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Brad and Rachel Tobler Case Study

In 2008, Brad lost his job in El Paso, where he had been making $120,000 a year. Luckily, we were able to live off savings while he was unemployed for the next nine months. In 2009, Brad accepted another job in Utah, but at half the income of his previous position. To make ends meet, Rachel took a job as a school teacher. Our combined incomes did not equal Brad’s previous income.

We had become interested in real estate investing as we moved around the country and made good money selling our personal residences. But we never would have done real estate investing on our own because we had no experience or training other than our personal residences. All we knew was that you needed to buy right, but we didn’t know what criteria to look for, and we didn’t know how to find deals. We were also interested in diversifying our retirement funding, given that Brad’s 401(k) had taken a 50 percent hit from the recession.
In February 2010, we discovered Strongbrook. Intrigued with the concept of a “power team,” we purchased our first property in April and our second one in June, using equity from selling previous homes. Within two months, using Strongbrook’s lease option strategy

we had earned back the money we had invested in our Professional Service Agreement and were thrilled with our positive cash flow.
We were excited for our prospects and wanted to expedite the process. So we began investing in other real estate investment education programs and spent about $20,000 over the next few months. But it was just education. We never did anything outside of the Strongbrook model. It was informative, but Strongbrook’s system of actually doing real estate has paid for that educational experience.
By 2014, four years after purchasing our first two homes, we now own six properties, which generate $2,210 in net monthly cash flow. Our properties have replaced Rachel’s net take-home pay and she is planning on quitting her job and coming home this year. Instead of having to wait 20 to 30 years for retirement, we’re getting immediate cash flow from our investments.
Our advice to people who don’t think they can do real estate is that you shouldn’t do it alone if you don’t know what you’re doing. Use a team of experts who can guide you through the process.

We were a newly-married couple in our early twenties when we were first introduced to Strongbrook. Chris had a job servicing vending machines earning $34,000 a year. Kira was bringing home about $800 a month as a part-time editor for a local newspaper.

We wanted to have children, and our goal was to replace Kira’s income so that she could stay home and be a full-time mom. We were a little surprised that Strongbrook would even consider us as prospects for investing. We didn’t even think it would be possible for us to buy any investment properties.

Real estate investing had always intrigued Chris, but he thought it was for people who had capital, knowledge, and experience. Strongbrook really helped fill that gap because their power team did all the heavy lifting for us. Chris was working

full-time and he didn’t have the luxury of learning the process on his own.
Although we weren’t in a position to buy an investment immediately, Strongbrook helped us create a game plan. The good news is that we had good savings habits. But what we didn’t know was how to make our savings work for us. We lived solely on Chris’ income while saving 100 percent of Kira’s income.

Within three months, we had enough saved to purchase our first personal residence, which we bought with the intention of turning it into a rental property. We then continued saving, and eighteen months after our first purchase we were able to buy another investment property in Arizona for $80,000.
Our first property now generates $120 per month in positive cash flow. Our Arizona property has been cash-flowing

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$200 per month for the past couple of years, but we are currently in the process of selling it for $135,000—a gain of $55,000 within three years—so we can use the equity and the cash flow we’ve saved to purchase two more high cash-flow investment properties in Indianapolis. After purchasing those two properties, we will be cash-flowing just over $850 a month, which is enough to replace Kira’s income. (And it’s a good thing, since we recently had our first child!)
Real estate isn’t for everybody. But if you’re willing to make short-term sacrifices now to get where you eventually want to be, it can work for you. Most people don’t have the self-discipline to save for a year and a half, but if you can, a whole new world opens up to you. We are halfway through our ten-year retirement Game Plan, and we are definitely on track for retiring by age thirty-five 35. If we can do it, anyone can.

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Wess and Debbie Brown Case Study
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We had thought about real estate investing for a long time but never did anything about it because we didn’t have the technical knowledge to invest safely. As a physician, Wes was able to save a fair amount of money in an IRA and a whole life insurance policy.

In November of 2010, we were introduced to Strongbrook. We were attracted to Strongbrook’s turnkey operation with all the expertise under one roof and we signed up for the program.
We used Strongbrook’s team of experts to turn Wes’s IRA into a self-directed IRA and diverted the funds into real estate. We also borrowed against Wes’s whole life insurance cash value policy to purchase properties. We started by purchasing three investments in Las Vegas,

Nevada, then partnered with a friend to purchase another property in Phoenix, Arizona. Since learning the Strongbrook model, we’ve also been able to perform a couple profitable deals on our own.
The nice thing about Strongbrook is you don’t have to have all the time and expertise to do real estate investing because they do 90 percent of the work for you. After our experience, we’re convinced that there’s not a better way of generating a more consistent, reliable stream of investment income with a low amount of risk than real estate—if it’s done right.

