We know: browsing Manhattan condo listings can be intimidating, actually buying a Manhattan condo includes a fairly daunting number of steps (luckily, there's a Buyer's Guide for that), and the world of Manhattan real estate investment can seem all too exclusive. Add it all up, and Manhattan real estate investment can start to seem like an expensive, experts-only affair, and one that only people with years of experience can hope to do successfully. Luckily, it isn't. To prove as much, please note that fact that Vanilla Ice has been doing it successfully for years.
Visitors to Vanilla Ice’s new real estate website, are greeted, naturally, with the sound of Mr. Vanilla's “Ice, Ice Baby.” It's funny, but it's not a joke. Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, has made millions of dollars purchasing and flipping homes.
Van Winkle has spent 16 years purchasing, improving and selling real estate across the country. He even has his own show on the DIY Network, “The Vanilla Ice Project.” On the show, Vanilla Ice does everything from creating a spa-like environment in a master suite to staging the home for sale. Now, Vanilla Ice believes that he can teach you something about real estate investing. This may or may not be true, but lord knows that if Vanilla Ice can invest successfully in real estate, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to find the right condominium on the Upper West Side. The truly surprising part is this: Ice might be onto something.