Accredited Income Property Investment Specialist (AIPIS)

Nav Athwal is the Co-founder and CEO of RealtyShares. He joins the show to tell us about his new real estate crowdfunding platform... how peopel can access and invest in real estate through it... what markets the platform is active in... and how users can make money.

Athwal also gives some insight into the restrictions and deregulations he faces from the government.

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 6:30pm EDT

Alex Jansen is the CEO of Coastal Properties Group International and founder and president of Jansen Coastal Properties Group. He joins the show to discuss the five most expensive real estate listings in the United States and what makes these properties so expensive. 

He also explains why the cost of flood insurance is rising and what this means for U.S. real estate and the economy as a whole.

Find out more about Coastal properties Group International at Visit Jansen Coastal Properties Group at

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

Moses Salcido, SIOR, is the Managing Director of CNL Commercial Real Estate, Senior Development Manager of North Florida at the Panattoni Development Co. LLC.

Vice President Joe Biden encourages Americans to spend now to bolster infrastructure, or the U.S. will fall behind its competitors. Salcido explains what this means for commercial real estate and how more infrastructure will boost the economy. Salcido also identifies areas where infrastructure is lacking and explains whether they are worth more government spending.

Salcido was Principal of Lee & Associates Central Florida, LLC. Mr. Salcido has over 24 years of Central & North Florida real estate experience ranging from landlord/tenant representation, corporate real estate, to development thus providing a very unique perspective for this real estate executive. During his 22 year real estate career in Central Florida, Mr. Salcido has held senior level positions with ComTech Properties, Weeks Corporation, Duke Realty, Progress Energy, and Panattoni Development. During his initial 10 year tenure in real estate, Mr. Salcido transacted a number of industrial real estate deals throughout Central Florida. Mr. Salcido's career highlights include leading the initial entry into the Central Florida market by a Southeast Regional office/industrial REIT in 1995 and managing corporate real estate assets for Progress Energy, Florida and initiating a 200,000-sf corporate headquarters facility for the major Southeast utility company. He has been a Board Member for CoreNet Global CoreNet since 2007. Mr. Salcido serves as a Member of the Advisory Board at Real Estate Media, Inc. He has been Ex-Officio of NAIOP Central Florida since 2009. He has been the President of NAIOP Central Florida Chapter since 2007. He has been a Board Member of NAIOP Florida State Chapter since 2008. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Florida Real Estate Forum. He is a Member of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is Florida Licensed Real Estate Broker.

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

Renowned author, physiologist, evolutionary biologist and bio geographer, Dr. Jared Diamond, joins Jason Hartman for a discussion of his newest book, The World Until Yesterday. Dr. Diamond’s unique background has shaped his integrated version of human history. He posits that success – and failure – depends on how well societies adapt to their changing environment.

Dr. Diamond is also a medical researcher and professor of physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine. His book "Guns, Germs and Steel" won a Pulitzer Prize and "The Third Chimpanzee" was a best-selling award winner. Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, Professor Diamond is a MacArthur Fellow who has published over 200 articles in Discover, Natural History, Nature and Geo magazines.

In his books Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse (and the popular PBS and National Geographic documentaries they inspired), big-picture scholar Jared Diamond explores civilizations and why they all seem to fall. Now in his latest book, The World Until Yesterday, Diamond examines the traditional societies of New Guinea -- and discovers that modern civilization is only our latest solution to survival.

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

Paul Da Costa is Owner Leader of the Port Charlotte Real-Estate Investment Association and host of the Real-Estate Education Workshop. He joins the show to discuss why the housing market is not recovering and what can be done to help it improve.

The topics then switch to short sales and whether they're good for homeowners and if they're better alternatives to foreclosurers. Da Costa also explains if it's better to buy an older home or to build.

Find out more about Paul Da Costa at

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

Tom Kraeutler is the President of Money Pit Media and Co-host of "The Money Pit," the nation's largest nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. He is a home improvement expert. 

