Learn How To Start Investing In Real Estate
Learn How To Start Investing In Real Estate

Than Merrill

Than MerrillThan Merrill is the co-founder of FortuneBuilders, CT Homes, and Equity Street Capital. Than Merrill has over 18 years of professional experience in the real estate investment and lending industry. He is the founder and principal in several real estate investment companies and has been involved in over $1 billion of real estate investments during that time frame. Than has experience in many facets of real estate investment including marketing, sourcing, underwriting, appraisal, negotiations, raising money, investor relations, and business management.

CT Homes, LLC

Than Merrill is the co-founder of CT Homes, LLC a residential real estate development company founded in 2004 in New Haven, CT. Over the past 18 years the company has specialized in acquiring, developing, and re-selling distressed real estate. The company has acquired over 1,000+ properties since inception. Throughout the year the company currently has between 25 and 40 ongoing real estate development projects.

Equity Street Capital

Than Merrill also has a separate commercial real estate investment company, Equity Street Capital. With this company Than and his team focus on investing in income producing commercial property throughout the United States. Their commercial investments include apartment communities, retail properties, and office buildings. The company is focused on achieving attractive risk-adjusted returns while maximizing long-term capital appreciation. The company has acquired over $300 million dollars in commercial real estate in the last two years alone.


Than Merrill also founded FortuneBuilders Inc., one of the largest and most trusted 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 14 different advanced multi-day training classes, an extensive multi-year online curriculum, systems, tools, software, and group and one-on-one coaching.

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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