Investors United (School of Real Estate Investing)
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Investors United School of Real Estate Investingis a for-profit educational institution and membership association based out ofBaltimore, Maryland, USA. The school offers on-campus and online training onreal estate investing, and provides a permanent structure and support system for those people who wish to continue using the organizations facilities, advisors, and resources after they have completed their training.
Founded in 19801by real estate entrepreneur and auctioneerCharles Parrish,Investors United has expanded its operations from a single classroom with a local focus, to an institution with services offered nationally.
The schools literature states that it is Americas oldest school dedicated to teaching the techniques of proper real estate investing. This assertion has been upheld by other organizations in the industry and by publications researching the school.2In addition to its corporate name, Investors United also holds several registered trademarks including its motto: You will succeed – Guaranteed, and slogan Earn while you learn.
In the early 1970s, Charles Parrish had established himself as areal estate investorinMaryland. By forming partnerships with otherreal estatepractitioners, he created several small, informal real estate investment groups that were connected to each other primarily through him. Noticing a lack of permanent networking outlet for people interested in real estate investment, Charles Parrish established the Maryland Real Estate Investors Association (MDREIA).
During meetings of the MDREIA, veteran real estate developers found themselves regularly answering questions from newinvestorsand home buyers interested in getting the best value from the purchase or sale of their real estate. Parrish recognized the public interest in the knowledge that he and his colleagues had accumulated, so he began organizing classes that he believed would apply broadly to real estate buyers and sellers, whether they were single family homeowners or high-rise developers.3
In 1980, Investors United began as a single-classroom consulting program and investment group led by Charles Parrish. Invited personally by Parrish, the inaugural members were all working real estate investors who were interested in learning new techniques and teaching them to others to enhance the overall capabilities of the group. Since that time, the school has expanded and updated its courses to cover trends and methods that have evolved since its founding.4
In 1998,Ian Parrishbecame President of Investors United School of Real Estate Investing and began an initiative to increase the schools reach and capabilities. In 2001,the school acquired the former headquarters of the Madison & Bradford Bank in Baltimore, MD; and all of Investors Uniteds classrooms and administrative offices were moved to the 31,000 square foot facility. To accommodate the schools expansion, all classrooms and conference rooms were upgraded to accommodate online interactivity. The move also allowed for the addition of meeting suites, a multi-media computer lab, and a real estate library.5
Investors Uniteds instructional program is based on theMontessori methodand philosophy of education, which values self-paced learning and real-world engagement. The school offers online courses to prepare students with a foundation of real estate knowledge which is further developed byfor-profitreal estate investing activities under the guidance of its instructors. On its website, the school describes this learning method by its motto: Earn while you learn.
Education on real estateinvestmenthas traditionally been fractured into courses on single topics (e.g. lease options, flipping etc.). By contrast, Investors United curriculum of 12 courses represent what its president, Ian Parrish, calls the full anatomy of real estate investing. Because the various areas of real estate investment are interrelated, the school encourages students to become familiar with each of them. All of the schools courses and instructional materials are available online, so that each student can learn at their own pace.6
Ongoing personal support is provided to students weekly in three-hour workshops held in the schools main classroom and broadcast interactively to online students.Workshopsare hosted by instructors and attended by students of diverse business experience, financial status, and social backgrounds, making for a heterogeneous learning environment which is intended by the school to give students the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other members, and also to stimulate networking, partnerships, and financial achievement in the business of real estate investment3
Whereas traditional realty training courses focus on licensure as their curricular goal, the stated goal of the Investors United program is for its students to earn money investing in real estate during their training.After completion of the 12-month training program, graduates become full-fledged Investors United members, which entitles them to continued access to on-campus and online resources including real estate investment courses and workshops, real estate reference material, contracts and form templates, and access to the schools network of members and instructors. Members also provided with a subscription toIURealist, the schools proprietary online real estate database and software program. The software is provided to members by the school at no charge and available to non-members as a paid subscription service.7
The people who make up Investors Uniteds membership body are socio-economically diverse, and include business owners, military and law enforcement, PhDs, everyday wage earners, and even public figures.Notwithstanding, Investors United maintains a comparatively low new student enrollment rate. Since its inception, the school has averaged fewer than 200 new students per year. However, after the initial year-long training, membership longevity in Investors United is quite high; the number of members in the institution currently outstrips the student population (or members in training as the school calls them) by a ratio of over 5 to 1.
In 2001, in response to Ian Parrishs interest in environmentally efficient building methods, Investors United began addingGreen Buildingtechniques into its curriculum. Several studies have shown that structures renovated using sustainable design methods decrease their environmental impact on the surrounding community and increase both their resale and rental values. Parrish stated in a 2008 message to his members that Adopting these techniques now wont just help us avoid problems later. Theyll save on materials, on water, on fuel, and on money. As investors, we call that a win-win.8
Distance learning is offered by the school using Sonic Foundrys Mediasite system9that allows for interactive real-time communication with online instructors. The school archives classes on its server for up to 3 years, allowing Student Members to review classes and view previous versions of current and upcoming courses. The Mediasite software is activated through a portal using theMoodleopen-sourceLearning Management System(LMS).
In 2010, Investors United entered into an agreement withCoreLogic, the custodian ofFirst American CorporationsU.S. database of properties, to license a software system that would allow members to gather property, neighborhood, and owner information. First American, through Corelogic, collects and distributes property ownership, geographic, and demographic information used by investors, capital markets, and government agencies. The resulting Web site, ,10was then made available to IU members at no charge, and to non-members as a paid subscription service.
The organization maintains a database of forms and reference materials on its servers for use by its members. In 2009, the schools directors began reviewing and summarizing proposed state and federal property legislation. Each year, Investors United sends those summaries directly to its members, and makes them available to any interested party via the schools Web site.
In early 2011, the schools directors chose to convert student texts and instructional materials to an exclusively electronic format. For on-campus students, all such materials are currently being stored on anAmazon Kindle, which is given to new Student Members upon admission.
Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation, Date of formation July 11, 1980, Investors United, LTD.
Investors United was featured in Marylands financial newspaper of record in the article, With Eyes Wide Open, Students Learn the Investors United Way
Columnist Kathleen Johnston-Jarboe featured Investors United members in her article Fleet Street Outperforms Wall Street, which dealt with issues surrounding the Baltimore City Tax Sale and its value for investors.
The Baltimore Business Journal March 26, 2004
Loyola College of Maryland, Sellinger School of Business, Lecture series of September 15, 2010
Articles with a promotional tone from March 2013
Instances of Infobox university using image size
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