About REKI

We understand the challenges new and experienced investors encounter every day.

Real Estate Knowledge Institute (REKI) is nothing like the ordinary real estate investing education and mentoring crowding the Internet. That’s because REKI has its own philosophy that isn’t based on one expert’s understanding and specific formula for investing. Instead, the core of our philosophy is rooted in a team of experienced, active real estate investing experts, each specializing in a specific residential or commercial real estate investing niche.


We understand that Real Estate Investing is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor, so a one-size-fits-all approach is obviously the wrong way to invest. The key to successfully training someone in real estate is to cater to that individual’s unique needs and goals.


That’s why it makes sense to bring a group of advisors together that come from different backgrounds and have risen to the top in their niches. From fix and flip to wholesaling, from lease options to partnerships, and everything in between, REKI’s team encompasses every aspect of real estate investing. If you have a question, a concern, or just a desire to know more, you’ll be learning from the top of the industry in each field.

About John Trautman

John Trautman has over 23 years of real estate experience that he’s channeled towards helping to educate others. 

Earlier on in his career, John applied his natural leadership skills to becoming a Finance Manager for the largest car dealership in Washington before moving towards a VP role at Washington Mutual, all while continuing to invest in real estate. 

Driven by his passion for both ground-up construction and building revitalization, John has grown his extensive portfolio of real estate holdings across the Phoenix Metro area. His focuses include medical, retail, office, multifamily and industrial. 

John’s ability to anticipate ROI led him to become the first Franchisee of Emerald City Smoothie, a retail concept focused on health and wellness, where he eventually expanded to over 50 stores. He is also an active member of the International Franchise Association, which allows him to continue his growth in this area of expertise. 

He later co-founded Real Estate Knowledge Institute (REKI) to help pass on his own knowledge and experiences. Understanding that investing is not a one-size-fits-all approach, he has since grown this real estate investment training company to over 2,000 investors. 

Staying true to his message on real estate investment guidance, John became a published author. His book “Truth or Comfort” provides insight from the perspective of someone who’s been there and done that, whether you’re a seasoned investor or new to the game. 

John’s talents have been recognized by Yahoo Finance as a “Top Real Estate Professional” for the last two consecutive years. He’s also been acknowledged on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies 2020. 

When he’s not making a name for himself in the real estate industry, he enjoys leading an active lifestyle and spending time with his three children and grandchildren.

Why Choose REKI For Your Real Estate Investing Education?

Board of Advisers
It is our philosophy that no one person knows everything there is to know about real estate investing. That’s why REKI is comprised of a board of advisors, each highly skilled and talented in their specific niche.
Our Students

We put the success of our students first, before everything else. Through this philosophy, everyone wins and achieves success. 

Active Investors
Every REKI trainer, mentor, and team member are investors in today’s current market conditions. It is our philosophy that in order to teach in this industry, you must first be actively working in this industry.