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Modern Neighborhood

A Real Estate Investing Coach,
Cohort & Online Course Like No Other

Avoid costly mistakes. Move quickly on deals. Create personal accountability.
Begin your real estate investing journey with Ortus Academy’s Reliable Real Estate Investing Cohorts.

New Cohort Starting in JuLY


Claim Yours Today!

If you’re here, you probably already know that:

  1. Real estate investing is a golden ticket to an easier life

  2. The internet is full of free resources to teach you everything you could possibly want to know  

  3. Information alone, without any structure, guidance, and accountability isn’t enough to get you over the fear of making costly mistakes


The internet is amazing, but it won’t give you structure. It won’t give you personalization, and it certainly won’t give you accountability. 


Real estate investing can be very daunting. Opportunities move fast and the costs of mistakes are high. 

Hear from our current members why this investment goes far beyond what you could accomplish alone 

Whether it’s finding and analyzing investment opportunities in a sea of competition, choosing the right contractor to renovate a flip, securing the financing to leverage someone else’s capital, or negotiating the contingencies of a contract, you need to be able to move QUICKLY and RELIABLY.  


Investing in real estate is one of the best paths to build net worth and passive income, but if you want to make this dream happen for yourself, you’ll need three things:

  • A proven system of tools, processes, and resources to find, analyze and execute deals in a fast and secure way

  • Experienced coaches to answer your questions and give you the confidence to break through your fears and hesitations

  • The right people around you to hold you accountable and support the different aspects of your real estate business

Black Washed Wall

"This course literally paid for itself 10 times over DURING THE COURSE"


"Between the content that is provided in each course and the knowledge, wisdom, and stories that Ben Lyons shares with us, you will leave this course with information that will save and or make you money almost immediately, depending on where you are in your REI journey.


I would recommend this course to anyone starting out in REI or thinking of getting into it. This course is very interactive and includes healthy levels of accountability."

~ Andrew

A Cohort 1 Real Estate Investor from Baltimore, MD

Are You Ready to Invest In Your Future?

Here's The deal!

  • Instruction - 12+ Hours of pre-recorded content that covers every topic you'll need to begin investing with confidence 

  • Coaching - Eight 90-Minute live zoom classes that expand on the lessons and provide you a space to ask questions and evaluate deals together 

  • Resources - Digital tools and guides to help you easily evaluate investment opportunities, risks, and your return on investment

  • Expertise - Access to our Wealth Strategist Ben Lyons and his nearly 40 years of real estate expertise 

  • Accountability - Guided course structure with project milestones to keep you moving forward

Next Cohort Dates July - August


Monthly Accountability Calls - You'll get 12 calls with Ben Lyons, The Ortus Team, & other experts for follow-up questions and support!

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Two Cohorts Available:

No product

No product

Each Cohort is limited to 20 spaces to make sure that you get the attention and personalization you deserve.

The experiences will be the same, the only difference is meeting times.

Black Washed Wall

"Awesome Course for New Real Estate Investors  - This course was fantastic!"


"It walks you through the entire process of investing:
Lending, finding properties, evaluating them, construction, etc…
A lot of info is packed into the classes, but the team does an amazing job
to make sure everyone understands and has the tools necessary to move forward.

If you've been thinking about investing or want to learn more,
I highly recommend starting here."

~ Issac

A Cohort 1 Real Estate Investor from Los Angeles, CA.

This experience will teach you: 

  • How to Find and Evaluate Investment Opportunities:
    From prospecting to renovations to valuations, we'll help you spot a great deal from a bad one.


  • How to Mitigate Risk Each Step of the Process:
    Learn how to finance the deal, manage the renovations, manage the property, and protect yourself legally.


  • Build Your Support Team & Organization System:
    Build a trusted team around you to support you each step of the way, set up an LLC, and the processes to manage tenants with ease.

While our focus in this course is investing both in residential turnkey and BRRRR (Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat) rentals, the lessons from BRRRR apply directly to flipping and wholesaling as well. 

Still Unsure?

Set up a free call with Aaron Velky, Ortus Academy's CEO,
to get all of your questions answered and learn how
we can help you get started investing in real estate.

Analyze any investment property quickly


The Rental Property Analysis Tool

We'll provide you with a downloadable tool that makes it easy to analyze rental properties, BRRRR’s, and fix & flips.


This tool will walk you through every major component of analyzing a potential property and will provide you valuable insights to help you avoid costly mistakes and earn you hundreds of thousands of dollars. ​

w/ enrollment to RREI

a $120/year value

Real Estate Investing Downloadable Guides

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​We've made a number of great checklists and guides that you can download or print and take with you on-site to properties you are evaluating or own.

  • How to assess a deal​

  • How to calculate repair costs

  • Whom to Hire - and a step-by-step guide of which questions to ask

  • And so many more

w/ enrollment to RREI

a $359 value

Black Washed Wall

"Wish I had made this decision earlier in my life!"


"Ben has so much experience and insight to share. 

I wish I had met him (and you guys) earlier in my life!

You all come across as very relatable, which reduced my anxiety to get started and made the strategies you taught us feel even more attainable.

