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Ernie Kessler Product Critique

A Look At Ernie Kessler’s Offering

Hey, what’s up?

I’m Paul. Glad ya dropped by my site!

You landed here to check out Ernie Kessler, amiright? Cool. We’ll get to him in a sec.

Lemme ask you a question first: What brings ya here?

I think I’ve got the 4-1-1 on that. I’m thinkin’ you’re sick of the 9-5, of the guy in the tie, of being the slave in the cave. Amiright? Or maybe that stuff is all good, you just need a little increase in your stash o’ cash . . . like you run outta money before you run outta month and something’s GOTTA GIVE!

So here you are, checking out guys n gals who have done the real estate thing, made it big, and have the t-shirts to prove it.

I get it! Yep, I do. If you’re one of those guys above, you are me, like about ten years ago.

I jumped into the real estate pool ready to rock and roll!

Bought my properties, fixed up my properties, managed my properties, watched my properties suck wind when the economy tanked, and waved goodbye to my properties as the bank took ‘em back and rolled them off into the sunset.

Major life suck, that was. Took me years to crawl out from the slime pit of that mess!

(I’ll get to the Ernie Kessler review soon, I promise!)

Somewhere along the slime trudge, I met a guy with a high internet IQ, and he introduced me to the world of digital properties. And to the possibility of making money in it. WHO KNEW?

The rest is history. It’s what I’m doing now. I’ll never go back to real estate investing. Evah. No way, baby. This world has much less risk and a lot more profit potential.

Don’t take my word for it. Check out what I’m into these days under the recommended resources area.

Ok, my friend, here we go with Monsieur Kessler . . . .

Ernie Kessler Background, Bio and Legacy

So, Ernie is actually already on the other side of eternity, but his legacy lives on.

He died in 2003, but because he was so well-known as a real estate guru, and he set the stage for foreclosures as an unexploited investment opportunity, and he educated so many investors through his products and seminars, I’ve decided to review him even though he’s pushing up daisies, and I mean that respectfully.

Kessler’s background was kinda different from most of the other real estate gurus I have reviewed. He was from Arlington, Virginia, but was originally from Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1975.

He served as Chief of Staff for Congressman Cece Hetfel and was assistant to the director of the National Democratic Committee during the Carter Administration. He also served as Carter’s campaign manager in several states.

I haven’t found any information on how Kessler first got into real estate investing, so I can’t help you out much on that one. Other sources say that he was active starting in the 1980s, which would be when he was in his early twenties, assuming he graduated from Dartmouth as the average age co-ed.

However it happened, he became one of America’s go-to guys on real estate foreclosures. At one time apparently, he was the single biggest buyer of foreclosures in the Baltimore area.

Today there are real estate gurus and real estate educators as thick as flies on a horse in the summer. Wherever you turn, there’s a home study course on investment strategies, books on wholesaling, and boot camps to show you how to make it big in fixer-uppers.

Everyone has a website with articles, blogs, sales pitches, stores, and downloadable bonuses.

Kessler was doing his thing back in the 1980s, when there weren’t gurus on every street corner hawking their home study courses and whatnot. And when you didn’t have personal websites and digital downloads of resource materials.

So the fact that Kessler’s name has endured for several decades since he launched his real estate investing career is pretty notable.

The Washington Post called him The King of Foreclosures. He appeared on the CNBC show called SmartMoney and he also hosted a conference on foreclosures sponsored by the Washington Post.

Apparently, by the time he died, Kessler was worth beaucoups bucks–like, millions. Just before his death, he finished writing a book on the subject of foreclosures.

He had been president of the National Association of Real Estate Investors and was a regular host on radio and TV programs speaking about foreclosures.

Interestingly, there is actually a YouTube video of a Kessler seminar. I can’t figure out when it was recorded, but it was posted in 2006. It was posted on a channel called Educational Seminars. It’s a 10-minute video called Speaking and Selling for Profit.

Kessler’s Courses, Books, and Other Products

Rumors have it that Kessler courses are still available, however, I was only able to find one on eBay. It’s a fairly prehistoric edition, considering that the format is cassette tape. Not sure it’s actually usable, since who owns a cassette player anymore?!

Anyway, it’s called Ernie Kessler ‘s Making Money with Mortgages, on sale for $63.26. Also, on eBay, there’s a set of two DVDs of Kessler’s presentation called Speaking and Selling from the Front of the Room. Incidentally, that’s the same one that’s on the YouTube video.

Kessler has a few other titles: Making Money with Mortgages, Advanced Secrets of Mortgage Profits, Gold-mining with Foreclosures, and 12 Foolproof Secrets of Foreclosure Profits.

Several sources out there say that Kessler products are still available for between $300 and $600. But honestly I can’t find them anywhere and I looked on multiple sites. So if you can find them you’re better at digging up info than I am!


And that’s about the sum total of my skinny for you on Ernie Kessler.

If you’re looking for a real estate investor educator who’s got materials and seminars and all that stuff, Ernie Kessler is not your man. Not to say he didn’t know a lot about real estate, and not dissing him in any way. It’s just that you really can’t easily get his stuff.

And as for the seminars–nothin’ has been archived on that front that I know of.

Good luck!

About the author: I give real estate investors a quick connect to what they really want and often introduce them to new material that gives them insight into what keeps them from getting the results they hoped for when they got started.