I have read that John Beck is a lawyer in California who has been an active real estate investor for over 15 years. He is well-known for writing numerous real estate books and offering a course called "Free and Clear" which is promoted through late night infomercials.
I considered ordering John Beck's program after seeing his infomercials, but as with all business opportunity purchases, I did some research first. The infomercial gave example after example of people buying houses for just a few hundred dollars, which sounded way too good to be true. So I did some homework and here is what I found out.
As with most infomercial products, the actual program sold on TV (the $39.95 course) is just the front end product. The back end product (what they really want you to buy) costs $6000 - $8000 dollars and is nonrefundable. I'm told the telemarketers are extremely pushy and will do anything to get you to buy the consulting.