In a rapidly improving housing market, Kraeutler discusses some home improvements we can make, which will pay for themselves in resale value. This would include upgrading home efficiency and performance. 

Kraeutler also shares some energy and water-saving products that perform:

1) Indoor Environment Control – Customize your interior environment with innovative new filters that are built in to plumbing and HVAC systems.

2) New Solutions for the Home & Garden – New hose nozzle technology gives you the pressure of a power washer and the mist of a sprinkler with a twist of a knob.

3) Innovative “Dumpster” - Comes to your house in a tiny box and expands to 1000 times its original size.  Once you are ready to use it, you pop it open and fill it up.  When it is full, you call for pickup.

4) Color Changing Switches & Outlets – Switches and outlets can change color simply by swapping in a plastic plate without screws or touching wires.  Now you can have a pink nursery and then an orange kid’s room and then a white office all without ever replacing the switches.

5) High Tech Painting – Solid walls are a thing of the past and so are streaks and dribbles.  The newest painting technology makes drip free designs a snap.

Visit The Money Pit at

Direct download: aipis-38-TomKraeutler.mp3
Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

Lex Levinrad is the Founder of the Distressed Real Estate Institute. He thinks there are still great deals in today's real estate market, and he explains how people can go about finding bargain priced foreclosure properties. He also shares the benefits of targeting short sales rather than bank-owned homes.

Lex Levinrad has been a full time distressed real estate investor since 2003. He has been involved in buying, rehabbing, wholesaling, renting, and selling hundreds of houses in South Florida.  Lex is the founder and CEO of the Distressed Real Estate Institute, which trains beginning distressed real estate investors about how to find wholesale real estate deals. He specializes in buying foreclosures and bank owned REO homes and offers private mentoring, bus tours, boot camps and home study courses for real estate investors.  

Lex Levinrad is an accomplished national public speaker and has shared the stage with some of the countries best real estate speakers. Lex Levinrad has authored numerous books about real estate and is also the the founder of the Distressed Real Estate Investors Association (DREIA) and the co-founder of the Port St Lucie Real Estate Investors Association (PSLREIA).

Find out more about Lex Levinrad at

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

Lou Manfredini is Host of House Smarts TV and "Mr. Fix It." He shares some inexpensive ways to improve homes and explains how these can increase value: 

- adding a fresh coat of paint to appliances

- updating bathroom fixtures  

- installing new cabinet hardware

Manfredini also discusses how homeowners can fix up the outside of their home by selecting the right kind of mulch and staining the deck. Manfredini belives staging rooms attracts potential buyers.

From early on, houses and the art of building captivated Lou Manfredini. As a teen, the Chicago-area native went to work at a local hardware store to learn about housing structures, the tools of building and home improvement projects. Later, during high school, he decided to put what he had learned to practical use and began working as a carpenter’s apprentice. Then, in 1987, Manfredini struck out on his own and launched a construction company in Chicago. He not only built and renovated people’s homes; he gave people a better understanding of how their houses work.  

After 8 successful years in business, Manfredini had gained so much and such varied knowledge about homes; he began to consider ways to more broadly share this expertise with others. He believed that a house was more like a living entity than an inanimate collection of lumber, wiring and plumbing. By showing people how various systems and components in a house rely on each other and instilling a greater understanding of a house as a “whole,” Manfredini thought everyone could have greater success in their home improvement and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.  

Armed with his expertise and enthusiasm, Manfredini began a media career when WGN-AM Radio 720 in Chicago launched his idea for a home improvement call-in radio show in 1995. The show quickly caught on, today, over fifteen years later, The Mr. Fix-It Show, is the number one Saturday morning radio program in Chicagoland.   Manfredini is also the host of Lou Manfredini’s House Smarts Minutes heard on over 175 radio stations across the United States.  

