Jeff Watson Bio

ImageEmployeeJeffJeffery S. Watson is an attorney who has had an active trial and hearing practice for more than 25 years. As a contingent fee trial lawyer, he has a unique perspective on investing and wealth protection. He has tried over 20 civil jury trials and has handled thousands of contested hearings. Jeff has changed the law in Ohio 4 times via litigation:

Smith v. Rudler – 70 Ohio St.3d 397
In re Hugley – 629 N.E.2d 1136
Bahr v. Progressive Insurance – 2009-Ohio-6641
Snyder v. Snyder – 865 N.E.2d 944

Jeff has also been a real estate investor since 1993, investing in both residential and commercial properties. He currently represents established real estate investors in commercial and residential matters when the transactions involve self-directed retirement accounts. As a frequent and popular guest speaker and teacher on stages and webinars, he has become recognized as a thought leader and innovator in the field of real estate investing, wealth building and self-directed retirement account transactions.

He is a nationally-recognized authority regarding regulatory concerns with wholesaling. He was the co-creator of the Option Contract method that revolutionized the short-sale process. Tens of thousands of investors have used documents created by Jeff.

Jeff is general counsel to the National Real Estate Investors Association. He advises four different national organizations with a combined membership of over 100,000 investors. From 2010 to present, he has led a lobbying effort in Washington, DC on behalf of real estate investors which has brought about several changes in both government regulation and policy on distressed property purchases and resales. In 2014 and 2015, his efforts on Capitol Hill helped bring about change in the U.S. tax code and helped reinstate the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act. He also met with FHFA regarding disposition of defaulted notes and mortgages in a bulk format. In 2016, Jeff has met with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding land installment contracts, and he is currently working to secure passage of HR5301, the Seller Finance Enhancement Act.

Jeff’s efforts to secure reform in the real estate arena aren’t just on Capitol Hill. In his home state of Ohio, he has met with the Ohio Division of Real Estate regarding the legality of wholesaling, and he is currently working to secure passage of Ohio SB 134 seeking to amend the Civil Rights Act as it relates to landlord/tenant relationships.

Jeff is general counsel to and a cofounder of Realeflow, LLC, which made the Inc 500 list in 2011. He is a part owner of Venture Land Title II, LLC, and his law firm prepares deeds and other documents for two title companies. He is also legal counsel to a number of other organizations including Eagleville Bible Church, Inc.

Jeff is the author or co-author of 6 digital books:

  • “Understanding Self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts”
  • “A Guide to Private Lending”
  • “Short Sales Done Right – How to Profitably and Legally Navigate the Short Sale Jungle”
  • “Death of the Land Trust … in Short Sales”
  • “How to Hire Your ‘Dream Team’ ”
  • “Understanding the Foreclosure Process”

In addition to his digital books, Jeff authors an email newsletter twice a week and maintains a blog on investing, business and entrepreneurship which are read by thousands of successful investors.

Jeff, his wife Lorri, and their children reside in a small town on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie in northeast Ohio.

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