Accredited Income Property Investment Specialist (AIPIS)

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 www.housesmartstv.com.  

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 www.housesmartstv.com. Find out more about Lou Manfredini at www.homeimprovementminutes.com.

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

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 www.teaminvestmentsinc.com. Visit Tanya Marchiol's official website at www.tanyamarchiol.com.

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

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 www.realtycrisis.com/. To find out more about Stuart Vener, visit www.stuartvener.com/.

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm EST

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?
Web: http://therealestatepowerhour.com/

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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

Join Jason Hartman for an interview with successful founder of Rapid Realty, Anthony Lolli. Listen to the show at:  www.AIPIS.org. Anthony became interested in real estate at the age of 19, motivated by a friend’s dad that quickly made money on real estate following a class he had taken. Anthony got his license and began [...]
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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 1:46pm EST

Real estate agents have many mediums available today for marketing and growing their business, but how many are actually taking advantage of Craigslist? And how do they make Craigslist produce positive results? Jason Hartman interviews real estate broker, Vince Villegas, about his success secrets to using Craigslist. Vince is one of the highest paid (if [...]
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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 11:30am EST

Do you want to know the secrets of living longer?  Join Jason Hartman on this episode of Holistic Survival as he interviews Leslie Martin, Ph.D. and Howard Friedman, Ph.D., authors of “The Longevity Project.”  Find out who lives longest and why.  The answers may surprise you! Visit: www.AIPIS.org HOWARD S. FRIEDMAN is Distinguished Professor at [...]
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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 2:25pm EST

Join Jason Hartman as he interviews real estate virtual assistant, Rick Obst about the added value of having a virtual assistant in your real estate business.  Most real estate agents have an idea of how they wish to run their business, but often the details of doing so can be cumbersome. Rick explains how the [...]
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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 5:48pm EST

As real estate agents, it’s important to remember housing markets are local and you have nothing to do with what’s being reported in the news regarding the overall housing market.  Join Jason Hartman and master real estate agent coach, Rich Levin, as they discuss vital strategies to become a successful real estate agent, whether just [...]
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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Join Jason Hartman and Ross Hair of Real Estate Advocate and founder of Social Media Marketing Camp, as they discuss various marketing strategies involving social media networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and ActiveRain.  While social media has become the marketing tool of the world, even in real estate, Ross explains the advantages and the [...]
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Category:Educational Podcast -- posted at: 1:49pm EST