• Report: #756626

Complaint Review: First Cornerstone Group TRUSTED BUSINESS | Ripoff Report Verified™ …businesses you can trust. First Cornerstone Group dedicated to helping families live the American Dream of home ownership, upgrading multi-family properties into communities of opportunity. First Cornerstone Group combines affordable housing environment with life skills training, FCG guides its residents to own their own destinies.

  • Submitted: Tue, July 26, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, January 04, 2016

  • Reported By: California United States of America
First Cornerstone Group, LLC
1345 Campbell Rd st 200 Houston, Texas United States of America

First Cornerstone Group REVIEW: Customer Satisfaction Commitment: First Cornerstone Group LLC offers not only a money back guarantee but also rewards each customer with a "90 day Challenge" where First Cornerstone Group LLC will back in full the cost of the program for any customer that closes a deal in their first 90 days.hr width="100%" bgcolor="000000">*UPDATE: Recognized by Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Program as a safe business service. First Cornerstone Group pledges to always resolve any issues: feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with First Cornerstone Group recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.

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EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to First Cornerstone Group for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with First Cornerstone Group have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. First Cornerstone Group listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

First Cornerstone Group,LLC Principal Mr. Lance Edwards has informed us that his personal philosophy is that his clients success are the heart of his business. As a successful real estate investor, Mr. Edwards feels it is critical to provide a detailed blueprint for all activities involved in a profitable real estate transaction. This way each client has all the tools to effectively transact real estate deals.

One of the things Ripoff Report learned is the course of the review is that typical feedback reads, First Cornerstone Group LLC truly communicate all aspects of the service in a timely manner. We are pleased with the responsiveness that the employees showed us. They are serious about meeting commitments and deliver on their promises.

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The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Lance Edwards during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward First Cornerstone Group.

First Cornerstone Group LLC is a real estate education and marketing company. Their specialty is in small apartments and teaching both new and experienced real estate investors how to get started in small apartments and scale up to mid-size and large apartment buildings. The education aspect of the business consists of seminars, home study programs, webinars, coaching programs. Lance Edwards, stated the following about his company, "our vision is to...provide real estate investing to as many people as possible who are looking to get started and change their financial situation."



Leads for First Cornerstone Group LLC are provided through various venues including marketing partners who host webinars, paid advertising, and through presentations at real estate clubs around the country. Once a customer expresses interest in their product they will receive a copy of Lance Edwards book "How To Make Big Money In Small Apartments". This book highlights the company and their processes.

CUSTOMER CARE & COMPLAINT RESOLUTION FIRST CORNERSTONE GROUP

During the onsite interview, Mr. Edwards was asked to describe some of the common complaints that First Cornerstone Group LLC receives. Mr. Edwards expressed that if there is a complaint with their company it is in correlation with 30 day guarantee policy. If a customer purchases their services they receive both physical and electronic products. However, if the customer decides the product is not for them they can return the physical materials within 30 days for a refund. Additionally, even if the customer returns the products they can keep the digital downloads, "you get to keep our intellectual property, and our business systems just for trying the program...we have a very generous return policy and a very reasonable one." If a complaint arises it is because the customer in question didn't return the product within 30 days.

When asked to comment on complaints posted on Ripoff Report's website Mr. Edwards expressed that the comments were along the lines of the previously mentioned complaints with the addition of false statements made by a former employee. In order to assure future and current clients Mr. Edwards recommends visiting their website apartmentchampions.com, "which is dedicated exclusively to success stories of our clients." The testimonials are given through video and audio testimonies, "actual people giving their story." It should also be noted that First Cornerstone Group LLC has been in business since 2007, and maintains a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. When asked what type of changes they have made to honor their commitment to make things right with the customer per the request of Ripoff Report, Mr. Edwards expressed that First Cornerstone Group LLC has put forth a great effort into their communication as a company. This includes moving their correspondences with clients to a ticketing system. This allows First Cornerstone Group LLC to make sure that all inquiries are addressed in a timely manner.

Mr. Edwards is pleased to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program. Mr. Edwards further stated, "being a part of this advocacy program is very important to us, we are very pleased to have this opportunity."



