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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147 Consumer Reviews for Scott Yancey

Average Consumer Rating: 3.4
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5 star: 70 4 star: 20 3 star: 6 2 star: 4 1 star:  47
Bottom Line: 65% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Like Flipping Vegas

    • Ohio,
    • Oct 2, 2017
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    I love the show! The real estate investment program has been a fun adventure so far, and I can't wait to learn more! The class is very informative and interesting. I hope to be able to flip and earn the experience and success that they have mastered. The book is very detailed and useful when your first getting started in the business. I just got the CDs and am waiting to watch them as well.

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

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Not worth anything

    I paid $24K and took the three-day course. Not worth anything. You get excited about the prospects. Then you go out there and try the strategies only to find out that they don't work. You end up with huge credit card debt, ever lowering credit score and the realization that you have fallen for a scam. They say in the sales pitch that you can get your money back if you don't do a deal in the first 100 days, but that is a lie.

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

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    What is the next step?

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Aug 26, 2017
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    After you take the courses and pay $40K, what is the next step and how does the Yancey program support the individuals in being successful? Do they only steal our money? Am disappointed that we would pay $40k and not have anything to start a business or get that first deal as post the training it doesn't seem that there is any additional assistance. Contact me if you have questions, I can definitely provide more information.

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

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    • Aug 28, 2017

      Scott Yancey, Public Figure

      Hi Marissa. We would be happy to discuss any questions you have. Are you part of our program? If so, under what name and phone number would your account be listed in our database? We'd be happy to have a manager contact you to help. Please send an email with your information to assistant@scottyancey.com

    • Sep 6, 2017

      Paul Jasmine

      Well, we went all-in (mostly) on these real estate seminars. This article is correct, the actual company running these is Utah-based Nudge, which is a collection of real estate investment related companies. Scott and Amie Yancey are loosely associated with them, mainly for publicity and legitimacy purposes. They have a very confusing structure, which is done on purpose, so it's difficult for clients to research them.

      Anyway, for the roughly $20K fee, you are supposed to get very personalized training and support to start your real estate business. Basically what you get are some training DVD's and a book, and then you never hear from anyone again, and never get your calls answered or returned. You also get the Three Day Boots on the Ground Training, but I question how valuable that is. You are taught how to quickly flip houses without actually taking ownership. We have not tried this, but it looks like a tremendous amount of work for little profit, and there are likely larger corporate companies controlling most of these types of transactions already.

      Then there is the Three Day Buying Summit. The seminar is mostly hype and little information. Meanwhile, a multitude of "support" companies are there. During the seminar, ushers will pull couples out of the presentation to speak with these companies. They range from legal, tax prep, turnkey real estate investment companies, lending companies, securities investment, precious metals, etc. They all make you feel like you're going to get special, personalized service from them, after paying hefty upfront fees. Now, after over a year working with some of these crappy companies, I am extremely disappointed with the terrible level of service.

      Again, they rarely answer their phones or return calls or emails. When I am able to contact them, it is apparent that they have very little expertise in anything. For example, the tax service that is doing my business tax return assigned some clueless person to do my taxes, and it's been a nightmare. The legal company that can set up business entities has really underperformed, especially with the high fees they charge. We also bought a couple of turnkey rental houses in the midwest because the profit margin seemed like a no-brainer, but so far both tenants have had to be evicted and with very little rent received.

      In summary, I've seen the warnings about these seminars, and that you should do your research first. But I have not found any real legitimate information when trying to research these. Most are complaints from people who say their seminar lunch was crappy and that the "free" camera was lousy. That gave me no preparation for what this training entailed.

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Awesome!

    We attended the seminar, and we learned so much. Great experience! So many great ways to start bringing in profits. No get rich quick gimmicks, only nose to the grindstone hard-learned techniques and strategies.

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

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    • Aug 28, 2017

      Daphne Jensen

      I would not buy any real estate at the Buying Summit. If anything, just take the information and don't buy any of the other crap, even the asset protection, etc. If anyone wants more information I am happy to give it. It has been over a year, and I now see what sort of scam they are doing. I regret having attended this and I am now having to deal with so many problems that have arisen. I feel embarrassed that I was sucked into all their hype.

