“I met ET & Pam Strickland 21 years ago while selling my franchised childcare center. I was terrified because I strongly wanted to sell my preschool but at the same time I did not want any of my customers or neighbors to know about it. When I expressed that to my franchisor, his answer was “I know the people that will get the job done in the smooth way that you need”. The very next week ET had my school listed. Throughout the 6 months that it took the sale process from beginning to end, we developed a professional and friendly relationship that winded up after the closing by ET offering me to work for him in his real estate firm specialized in selling childcare centers. He encouraged me to get my Real Estate License and promised to teach me anything I needed to know to succeed in that endeavor. ET and Pam became not only my teachers but my mentors, my friends and an inspiration in my life. I had a fulfilling career working with them. I saw firsthand how well they know the business. I learned how to promote the center in order to sell it, how to get the financing done, how to deal with other brokers, how to manage the licensing process, how to secure insurance and so many other secrets of the trade. The best memories I have of this wonderful couple is their human side: Inviting their staff to go with them to have fun skiing or travelling to Las Vegas, gathering every year the big family of associates to celebrate Christmas in a dinner sponsored by them, recommending books and workshops for personal improvement, giving sound personal advice when anybody was sad or worried. I also have witnessed many acts of kindness and charity way beyond what would be expected. They have given back a lot and that’s why I believed they have been blessed with such a successful career in the child care business. May God bless them for many years to come with success in their business, health to enjoy their golden years and friends to share those happy times.”
Shelley Robinson – Dallas, Texas
Working with E.T.Strickland has always been a great experience. The entire process of buying as well as selling our daycare centers has been smooth and worry free- the guidance and suggestions E.T. and his associates make are dead on. They go above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis to get the job done, whether it be selling my schools or finding me a school to purchase. E.T. has a vast knowledge of the lending process which makes a huge difference in obtaining a school.
He and his staff are extremely attentive, always able to get a hold of them whenever needed! I truly cannot say enough about E.T. and his staff. They are all truly great, professional and knowledgeable. It is a pleasure working with them!
I highly recommend School Investment Properties to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a school.
I have had the pleasure of working with ET Strickland and the team at School Investment Properties for well over 29 years. From the beginning, the entire School Investment Properties team has been professional, responsive, and effective with both the purchasing and selling of my schools. They provided assistance along every stage of the buying and selling process. I have truly enjoyed having the School Investment Properties team throughout my journey and thank them for continuously helping to meet my business and professional goals.
ET and his firm, School Investment Properties, are by far the best school brokerage I have ever worked with. I have purchased over 20 school locations, and the service, expertise, creative ideas and overall support is well beyond anything provided by other brokers. In addition to delivering deal opportunities, ET’s company provided tremendous support in financing, licensing, staffing, facility assessment, document analysis, and diligence evaluation. He and his firm worked directly with lenders and the licensing agencies to help facilitate the transaction. I would highly recommend him to any potential seller or buyer, as he maximizes the value for either party.
Enrique with School Investment Properties, is a fantastic school broker, going far above and beyond any I have worked with in the past. His service included pricing evaluation, diligence assessment, licensing management, and even architectural plan development. I have never seen a broker who provides these extraordinary services. His willingness to jump into any issues and help provide solutions makes him a great individual to work with. Overall, I would highly recommend working with him as a buyer or a seller.
Michelle, I just wanted to say thank you for your help! It was a pleasure working with you on the purchase of my new child care center Kids R Tops! You made the whole process easy for me. You made me feel confident in my decision in this particular center and I appreciate that I can reach out and communicate with you at any time during the loan process to answer any and all my questions that I had!
Thanks again for everything! When I am ready for my next center you will be the one that I call.
I had the immense pleasure of working with Marianne Anzaldua on the sale of a childcare center in Colorado. I was very pleased to have made the decision to move forward with Marianne as our agent.
Marianne Anzaldua’s knowledge of the childcare industry and health department is unsurpassed. Mrs. Anzaldua took the selling of the business by the reigns and made this very stressful process very stress free, and I thank her for that. She stayed on top of communication with all parties that were involved, and she was very honest and ethical.
I would highly recommend Marianne Anzaldua for any and all your business related real estate transactions.