Not long thereafter, Manfredini branched into television and print media. Since 2000, he has been the official home improvement contributor for NBC-TV’s “Today Show” and NBC 5 in Chicago and a frequent guest on HGTV, CNN, Discovery and the History Channel. He has been featured and quoted in such periodicals as USA Weekend Magazine, People Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Real Simple, Popular Mechanics, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times.  Manfredini currently hosts his own nationally syndicated home improvement television and radio show called House Smarts, learn more about the show at  

Reaching millions of DIYers every month with his friendly persona and down-to-earth project advice, Manfredini also has authored five successful books for DIYers:  Mr. Fix-It: 101 Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Questions xc  about Repairing Your Home, Mr. Fix-It Introduces You to Your Home, Bath Smarts, Kitchen Smarts and Room Smarts published by Ballantine Publishing.  These books have been featured in national magazines such as People and Newsweek, as well as newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.   

Manfredini is a nationally recognized do-it-yourself (DIY) expert, one who is sought after both for his expertise and his energetic, entertaining style. In an extension of his ongoing effort to help people maximize the value and enjoyment of their homes, he also is Ace Hardware’s “Home Expert” and editorial media spokesperson.   He also appears promotionally for Perma-seal Basement Systems, Chevy, Marvin Windows and Doors, Rug Doctor and 3M brands.  

In addition to his media engagements, Manfredini continues to run his own hardware store in Chicago, keeping him up-to-date on the homebuilding industry’s latest trends and technology. He lives in Chicago with his wife and four children.

Visit House Smarts TV at Find out more about Lou Manfredini at

Direct download: aipis-36-LouManfredini.mp3
Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

Tanya Marchiol is the Founder, President and CEO of TEAM Investments. She was the 2013 Arizona Business Magazine "Realtor Of The Year" and Author of "The Prosperity Principles."

Marchiol discusses whether the government will take away home owners mortgage deductions and if so, what effect it would have on the housing market. She also breaks down the so-called "housing recovery," and describes good debt and bad debt. 

Tanya also talks about personal finances... like how people can get tax deductions like businesses do, and how youngsters can generate an abundance of wealth by the time they hit 40 years of age. 

Find out more about TEAM Investments at Visit Tanya Marchiol's official website at

Direct download: aipis-35-TanyaMarchiol.mp3
Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT

Stuart Vener is the former President and CEO of the Richmond Corporation, former Director and CFO of Transcontinental Development Corp., and former Director of Community Housing at Development Corp.

Vener discusses whether low interest rates could crash the housing market, and why it make better business sense to buy a home at low interest rates if you intend to stay at least 10 to 12 years. Vener then proceeds to give a lesson on how bonds impact the housing market. 

Vener's “Second-Chance” property program assisted thousands of satisfied clients walk away from upside down, negative equity, properties. He also established the Wilshire Holding Group, which has helped thousands of people avoid the devastation of foreclosure. His charity has provided over $100 million in down payment gifts for buyers. Now, he is helping foreigners purchase real estate in America.

Stuart Vener has a varied and extensive career in business, finance and real estate related activities.

For 16 years, Stuart Vener owned one of the largest mortgage companies in Los Angeles County. His real estate ventures date back to the 1960s. He developed a shopping and family entertainment center in the Orange County vicinity that often drew larger crowds than Disneyland.

He was financial advisor and consultant to Noah Dietrich, the partner of Howard Hughes, and was personally involved in the acquisition, development and disposition of over 1,400 homes.

Mr. Vener holds a PHD in Business Administration and was a financial consultant to Morris Shenker, CEO of the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. He arranged casino financing in Las Vegas and New Jersey utilizing offshore investment sources.

Stuart Vener is one of America's most knowledgeable real estate investors/consultants. He provides expert information as a guest on radio shows throughout the Country, and regularly appears on Fox News and CNN.

Visit Stuart Vener's business at To find out more about Stuart Vener, visit

Direct download: aipis-34-StuartVener.mp3
Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm EDT

AIPIS 33 - "The Real Estate Power Hour" with Mark Evans

- What are the two most essential skills for a real estate investor to have?
- What are the three T's to real estate investing?
- How can you get folks to literally give you there house for free?
- Is becoming a real estate investor risky?

Direct download: aipis-13-MarkEvans.mp3
Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 5:34pm EDT