a brief appearance at the event in Vegas. I am betting they just license his name and pay a royalty.

    I admit I got SOLD into the big program and spent a lot of money. Don't! I repeat, DON'T waste your money. This is WAY overpriced, they way over promise and under deliver.

    I hope this review keeps as many people as possible from the hardcore sales pitches and relentless upsells. I don't even attend the free event. It is a relentless hardcore sales pitch and in my opinion should be illegal. Every event starting with the free event, where they tell you that you need to pay more to learn enough to be successful. They progressively gouge you for more and more money. Even after spending 5 figures on the Diamond package. They tell you to purchase their mentoring program, which is a joke. It was sad watching endless people spend money on their credit cards that they don't have. Even teaching folks how to increase their limit. Claiming it is to leverage real estate, but really to purchase the higher price programs.

    Every event, no matter how much you spend, is another sales pitch. They try to sell you everything from land, to turn key rentals, to health supplements to stock trading systems at the Diamond Event.

    Yes, they do teach you the basics. However, you can learn this same stuff from online forums, local REI groups, partnering with a mentor for FAR, FAR less money and even free. They make you think there is a magic pill to transform you into a successful real estate investor all the while sucking money from you that you could be using to purchase real estate. LET ME REPEAT. There is nothing magic here. It is basic stuff that can be found all day long online for free. In fact, the program left a lot of holes that I later filled in with online research and free resources.

    I am a successful Real Estate Investor and Business owner so I pride myself on making a good investment in my education. This was NOT a good investment! Yes, they deliver basic information. But they are much more interested in taking as much of your money as they can.

    I would actually rate it as the worst program I have ever purchased, considering the money I spent. The information itself is not bad, just WAY overpriced! It is just basic information you can find free all day online with some basic searching. The unethical sales tactics and extraordinarily high prices for this basic information they use in my opinion is criminal. But with the massive amounts of cash they have coming in from scamming people, they can more than afford to use some of it for legal defense.

    I have found books, forums and free resources with some easy Google searching that have been far more valuable. I have learned far more from networking with true professionals in my area, doing online research through forums and just getting my hands dirty and jumping in. I wish I would have used all the money I wasted on this program into purchasing a property instead of wasting it on this garbage.

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

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  • 4 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Info at seminar

    Scott Yancey, thank you for the opportunity. I am new to this, but you gave a lot of information.

    I am making my goals to get the money needed to be in the class. I don't know if there was any way to connect with someone else who wanted to share the cost.

    I would like to know what the schedule is for another seminar.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Attendant customer

    Scott Yancey's event on real estate was very informative. He taught us the different forms of real estate and how we can use any of the various forms of real estate to start our business career and make a living within a short time if we take it seriously. I like the way Scott and his team were willing to help everyone who was interested and even those who had financial difficulty in starting by signing up at the event. I also like the numerous help he gives to new and old members. I believe everyone who puts in an effort will succeed in real estate with his help. His book given to us is a great lifetime treasure. It is a great opportunity in a lifetime to be part of his team. I am grateful to experience his teaching and hopeful be part of his wonderful team after completion of my three days training workshop.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    It was good

    First of all, Scott wasn't there, it was someone else. Second of all, we didn't get anything to drink. But overall, it was good. I like it now, but let's see if all that is true. Well, we will see when we go to the 3-day schooling how true all that was, and I'll let you know how great it is for us as we go on this journey of house flipping and how searching and seeing if all that help they said they'll give us is true. I hope that it is so I can recommend it to someone else. My wife also enjoyed it and will enjoy it more when we sell or by our first home to flip. I'm really excited about it, so I hope that this wasn't a waste of my time.

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us and we hope to have fun and 3-day schooling next weekend. Thank you once again, may God bless you more abundantly in the future.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Great opportunity

    • Laguna Woods, CA,
    • May 3, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I like that investors are lined up to back your valid purchases. I look forward to learning the criteria for wholes elling at a discount. If you don’t have enough to start, they offer alternatives. If everything I heard is true, then I’m in.

    The testimonials were given by regular folks, and there is money to be made if you are willing to put in the work. I also met some nice students.

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

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Wholesale flip

    I attended the seminar in Loma Linda the other night, and even though it was done relatively fast, it was, at the same time, very interesting and informative. There's so much that I don't know about real estate but I'm done with working for a company and look forward with much excitement to begin this journey of my life doing something that I do think I will enjoy. The only thing I missed that night was meeting Scott and his wife. My children are all grown and gone living their own lives, and now it's time for me to live mine! Hopefully, someday I may have the pleasure of meeting them both.

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

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