I bought my first school through E.T. Strickland (School Investment Properties) over 15 years ago. was a first-time small business owner and E.T. and his team facilitated the entire process, from helping me apply for a business loan, working with the licensing agency, incorporating my company, and so much more. I greatly appreciated his guidance, expertise and professionalism throughout the entire process which made for a smooth transaction for me. They are a wonderful company to work with and I would highly recommend SIP to anyone looking to buy or sell.
Dear Michelle Van Cleave,
Thank you for your help and diligence in the sale of my Center. You made the transaction as easy and quick as possible. Your experience and knowledge in this endeavor was very apparent and very much appreciate. I will be recommending you and your company to my friends. Thanks again, Sincerely.
To ET and Tim, I had the pleasure of first being introduced to ET and School Investment Properties about 6 years ago when I was looking to purchase my first school. The atmosphere was welcoming and informative. Although I did not use them for the purchase of my school when I decided to sell my school 6 years later, there was no doubt in my mind that School Investment Properties would be the brokerage to help me to make this happen. It was great to work with ET again. During this process he oversaw the big picture details regarding the sale of the school. He introduced me to one of his associates who would be working with me on a daily basis. Tim Dai was fantastic to work with. He was available to me at all times of the day and on weekends. He assisted in bringing potential buyers to my attention and helping me to arrange meetings with them so that they could look at the school. As we found qualified, motivated buyers, Tim was instrumental in helping to ensure that the sale moved along in a way as to meet the desired deadlines of both me as the seller as well as the buyers. As a seller who elected to do owner financing to help the buyer, Tim was key in providing me with options, resources and advice on what would be the best way to proceed so that I was protected as well as the buyer. To put into context the speed in which my sale proceeded – the buyer contacted us the first week of July 2018. We had a negotiated and written offer in place by the following week and the sale of the school closed on August I 0, 2018. Now a process that would possibly take months was done in I month to accommodate the purchase and sell goals of the patties involved.
If I ever decide to purchase a school again, I will, without hesitation, go with School Investment Properties. It is my honor to fully recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell a school and would be happy to share my experience in person should it be desired.
Alissa Pinkas and Devon Barclay
Words can’t express the amount of gratitude I have for meeting Marianne. Not only did she make the process of purchasing a childcare center easier but we’ve also developed a great friendship. She’s been along for the ride as we got established, and helped with the myriad little details that make purchasing a business so complicated. Thanks to Marianne’s guidance, expertise, and willingness to help, a very complicated process was made relatively easy. And our particular acquisition was – well, let’s just say it was no picnic. Marianne not only understands the sales process, but has previous business experience running a center. Her practical knowledge and understanding of how a childcare center has been a tremendous help for both Devon and I. We have had our center, Growing Minds Learning Academy, for eight months now. Although we’ve had our ups and downs (well mostly ups) we are very thankful and could not have succeeded without Marianne. I strongly recommend her to anybody that is looking to purchase a quality childcare center to help educate children for a bright future.
I have had a long term relationship with Michele Van Cleave since my initial contact with School Investment Properties approximately 4 years ago.
lnitially she was a great source of information as I began to explore the sale of my center at retirement. She was extremely patient and maintained contact with me periodically and provided guidance to insure a successful sale.
When the time came to contract for sale she insured that I was ready. With her support and guidance I received 3 offers in a 2 day period.
I would recommend her without reservation to anyone wanting a successful profitable sale of their center.
ET Strickland was instrumental in my decision to purchase a childcare care center. Because of his encouragement, I also pursued my broker’s license and now am employed with School Investment Properties. I know I can rely on ET to provide support and mentor me. He is always willing to share the wealth of knowledge he has – knowledge that can only be gained through years of experience.
I’m not sure we would have succeeded in acquiring a daycare without Michelle’s help. She puts great effort in to the front end of the process in helping us find the right location and getting it under contract and that is only the beginning. She was always there for us every step of the way in the time consuming and detailed process of acquiring the financing. My wife Kim and I are very happy to have Michelle as part of our team.
