'Quit your 9-5 using just a cellphone, an email, and an internet connection' says Lee Arnold to anyone who's tired of the corporate rat race. He claims that this foolproof, almost entirely automated side hustle earns $2,000 to $5,000 monthly, so you can finally leave the job that's making you unhappy. The self-proclaimed ‘King of Private Money’ says you don’t need a license or be a financial whiz to start this biz. The best part? You can earn 6 figures every year!
To tap into this $76 billion 'secret' industry, you need to enroll in Awesome REI (Real Estate Investing). Awesome REI is a virtual learning platform that teaches the fundamentals of the real estate business. It costs $97 to $4,997. Inside Awesome REI, students can access 6 courses, including Lee's Capital Syndicate. Other courses inside Awesome REI are
Default Deals by Peter Vekselman,
The Vacant HouseBank and Family Bank Funding by Cameron Dunlap,
Tax Yields by Jazey Drecksel and,
Weekly Cashflow Triggers.
Lee Arnold is a real estate investor, international speaker, and private lending expert. He’s a multi-million dollar entrepreneur and the chairman of several private equity funds businesses. The CEO of Lee Arnold System of Real Estate Investing (since 2004), Cogo Capital (Since 2010), and Secured Investment Corp (Since 2009). Lee also authored the books: The Circle of Wealth, Millionaire Shoes, Living Connected to God, and How To Make An Income Lending Other People’s Money. He seems to have a solid real estate background and received several awards, such as the Keller Williams Growth Partner Award in 2016, and the #1 Unit Sold Award for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020. Aside from online entrepreneurship, Lee does ministry work. He founded He’s The Solution Ministries, a global non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs in their spiritual lives, and also hosts the annual conference Be Bold For Jesus (BBJ).
Capital Syndicate and the Private Lending Business Model
Capital Syndicate is Lee Arnold's course under Awesome REI. It's a self-paced course on private equity fund investing. Inside the course, Lee invites students to an exclusive group for everyday Americans who want to explore an income opportunity in the $76 billion private lending industry. Anyone can join this course, no license or credit experience is required. He says his system has the potential to out-earn doctors and lawyers, and it’s the easiest way to make money online. And it only gets better. Lee promises there's no learning curve and you’ll earn your first check in 45 days or less. No calling banks, no cold calling, no flipping houses.
So, if he's not wholesaling, and also not house-flipping, then what is the system he's selling? The business model is private lending. Lee helps real estate investors get funding. Awesome REI's basic $97 package sounds like a reasonable investment to learn Lee's system and 5 other potentially profitable business models from other coaches. It covers the learning materials, tools, scripts, templates, and list of private lenders he’ll be sharing with you.
Lee has a pretty smart business strategy. He makes more money in the background. The course is just a hook to attract students who are interested in working with him (or for him). Once the referrals come in, Lee's Cogo Capital benefits and profits from the deals. It’s like you’re paying him so you can work for him.
The main issue of this course is that it oversimplifies several complex processes. Lee says all you need to do is follow these three simple steps:
Send emails (template provided by Lee),
Make calls (scripts also provided by Lee) and,
Submit documents with Lee’s guidance.
But that's too good to be true. Private lending is an expensive business, not to mention a risky one. To be successful, you need ample experience, above-average lending knowledge, and the right business connections.
Is it worth investing in Awesome REI?
Yes, it is. For sure you'll get some value from your $97 spend. But can it make consistent profits enough for you to quit your 9 to 5? It's likely, but there are lots of risks involved and results are uncertain.
Banks tightened their credit standards since the pandemic, which gave an opportunity for private lenders to step up. As a result, the private lending business grew to $1.3 trillion in 2023. However, private lenders are not always the first choice of borrowers because of higher interest rates, 4% to 7.5% monthly (some even higher). Private lenders are also not regulated the way banks are. So, it's hard to gain the trust of borrowers when you're just starting. Without the right background and knowledge in private lending, you might lend to bad borrowers and end up losing money instead of making a profit.