There’s lots of ways of making money and losing money in real estate, but Strongbrook has found the formula for making a good return with minimal risk.

15 years ago, my husband and I had a dream to own our own home. I was an employee in the medical field and he was a Marine. We had three children with one on the way. Our dream was cut short when my husband passed away, leaving me as a widowed single mother of four children.
I’ve continued working my job to support our family. But in April of 2013, I was laid off. When I received some money that had been owed to me from a previous employer, I saw my chance to make my money work for me instead of me working for my money.
I started looking for opportunities and came across Strongbrook on June 16th, 2013. By July 26th, I had closed on my first property in Orlando, Florida. Strongbrook found the property for me and had renters for me before I had even closed. I was able to pay cash for

the house, and so now I receive $872 a month in rent. After a year, I haven’t had any issues at all and that check shows up every month. I’m currently working on buying another home using the equity from my first home. I never saw myself as a real estate investor. I was taught to believe that working for your money was the only path.

No one taught me to how to make my money work for me—until I met Strongbrook. Because of what I’m learning and doing with Strongbrook, I will soon be able to fulfill that dream I shared with my husband to purchase my own home. But for now, I’m focusing on making my money work for me.
Strongbrook takes the hard work out of investing. If I can do this as a single mother of four with no experience, then I know anyone can do it.

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Clint and Wylene Benson Case Study

25 years ago, we took an educational course on real estate investing. Soon after the course, thinking we were pretty smart, we bought two properties. The first one was 97 years old. Fortunately, we were able to flip it fairly quickly for a $15,000 profit.
The second one was above the median price range for the area at the time. It sat vacant for two years because we weren’t able to sell it or rent it out. We were finally able to rent it out, and had it rented for six years. We then sold it for $100,000 more than what we paid for it.
Looking back, we realize that we were incredibly lucky on those two deals. We were fortunate to be able to make the mortgage payments along with our own house payment. In real estate, you can get yourself into some pretty nasty situations if you don’t know what you’re doing (which we didn’t).

Years passed. Clint became disabled and his fixed disability income barely made our mortgage payment and paid a little toward utilities. Wylene worked full-time to cover the rest of our household needs with three daughters at home. She also did everything she could to supplement our income, including baking and selling pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas and cleaning houses.

Before being introduced to Strongbrook, Wylene had changed jobs three times in a four-year period. In her last job, she had a stress-induced heart attack.
When Strongbrook came into our lives in March 2013, we were living paycheck to paycheck—in fact, we were spending more than we were making. Strongbrook was an answer to our prayers. The first thing we did was start working in the referral program. Within a month we had doubled Wylene’s job income and Wylene quit her job just three months after joining Strongbrook.

Strongbrook gave us a game plan with seven options. Clint had an IRA from his past job that we had held onto for decades. We had lost about half of it in the dotcom crash of 2000, so when we started working with Strongbrook it was worth barely more than Clint had originally contributed to it.

One of the options was to pay the penalty and pull enough out to buy an investment property. It wasn’t something we had considered before, but it turned out to be our best option. Because of Clint’s disability, the penalty was minimal.
A few weeks before closing on it, Strongbrook connected us with someone who had cash but no credit and wanted to partner with us. So they paid the down payment for us and we partnered on the deal. We bought a home in Casa Grande, Arizona with a purchase price of $147,900 and a payment of $792. It’s renting now for $995 per month and is appreciating rapidly. We expect to make a tremendous profit when we sell the home. We’re now taking Clint’s IRA money to purchase a second property.

In contrast to our first two experiences with real estate, Strongbrook really knows what they’re doing. They have helped us avoid all the pitfalls and choose the right properties in the right markets. Between the referral program and the turnkey, done-for-you real estate investing, Strongbrook has been an absolute game-changer for us. We’re making more money than we ever have and our financial future has never looked brighter.