My wife and I were looking to expand our preschool to a second location and after months of searching continued to come up empty. Luckily we connected with Marianne and our search quickly changed. She was able to show us numerous schools for sale and after a few tours and conversations to learn exactly what we wanted, she brought an off market school to us that we fell in love with. She helped make sure the transaction closed smoothly, offering sound advice at every turn. Today our second preschool is thriving and we are getting close to calling Marianne again for help finding our third location! She should be your first call when looking to buy or sell a preschool, simply the best!
Michelle has been pivotal in helping me find and purchase my childcare businesses. She was highly responsive and made sure I received all the information I needed on a timely manner to help me make informed decisions about my procurements. She was a great partner in my business searches and always went the extra mile for me to get two of my childcare centers and I look forward to utilizing her services in all my future business endeavors.
Jeanne C. Keiler
It is my pleasure to write a testimonial about ET Strickland! I have known ET since 1990. I have been in the preschool business since 1977. During that time, I have owned and managed many preschools. ET and his company are by far the best brokerage for buying and selling preschools! Their expertise in the field is bar none! When they say “full service” They mean it! From finding schools, financing them, insurance, rules and regs, and all hiccups are no problem for this wonderful team! All directed of course by that “Wise Owl” ET sitting in the office imparting his wisdom and guidance. The man is a genius and so is Alan Strickland. Enrique Iturriaga is an ultimate professional that takes care and concern for each buyer and seller. Kala Lynch is a whiz at any and all finance concerns. Beau Strickland is the consummate insurance pro and gets the best coverage and price. My dealings thru the years with ET and his whole team have been most satisfactory and I highly recommend them.
James M. Farwell
To whom this may concern, I started looking at school properties in 2012 and bought my school, Montessori School of Fort Myers, from School Investment Properties (SIP) in September 2013. Before that acquisition, I looked at many different child care centers and private schools that SIP had for sale before settling on Montessori School of Fort Myers. Since I closed on my school in 2013, I have looked at several additional acquisition opportunities. The reason I say this is to explain how I got to know Michelle quite well. As anyone who has bought a business knows, the acquisition process lasts many months and you get to see the best and worst of people when they are under stressful conditions. Being the middleman between buyer and seller is a tough spot to be in. I worked for five years as a mergers and acquisition investment banker representing companies with revenues of $10 – 300mm and know the life of a broker well. When I am hiring staff for my school, I follow Warren Buffet’s advice that he wants all his employees to have intelligence, energy, and integrity. There are several things that strike me about Michelle.
1. Intelligence. Michelle is a smart lady and she has worked in the child care industry so she know what she is talking about and how to get the right data that buyers/sellers need.
2. Energy. A common error of brokers is to ignore communication for days at a time when their attention gets pulled to another deal that is having trouble. I had 50+ emails, 50+ phone calls, and in-person meetings with Michelle and never once did I wait more than 24 hours for a response. She never dropped the ball.
3. Integrity. While some brokers can be pushy in an untrustworthy way that makes you as a buyer want to walk, Michelle was diligent in getting me the information I requested and she presented the facts as she knew them but made no attempt to spin the data in any way.
4. Positive Attitude. If you are considering buying or selling with a broker this stressful process is much more fun if you enjoy the person you are working with. Michelle has a positive attitude and that matters when you will work so closely for so long.
If I were to ask SIP to list my school (which will likely happen someday), there is no doubt I will ask
We have been in the education business over 55 years combined. We chose to sell our preschool so that we would have an opportunity to focus on consulting and travel throughout the U.S. on a full-time basis. We appreciated the daily communication and updates we received from Michelle during the entire process of our transaction; this is what made the difference in getting our school sold. Michelle was always eager to help, ensuring that all parties were satisfied. Because of Michelle’s consistent help, guidance, and expertise in the business, we sold our school quickly and for the price that we wanted. I would highly recommend Michelle to anyone who is looking to sell or expand their business.
Dear Michelle Van Cleave,
Thank you for all your help with selling our preschool. It took a while before we were ready to sell from the first time you introduced yourself to me. At that time we had just started talking and were not even thinking about retiring. Yet you stayed in contact and did not give up. I appreciate all the work you have done to make the sale happen amid all the bumps that came along the way. At the end it all worked out and our school is sold. We can now enjoy a stress free new life.
