Than Merrill is one of the foremost real estate investors and educators in the country. Founder of CT Homes, LLC and FortuneBuilders.com, he is a nationally recognized expert in real estate investing, real estate education, entrepreneurship, and marketing. A sought-after speaker, Than Merrill has shared the stage with speakers such as former first lady Laura Bush, Tony Robbins, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and Robert Kiyosaki.
Born in Fresno, CA, Than attended Yale University where he also played football. After graduating, Than was drafted into the NFL and played with the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After football Than discovered he could be as passionate about real estate investing as he was with football. He started CT Homes, LLC a real estate investing business in New Haven, CT with two long-time friends Paul Esajian and Konrad Sopielnikow.
With the success of his business Than was asked to keynote speak at many real estate conferences around the country. Than discovered he loved teaching and sharing his knowledge with aspiring investors. In 2006, he founded FortuneBuilders, a real estate educational company dedicated to giving students the training, resources and systems to invest in real estate.
A few years later Than was approached by A&E to be the New Haven cast of the hit TV reality show “Flip this House.” Each episode documented Than and his business partner Paul as they flipped properties in New Haven, CT and San Diego, CA. Than shot many seasons with the show as it was the first reality real estate show of it’s kind and it has since helped spawn many other real estate reality shows.
Than Merrill and his partners expanded their real estate and educational companies, and opened offices in San Diego, CA where he now resides.
In 2014, Than the best selling real estate investing book, The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible, published by Wiley Publishing. In it’s first week, the book became a bestseller on Amazon and has continued to garner great reviews. One of his favorite investing methods, Wholesaling is a key strategy to his investment success and the Wholesaling Bible was a passion project for Than, allowing him to share his knowledge and love of marketing and investing in real estate.
Following the success of the Wholesaling Bible, Than collaborated with E-Myth author Michael E. Gerber, to write The E-Myth Real Estate Investor, another bestseller released in fall of 2015.
Today, Than’s investment business, CT Homes, continues to thrive in Southern California where he as many as 20-40 active real estate projects going on at any given time. Than currently invests in both residential and commercial properties.
FortuneBuilders’ students across the country are finding success in their own real estate businesses and they love celebrating their successes. Than has also started a real estate brokerage and real estate investment fund, Grand Coast Capital, in recent years.
Than loves spending time with his family, wife Cindy and their son, Tyce. He currently spends most of his free time changing diapers, trying to figure out the cure for hair loss, and trying to kick his coffee habit.
Than is passionate about philanthropy and together with his wife Cindy, started Equal Footing Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and promoting health and sports for youth. As former professional athletes, both Than and Cindy believe in the importance of health, sports, coaching and education for children. In addition to the Equal Footing Foundation, Than initiated FortuneBuilders Gives, a company effort to provide charitable and volunteering opportunities to all the members of his companies.
FortuneBuilders is a real estate education company offering training, coaching, tools, and the systems for students looking to start or scale a real estate investment business.
CT Homes, LLC is Than's active real estate investment company, located in San Diego, CA. CT Homes is active in a variety of investing strategies including wholesaling, rehabbing, pre-habbing and passive income.
FortuneBuilders Gives is the company’s philanthropic initiative to create relationships and opportunities for FortuneBuilders team members to give back to their communities and to recognize them for their efforts.
Future FortuneBuilders is annual financial literacy summer camp for teens. FortuneBuilders' students have the opportunity to send their teens to our camp for real world financial education and investing.