Real Estate Investing Training for You


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     Philip Elmes, Investor, Developer & Rehabber

When it comes to real estate investing training, when I start something new what I want is just a little guidance. From someone who has ‘been there and done that’…


Thanks for visiting the Urban Rehabber Program web site. I am Philip Elmes. You will find this site is all about real estate investing and real estate investing training. My job is to give you the tools and know-how you need for successful investing.


You and I both know we are now in the most amazing real estate market in years. Fortunes are being made.

The real problem is: Where to find honest, hands-on coaching and real estate courses we all need to succeed – right now! – as a new Real Estate Investor?

Coming up in the real estate business I never found anyone who would “show me the ropes”. Especially when it comes to today’s real estate investing. Selling? Sure, but what about buying, fixing (rehab.) and selling?

That’s where the money is, not in being merely the broker or salesman on the deal.

Starting out investing in real estate.

I guess i had to do it the Hard Way. One deal at a time. Yes, it got expensive. And at that time there weren’t any real estate courses for what I wanted to do–  rehab and investing. It took a while but over time I “got it”.

It does not have to be that way for you! You will find a great deal of Insider Information on this website and by joining in our monthly meetings in Chicago.

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We work at providing real estate training and support that goes far beyond most real estate education programs available today. Our students get results early on and stay in the business, building their real estate portfolios year after year.

It’s no secret. There are amazing investment opportunities today in real estate – Right now, in Chicago and across the country, it’s possible to own 2 or even 3 houses for what two years ago we paid for one. It is the Entrepreneur’s Opportunity of a Lifetime! But you know– We have to be prepared, “know the ropes.” That’s what our program is all about.

Having the Right Tools– Unlike most real estate investing programs, the Tools and Strategies we teach require more smarts than capital. These methods took me many years to master but, just as I’ve helped many others fast-track their way to financial success in real estate, I can help you.

Here’s what one of our students said:

My wife and I are both graduate engineers. That doesn’t mean we knew anything about real estate and rehab. A little over two years ago, we took the Investor/Rehabber Seminar. The [training] prepared us to handle the rehab the correct way.

We saved money on potential mistakes and we were able to keep our ‘holding time’ to a minimum. We learned about everything from budgeting, to construction techniques, dealing with lenders, and more.

The knowledge we gained from Phil and the seminar he teaches enabled us to fast track our business and do more deals per year. In our first deal, immediately following the seminar, we bought a property for $52K, put in $36K, and within 4 months of our purchase, sold for a $22K profit.

We learned real estate rehabbing and wholesaling from Phil and his Urban Rehabber Program. And, we are pleased to report, our net worth has increased significantly due to these activities.

Karen & Hari Kusumakar
Dolton, IL
Training in Real Estate Investing
The rewards are great for those who take the time to apply the valuable real estate training we offer. The median income for real estate agents was less than $46 thousand in 2018 (according to and you can bet it’s little more today. Further proof that working for someone else, even in the real estate field, is not your best road to wealth
It’s About Success The Urban Rehabber Program has created millionaires. Two of our students, Eric and Dwayne, acquired some 24 properties in their first 22 months as partners. Today they have a portfolio in excess of 35 single family, two and three-flat properties. Here’s what Dwayne had to say about the education he received from us:


I tell people all the time that the Investor/Rehabber [Training] is the greatest thing since sliced bread. What Phil teaches about dealing with contractors is a real eye opener, the same thing with appraisers, the courts and Code violations. Most importantly, we could always call Phil with our questions. We now try to help others in the same way. My advice to those thinking about getting into the business is to prepare, read, attend the [workshops] and stay close to the Round Table meetings. Quit talking about it and just do it!

– Dwayne Pierre-Antoine


Many more Investor/Rehabber Program graduates are well on their way, with $1,000,000+ real estate portfolios. The fact is that savvy investors are paying close attention to the exploding need for affordable housing here in Chicago and across the country. And the amazing increase in foreclosures since 2008 created opportunities not seen in years. We’re excited because our program is uniquely prepared and qualified to help you seize on this opportunity.



I just want you to know how grateful I am for all I have learned from the classes I have taken through the Urban Rehabber Program. As a 12 year mortgage loan officer in the business of financing investment property, I can honestly say the Urban Rehabber Program has the BEST practical method for learning, understanding, and succeeding as a Real Estate Investor.

[Phil’s] reputation is reflected in the more than forty successful students and participants who have come to me for mortgage financing of their projects. These participants were successful in their real estate transactions because of your well designed courses and exciting roundtable discussions. They are the fruits of your 40-plus years of labor.
Your Investor/Rehabber training and coaching teaches how to effectively manage (budget) our projects and contractors, the need and importance of a carefully prepared business plan; how to prepare our properties for sale or rental; and have alerted us to investor pitfalls before they happen.. On my own account, after taking the Seminar I was able to successfully complete a project, from purchase, to rehab, to refinance and rental, in 3 1/2 weeks.
Keith E. Gordon, CRMS
Senior Mortgage Consultant
& Real Estate Investor



When it comes to real estate investing, Check Your Sources!
If you’ve read this far, then I’m sure you agree that real estate investing is a realistic method of creating wealth. One of the many obstacles that gets in the way of potential investors is figuring out who to look to for solid information.
If you want to get your piece of the booming distressed property market, it’s very important where or who you take your cues from. When it comes to getting your advice from brokers – real estate or mortgages – consider the source… (And ask if they are investing!)
I’d been buying apartment buildings and ran out of cash. Now I am going to use the strategy of buying and rehabbing single family homes so I can get lots more cash, to buy more buildings and really increase my cash flow.
I have a full plan on getting out of the rat-race. Out of all the real estate groups in Chicago, I keep coming back to this one (over 4 years now).
Phil actually has people doing real estate, not just talking about it. All the attendees who are doing well have been through the seminar – that is why I did it for myself. Now that I have, all my questions are answered.
Al Katz
Corporate Headhunter
Skokie, Il



A Word About Me– In addition to the testimonials you’ve read, here’s a little info about my background– Neighborhood Development Partners (NDP) was founded in mid-2000 as a family-owned real estate business specializing in buying, improving and reselling distressed single family homes and smaller multifamily buildings. I am founder and CEO of NDP, and a licensed real estate broker for over 45 years (now retired).
Since the early ’70s I’ve been actively involved as both a broker and developer of residential and commercial real estate. I am a graduate of Chicago’s Roosevelt University (BA, MA, studying English and history), and have written and lectured on matters relating to real estate rehab, development and marketing.
As the “in-house real estate guy,” I am the primary author and presenter of the Investor/Rehabber Seminar© and related Urban Rehabber™ real estate courses and workshops.
Many things separate our training and coaching program from other real estate books, websites and seminars. I think our ongoing coaching support is near the top of the list.
Check out our monthly real estate investor “round tables”. Since we started, over 14,763 real estate-minded investors have attended our monthly networking and learning Urban Rehabber Round Table. It’s a smart, savvy group. And everybody shares.


Who can you call if you get your information from a book or the internet? I’ve spent six years under the mentorship of Phil and he has introduced me to a lot of different avenues. There’s so much to know! I didn’t even have a business plan! Going into a deal, you have to know what your exit strategy is.
Cheryl Prater
Chicago, Il

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Philip Elmes, Founder
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