Thank you again and good luck on future sales.
Christy Delk – Orlando
Tim Dai, Thank you for your professionalism & patience (I could add more!) over the time we worked together. I know you have moved well past “my deal” and are on to the next ones in line, but I hope you enjoyed our experience as much as I did. It’s always so great and so rare to find others who reach high and get the job done. It was a pleasure! Hope we can stay in touch. Take Care!
Christy Delk Previous Owner Kids R Kids Orlando
Alina & Jacob Shubov
I am so happy that I met you on child care owners training in Broward County in 2012. I saved your card and in two years you saved us from a huge mistake so as we were about to purchase a building and start a preschool from scratch. You helped us on the way to our dream from that day by taking our hands and leading us towards it. You gave us advice on what to work on before we get the school and explained each step of the purchase in the meanwhile introducing us to other owners, so they can share their experiences with us too. You were helping us a lot before and after the purchase making sure that we are comfortable and confident. If we have any questions or concerns, you are always coming, calling, answering, referring and working on it with us. You even invented a sliding lid for the sink because one inspector wanted to see the separation in the double sink though there was no such a rule in the handbook, but you had to get created and you saved us. There was one pipe replacing project and you spent your all Saturday to make sure our contractor was doing the right job because you saw how I was nervous about that project, so you assured me that you would be there to supervise. With such support as you are providing the successful result is guaranteed. Thank you for all your efforts, time and expertise that your shared with us and just for being such a professional, creative, charismatic, caring, and a very nice person.
Wanley Donat – Early Start Learning Center
I would like to take a moment to thank you for all your help as the Commercial Real Estate Broker during our school purchase.
We went through two deals that did not pan out, then you found the perfect school for us. It wasn’t easy, it was a long and complex financial deal and at the same time it had to comply with US immigration laws. With your help and expertise, every issue was solved and the deal was closed. During this process we became friends, and you also represented me when I was ready to purchase my home. No doubt we will do business again in the future.
I will recommend you to anybody that is interested in purchasing or selling a school. I wish you continued success in your career.
Thank you for your support.
Fawn & Scott Gallagher – Gallagher Academy LLC.
To whom it may concern,
My family and I first met Enrique lturriaga in the fall of 2018 when we had made a decision to buy a Preschool/ Academy in the Central Florida area.
Although I had 30 years’ experience in restaurant operations, market development and franchise management; and my wife had been both treasurer and volunteer for Orange County Public School System; and our daughter had been teaching preschool and elementary; we had no previous school ownership experience.
Enrique engaged with us immediately, counseling us about acquiring the credentials and completing the necessary courses we would need to proceed.
Enrique helped guide us to the viable options in the area, with everything from franchises to independent businesses, that were possibly available. When he presented the school to us, that we now own, you could see his excitement in finding the right fit for us. Enrique worked side-by-side with us through the entire financing and loan processes. He actually advised us against the first financial package that we were presented with, as it was not a good deal for us. Thank you, Enrique! Most brokers would have had us sign on the line and then go collect their own commission check.
He also helped us throughout the entire licensing process; even completing an Orange County VPK course with my wife and daughter to gain a better understanding and to see if he could help us in any way. Enrique’s communication has been incredible. Even now as we go through some crazy times here in the spring of 2020, he has contacted us with support and financial aid that may be available for us. He will answer his phone whenever he can, he returns texts quickly and is always available even on nights and weekends.
Enrique has been so much more than a broker to our family, and he remains a good friend.
We have truly appreciated working with Enrique during this entire part of our life and we love owning our school!
Sergio & Oscar Chinea
We want to thank you for your excellent service as a real estate agent in the purchase of our center in West Palm Beach.
Your correct advice and guidance made us feel very comfortable and safe during the selection, offer, negotiation and closing of the transaction.
Not only did you provide us with your professional support in the purchase of real estate and business; but you also did in the financing and in the management of operating licenses; which, with your help, were extremely expedited and smooth.
During all this time we had your support and we discovered not only your professional excellence, but also your extraordinary value as a human being; which makes us recommend you without any doubt for your future clients, as well as having you in our mind for our future operations.
