Than Merrill

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Than Merrill
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-12-12) December 12, 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth: Fresno, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Fresno (CA)
College: Yale
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 7 / Pick: 223
Debuted in 2001 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 2003 for the Amsterdam Admirals
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played 15
Games started 0
Tackles 1
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Nathaniel "Than" Merrill (born December 12, 1977) is an American businessman and television personality. He is the co-owner of the real estate company CT Homes and the real estate investing educational company FortuneBuilders Inc. He is featured in the A&E's Flip This House in seasons 3 and 4 as part of the "New Haven" team.

Merrill graduated from Yale University.[1] He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 7th round of the 2001 NFL Draft,[2] but ultimately signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears for the 2001 season. He was later allocated by the Bears to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe.[3] In 2003, Merrill was signed by the Buccaneers and was allocated again to NFLE, this time to the Amsterdam Admirals.[4]

Football career[edit]

Merrill’s first career was as a professional football player.[5] His path to the NFL started in high school as an All-Far West Quarterback.[6] In college he started as a strong safety at Yale University. Merrill was named to Yale’s First-Team All-Ivy Selections[7] from 1999-2001. After graduating from Yale, he was drafted in the seventh round[8] of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He then spent one season with the Chicago Bears in 2001, and registered 15 tackles. In 2003, Merrill suffered a career-ending knee injury.

Real estate career[edit]

Merrill co-founded CT Homes, LLC in 2004. The residential real estate investment company purchases, redevelops, and sells residential, multi-family, and commercial property.[9] Over the next ten years, Merrill completed close to 1,000 successful real estate deals. Today, Merrill and CT Homes are extremely active and work on anywhere from 20 to 40 real estate projects at any given time. CT Homes, LLC is located in San Diego, CA where the majority of their real estate projects are based. However, the company also invests in other real estate projects around the country.

Real estate educational career[edit]

In 2006 Merrill founded, a real estate educational company, to teach his knowledge of real estate to other people who wanted to learn how to successfully invest in real estate.

Merrill and CT Homes caught the attention of the producers of Flip This House, a popular reality TV show featured on A&E during their nationwide search for a real estate investing business.

For three seasons, Merrill’s “New Haven” team was featured on the TV show as the show documented and educated prospective entrepreneurs on the intricacies of buying and selling real estate.[10]

The success of CT Homes and enabled Merrill to expand his businesses to the West Coast. In 2009, both CT Homes and FortuneBuilders broke ground on offices in San Diego, California. With the move, Merrill’s businesses currently span three states and employ more than 200 people. FortuneBuilders was ranked number one in education on the Inc. 500 list in 2010 and has maintained a ranking near the top of the list for three consecutive years.[11]

Merrill also helped open Realty National Inc., a San Diego Real Estate Brokerage affiliated with CT Homes, in 2011.[12] Realty National Inc. was established in Pacific Beach, San Diego and has continued to open other offices throughout California and the United States including; Orange County, Sacramento and Boston, MA.

Personal accolades[edit]

In 2012, Merrill was among those selected to represent the San Diego Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs.[13]

National speaker and educator[edit]

Merrill is a national speaker and educator. He has shared the stage with perennial public speakers, business icons, and politicians including Laura Bush, Tony Robbins, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and Robert Kiyosaki.

Published author[edit]

Merrill is a published author. He wrote The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Get Started in Real Estate, which is due to be released on April 21, 2014.[14] The book is intended to teach prospective entrepreneurs everything they need to know about real estate wholesaling.


Merrill has helped foster several philanthropic initiatives. In 2010, he and his wife Cindy Phillips started the Equal Footing Foundation,[15] a charitable organization that provides scholarships and funding to young athletes who can’t afford to participate in local sports teams and clubs.

In addition to his own charity, Merrill founded a subsequent philanthropic initiative in 2012. Otherwise known as FortuneBuilders Gives,[16] this organization is an extension of It consists of a group of individuals who continuously seek to support charities, humanitarian efforts and give back to the community. FortuneBuilders Gives has raised approximately $184,000 and worked with 129 charities on various food, clothing, and school supply drives.[28] Its efforts have benefited world-renowned organizations like Habitat For Humanity, the American Red Cross and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


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