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Episode 44: Leslie Appleton-Young Crunches the Numbers

I am beyond thrilled to welcome Leslie Appleton-Young as my guest for the 44th episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast! Leslie is the Chief Economist for the California Association of REALTORS. I’m a huge fan, and I have been listening to and watching Leslie’s forecasts on the California real estate economy for years. Many of the facts and figures I give my clients and share on my web sites come from information I gleaned listening to Leslie, so it was a huge honor for me to have her on the podcast. In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is economics exactly, and what she loves about it so much.
  • The relationship between the federal funds rate and mortgage rates ,and why they may not move in lockstep.
  • Why housing in California is so unaffordable and what an economist would say is the solution.
  • What work goes in to making her trademark real estate market forecasts
  • What key metric home owners and REALTORS should look at to see which way the market is headed
  • The possibility of a recession in California or the USA in the next 1-2 years
  • The prospects for “blue collar” job wage growth in California
  • Why the number of homes being sold in California is today so far below historical norms
  • Is California currently in a housing bubble?
  • What would cause a home price correction?
  • The affects of the Trump tax plan on California home prices

Watch Leslie Appleton-Young’s 2019 Mid-Year Update

Episode 43: Cory Ybarra is Building for Generations

For this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast we welcome Cory Ybarra as our guest, to talk about her work with Building for Generations. Building for Generations is a non-profit that Cory started when she saw a need in a far-off Tanzania in 2005. Their mission is to support education projects with a focus on persons with special needs by building facilities and providing materials with a goal of creating sustainable programs. This work is especially meaningful for Cory, as she is the mother of a special-needs son.

In our conversation, we talked about a number of topics,

  • Some of the biggest challenges raising a special-needs child.
  • The special joys that come with having a special-needs child
  • Her early professional life
  • What Building for Generations is all about
  • How Building for Generations got its start
  • How Building for Generations got its name
  • Their ongoing programs in Tanzania and Peru
  • The challenges running a non-profit
  • How to work effectively in such far-flung places
  • Finding volunteers to help serve on the board and with the projects
  • The biggest challenges with fundraising

Episode 42: Kevin Corr, Mold Guy

Kevin Corr grew up in San Jose, and ever since he was a kid, he always had a fascination with mold. I jest, of course! He didn’t come to mold – the mold came to him. Kevin is an entrepreneur, and the owner of Applied Real Estate Inspections – a Bay Area mold inspection company. Mold is a hot topic for many homeowners, and for anyone who’s ever had a water leak, they’ll tell you – it’s a tricky problem!

We talked about a great many subjects in this podcast episode:

  • How Kevin got into the mold inspection business?
  • How mold gets started and what mold needs to thrive.
  • Why people seem get so freaked out about mold.
  • Why there are no federal standards regarding safe levels of various molds.
  • The worst areas in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey for mold issues.
  • The kinds of houses that tend to have mold issues.
  • The difference between mold and mildew.
  • If a “musty” smell indicative of mold in a house.
  • Can mold migrate from one area to others in a house?
  • The worst mold case he’s ever seen
  • Easy home remedies or do-it-yourself resources for mold abatement

Episode 41: Bob Owens, Termite Guy

Bob Owens is a native of Chicago, Illinois where he lived until joining the United States Air Force at age 19. He served the Air Force as an aircraft maintenance specialist for twenty years, working all over the globe, before being invited by an Air Force buddy to come to Santa Cruz “for a week” – 20 years ago! He’s been in Santa Cruz ever since.

Bob Owens is the owner/operator of O2 Termite in Santa Cruz, California. They specialize in termite inspections and treatment, and have a well-deserved reputation as one of the best termite companies in town. Bob brings a strong ethic of providing high-quality, no-BS inspection reports. He tells it like it is; he wont’ sugar coat a problem but he will not exaggerate it either.

You may not think of termite inspection and treatment as especially sexy fodder for a podcast, but wood destroying pests and organisms are a multi-billion dollar issue in California, and understanding how to protect the wood in your home is critical for any homeowner, or prospective homeowner.

Find Bob and O2 Termite on the Web: https://o2termite.com

Episode 40: Victor Gomez, Pragmatic Lobbyist

Victor Gomez is perhaps best known as having been a member of the City Council of Hollister for eight years, and was Mayor of Hollister for one of those years. He also served as the President of the Monterey Bay Chapter of the California League of Cities, and has worked for a number of local politicians as well.

Victor is a born storyteller, and we love a good story. In this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast, Victor shares a number of stories with us – and they are riveting. Victor shares stories about his grandfather and father, both of whom were Mayors in Mexico, about how he came to own a number of Papa Murphys take-and-bake pizza franchises at a very young age, the story of how is family immigrated to Hollister from Mexico, and the tragic murder of his sister, and the effect that’s had on his life.

This episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast is one for the record books! Please listen and share. Victor also mentions at the end how he is participating as he has for years in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence.” If you’d like to sponsor Victor for the walk, you can do so by clicking the link below:

Sponsor Victor Gomez for Walk a Mile in her Shoes San Benito

Or check out Walk a Mile San Benito:

http://walkamilesanbenito.org/

You can reach Victor Gomez and learn more about his professional services by visiting https://pinnaclestrategy.org/

Episode 39: Coco McGrath Shows You the World

If you thought travel agents are dead, don’t say that around Coco McGrath. She’s a new breed of travel agent – more a travel consultant, armed with a lifetime of experience in travel and powerful new platforms to help people research, explore, and book their travel options.

