Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jason Berlin: Real Estate Panther or Punk?


UPDATE: This piece of crap, Jason Berlin, was charged with rape in San Diego on October 21, 2015. Here is the link:

Jason Berlin is a real estate investor and sole shareholder of the corporation Venture Pursuit, Inc. in San Diego, CA. He calls himself the "real estate panther." On his website, he claims to have purchased over 100 properties leading to over four million dollars in profit from "flipping." He portrays himself on his website as being extremely successful, and offers to impart his wisdom to the masses so that they, too, can be huge and wealthy successes. Of course, this comes with a fee of $197.

I am also a real estate investor (on a much smaller scale), and as we know, I am good at separating fact from fiction. So let's take a quick look at the facts to learn a little bit more about Jason Berlin.

Jason Berlin lives in a basement apartment valued at about $250,000. This is fact. Jason had negative income of approximately $14,000 on his 2014 tax return. That is also a fact. So far, I am not seeing the successful entrepreneur Jason claims to be. Are you?

Jason Berlin is also named in this October, 2012 Campus Crime and Safety Alert by the University of San Diego, which you can find here:

The purpose of the alert is to "keep all members of the University of San Diego community up to date with and aware of all ongoing criminal acts." When you scroll down, you will see this about Jason:

Do successful real estate investors have to resort to campus crime?

I have been in contact with several people who will never do business with Jason Berlin again.
One of them stated in no uncertain terms he'd been "burned by Jason & Co."

This leads one to wonder if Mr. Berlin is ethical in his business dealings. He does push the scam artist Tai Lopez on his website.

If you haven't heard about Tai Lopez, you can read this:

I don't know about you, but that's not the type of guy I would be promoting on my website, unless I was a scam artist, too.

So how does Jason make the money he makes? Here's his magic formula, valued at $197:

Figure out what the property you are interested in is worth post-renovation (ARV) by looking at comps on Redfin.
Deduct $28 per square foot from ARV as renovation costs.
Deduct 6% from ARV for realtor commissions and closing costs.
Deduct $40,000 from ARV as your profit.

The amount you are left with is your maximum offer price to buy the property.

Most realtors, when taking offers from investors, will require that the investor view the property before submitting an offer. This is the realtor's way of knowing an investor is for real, and that they understand what they are getting into in terms of the amount of work that needs to be done on the property.  In other words, this is a precaution that weeds out investors who will back out of the deal after an inspection is made on the property, from investors who are all in regardless of the amount of work to be done. However, Jason rarely, if ever, views a property before he makes an offer on it. What he will do, is say his contractor, Sean O'Neill, went to see it for him.

However, there is no Sean O'Neill who works for Jason Berlin. Jason just says that to appease realtors, hoping they will present his offer as viable. Maybe that's why some realtors feel so strongly about never doing business with him again.

After all, no one likes to be lied to.


  1. - Maybe add this to the long list for Mr. Berlin

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  5. This gentleman, Jason Berlin, and "gentleman" is a term I use loosely to describe him, made an offer on my mother's house which I was selling due to her death. A couple of days after signing the contract, he realized he miscalculated the profit margin and emailed saying he wanted to cancel the contract. I attempted to work with him, offering to work on the price, but he refused and basically thought I'd go away if he ignored my emails. The problem is, I happen to understand contract law (I recently finished my J.D.). Now that I am trying to hold him accountable for the contract, he is accusing me of threatening him. Mind you, I'm not holding him to the original cash offer of $121,000, rather the amount I lost by accepting another offer (the other offer was higher, but I had to pay realtor fees). The difference was ~$5000. I mitigated my loss, as required. As of June 3, 2016, the contract is breached. I will more than likely file a claim as the Administrator of my mom's Estate. I advised him that he should have an attorney revise his contracts to add in a cancellation policy, but his apparent arrogance seems to be getting in the way. Hope this helps others who have similar problems with him.

    1. Good for you. Stick to your position. He is morally bankrupt, and stupid to boot. I have heard from others that he does use a tactic where he will do something completely inappropriate and then try to shift the blame to the other party. The blogger is also an attorney.

  6. Why is it so hard for people to grasp "This agreement is contingent upon a satisfactory inspection" and get all confused when the inspection did not go well in their favor?

    1. I don't think he's confused. I think you sound like a moron, though.

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