      I want to let everyone know out there to avoid attending any of the seminars but if you do get to that point, just don't spend (or as they say invest) any more money when you get there. You won't have the return on investment that you think you are going to get out of it!

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Fantastic

    This training was amazing! I cannot wait to go out and do what you have taught us. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. I am so grateful for attending this event! I can't wait to get my life back and have enough money to help others like I have always dreamed of.

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

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Very exciting event

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Aug 18, 2017
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    The workshop was very informative and covered a great deal of subjects. It would be nice if the booklet was in the same order as the presentations. Overall, I appreciate what has been taught and can say I have better general knowledge about real estate investing.

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

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Wading River, NY,
    • Aug 11, 2017
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    I personally attended their event, and it's a total waste, not valuable information, can't do their techniques on the market I'm from, and all they wanted was to increase your credit cards to pay for their more expensive training.

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

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    • Aug 28, 2017

      Scott Yancey, Public Figure

      Hi Darryl,

      Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the workshop, over 95% of our customers are very pleased with the workshop.

      You actually can do all that was taught, even in your area. I encourage you to call the customer support number on your order form they'd be happy to help with your investing and strategy questions. Remember, that you also have the tuition warranty which is to complete a real estate deal as outlined in the warranty and your tuition is reimbursed as a bonus.

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  • 2 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Boots on the Ground worth it

    • Reno, Nevada,
    • Jul 28, 2017
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    I attended the Boots on the Ground workshop after initially going to one of the free seminars. The differences between the two are like night and day. While the free seminar was very general and only broached the very basic of subjects, the workshop was very detailed. You could tell that the instructor knew what he was talking about. If you just went to the free event, I would seriously recommend you attend the Boots on the Ground workshop before leaving any feedback. You get what you pay for.

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

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  • 2 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Las Vegas

    • California,
    • Jul 22, 2017
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    We attended the Las Vegas three-day seminar along with the Diamond Tour. All the speakers and experts shared so much knowledge. Scott and Amy were so gracious and provided helpful information along with fun filled stories. I enjoyed the seminars and the attention to details concerning our success in navigating our way through our first of many to come real estate transactions.

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

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  • 3 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Education, real estate

    I am Bernardo Prado, barely new to the world of real estate but for the past decade, I've been wanting to get into it but because of the setback that happened to real estate I did, I put everything on the back burner. Somehow the interest to real estate is still there so when I saw the ads of Flippin' Las Vegas, I decided to give my self a chance.

    Then everything changed, within few days of educational knowledge my urge to do real estate is back with a vengeance. And with the Boots in the ground training, I could feel that the success is coming its way.

    The education incorporated in this program is very practical and achievable, I should have learned about this decade ago. Thanks, Scott Yancey.

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

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  • 2 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Great Mentorship Program

    I only gave it 5 stars even though I have not completed all that I have to do for the entire program that I signed up for.

    I have learned a lot of real estate information that I wouldn't have learned elsewhere because the people that they have doing the workshops are actual investors themselves and have gone through the program. What I learned about asset protection and how to save on taxes alone is worth the $1000+ I paid for the initial course.

    How to find financing for the deals is another good one.

    I am almost done with Boots on the Ground training and they provided a great trainer in Charlie Fuller. He is a very experienced real estate investor in different parts of the U.S and he has extensive knowledge of what works in real estate now.

    I got the Elite package mainly because it came with a mentor. It is not easy finding a mentor for this kind of thing. Just the confidence you get knowing you can call on someone regarding a deal does a lot for a novice investor.

    I am following all that they teach and it is not easy- simple yes, but not easy. Getting out of my comfort zone is the hardest but most of what they say works has actually worked for me. It is not a get rich quick scheme, you have to put in the effort and be a different person to be the person that you have to be making "those" kinds of income.

    I have only excellent experiences so far with this Company and I hope that trend continues. I have met good people along the way and building up a whole new different network of people to work with.

    I would recommend this course only to those people who really and truly want a change in their lifestyle. If it is only an experiment or curiosity that brings you in, you shouldn't be getting in the program because this is life changing.

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

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