Do As I Say, Not As I Do: TEAM Round Table Member’s Home Foreclosure [Updated]
Recent discussion about conducting public records searches in for Genesee County, Michigan has revealed another unfortunate financial story1 for a current, high-ranking TEAM Round Table Member. I doubt this story will be covered on Kirk and Cassie Birtle’s blog2, nor will it ever be recited from the TEAM LIFE stage.
Here is the Trulia listing for 11735 Kings Colony, Grand Blanc MI 48439. Some facts about the house:
- The property was the former home of TEAM Policy Council members, Chris and Terri Brady. They purchased the home in 2001 for $550,000.
- TEAM Round Table Members Kirk and Cassie Birtles bought the home from the Brady’s for $500,000 in January, 2008.
- In May, 2010, the property was repossessed by the bank and classified as REO (real-estate owned).
- The house was most recently listed for $212,000 on 6/29/2011, but is currently off the market.
All of this information comes from public records. From the real estate description (bold emphasis mine):
Endless possibilities!! Spacious brick 2-story located in popular Kings Pointe Sub. 5 Bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, open floor plan, fire-lit living room, finished basement, 4 car garage & much more. Home has water damage, missing floor coverings & needs TLC. This property is eligible under the Freddie Mac First Look Initiative through 04/26/11. Owner occupants to receive a 2 yr home warranty at closing.
At the end of the day, however, it doesn’t matter how the house got into disrepair. What is indisputable is the fact the house was foreclosed and the Birtles were the previous owners.
The Birtles once were recognized as MonaVie Diamonds (
they are no longer on the list of Field Leaders they are listed under Endurance Enterprises, Inc. on the MonaVie Field Leaders page, instead of their names3) and are current TEAM Round Table members. They are regular speakers at the Southfield, Michigan Opens, having spoken as recently as January 12, 2012. Shouldn’t the Birtles have been rolling in the dough for the past several years, enough at least to pay for their house?
As I wrote before when revealing the bankruptcy filings of three TEAM Round Table members, the point of this post is not to revel in the misfortunes of the Birtles. Having a home foreclosed or filing for bankruptcy is a life-changing and stressful event. The point I’m making is to reveal the illusion of success in TEAM LIFE.
- If I were a prospect or TEAM Member, would I want to learn about finances from someone who recently filed for bankruptcy? Heck no!
- If I were a prospect or TEAM Member, would I want to learn about real estate from someone who had their home foreclosed? Heck no!
Orrin Woodward talks about experience trumping opinions. I don’t need to have experience with a bankruptcy or a home foreclosure to know that these things are to be avoided!
Update February 8, 2012: We conclude this post with a choice quote from Tim Marks in his post, “Measuring Success: Life Coaches vs. LIFE Coaches” (bold emphasis mine):
Of course, I’m not saying the entire life coaching industry is bad, but it’s not as good as it could be. Why is that? Well it all depends on what’s the most important component – certification or real success. Lack of success in any given area in life doesn’t automatically make a bad person, but it does disqualify someone from giving good advice. Someone who knows successful life principles well enough to teach them ought to live them as well. It just makes sense that to be a successful coach you must first have SUCCESS!!
An exercise for the reader: Think about Tim’s quote when you look at and analyze the TEAM LIFE Leadership.
2 Here is a link to the Birtle’s TEAM Bio.
3 An earlier version of this post stated that the Birtles are no longer listed on the MV Field Leaders page. They are, but under their Endurance Enterprise, Inc. business name.