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I’m a stay-at-home mom and my husband has a good corporate job. In 2007, at the peak of the housing bubble, we made a lot of money when we sold our home on an acre. We used part of the proceeds to purchase another house, but then we had to figure out how to invest the rest.
We thought about investing in real estate, but we didn’t have a clue how to do it. We had no technical knowledge of investing other than what we had experienced buying and selling our own personal residences. When we met the great people at Strongbrook, we signed up right away. It was everything we needed. Now, we weren’t on our own. They’ve guided us and helped us through the whole process.
We signed up for Strongbrook’s program in February of 2008 and by May we had purchased our first property. That year,

we ended up buying four properties ourselves. We also partnered with family members to purchase eight more homes.
We’re aware that Strongbrook has made mistakes along the way. But we actually see this as a good thing. What I would tell anyone considering investing in real estate is to not do it on your own. Can you do it? Of course—if you want it to be your full-time job, and if you want to make tons of mistakes. Why not partner with a team of people who have already made all those mistakes and learned from them?
In real estate, experience is everything, and Strongbrook definitely has the experience to do it right and to help you avoid pitfalls. The properties we first purchased with them have done well for us, but what they’re doing now is even better. They have it down to a science.

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Tracy and Lavieve Roberts Case Study

We did everything “right,” just like we’re told. Tracy went to college and got a degree. Right out of college he got a “good job” as a Deputy Sheriff, which he did for the next sixteen years. We saved diligently in his 401(k). But if it hadn’t have been for Strongbrook, that traditional plan would have sunk us.
In early 2011, LaVieve’s brother passed away and left us with a modest inheritance. We had no idea what to do with it. Thankfully, we were introduced to Strongbrook in November of that year. We signed up and bought our first two properties in February 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A few months later, we purchased two more properties in Phoenix, Arizona. We also bought another house in Phoenix, Arizona and are using the proceeds for charitable causes.
Because of our Strongbrook education and the confidence we felt, we bought another home in Texas on our own. Even though the property has a positive cash flow, we learned from the process that we never want to do another property on our own. It showed us how simple Strongbrook’s system is compared to doing real estate on our own.
Then, in March of 2013, when Tracy was 47 years old, he got injured and was forced to retire from the Sheriff’s Office. After saving for sixteen years, we had

only $101,000 in our 401(k), which was not even close to what we would need for retirement.
Strongbrook had taught us about self-directed IRAs. So Tracy brought them his 401(k) and told them how much we had to invest. Within one week, they presented us with three properties to choose from, and we bought another house in Indianapolis for $98,000 total after all costs. Now, instead of just sitting there doing nothing, our 401(k) money is now generating $851 net cash flow per month.
Our properties alone have ensured our retirement. But we are also building a Strongbrook referral business. After one year of building the business, we have doubled Tracy’s salary as a Sheriff. We’re thrilled to use our referral business commissions to purchase even more properties.
We tell people that you probably have resources that you’re not aware you can use to buy real estate. When you have a power team of professionals working for you, they can show you things that you wouldn’t even have considered. Also, everyone is doing real estate—whether you’re on the receiving end or paying end. Strongbrook has helped us get on the receiving end, and they can help anyone who has a vision for the future do the same.

I’ve been a successful entrepreneur all my adult life. I’ve been able to earn substantial income through my businesses over the years, but I’ve had some real headaches with some of my investing ventures.
In 2005, I placed $1 million with a company that was supposedly investing in large real estate deals and paying their investors a return. For about a year, I received monthly checks, but by the end of 2006 the checks stopped coming.

Eventually, it became clear that I had lost more than $700,000. The owner had over-invested and had used new investment contributions to pay backup debts. He went to jail in 2007 and by then, at 67 years old, I had to come to the painful realization that the investment had essentially cost me my whole retirement income.

You can imagine how skeptical I was when I was introduced to Strongbrook at the end of 2013. I still had some sav-

ings left, but I wasn’t about to part with it so easily. However, in contrast to what I had experienced before, the Strongbrook model was completely different; I would actually own homes and my name would be on the title. That’s when I began to ask myself: “Is it still possible to leave a legacy for my children?”
After researching the company, I decided to purchase two homes—one in Indianapolis for immediate cash flow, and one in Florida for long-term equity appreciation. I closed on those two homes in March of 2014. I now have renters in both homes, giving me a net positive cash flow of $724 per month.
I bought my property in Florida for $145,000 and the rebuild cost is $205,000. It will cash flow about $260 per month. I expect the market to rise back to the rebuild cost within three to five years. 

