Report: #813317

Complaint Review: Ripoff Report | Equity Build inc.

  • Submitted: Fri, December 23, 2011
  • Updated: Fri, July 11, 2014
  • Reported By: only the truth — oak lawn Illinois USA
  • Equity Build inc.
    1083 Collier
    Marco Island, Florida
    United States of America

EquityBuild - EquityBuild Finance REVIEW: EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance are commited to customer satisfaction, EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance implemented strategic changes to insure clients success, focusing on delivering clients new high return opportunities that serve as one of the very few safe, high return options available in today's market. Nationwide
*UPDATE: Recognized by Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Program as a safe business service – EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance pledges to always resolve any issues, feel safe, confident & secure when doing business with EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance 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 EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance for its commitment to excellence in customer service.

Ripoff Report’s discussions with EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance have uncovered an ongoing commitment 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 complaints or concerns.EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity for continuous improvement to ensure investment outcomes are always the best they can be.
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The information provided in this report is based on comments made Shaun Cohen and his staff during an on-site inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward the Equity Build.

Equity Build is a complete turnkey real estate investment company that helps investors identify and purchase distressed properties to turn them into profitable investments. The company states that they have no real competitors in the industry because no one provides the full spectrum of services they provide to clients. Through their ownership’s philosophy’s, they feel they are set apart because they work to build relationships with investors and meet with them face to face. Additionally, they have developed intelligent systems through their turnkey products.

To acquire potential customers, Equity Build attracts leads through internet marketing campaigns. The company contacts potential leads 6 times within 9 days to initiate contact and sends them a welcome email. Once contact is established, the company classifies potential leads to discover if they are interested, qualified or uninterested in the company’s products. If contact is not made with the lead, they are put into a nurturing system to introduce them to different aspects of the company. The company states, “Every client wants to be a part of Equity Build, we do not perform cold calls. We take our products and form it to fit the customer. We seek to understand the customer first and then inform them of products available to them second.”

Internally, Equity Build has had more sales then they have the ability to handle. To remedy this, the company is looking to hire a Sale Manager who would be in charge of communication. Equity Build’s Vice President, Shaun Cohen stated, “We do not normally have complaints because we operate with transparency and can see issues that might come up.” He went on to explain that real estate is not always what it seems and if things do not go well, the company will always rectify it; even if that means losing profit. The company recognizes that there is no such thing as a perfect company, but they have never had a formal complaint. Equity Build feels it is their job to manage expectations and to ensure the client understands the company is going to finish what they start to their satisfaction. An example of this was in 2008 at the collapse of the real estate market. The company advised a client to purchase a distressed property that was subject to appraisal prior to renovation at approximately $170,000. The work took 2-3 months to complete and the client needed to own the property for at least 6 months in order to qualify for the opportunity to refinance. During the course of the 6 months of ownership, the housing market dropped and forced 8 homes on the same street into foreclosure. This caused the value of the property to drop to $30,000-$40,000 after the client had already invested $130,000 into the property. To solve the issue, Equity Build took over ownership of the property and the note.

Furthermore, the company explained that they do not have any real complaints filed against them. Cohen stated, “The complaint on Ripoff Report is not a legitimate complaint because it was in regards to someone they sued. The deal referenced did not go the way it should have and Equity Build continued to make proper payments. No one lost money. We consider this to be a legacy project because it predates our current systems in place. It comes down to the people that you do business with must have the same integrity. Now, all legal systems are in place to avoid this from happening again.”

Equity Build feels that Ripoff Report’s Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program is a kin to the Better Business Bureau as they have to be accredited to be worthy of their stamp of approval. They feel it is necessary to go through Ripoff Report’s due diligence because people trust them and it gives prospective clients a peace of mind. The company tries to “do whatever it takes” to make the client happy, but in order to encounter change, you have to do something wrong in the first place. The company has tripled their output and with that, the feel there is a greater responsibility to their clients. Cohen states, “We make changes every day, whether that is in working with new lawyers to develop contracts or new systems due to growth. We make financial commitments to implement solutions.” An example of this was when the company transitioned from hiring general contractors that bid on jobs to project managers that work directly with subcontractors. The company felt that they had a higher level of control when working this way because if they needed to hire more or different subcontractors to keep within deadline, they had the flexibility to implement solutions.

Shaun Cohen stated, “Equity Build has a strong moral background with a spiritual mission. I sit down with all employees and make sure they understand that and execute it properly. We try to help as many people as we can to become independently wealthy. The more money you have, the more you can save, the more you can consume, the more you can donate, and the world becomes better. I use my business as a means to turn around the economy in some way. Everyone at Equity Build recognizes that and it becomes their ambition.”

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EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance's principal, Mr Jerry Cohen, has informed is that his business philosophy amounts to total dedication to leveraging every detail for his client's benefit and never resting on yesterday's knowledge. As a successful businessman, Mr. Cohen feels it is critical to listen to his clients and respond properly. By always putting his customers first, Mr. Cohen expects to maintain EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance as successful enterprises both now and for many years to come.

