Real Estate Start School

A Repeatable System to Find, Finance, & Buy <br> Your First (or Next) Real Estate Deal

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Ready for Your Real Estate
Investing Breakthrough?

Get un-stuck and gain momentum with your real estate ventures. Real Estate Start School helps you accomplish that goal with a customized plan, step-by-step guidance from me (Coach Carson), and ongoing support from a community of fellow real estate investors. And when you close on your next property, I'll also be the first one in line to give you a virtual high five!!

(March 2020) Special Message Re: Crisis

I considered cancelling this course because of the crisis, but I realized that many of you want support, education, and a hopeful financial message now more than ever. But I also realize finances are tight for everyone. So, here are a few additional ways I hope to support you during the course at this time:

  • Scholarships - If your job has been affected by the Coronavirus crisis but you still want to participate in the course, contact me and I'll do my best to work out something you can afford.
  • 12-Month Payment Plan and Discount - Instead of the full price of $997, payments can be spread over 12-payments at $90/month. And you still have the no-questions-asked 30-day refund policy.
  • Extended open enrollment - Given the time everyone needs to process the ongoing changes, I'm extended open enrollment to Tuesday March 31, 2020.
  • Weekly office hours with Coach - At 8pm EST every Thursday for the immediate future, I'll host live office hours for course members. I don't have all the answers, but I hope my experience surviving and thriving in the 2008-2009 can give you week by week guidance.
  • Recession Proof Real Estate (Bonus Course) - J Scott and I created this course in late 2018. But it was built for NOW. It will teach you how to adapt your strategy to a rapidly changing market, and you get it free as part of Real Estate Start School. And J and I will regularly update you on our personal approach and changes in real time.

Hi, I'm Chad Carson

Learning to Buy Good Deals Was My First (& Best!) Investing Decision

In 2003 right after college, I began investing in real estate full-time. I had a LOT to learn, but I spent most of my time the first years learning to find, finance, and buy good real estate investing deals.

By 2007, I had learned enough to purchase 33 deals in one year.

Back in the beginning, I didn't yet know how to remodel, rent, or sell real estate. But because I learned the valuable skill of buying good deals, I was able to make money and grow upon a solid investing foundation.

Since we started, a business partner and I have purchased well over 100 real estate deals, including flips and rentals. And today we've used this real estate income and wealth to achieve financial independence.

I created this course to share what I've learned through 18 years in the school of hard knocks.

Learn How to Find Good Investments,
Get the Money You Need, & Close the Deal

By the end of Real Estate Start School, you will:

  • Develop a customized real estate plan for YOU: Like picking from a menu, this course will help you choose the unique real estate plan that will move you towards your financial goals.
  • Pick the right market for investing (local or long distance): You'll receive detailed instructions and a checklist so that you can make sure you have a profitable investing market, either locally or long distance.
  • Run the numbers to know you have a good deal: Real estate investing is a numbers game. So, you'll learn the most important formulas to confidently evaluate your next property purchase. Plus you'll receive the same deal analysis spreadsheet Chad uses on his deals.
  • Get the money to fund your deals: You'll learn the best sources of financing, both traditional and non-traditional (like seller financing and private money). And you'll get ideas to raise money for down payments and other cash needs.
  • Build a dream team to help you succeed: The right team will make or break your efforts, so you'll learn the most important team members, like real estate agents, CPAs, contractors, etc. You'll also learn how to choose the right ones.
  • Find good deals: Nothing else works in real estate investing if you can't find a good deal. You'll learn how Chad has consistently bought good deals year-in, year-out for 18 years - including 17 proven strategies including in the grad course - Real Estate Deal Finder.


How You Will Participate in Real Estate School

Real Estate Start School is designed to get you started with your next purchase. If you’re a relatively new investor and you’re looking for help with each step along the way, this is the course for you.

  • Work at your own pace with anytime access to eight distinct modules with over 70 videos, taking you from scratch to getting started with your real estate investing business.
  • Clear action items help you build momentum, teaching you how to a pick a target market, run the numbers, raise financing, build a team, and find those elusive good deals.
  • Bonuses keep you on track, including a physical workbook, cheat-sheets, checklists, a series of special Expert Interviews with successful real estate investors, and textbooks and graduate courses to go even deeper on subjects like finding good deals, creative financing, estimating remodel costs, and more.
  • Exclusive access to a student & alumni private community on Facebook to discuss the lessons, keep yourself accountable, and trade ideas with your fellow classmates.
  • Lifetime membership to the course + community Pay once, repeat any part of the course and stay connected to the community as often as you life.
  • Regular office hours with Chad give you an opportunity to ask questions and get advice (every Thursday at 1pm EST)
  • Self-paced OR 8-week active sessions give you the alternative to take your time and learn on your own or participate in a fast paced schedule with daily lessons and accountability partners. And with lifetime access, you can repeat the active sessions as many times as you like.