FIRST CORNERSTONE GROUP STATEMENTS FROM CEO – LANCE EDWARDS

" We are a premier commercial real estate training company in the United States. With First Cornerstone Group you'll always receive a comprehensive solution to your real estate training needs. Please take time to review our site, learn about the various programs we have and how we can best assist you in achieving your goals with real estate investing.

First Cornerstone Group, LLC's First Cornerstone Group, LLC team have expressed that they feel confident doing their job First Cornerstone Group, LLC takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, "First Cornerstone Group, LLC takes employees satisfaction as well as employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as, First Cornerstone provides a very positive environment to work. There are opportunities for growth and the company enjoys being one of the fastest growing company in Houston and applying for the Inc 500 as well " Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that First Cornerstone Group, LLC's past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.

STATED IMPROVEMENTS FROM FIRST CORNERSTONE GROUP

First Cornerstone Group, LLC recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, First Cornerstone Group, LLC has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.



In summary, after our review, which included discussions with First Cornerstone Group, LLC recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, First Cornerstone Group, LLC has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience. In summary, after our review, which included discussions with "First Name / Last Name", Ripoff Report is convinced that First Cornerstone Group, LLC is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction., Ripoff Report is convinced that First Cornerstone Group, LLC is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

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Ripoff Report has determined that First Cornerstone Group meets Ripoff Report Verified™ standards which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. Members of the Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction program do pay a fee for our on-site review, 24 hour monitoring and for support with customers to resolve any disagreements.

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NOW TO THE ORIGINAL REPORT THAT WAS FILED

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First Cornerstone Group, LLC Lance Edwards Just wants your money! Houston, Texas

I signed up after listening to his is webinar and list of add-ons for acting now for the Apartment Building Wealth Program "getting your deals funded." The cost was $750. with a trial mentoring program. With a 30 day guarantee. This was an internet down load for the add on incentives and hard copy of program via mail. I didnt get access for one week after signing up.  So the 30day guarantee was a joke and I found that out when I tried to cancel. I received the hard copy in the mail and almost fell out of my seat. Complete Crap!. I received: a DVD with a webinar audio and video, also in the package was an additional CD with the same audio he was also nice enough to send a transcript of the DVD. I was never able to find the additional add-ons on his web site either.  Needless to say I sent in a formal cancel notice and sent the crap back to him. They said I didn't send the program back within 30 days and continued to slam my card. I had to call my bank and cancel the card. To this day I still get emails from them saying my card is no good as they try to run additional funds. This crap cost me $1,125 dollars and I got nothing. He just wants the money folks. Stay away!!

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 07/26/2011 11:10 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/First-Cornerstone-Group-LLC/Houston-Texas-77055/First-Cornerstone-Group-LLC-Lance-Edwards-Just-wants-your-money-Houston-Texas-756626. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Lance Edwards

AUTHOR: Steve - (United States of America)

I thought it was a rip off at first too but when I asked for a refund; I got it within a reasonable amount of time. I then tried him again later after searching through different ways to deal in real estate or multi-family homes with other guru's. I've made some really good money since then and it was very helpful but it's not for everyone. Some things were outdated but the training information wasn't. I noticed one of his websites had the incorrect date for a virtual training course. I called them and they explained it wasn't updated but gave me all the information I needed. Sorry you had trouble with them, don't really have a solution for you so hope it all works out.

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#2 UPDATE Employee

Student Failed to Read Contract

AUTHOR: First Cornerstone Group, LLC - (USA)

Each student that signs up for any of our Virtual Boot Camps must sign a contract. This protects our company as well as our students. Our contract, which this student did in fact sign and return to us, clearly states that they have until 5:00 p.m. Central of the day following the scheduled release date of the second video to cancel and receive a refund.  As you can see, this is not a 30-day cancellation policy.

What we do offer 30-day cancellation on is our Apprentice Program, which is a free trial each student is automatically signed up for when they purchase any of our Virtual Boot Camps. They have 30 days FROM THEIR PURCHASE DATE to opt-out and if they do not, they will be charged for the Apprentice Program and are then committed to a minimum of 90 days in the program. This is all clearly stated (not in small print) in our contract that the student signs.

The bottom line is that this student did not read the contract before signing it. We can not be held responsible for every student who chooses to sign a contract without reading it. Also, this particular student did not ask for a refund or send back any materials. He opted-out almost a month past the 30 days that we allow.
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