Than Merrill | FortuneBuilders CEO

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Than Merrill is one of the most successful real estate investors in the nation. Founder and CEO of FortuneBuilders and CT Homes, Merrill has bought and sold hundreds of properties nationwide during his investing career. Than Merrill 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, he attributes his success in sports, business and investing to coaching, education and systems.

Merrill has over 14 years of experience in the real estate investment industry and is considered one of the top real estate investors in the nation. Over that time frame he has invested in over 1,000+ residential and commercial properties throughout the United States and Ireland. 

Than Merrill is perhaps best known for co-founding FortuneBuilders Inc., one of the largest real estate educational companies in the country. Merrill founded FortuneBuilders with the idea of sharing his knowledge and passion for real estate with other aspiring real estate investors. FortuneBuilders works with people who are looking to start or grow their real estate investment businesses and want to follow a proven business model.

Through their various educational programs FortuneBuilders has been able to help thousands of real estate investors around the country make successful real estate investments. Than Merrill is truly passionate about real estate investing and entrepreneurship which is why he considers it his life’s work to help guide his investor students towards financial freedom. The FortuneBuilders coaching programs are unique in that they offer 10 different advanced multi-day training classes, an extensive multi-year online curriculum, systems, tools, software, and group and one-on-one coaching.

Than Merrill is also the co-founder of the Grand Coast Capital Group a separate real estate lending and investment firm located in Boston, MA. The company was started in 2013 with partners Paul Esajian, Konrad Sopielnikow, and Jeff Carter. Since inception the firm has funded and invested in over $212 million dollars worth of investment properties with other real estate investors. The company provides financing to other real estate investors, developers, and operators throughout the United States and Ireland. In addition, the company also does joint ventures and makes equity investments into residential and commercial properties with other investors and developers.

Merrill’s real estate investment and development company CT Homes, LLC is located in San Diego, CA and the company has anywhere between 25 to 40 development projects going on at any given time. He is also an equity investor in multiple real estate investment technology and software companies.

Than Merrill also starred on three seasons of A&E’s Flip this House, a very popular house flipping TV show. Merrill is also a highly sought after speaker and educator, having shared the stage with some of the top entrepreneurs, politicians, and business owners in the country including former FED chairman Alan Greenspan, former first lady Laura Bush, Tony Robbins, Richard Branson and Robert Kiyosaki.

Merrill is also active in philanthropic efforts and started a non-profit charity with his wife Cindy (the brains of the operation) called Equal Footing Foundation. In addition to his own charity, he spearheaded the creation of FortuneBuilders Gives; the company’s philanthropic initiative to provide opportunities for employees and students to give back to their communities.

As a graduate of Yale University and a former NFL player with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Bucaneers, Merrill attributes all his success in athletics, business and investing to his coaches, mentors, and his Mom who all helped guide him along the way. He is married and has two children Tyce and Sky.

Than Merrill’s FortuneBuilders Story

Learn about Than’s rise from the NFL to becoming a successful entrepreneur and founder of FortuneBuilders. For more videos of Merrill, visit his Youtube Channel.

Contributor & Thought Leader

A bestselling Amazon author, Than’s book “The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible” continues to be a trusted guide for those looking to get started in real estate investing (visit the Than Merrill Amazon page).

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