The experience was very well organized and the tools you provide are fantastic."

~ Hunter

A Cohort 1 Real Estate Investor from Charleston, SC.

Is This Opportunity Right For Me?

This course is right for you if:

  • You want or need the added accountability of peers and experts guiding you and making sure you move forward. 

  • Education is something you value, and getting information from credible sources and quality leaders matters.

  • You benefit from working with a cohort of people that can ask questions and present new perspectives to help you in your journey.

  • You value investing in yourself now for the added benefit of saving you time and money in the future.

  • You believe that with the right knowledge and support, you can overcome the fear of costly mistakes (we all hear nightmare stories!) that prevent you from ever starting.

  • You want to create urgency so that you’re pulled forward into a future of investing rather than pulled back into waiting. We all know one friend that says it but never does it!

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Meet Your Real Estate Advisor

Ben Lyons is a 37-year veteran of the mortgage banking and real estate industries. He began his career in 1983 immediately after graduating high school, and by the age of 25, he owned 100 rental properties and a million-dollar lending business. Since then, he has been an initial investor and large shareholder of a commercial bank, a title company, a consumer finance company, and three mortgage banks. 

He has owned and managed over 375 residential and commercial real estate projects, and his lending organizations have produced more than 6.5 billion dollars in mortgages. 

After serving on the boards of several schools, he now volunteers to teach personal finance and has written a book about increasing wealth through mortgage investing called “Be the Bank” and is releasing a new book, "From Worry to Wealth" later this year.

Ben is married with four children and lives in Jacksonville, Florida, and Baltimore, Maryland.

Ortus Academy has partnered with Ben to bring a qualified, practiced, and proven real estate investment system to you. Ben's experience and knowledge combined with our skills in financial education and online training will provide you access to an expert real estate course like no other.


We believe that together, we can reshape the landscape of real estate investment ownership by providing thousands of individuals with this practical education. 

Your Guides Along the Way


Ortus Academy is a leader in Financial Intelligence, taking social and emotional education to the world of finance. We've been featured on Millionaire MindsetTechnical.lywUSA9, worked with companies like the Motley Fool, Sylvan Learning Center, the Stacking Benjamins Show, Startup Grind, PNC Bank, Johns Hopkins, and more!


We've worked with over 5,000 people and built programs for young adults just getting started, adults trying to figure it all out and get organized, as well as the more advanced students and investors.

We're glad you're here as we launch this next real estate investing cohort and bring our talents, proprietary and educational tools, and candid personalities.

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Coach Aaron Velky

Coach Aaron, Ortus Academy's CEO, will be there to help guide our conversations and ensure we get the most out of Ben's experience.


Coach Gabe Bustos

Coach Gabe, Ortus Academy's Director of Education, has been apprenticing with Ben and will be your main guide. 


Coach Josh Massey

Coach Josh, Ortus Academy's COO, will be there to provide support, from the technical side but also as an experienced property owner. 

Black Washed Wall

"A Tremendous Value to Real Estate Professionals"


"I think there is tremendous value, especially for Real Estate Agents & Brokers.

We already have knowledge of the market and have put in a lot of time and effort into learning our areas, comps, and building a network. We are able to get in the real estate investing game faster and move faster when opportunities arise.

We're already few steps ahead, but the lessons in this course allowed me to
jump even further ahead and have even more tools to evaluate opportunities."

~ Ghyslain

A Cohort 1 Real Estate Investor from Montreal, Quebec

Two Cohorts Available:

Each Cohort is limited to 20 spaces to make sure that you get the attention and personalization you deserve. The experiences will be the same, the only difference is meeting times.