Another top executive of the company told us that Mr. Cohen's personal business philosophy is based on the premise that "strives to treat it's client's investment capital with reverence”. EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance's mission statement says it all: "We commit ourselves to total dedication to achieving our customer's investment objectives" Some of the other things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its investigation: typical customer feedback reads: “EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance (and Mr. Cohen) truly communicate all aspects of their system in a timely and effective manner. We are very pleased with the responsiveness that he and his employees show us. They are serious about meeting commitments, and deliver on all their promises."

EquityBuild / Statements from the owner.

Our client's have worked hard to accumulate some capital. We take our responsibility to understand them and their objectives and to tirelessly work to deliver the results they seek as a solemn duty. Call us for a free, no obligation consultation and see why our dedication to fully understanding you and your investment objectives and delivering the results you want with complete respect for your personal risk tolerance make us the best option for wealth and passive income building. Experience the advantages of our total dedication and the more than a century of experience of our management team."

EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this: "EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance provide a very positive environment to work. Opportunities for suggestions and improvements are encouraged. Jerry is truly concerned about our contribution to the company and providing growth opportunities for us. He takes the time to listen and communicate with employees and customers." Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance's is dedicated to its pledge to total commitment to delighting it's clients and employees.


EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance 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 Investigation EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance have 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 investigation, which included discussions with Mr. Cohen and many of his past and current associates, Ripoff Report is convinced that EquityBuild and EquityBuild Finance are committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

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Equity Build inc. Jerry Cohen If you are thinking of doing business with Equity Build you need to read this NOW! Marco Island, Florida

If you are thinking about doing business with Equity Build you need to read this!

Equity Build or Equity out of Florida has been buying properties in Chicago for the last 5 years. And finally someone is going to investigate them. If you are a private lender you are probably a private lender without much experience. The private lenders they use dont go back to them and with good reason.

Equity Build promises their inexperienced lenders the opportunity of HIGH returns, much more than they are getting in the bank. The reason Equity Build uses these never before private lenders is because no one will give Equity Build any underwriting guidelines. So they can use the borrowers funds to fund Equity Builds original purchase. No other Title company in Chicago will even allow this other than the title company Equity Build uses. That company is City Suburban Title Company out of down town Chicago.

It gets much better, the inexperienced lender will never know that the properties have no appraisals at all just someone putting together some comps. And even worse the borrowers that Equity Build finds dumb enough to buy these properties come in with zero down. They borrowers just come in with the fee to pay Equity Build for getting the loan.

So with the banking crisis that is going on if any legitimate lender were to lend to these also inexperienced would be investors they would require the Borrower to have bought investment properties in the past and put down at least 35% and not ZERO down. To insure the lender is secure.

You see Equity Build doesnt care about the lender because they can only use the lender once because once the lender loses money they will never lend again. Or like in most cases wont have the ability seeing they would have lost their investment.

Look up a property at 1401 west 109th place in Chicago. The lender and borrower are both screwed. Equity Build lined up a private lender and a inexperienced investor to buy the property. Equity Build used the borrowers funds to purchase the property and then sold it back to them for a HUGE profit. Problem is the property still stands there and is in demolition court. The property has so much wrong with it that its best use is to tear it down.

The rents never came in for the inexperienced investor and the inexperienced lender will soon have a vacant lot for all the money they put into this project.

Below is a link to the ccrd website so you can look up some of the properties Equity Build has been involved with. Remember if it sounds to good to be true it probably is.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Equity Build Finance

AUTHOR: Pat G. - ()

I have not done business with Equity Build so I can't comment on the company itself.  But I can comment on the location of the Chicago properties shown on Equity Build's website.  I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and visited Chicago less than a year ago, so I am very familiar with the Chicago areas shown on Equity Build's website.  

Although I don't like saying it (since I was born and raised in some of these areas and there are some good people in these areas), most of the locations shown on Equity's website are in a "war zone".  There are some improvements being made to a handful of pockets in the areas.  So know what and where you're buying or financing; certain areas are not safe -  which will impact the quality of tenants, re-financing opportunities and the re-sale value of the property. 

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#2 General Comment

Equity Build is real

AUTHOR: CJ - (United States of America)

I would like to know if the person who wrote the original report has ever bought a property?  I have bought 8 properties from Equity Build and have had a genuine good business experience with them.  They have been responsive, ethical, and done everything they said they would do within their control.  Creative financing is necessary these days with the tightening of lending within the banking world.  If you had to bring 20-30% as a downpayment for each property it would take you awhile to build your portfolio of properties.  Equity Build puts the project and financing together so you don't have to worry about it.  If you are interested in expanding your portfolio of real estate and you don't have the time to do it yourself, Equity Build is the way to go.
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