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I bought my Indianapolis home for $109,900 with an appraised value of $125,000 and a monthly cash flow of $464.
The process has not been without hassle or risk. For example, I was a little disappointed when the home in Florida needed new painting and tile flooring, which cost me over $11,000. I also had to replace an old AC unit, which cost another $3,000. However, I can see that these improvements will yield a long-term payoff.
Real estate investing is not a piece of cake. You have to know what you’re getting into or you will be disappointed.

I would advise new or prospective investors to not be naïve, and don’t think of this as a get-rich-quick investment. Keep your feet on the ground and understand that the process takes time. But if you can plan and work on a long-term time horizon, you can definitely make this work.

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Bill and Debbie Hackett Case Study

We have always enjoyed a high income (Bill is a professional geologist and consultant and Debbie is an endocrinologist). We have invested a lot of money in stocks over the years, starting when we were newlyweds. Prior to meeting Strongbrook, we had a large nest egg saved.
However, we had always avoided real estate because the only experience we had with it as an investment was family and friends dabbling in it and then sharing with us their disaster stories. It just seemed too risky and too much of a hassle for us.
We were first introduced to Strongbrook in May 2013. After researching everything we could, we thought it was either an amazing opportunity or an incredible scam. We set up an appointment to meet with an executive at the corporate office. After that meeting, we were convinced that this was a legitimate business with high-caliber executive leadership. After more due diligence, we signed up for the program.
We realized very quickly that the returns with real estate are higher than we can achieve by drawing off a percentage of our stock portfolio. At best, we can withdraw 4.5 percent per year of our stock portfolio without depleting the principal.

But with real estate, you never deplete the principal; the cash flow remains the same regardless of how the equity performs. And the equity growth combined with the ongoing cash flow is substantially higher than anyone can expect with stock market returns.
We bought our first property in Phoenix in August 2013 using IRA funds, which Strongbrook’s experts helped us to self-direct. That was soon followed by another home in Las Vegas and two in Orlando. Our four properties currently generate a total net monthly positive cash flow of $2,000. As of writing this, we’re also in the process of purchasing two more properties.
The door to real estate is open to anyone regardless of your financial status. And as we discovered, you can use many types of assets to purchase real estate.
The reason we recommend Strongbrook is they don’t just throw real estate at you and tell you this is your best option. There’s a lot of coaching, planning, and expertise involved. It’s a fully consultative relationship, not just a sales process where they impose things on you that may not be in your best interest. They analyze your whole situation and make sure you do the best thing for you.

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When Rory graduated with a Computer Science degree in 1995, we thought he would have a secure job for life. That’s not quite how it worked out. Seven years into his first job, they started laying people off. We quickly found a new job for Rory. Things were good—until this new company stopped paying him and got behind by five paychecks, which they never paid.
We realized that something had to change. We didn’t like the thought of Andi going back to work since we had three young children. Rory had always wanted to get into real estate investing, so we started to look into it. Our first deal was to build a home in Gilbert, Arizona in 2005, with the intent to flip it fast. We sold the home right before the crash, but we must admit that it was sheer luck.

We took the profit from that home and purchased a personal residence and a duplex. Wanting to succeed based on more than luck, we started reading books on personal finance and investing, particularly books by Robert Kiyosaki. We loved the principles, but didn’t know how to actually put them into practice safely and sustainably.

That’s when in February of 2008, we discovered Strongbrook. After attending a seminar, we were thrilled to realize that Strongbrook could help us implement all the principles we’d been learning. We quickly signed up for the program.

We were able to refinance our mortgage to extract equity, which we used to buy an investment property. Then, when one of our duplex tenants moved out, we moved out of our personal residence and into the duplex, then used what we had learned from Strongbrook to rent out our home with a positive cash flow.

By this time, we were earning enough positive cash flow that our rentals covered all of our mortgages and we didn’t have to rely on Rory’s paychecks to pay our home mortgage. With our increased cash flow, we were able to save more from Rory’s paycheck and purchase another single-family home. We moved out of the duplex and into that home, and again, our positive cash flow on all our investments covered all our mortgages, including our personal residence. Our four rental properties currently

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$1,997.91. In May of 2012, three months after we moved in, Rory was laid off. But we weren’t even worried about it because of our rental income. Four months later, he found another job, and we were then able to save enough to build our dream home.

Then, in December of that same year, Rory was laid off yet again. His unemployment lasted two months. However, we were still able to live a normal life because our rentals gave us security. We had already made plans to go to Sea World and Knotts Berry Farm and we still went. We didn’t have to worry about it.

People say that owning rental properties is a risk. But in our experience, Rory’s job has been the real risk. Our security has come from our rental properties.