Including these newest "Grad Level" Real Estate Investing Courses:



Real Estate Start School is for those who want to use real estate to achieve financial independence but don't know the steps to get started (or restarted) with their next property.

You understand the power of real estate investing. You like the control it gives you to build wealth, generate income, and eventually make working for money optional. But real estate investing also has a lot of moving parts. Making progress can sometimes feel overwhelming (even if you bought real estate in the past).

Real Estate Start School is both the guide AND the supportive community you need to get unstuck, become confident, and move forward towards your next purchase. It's designed for aspiring landlords, house hackers, flippers, or wholesalers. And it can help whether you're brand new or just getting back into the game.

You have LIFETIME ACCESS to Real Estate Start School.

We understand juggling the business of life. Starting to educate yourself now is a great first step.

You can self-pace the modules and when the time is right to buy your next deal, you have access to Coach and the community.


Every participant will be mailed our brand new


& Motivational "DO WHAT MATTERS" decals


(*Continental US only for physical workbook)


COACH CARSON CHARITABLE MISSION: 50% of Coach Carson, LLC profits are committed to charity.


Below are testimonials about Real Estate Start School and Chad's ability to help investors get started with real estate investing.

"Joining Real Estate Start School is one of the best decisions. Coach Carson made the classes simple and doable; so I was able to complete a chapter a week. Action items and goals were individually tailored.

Coach Carson is knowledgeable, a great listener and passionate about helping each student to be successful. Hands down, whether new at real estate or you want to step up your business, you'll want in on his coaching.

After my first year, I flipped one house, added a rental to my portfolio and closed a wholesale deal.

- Khristi Vee, Jacksonville, Florida

"This is a no-brainer just to buy the course ... because I don’t think I would’ve gotten started and done the action items without getting involved in Real Estate Start School. I would’ve just still been reading and wondering."

- Michael Nguyen, Philadelphia, PA

"After Chad’s course I had the knowledge, skill and most importantly confidence to go out and start making offers.

Since taking Chad’s course I have purchased one new property and just got another one under contract."

- Michael Temple, Toledo, OH

"The course is perfectly designed and is easy to understand and follow.

Chad follows through with his pupils and continues to keep in touch with alumni periodically and to offer additional materials and lessons. I feel that he really cares about his students."

- Victoria Torres, Silver Spring, MD



Due to a the fluid economic environment in spring 2020 and a need for more regular support, the course schedule has been simplified.

  • Until further notice, Chad will host a live office hours session each Thursday at 8pm EST where you can join to ask questions, get feedback, or just listen to the discussion.
  • You still get the entire course content up front
  • We'll start a small-group accountability program (voluntary) with your student peers soon after the course starts


Don't get stuck in analysis paralysis or being a perennial student. Instead, start moving forward towards your next real estate deal. Taking action is your best teacher, and that's exactly what Real Estate Start School will help you do.


  • "Find Your Focus" Kick Off Session with 17 lessons to find the right real estate path for you
  • 5 Core Teaching Modules with over 55 audio and video files
  • An 80 page workbook mailed to your house (and downloadable) to keep you focused and on track
  • Live Office Hour Calls with Coach Carson - ask anything - (for now) every single week
  • Past Office Hour Archives - 39 Q&A Sessions
  • An Authentic and Active Community
    • Inside the Course Facebook Group
    • In the comments of the course modules
    • In voluntary accountability partner groups with other students
  • Bonus "Grad Level" Real Estate Training For More Depth on Critical Topics
    • Real Estate Deal Finder (value $197)
    • Creative Financing for Real Estate Investing (value $297)
    • Recession Proof Real Estate (Value $125)
    • How to Negotiate Great Real Estate Deals (Value $197)
  • Bonus Physical Book
    • The Book on Estimating Remodel Costs, by J Scott (Value $25)
  • 5 Bonus Expert Interviews with leading experts



