Meet Frank McKinney: Real Estate Artist, 5-time International Bestselling Author, super hero meets Robin Hood, Philanthro-Capitalist, Risk-Taker, Ultramarathoner, Actor and Visionary who sees opportunities and creates markets where none existed before.
Upon attending his 4th high school in 4 years (he was asked to leave the first 3), Frank earned his high school diploma with a less-than-stellar 1.8 GPA
Then, at 18, with $50 in his pocket and without the benefit of further education, Frank left his native Indiana for Florida in search of what he refers to as his professional highest calling.
In his first Florida job he earned $180 a week, waking at 4:00am, to dig sand traps by hand on a Deerfield Beach golf course.
On May 19, 1986 Frank McKinney founded his real estate investment company and bought his first $50,000 fixer-upper, selling it a few months later for a $7,000 profit.
Now, 28 years later, McKinney creates real estate markets where others dare to tread. He has built spec homes (homes built without a buyer) valued in the tens of millions of dollars.
A true Renaissance man with a charming flair, he is without peer in the risky world of speculative high-end real estate, shattering price records with each new project.
And his latest? Frank just created then SOLD "Acqua Liana," the world's largest and most opulent triple certified (USGBC, FGBC & Energy Star) green mansion at $22,900,000!
With the sale of Acqua Liana and other oceanfront property, Frank McKinney proves once again to be a market maker, and declares the real estate market "bubble proof" if approached properly, as he references in great detail in his new, bestselling real estate book Burst This! Frank McKinney's Bubble-Proof Real Estate Strategies.
Each of the estate homes Frank creates is a one-of-a-kind work of art, infused with vivid imagination and designed on a canvas of sun-drenched Atlantic ocean (just look at the videos and photos on the preceding Acqua Liana link!).
Accordingly, Frank McKinney is now known around the globe as a Real Estate "Artist," and the creative force behind some of the world's finest and most magnificent mansions ever built.
Prior to the sale of his new multi-million dollar "Acqua Liana" mansion, he had sold, with an asking price of $50 Million, the largest and most expensive spec home ever created, containing 72 rooms, 32,000 square feet, 12 bedrooms, 18 baths, and a 14 car garage.
Since his first $2.2 million oceanfront spec home in 1992, Frank McKinney has created and sold 41 oceanfront properties with an average selling price over $14 million.
In addition to his real estate artistry, Frank McKinney has now become a 5-time International Bestselling Author, and is focusing more attention on his books and writing.
In addition to his first two books (2002 & 2006 respectively), Frank recently released three new books simultaneously, each representing a distinctly different genre (business/real estate, spiritual/inspirational & young reader/fantasy).
All three new books are published by Health Communications, Inc., best known for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Frank's new titles are; i) The Tap, ii) Burst This! Frank McKinney's Bubble-Proof Real Estate Strategies, and iii) Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle.
Visit www.The-Tap.com, www.Burst-This.com or www.Dead-Fred.com to read more about these exciting new bestsellers!
During their recent launch, each made it to #1 (The Tap), #2 (Burst This!) and #5 (Dead Fred) on Amazon's bestseller list for their respective genre, a literary feat never before accomplished!
Ever the Renaissance man, Frank added another talent to his vast list of accomplishments. He recently had a lead role in the movie "Infidel." Visit www.InfidelTheMovie.net to learn more.
Frank attributes his varied and phenomenal success to a set of life and business philosophies, which he began formulating during his years as a young entrepreneur.
These principles, found in his first bestselling book Make it BIG!, have guided him through some very tough times, and by following them he has created a life filled with personal and spiritual fulfillment.
Due to the overwhelming success of Frank's first book, his first publisher, John Wiley & Sons, NY, contracted with him to author his second bestseller in 2006: "Frank McKinney's Maverick Approach To Real Estate Success-How You Can Go from a $50,000 Fixer-Upper to a $100 Million Mansion!"
Recent news/press and reviews on Mr. McKinney's artistry or books can be found by clicking here: http://www.frank-mckinney.com/press_archive.asp or, http://www.frank-mckinney.com/news_archive.asp
Frank McKinney is also a sought after speaker, is an ultra-marathon runner (footraces of 100+ miles) and an accomplished demolition derby driver.
Where does he find all the creative inspiration?
A little known fact is that Mr. McKinney actually creates and designs his oceanfront artistry from his lavish oceanfront treehouse office perched 25 feet above sea level, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
He also wrote all five of his bestsellers from this serene location!
The Frank McKinney brand has captivated the media and public for over a quarter century.
His vision and risk-taking have been the subject of numerous international television, radio and print features.
Frank was recently featured on ABC's 20/20 with Martin Bashir, the cover of USA Today, the Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS' The Early Show, CNN, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, HGTV, CBN TV, National Public Radio (NPR), in The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, Barrons, Town and Country, Robb Report, The Nightly Business Report (PBS) and in over 2,000 additional TV and print stories.
You can view a "greatest hits" compilation video of some of his media appearances here: http://www.frank-mckinney.com/franks_greatest_hits.html
This website alone, www.frank-mckinney.com, receives more than one million visitors a year! If you enjoy your time here, pass it along!
Armed with rock star looks, a disarming personality, and a willingness to attempt what others don't even dream of, Frank McKinney has truly earned his nickname of the "daredevil developer," and the "real estate rock czar," defying both conventional wisdom and the predictions of others to achieve success on his terms.
Mr. McKinney's daredevil side is irrepressible-he races and jumps motorcycles (he jumped a motorcycle over a replica of his 1st $50,000 home at the launch party for his 3 recent bestsellers!).
He performed his first illusionary feat at the Grand Unveiling of Acqua Liana where he magically disappeared from the rooftop 60 feet above sea level, only to reappear seconds later from a coffin that had been buried six feet under ground!
Witness the amazing show by clicking: http://www.timecapsulefilms.net/FrankMcKinney/Montage_Master_Final_Md.wmv
For fun Frank has a dirt bike race track in his back yard, participates in demolition derbys around the country and drives to his projects in a presidential blue 1988 Yugo or 1971 AMC Matador.
He is without a doubt one of the most visionary, courageous, paradoxical and "contrary" real estate entrepreneurs and authors of our time.