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.
Ice’s goal for his website is to teach people how to invest in real estate and then make money. He provides a free guide to anyone that is interested. Van Winkle has said that he has made money flipping properties in locations such as Palm Beach, Las Vegas, and New York.
Vanilla Ice also offers up a one-on-one session with one of his team members when you sign up for his real estate guide. Ice’s 90-page guide provides information about everything ranging from basic real estate investing strategies to REO auctions. In the guide, Ice also provides examples of what people have been able to do using his strategy. An impressive number have been successful and some of his students have make a lot of money very quickly as a result.
Many people are likely skeptical about receiving real estate advice from an early ‘90s rap star. There's a good reason for that -- it's generally not a good idea to take advice on anything from someone who once rocked the hairdo that Vanilla sports in the picture above. But the guy does have a lot of experience in real estate -- and if he can do it, you certainly can.
***UPDATE 7/14: As we recieve the latest Vanilla Ice Real Estate news, we want to share it with you. Vanilla Ice Real Estate now has a Facebook page which you can like here.