Expert Profile: Bill Barnett
G. William Barnett II has amassed a fortune as a real estate investor since he began buying and selling properties in 1997. His good fortune began when he ended a disastrous real estate entrepreneurial adventure with a partner who went on a drinking binge, barricaded himself in a house they had just sold, and refused to let the new owners in. Determined to find a way to profit from real estate with a lot less hassle, he started attending the monthly meetings of the Dallas Association of Independent Real Estate Owners (AIREO). Before long, his paths crossed with Robert G. Allen, the renowned real estate investment guru whose bestselling books include Nothing Down, Creating Wealth, and Multiple Streams of Income. By diligently applying Allen’s winning investment strategies, plus devising a few of his own, Barnett made a bundle in real estate in less than 120 days.
Barnett went from being one of Allen’s best students to being one of his six instructors. Traveling with Allen, Barnett gives intensive 3-day seminars on real-estate investing to more than 100 people just about every weekend, runs a live 90-minute evening teleconference reaching an audience of another 100-plus weekly, and frequently speaks at local real estate clubs and associations around the country. In the midst of his demanding schedule, he wrote a book to share his foolproof wealth-building formula with everyone, ARE YOU DUMB ENOUGH TO BE RICH?: The Amazingly Simple Way to Make Millions in Real Estate (AMACOM; June 24, 2003). “It only takes a small dose of success coupled with a marginal shift in thinking to change your destiny,” writes Barnett.
Before establishing himself as a real estate investor, Barnett was a television producer of a nationally-syndicated program whose story was chronicled in the book The Great Communicators. He also worked as a stockbroker and in the financial services arena of a saving and loan. For fun, he has served as a scout for a major college football bowl game and spent two years on the pit crew of an Indy Racing League Team. Over the course of his career, he has worked alongside or shared the speaking platform with wide-ranging luminaries, including Mark Victor Hansen, Zig Ziglar, Wally “Famous” Amos, Paul Harvey, Art Linkletter, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Dr. Robert Schuller, Earl Nightingale, Victor Kiam, and Chili’s founder Norman Brinker.
In addition to his teaching and speaking commitments, Barnett is Director of Acquisitions at CAPSTONE Properties Group. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his trusted partner in buying and selling properties, his wife Kris Barnett.
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