Solano SBDCFairfield, CA

“I met my SBDC Business Advisor when I decided to take a course at the SBDC office on marketing your business on line. I mainly was looking for anything I may have been missing and tips that would make my web sites better and more effective. I was impressed with how this information just rolls off their tongue, as they know their subject well. I think I was a bit ahead of the crowd for this beginner class, but I’m looking forward to the intermediate class when it comes out and enjoy the on going tutoring that is so much a part of her being as well."

Mike Young

BACKGROUND
Mike Young is an FHA 203k Consultant, a Real Estate Consultant and a Home Design Consultant. Mike performs feasibility analysis per 203k guidelines to assist homebuyers and real estate agents in making an offer on homes needing repairs.

Mike was an FHA Real estate appraiser from 1992-2004 and home inspector for over 30 years. Now Mike teaches seminars instructing for Continuing Education (CE) credits for appraisers and home inspectors. He has developed his own software for 203k report writing, which is now purchased and used by consultants nationally. Through his seminars, his software and his books, Mike trains lenders, consultants, home inspectors, architects, engineers, and contractors in the ways of FHA 203k.

CHALLENGES
Building upon his lifelong career of contacts and experience in real estate, the challenges was how best to promote and sell the training software and his book. He determined his products were the best on the market, and that there was indeed a huge need for the software and the training. Mike also determined the best way to sell the products was online.

ACTIONS
Mike spent a lot of time and attention on his website. He hired an expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and applied all the advantages of effective SEO. He attended classes at Solano College SBDC and met his SBDC advisor, who advised him on text, use of key words, color and design of his website.

Mike builds on his penchant for helping others. His customer service is beyond helpful. "Thank you for being the answer to my prayers. Thank you for the hours we have spent on the phone picking your brain," says a happy customer. "I appreciate all the personalized help and attention you've given me over the years concerning both the 203k program and your phenomenal 203k consulting software. Beyond providing fantastic 203k software you have been very generous with your time and resources,” says another customer.  Mike has wisely shared these testimonials on his website for others to read.

RESULTS
Mike has successfully transitioned from real estate investor to 203k consultant/trainer, author, and software developer and is able to semi-retire on a six-figure income from the sale of his books and software. He continues to develop more training products, which fulfill his desire for helping others, and brings him closer to “passive” income.

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