What is FortuneBuilders?

FortuneBuilders is the premier real estate education company in the country. Founded by nationally recognized real estate investors, we have developed the systems, tools, educational platform and coaching program to accelerate new and existing real estate investor businesses.

FortuneBuilders was the result of a convergence of three passions; Real Estate, Entrepreneurship and Teaching. As successful investors we discovered the freedom and lifestyle these passions afforded us. FortuneBuilders is our vehicle to share, teach and inspire investors everywhere. In 2004, Than Merrill, Konrad Sopielnikow, Paul Esajian and JD Esajian started CT Homes, a real estate investment business. The systems and processes they created to scale quickly, maximize profits and reduce risk lead to their rapid success. These systems became the foundation for the FortuneBuilders educational platform and coaching program.

FortuneBuilders offers the most advanced and comprehensive investing education. Our flagship program, Mastery Coaching, is a one-on-one coaching program that provides students with all the tools, resources, knowledge and systems necessary to accelerate their business and reduce risk.

Our Team

The FortuneBuilders team has been inspiring, educating, and leading real estate investors across the country since 2006. Our unique approach is highly sought after because we provide our students with the blueprint to start and grow a real estate business, not just providing advice on a single aspect of investing.

Our company is based on a fusion of intense passion and continuous education. To inspire and be inspired, our commitment to growth and self-improvement is the driving force behind our company. We are entrepreneurial individuals who continually strive to improve the company, ourselves, our community, and the lives of others. We take pride in challenging ourselves and others; in the work we do, sharing knowledge with our students, and inspiring the changes they’ve always wanted to make in themselves and for their families.

It starts with Than, Paul and Konrad. Their vision, work ethic and endless desire to improve themselves and the business inspire everyone in the FortuneBuilders Community to do the same. The FortuneBuilders family has formed a culture of being passionate about what we do. Our ceaseless effort to be the best is how our education and coaching program has garnered national attention and changed the lives of our students.

We are active investors with as many as 25-40 deals at any given time. Because we continue to invest and navigate the constantly changing housing and investing markets, our education and coaching is always evolving to deliver real-time, relevant training and resources.

Founder and CEO of FortuneBuilders and CT Homes, Than is one of the most successful real estate investors in the nation. He has bought and sold hundreds of properties nationwide during his investing career and he founded FortuneBuilders with the simple idea of sharing his knowledge and passion for real estate with aspiring investors. As a graduate of Yale University and a former NFL player, Than attributes his success in sports, business and investing to coaching, education and systems.

JD Esajian, star of a popular flipping houses reality show, is head project manager of CT Homes LLC, a multi-million dollar real estate investing company, as well as a national speaker with FortuneBuilders Inc, a real estate educational training company. He, along with business partners Than Merrill and brother Paul Esajian are some of the nation’s most successful investors and are considered elite experts in buying, fixing, and selling properties.

Paul Esajian, Co-Founder of FortuneBuilders and CFO of CT Homes, is one of nation’s premier real estate investors and speakers. His ideas for building a business have been used to develop CT Homes into the premier real estate solutions company in Connecticut and the New England area, which resulted in him and his team being featured on a popular flipping houses reality show. Paul is an experienced project manager who specializes in personnel management and incentive based motivation for his contractors.

Konrad Sopielnikow, Co-Founder of FortuneBuilders Inc. and COO of CT Homes, LLC, is the “brains” behind the set up, growth, and management of the company’s infrastructure and its business systems. His business insight and his expertise in technology and legal systems provided a foundation for dynamic growth and rapid expansion of CT Homes and FortuneBuilders. He’s also headed up Private Money Investor Relations, raising and allocating financing for 100+ CT Homes deals.

The FortuneBuilders Family

At FortuneBuilders, we are a family of 'A' players, of entrepreneurial individuals who continually strive to improve the company, ourselves, our lives, our community and the lives of others. We are passionate about what we do and have cultivated a culture of inspiring each other and embracing common goals. We also try to have some fun once in a while.

Giving Back

One of the guiding principles at FortuneBuilders is giving back. Our company has a culture where personal growth and improvement is as important as professional growth. Volunteering and getting involved with charitable efforts is a key component to that belief.

FortuneBuilders Gives

FortuneBuilders Gives is our initiative to create and foster opportunities for our team members, students and local communities to get involved with philanthropy. We primarily focus on the areas of Children, Education and Housing when participating or partnering with charities. We have been privileged to work with national and local charities across the country for a variety of causes. We are continually creating opportunities for you to get involved directly or learning how you can give back in your own community.

Future FortuneBuilders

We believe that real change begins with education and the best way to implement this change is to start with the generation that will be leaders tomorrow. It is for this reason FortuneBuilders started the "Future FortuneBuilders" initiative. FFB’s mission is to teach financial literacy and personal development to teens so they can be prepared for a better future.

FortuneBuilders Oath

I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity and use failure as a stepping stone toward my goals. I commit to being stronger mentally and persevering in face of doubt, skepticism, resistance and despite setbacks. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time with more resolve. I will positively contribute to the team & community and draw on every remaining ounce of my strength to grow personally and to pursue the best version of myself.

Core Values

  • Ethics & Integrity
    Do the right thing
  • Inspire
    Motivate and help others achieve their goals
  • Educate
    Believe in and commit to personal development & growth
  • Lead
    Take action & follow through. Persevere & don’t give up. No excuses. How you do anything is how you do everything.
  • Crush It!
    Enjoy every moment and do it with passion

Our Mission

Empowering your purpose through financial education

Our Vision

Seek to serve & make every person feel significant :)

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