Behind the Scenes ("Under the Hood) Tour of Real Estate Start School

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - modules released weekly - you decide when you start and when you finish each week. This spring enrollment lets you participate in weekly activities, accountability partners, Office Hours calls, and other events designed to hold you accountable and help you make progress faster.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. And you get to join any group coaching calls offered to students anytime in the future.
Will I get access to the full course all at once?
No, For Spring 2019 the course will be delivered in modules over the first 8 weeks. Then it will all be available indefinitely.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What are the Office Hours calls like? When are they?
I use an online meeting software called Zoom.us which lets you see and hear me (Coach) via video. And then you can participate by listening, chatting, and talking over your computer or phone. All calls are recorded for later listening. For now the calls are every Thursday at 1pm EST. The call usually starts with a topic for 10-15 minutes, and the rest of the time (up to 1.5 hours) is 100% your questions and discussions.
Do I need a lot of cash to get started in real estate investing?
It depends. But your start will certainly be easier if you've saved up cash for down payments and other upfront expenses. With that said, Chad began real estate investing with $1,000. This course will teach you strategies if you have a lot of funds or if you don't.
Will this real estate information work in high-priced markets? What about outside of the U.S.?
High-priced markets have their challenges and benefits. A key lesson in the course will address evaluating whether your market is good for investing or whether you should invest out of town. The general investing and business principles will work in any location. But real estate laws are very local, so you'll certainly need to have local expert advice before moving forward.
Why are you teaching and selling a course if you already made it in real estate investing? What's your motivation?
Important question! And the answer has a couple of parts. I do everything at Coach Carson - from the blog, to podcast, to videos, to a paid course - because I LOVE teaching. I also love real estate investing and I'm good at it, but I feel called to be a teacher. It's my vocation and a deep passion. I charge for the course because it requires more of my time than simply writing articles, recording podcasts, or recording videos. And I also want to use the revenue to make Coach Carson a sustainable business - like paying for people to help me do things so that I can focus on teaching. The emails, admin, editing, and website stuff alone have become a big job! I could make money by plastering cheesy ads all over the site, but I'd rather make revenue from teaching and adding value directly to those who need it. It's more aligned with the mission of the site. And starting in 2019, I plan to contribute 50% of all profits from Coach Carson, LLC to charity. As this education business grows and becomes more successful financially, I'd like it to also be an engine to make a difference socially (Charitable Mission: https://www.coachcarson.com/charitable-mission/).
What do I do if I need help?
If you need help with something related to the course, please contact [email protected] Thanks!

"To sum up Chad in 4 words- Character, Knowledge, Accomplished, and Intelligent."

"I have known Chad Carson as a fellow Investor and in my capacity as Director of Education for the Metrolina Real Estate Investor's Association in Charlottte, NC since 2008.

I cannot fail to stand in awe of Chad's accomplishments and consistency as a real estate investor. Our organization has had him in to teach on various subjects, and he has invariably covered the subject thoroughly, entertainingly, and at a level incredibly appropriate to the subject audience.

As a coach and mentor, that is where Chad really shines- he can take an Investor making $75K per year and help him get his business to the next level of well over $6 figures, but can just as easily adapt his level of instruction to help a brand new Investor do his or her very first deal without overawing, overloading, or burdening them with information that is at that level superfluous. You will find this quality well-nigh nonexistent among those who coach other investors. To sum up Chad in 4 words- Character, Knowledge, Accomplished, and Intelligent.

- Lou Gimbutis, Charlotte, NC

"This is a no-brainer just to buy the course ... because I don’t think I would’ve gotten started and done the action items without getting involved in Real Estate Start School. I would’ve just still been reading and wondering."

"I was like 'ok, yeah - this is a no brainer just to buy the course.' I really like the way Chad teaches, really down to earth. He makes real estate investing really approachable and possible. Because I don’t think I would’ve gotten started and done the action items without getting involved in Real Estate Start School. I would’ve just still been reading and wondering.

First, from like a psychological perspective, I liked how right from the start Chad was like ‘don’t worry about being perfect, just pick a number, pick a day, and just do it. That really set the tone for the entire course. A lot of what’s stopping me - and I’m sure a lot of people - is the need to be perfect. It cripples you and paralyzes you.

And then I really liked figuring out my why - I want to have income flowing while I’m traveling and just enjoying myself. It’s my big why.

And I also liked picking my financial independence goal … Chad said to just pick a number, it could change. That gave me a huge sigh of relief. I thought I had to be perfect and figure it out with a ton of unnecessary math. So, I just picked a number - $60,000/year - and most of it would be passive income.

And just looking at properties and evaluating them and seeing if they were a deal was huge for me. I don’t think I would’ve done that myself. I liked the simple math - the cash on cash return, net income after financing. It’s cool … when I first started doing it, it took me forever because I wanted to be good at it and I wanted to be right. But at this point not even 2 weeks after doing it a little bit every day, I’m really fast at it. It’s just gotten a lot faster and a little more intuitive. So, that’s cool. It’s really rewarding to see that.

If you’re like me and you were just wondering about real estate investing and if there was a perfect time, there is no perfect time, really. Just do it now.

The way Chad coaches you, he takes you step-by-step. You have an action item after each lesson. And that’s why I’ve been taking it really slowly - I really want to take the time to do the action item, because every time I do it I feel like I’m taking a huge leap forward and building a foundation that’s going to be great for years to come.

- Michael Nguyen, Philadelphia, PA and Tokyo, Japan

Video Testimonial - Michael Nguyen


Real Estate Start School comes with a 30-day 100% money back guarantee. I pride myself on high quality programs that actually work…if you put the work in. Meaning, if you do study the material and do the action exercises, good things happen. If you don’t do it, nothing good happens.

If within 30 days you are unhappy for whatever reason just email our customer support. We stand behind Real Estate Start School 100%.

This course is closed for enrollment.