While Coco helps clients book travel by land, air and sea – her specialty is cruising. Cruising is a whole travel world unto itself, with a cruise for every lifestyle – families with kids, singles, LGBTQ, retirees, vegan, carnivore – you name it, and the industry has a cruise for you, to all points on the globe, in a wide arrange of price ranges.

CruisesByCoco.Com

Cruises by Coco phone #: 831-539-5399

Episode 38: Jennifer Mount on Coaching Leadership and Professional Development

Jennifer Mount is a native of Connecticut, who says she manifested her current life in California while living on the East Coast. In college, she majored in Education with a minor in Spanish, but in 2006 she ended up with a job as a Client Services Manager for Fidelity Investments in San Francisco, who ultimately paid for her MBA, which she got at the University of San Francisco. She calls her time at Fidelity a “tangent” in her career, because coaching and helping others succeed has always been her passion.

In 2010, Fidelity went through a re-organization and offered to move her to Texas, or give her “the package.” She had no interest in moving to Texas, but it did allow her to focus on her passion, which is teaching and Leadership. At this time she decided she’d change her to career to become a professional development and leadership coach facilitator.

Today, Jennifer is a part time coach as well as an instructor and facilitator with Cabrillo College in Aptos. Local businesses in Santa Cruz will send their employees to Cabrillo College for professional development, and Cabrillo College will also send teaching staff into businesses to help them develop their employees as Supervisors and Leaders through a development of a custom curriculum for their business.

The best way to connect with Jennifer is via telephone 831-888-6927 but you can get her via email at jennifermountcoaching@gmail.com

Toward the end, she also shares the famous Secret in Napoleon Hill’s seminal book, Think and Grow Rich! So be sure and listen all the way to the last little bit.

Learn more about Professional Development at Cabrillo College.

Episode 37: David Feinman Makes Killer Video

David Feinman of Viral Ideas Marketing joined me for the 37th episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast, to discuss using video in your business. I do a lot more video than most Realtors, and I do believe in the power of video to win business. But I know that I’m not doing anywhere near as good a job as I could be doing, which is why I was so interested to talk with David Feinman about using video in my business.

I think that there are many San Francisco and Monterey Bay business owners who likewise are interested in using video – or who currently do use video, but their results are not all that they could be. For these folks, listening to our discussion will be very eye-opening. We discuss a wide range of topics such as what kind of organizations can benefit most from using video, the biggest misunderstandings people have around the use of video, successful video strategies, and – crucially – how to get people to actually watch your video.

David’s Companies:

Flixation.co

ViralIdeasMarketing.com

Episode 36: Jeanne Radsick on Service, Leadership, and Real Estate

On the day that I was formally installed as the 2019 President of the Santa Cruz County Association of REALTORS I had the distinct privilege of sitting down for a chat with Jeanne Radsick. Jeanne is currently the president-Elect of the California Association of REALTORS (CAR) for 2019 and will become president of the trade association in 2020.

CAR is a huge and very influential organization, with over 200,000 members. The association is very influential in the state of California but also nationally as well. Real estate comprises about 7% of U.S. GDP so it is a hugely important sector of the economy. Real estate matters, and so the individuals who helm our nation’s real estate associations are important to folks in the Bay Area, as well as coast to coast.

Anyone who listens to this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast will certainly be reassured that the association is in capable, caring hands. What comes through is Jeanne’s commitment to her family, her clients, colleagues, and to the industry as a whole. We talk about a wide range of topics, with a particular focus on leadership and service in and to local Realtor Associations, the California Association, and the National Association. We also talk about the value that Realtors bring to the transaction, new business models for real estate sales, and the California housing crisis.

If you’re a REALTOR or interested in the real estate business, this is an episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast you won’t want to miss!

Episode 35: Manu Koenig talks Santa Cruz Rail Corridor

One of the most divisive issues in Santa Cruz County today is what to do with the Santa Cruz Branch Line Rail Corridor. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is about to vote on it’s “preferred scenario” for the rail corridor (and a number of other transportation projects) at its meeting on January 17, 2019 – where it is quite likely to approve $1+ billion in spending over the next 30 years, which will likely include the creation of passenger rail service along the corridor.

There’s a competing, and much more compelling, vision for the future, which is advocated by Santa Cruz County Greenway. The folks from Greenway want to establish a multi-mode pedestrian / bicycle / e-bike etc. trail. The Greenway folks feel that their vision can be achieved much more quickly, with significantly less expense, and with far better results than what’s being proposed by the Santa Cruz RTC.

In this episode of the Podcast, Manu discusses many of the issues surrounding the future of the rail corridor, and will be very useful for anyone interested in informing themselves about the debate.

Greenway Web Site

Email Manu directly at manu.koenig@sccgreenway.org

Email the Santa Cruz RTC: info@sccrtc.org – comments due by Wednesday 1/16/19 @ noon