We wish that you continue to reap the reward of the success that comes from working for the benefit of your customers.
Yelixy Garcia Torres
To whom it may concern,
In 2012, I met an extraordinary person. To whom I should thank for all that I am today in 2019. That person is named Enrique lturriaga. It had been the dream of my whole life to have my own school.
7 years ago I was the teacher of a 2 year old class, still with a vision of my own school and becoming a business owner.
That is when Enrique appeared in my life. Because I didn’t speak English well, he was the only person with whom I could fully communicate my dream and who understood the strength of my purpose and intentions.
Even though Enrique knew much more than me about the business of owning a school; he always believed that I had the determination and capability of learning everything and that gradually we would work toward me becoming the owner of my first school. I called my school Building Dreams because that is what Enrique and I did together and I want to help the children who come to me build their dreams.
Since then Enrique has continued to be there for me. Having Enrique in my life has been like having a book open to the right answer to every question I have.
I and my family are grateful for his advice in every decision we have needed to make along the way.
I hope that many more people have the opportunity to transform their lives with Enrique’s dedication to his clients and the optimistic magic that he brings.
Frank Toral – Neighborhood Kids Preschools
TO ALL PROSPECTIVE PRESCHOOL SELLERS & BUYERS
I am writing this letter of recommendation in support of Enrique E. Iturriaga, School Investment Properties, Inc., Enrique Iturriaga III and E.T. Strickland.
Our family purchased our first preschools in 2019. It is not an understatement to say that without the expert guidance, support, knowledge, and experience of the above referenced individuals we would not be new owners of two well established and highly regarded preschools in Palm Beach County.
From educating us on the preschool business, to helping us locate suitable schools, to post closing operational processes, we were professionally guided every step of the way.
Enrique Iturriaga Sr. in particular was extremely helpful well over nine months post-closing in helping us expand our infant capacity through his assistance with municipal authorities and architectural expertise.
For these reasons and not the least of which is a caring and professional attitude, I would highly recommend these gentlemen and School Investment Properties, Inc., to effectively represent anyone from first time buyers to highly sophisticated buyers of preschools.
F R A N K T O R A L
P R E S I D E N T – N E I G H B O R H O O D K I D S
Julio Folker Hanze – Golden Bear Academy
To whom it may concern,
I have known Enrique Iturriaga in a variety of capacities for many years, but most importantly he helped me with the buying and selling of my former business Golden Bear Academy in Orlando. Enrique is efficient, detail oriented and extremely competent in his field of expertise.
He went out of his way to make the selling process of Golden Bear Academy as smooth as possible. He is very knowledgeable at his line of work and does everything with proficiency.
In summary, I would highly recommend Enrique Iturriaga to anybody who needs to buy and/or sell a daycare. He will be a valuable and dependable person to have at your side.
Thank you Enrique for all your support!
GOLDEN BEAR ACADEMY
421 S. Goldenrod Rd. Orlando,FL 32822
Julio Folker Hanze
During these unprecedented times, you can only imagine how hard it is to be in business. We made the decision to sell our very successful preschool after 20 years and knew that School Investment Properties would handle our transaction with honesty and integrity. Our agent Michelle Van Cleave was there with us every step of the way. She continuously kept us up to date on our sale and made sure that we received the true valuation of our business and real estate. We really can’t say enough great things about Michelle and her team. We will continue to recommend them to anyone interested in buying or selling a childcare facility.
Manny & Joyce Sarria – Planet Kids Child Care Centers
Thank you so much for everything you did to help us with the purchase of our new child care center!
You are friendly, helpful and so easy to work with. Your hard work and knowledge made the whole process smooth and easy. You even took many extra steps to ensure such a smooth transition.
We appreciate the hours you spent answering our questions and putting our minds at ease.
We highly recommend you and the entire Team at School Investment Properties. You are true professionals!
Richard Herzfeld – Tanglewood Academy (Seller)
When it was time for me to retire, I was confident in working with Enrique lturriaga of School Investment Properties, Inc. He worked tirelessly to bring the most qualified buyers and walked everyone through the process, from beginning meetings, after closing procedures and the change of ownership to produce a seamless experience. In my case, this all took place during a pandemic while banks were not closing on any new business dealings. This did not stop Enrique. Using his contacts and reputation we successfully closed the deal. I would highly recommend Enrique lturriaga, when you are looking to buy or sell a school property/business.