No product

No product


The Course Curriculum

  • How do I know if this is right for my family?
    If you’ve found yourself wanting to have the conversation of money, value, overspending, credit, investing, careers and all those other money intricacies but are not sure where to start, this might be for you. If you are noticing the sweeping trends of overindulgence, marketing to younger audiences, a numbness to debt, and a lack of mindfulness with our money, than this is definitely for you. If you are mindful of the way in which you grew up using and holding money, and feel that because of your history you made a few money decisions that you wish you could go back and fix, then this product is most certainly for you and your family. We spent a lot of time listening and creating the conversations we wish our parents, peers, teachers and friends would have had when it comes to money, and it is certainly for those of you that feel that the way the world is changing with usage of technology and money requires a new type of conversation; one that has less to do with the optimization of your rate of return and more about how easy it is to grow up in overspending culture.
  • This won't work for us.
    Developing Financial Intelligence, like any true and deep learning, is a process, not a product. Money Club is a part of that process - usually the kick start of it. As you take this course, the objective is not to give you ALL the information that is available, it’s to curate an experience and help you develop a relationship with money that’s healthy. As you explore our amazing community and education within, we would invite you to try it at no risk. If you’ve taken the time to invest in this process and aren’t having the kinds of progressive conversation or moments of self-understanding or the positive learning experiences, then you may certainly reach out to us for a full refund of your investment.
  • We won't have time for this.
    We've built Money Club to be broken into TED talk style videos, interactive mini-games, and real world step by step tools. Given we know the realities of running a family, each segment is broken down into bite size chunks, as small as 2-3 minutes and as long as 15. It's designed to help you play a video when you have the time, then start a discussion - in the car, at home over dinner, in an uber - wherever you are! The total run time is still being determined, but it's expected to be a go-as-you-please course that adds a lot of dynamic to your overall education and activity demands.
  • They'll get this education somewhere else.
    We hope so, but the reality is, it’s unlikely. We’ve seen a lot of ‘financial education’ come and go – but it’s all focused on the mechanics of money, rather than the behaviors and habits that we develop that ultimately doom us. More importantly, the question is when – when will they learn it? Will they come to the epiphany after hundreds of thousands of credit card debt? Or will they look to get more formally educated after they spiral into credit card debt that is sweeping through young adults and families? Or will they get this at home on your time and your dime? The most important thing to us is that they learn about this subject early, not only so they avoid mistakes, but so they make decisions that are in line with their values and long term goals. Our Money Club ecosystem is designed to be the most robust learning path and community so that they can develop their own pathway forward and ask the questions that come up in a supported network before they make the wrong choices. We all know someone that made a wrong turn. We don’t want your child to become one of those people.
  • This seems like it’s for a certain age, right? "
    We say “It’s about STAGE, not AGE.” We all know someone in their 40s that hasn’t figured it all out yet. Just like we know some teens may have had the right guidance and natural curiosity to learn about money. But for most of us, we are all starting at zero, and likely, your kid is too. What’s more possible is that your child has started to learn by observing behaviors and making those behaviors the example. So, now matter how old they are, it’s time to show them what money needs to be about. We’ve had students that were 14, 18, 24 and out of Grad School, 28 and fully employed and beyond. Since we’re talking about the space of Financial Intelligence, it doesn’t matter how old you are. It’s a self-awareness that we’re helping develop, and that’s good at any age!
  • You don’t cover things we need, like checkbook balancing!"
    We live in a new age of money, so we don't talk about a checkbook. It's likely your kid(s) will never use one. Today, bills are paid online, people are sending rent payments with Venmo and Paypal, transactions are tracked online, and you don't need anything, not even a card, to check out at stores. Before you know it, money will be completely digital for them. Even more dangerously, they'll be seeing ads at all turns, and encouraged to spend at each moment, and creating bad habits is really easy. So, our education has to mirror this coming change to help them make positive changes in the way they act. But, we certainly talk about spending, credit, college and loans, and lots more. We also talk about things like social media and the offline versus online self, spending for our identity, how to earn money, the real path to education, investing early, and how budgeting can totally set you free!
  • What’s your qualification? Are you financial advisors?
    Our leadership has a variety of degrees, including Financial Economics. But that didn't provide the right tools for personal money management success either. So like all of us, we’ve had to learn it somewhere else and through mistakes. We’ve been providing financial intelligence education to 1,400+ students in over 30 of the area’s top organizations and private and public institutions, including colleges, high schools, middle schools and special needs schools. It has been awesome to see the success of it, and now this online course takes all we've done and makes it accessible outside of our area or those organizations. We’re not financial advisors, though we have worked with organizations that provide that service both to educate the advisors and to educate their clients. We’re not providing financial advice. This is educational only, and we stand by the intention to provide you the tools to seek out professional support for managing a financial portfolio after you’re more educated.
  • What kind of teachers are you?
    We do have some formal educators on our team, although we are all coaches more than teachers. While we respect the profession, we also see lots of restrictions and felt that we could best impact the world without the rigor that comes with the formal elements of the trade. We have learned a lot coaching sports, martial arts, STEM and other youth pursuits between the members of the team. We learned a lot about what's not in schools. We have over 30,000 student hours of teaching in person, so you can say we’re quite experienced in leading lessons, but we would prefer to call our lessons ‘coaching’ more than teaching because of how interactive it is, which you’ll see mirrored in our online course.
  • What is included in Money Club?
    Money Club is packed with Educational Value! This program includes: ​ - 7.5 Hours of Financial Intelligence education! - Simple, quick and easy lesson formats of as short as 2.5 minutes! - Personalized assessment so you can figure out your own Money Attitude! - 6 total lessons for you and your family! - Proprietary Money Games to apply your learning in a fun way! - Brand New Money Club Before & After Game to test your learning in real life challenges! - Exercises and games to complete at home - alone or with the family - Access to our Money Club Community including Money Club Coaches! - Downloadable resources to use in and out of Money Club! - Interviews with guests including college students, professionals, entrepreneurs, millionaires and more! - Action Items so you can get active with what you’ve learned and start applying it to your day-to-day!

Limited Space Available

There are ONLY 40 spots available.
We will be working closely with each member to provide
guidance and support throughout the entire journey.

This Opportunity will expire!

Applications are being accepted until July 2, 2021.

Enroll Now

Still Unsure?

Set up a free call with Aaron Velky, Ortus Academy's CEO,
to get all of your questions answered and learn how
we can help you get started investing in real estate.

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