Laurie Fox – Neighborhood Kids Preschools (Seller)
Neighborhood Kids Preschool at Welleby
10651 W Oakland Park Blvd,
Sunrise, FL 33351
To Whom it may concern.
I wanted to retire so I reached out to School Investment Properties because they are known to be the absolute best at brokering Schools.
Enrique Iturriaga of School Investment Properties brought several thoroughly qualified buyers within days of signing the Listing.
We accepted the best offer and with Enrique’s guidance all parties got to work completing and CLOSING the transaction.
What I liked most about Enrique was his experience, his knowledge of all aspects of the transaction, his honesty, his transparency, and his dedicated spirit of cooperation.
I found the experience of working with Enrique to be amazing. His enthusiasm was steadfast from Listing to Closing and well Beyond. I would have to give him 5 STARS!!!
I do not know of any other broker that puts in the effort that Enrique does for all the parties involved; including Financing, Licensing, Accreditation, etc.
Exceptional Service!!! (Second to NONE)
I would recommend Enrique Iturriaga of School Investment Properties to EVERYONE who is planning to or needs to Sell and/or Purchase a School.
President & Owner
Jacob & Alina Shubov – Tanglewood Academy (Buyers)
To Whom it may concern:
When we decided to purchase our second preschool, my wife and I reached out again to Enrique Iturriaga, Sr., from School Investment Properties. Enrique had been our broker when we made our first purchase. At that time, he guided us to the procurement of an existing center, with attending students, versus our idea of finding a property, constructing a building from the ground up, followed by encouraging parents to bring their children. His advice to acquire an operating school made much more sense. An operating school would provide us with an immediate income return on our investment; and financing for us, as first-time preschool owners, would be much easier, while protecting us from using our savings during the lengthy procedure of creating a school from scratch.
When we met Enrique Iturriaga, Sr. six years ago, we were put at ease by this knowledgeable advice and by his obvious, utmost concern for both Seller and Buyer to feel comfortable about the course of the transaction. He provided complete transparency from the beginning and during the entire process, thus creating a smooth transition.
As it turned out, when my wife and I requested that Enrique find a second center for us, Covid-19 came to Florida. Even during the height of the pandemic, Enrique Iturriaga, Sr., of School Investment Properties located a center that was being operated effectively and profitably, while meeting all our desired parameters.
We remain impressed by Enrique’s ability to lead, through his own supportive example, as he asked for cooperation from Buyer, Seller, Lenders, Accreditation Agencies, Licensing Inspectors, etc.; therefore, developing a positive and genuine rapport between all parties. A rapport that has led us to an ever-deepening friendship with Enrique.
The experience of conducting a business deal with Enrique as our guide has been one of working with a knowledgeable, diligent, optimistic broker who operated with dedication from the signing of our Contract to the signing of our Closing documents and throughout all post-Closing needs.
Without a doubt, my wife and I would absolutely recommend Enrique Iturriaga, Sr. to everyone, Buyer or Seller; including ourselves for future purchases and when our time comes to sell. To us, Enrique is the BEST of the BEST.
Jacob & Alina Shubov
Jeff Altschuler – Planet Kids at Wellington (Buyer)
This letter is to thank you for your exceptional service during my acquisition of Planet Kids, and to serve as a letter of recommendation to any of your future clients. Your services were above and beyond anything I could have asked for.
I was particularly impressed with your handling of the health department and my childcare licensing needs. During any school acquisition, licensing is an area of critical importance. Obtaining the childcare license immediately following the closing is critical to the owner, lender, employees and most importantly, the parents. Your ability to work with the county and ensure that we received tb.e license promptly was truly superb. As you know, we had an unusual situation in which our license needed to be issued twice since the transaction was delayed. Your careful handling of the people involved and your access to the highest levels within the Palm Beach County health department made this an easy process despite our unusual circumstances.
Thank you again for such a tremendous job. I would absolutely use your services in the future and I would highly recommend you to any buyer or seller.