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RERL-1520- Laura Peterson discusses auto and disability insurance

For most of us we know we need insurance, so we get insurance, pay for insurance and then sometimes we need to use it. The trouble when we use it is sometimes the coverage isn’t there or we don’t know what we have. Today Joe welcomes back our insurance expert, Laura Peterson of Insurance and Financial Services Inc. to talk with us about auto and disability insurance. Specific topics include: Auto insurance basicsTailoring a deductibleImportant components to choosing an insurance...


RERL-1519-Disruption Update - What consumers and the real estate industry should know

As much as we like to complain how stagnant the real estate and lending industry has been, the amount of disruption coming for it is nothing short of incredible. Everyday more money is being used to fuel new companies that are committed to improving the consumers’ transaction. Today Joe provides an update on what industry professionals and consumers need to know about the disruption heading our way. Specific topics include: Adapting to and embracing future modelsShrinking margins and...


RERL-1518-Fed Raises Rates Again! What does this mean for new buyers and home owners?

Another rate hike from the Feds! While interest rates do not directly affect 30 year mortgages, it does impact home buyers and owners starting now. Today Joe answers three big questions everyone has following today’s rate hike. Specific topics include: How could the market potentially be affected?How does the rate hike affect current home buyers?What does this mean for home owners? If you wish to contact Joe Cucchiara email him at, call (408)-838-9060 or simply...


RERL-1517- Do Consumers Care About Wells Fargo's Reputation? & New Loan Programs Being Introduced

We are all very aware that Wells Fargo has fallen on some tough times when it comes to consumer complaints. Lawsuits are piling up as the company gets caught with false accounts, mortgage fees and more. Today Joe looks back at the problems plaguing Wells Fargo and questions if they change the way you do business with this banking giant. Joe also discusses new expanded mortgage programs you’ll be hearing more and more about that allow more people to qualify: FHA vs jumbo loansNon-QM...


RERL-1516-Jack Russo discusses business insurance - Joe recalls his personal experience in a bank robbery

Not too long ago we learned how the internet is helping disrupt the insurance industry. For better or worse, insurance products are something that all growing companies have to think about. In fact investors may even require entrepreneurs to purchase a term life insurance policy that adds to your credibility. Today Joe and Jack Russo discuss the types of business insurance you have to think about if you’re serious about getting your business to grow. Specific topics include: General...


RERL-1515-Understanding Today’s Economy with Geraldine Barry

Throughout her career she has stayed on the cutting edge of real estate. Today Joe welcomes back Geraldine Barry of Geraldine Barry and Associates to learn about what’s going on in Silicon Valley’s economy and more. You can contact Geraldine by calling (408)396-7177 or email her at Specific topics include: Offshoring effectively with Intellisys TechnologyInsights from the SJSU economic summitSilicon Valley’s economic landscapeMaintaining economic...


RERL-1514-Non-Conventional Financing & Stated Income Programs

There are plenty of people out there that don’t fit the traditional W-2 income bill because they are either retired or hold a non-traditional job. What many of them don’t realize is that they are not exempt from financing all-together; they just have to think differently. In the first half of today’s podcast Joe takes a look at financing for retirees and anybody not working the 9-5. The Mortgage Meltdown was caused by many factors that we have learned from today. While we did away with...


RERL-1513-Rates Drop & Do Buyers Still Have A Chance In The Market?

In a rare move when the general trend has been up, interest rates take a significant drop. The results? Buyers on the bubble now have more buying power. Likewise, refinancers too now have another shot at taking advantage of all that equity. Today Joe looks at what could trigger you to take advantage of this drop and refinance your mortgage. Buyers have had it tough the last few years competing against swarms of offers and overbidding, but buyers still have a chance in this market. Even...


RERL-1512-Investing In An Aging Population

It’s a tough day when you realize mom or dad can no longer live alone and as much as we’d love to, staying home full-time with them is rarely an option. The simplest solution to aiding an aging population is to find something right in between living alone at home and moving into a nursing facility. Today Joe welcomes Gene Guarino of Residential Assisted Living Academy to talk about creating a safe home-like living situation for the seniors we love. Specific topics include: What is...


RERL-1511-Starting Something In Silicon Valley –Part XIII

Collective intelligence is making its way to the internet as we enter the conceptional age where ideas take on value more quickly than they used to. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you’ve probably heard about it by now but not might understand why this it is such a big deal. Joe and Jack Russo talk about this major EU legislative effort that affects companies and consumers in and outside the European Union. If you wish to contact Joe Cucchiara email him at...


RERL-1510-Disrupting The Life Insurance Industry with Harry Grundmann

These days it seems just about every industry is facing major disruption and your life insurance is not excluded. No matter what age you are there is a better insurance for you, even if that means refinancing your insurance or changing plans altogether. Today Joe meets founder, Harry Grundmann, who is taking a whole new approach to life insurance. Specific topics include: Why you may need life insuranceHow life insurance mixes with real estateLife insurance at different...


RERL-1509-Bundle Select Updates, Reviews & Announcements!

Through the last few years Joe has reported on the rapidly changing real estate industry and been critical of those who believe the process should or will stay the same. Now it’s been four months since Joe officially launched Bundle Select and many of you real estate fans and tech geeks may be wondering if it has taken off or not. Today Joe updates us on our favorite startup, Bundle Select! Specific topics include: Introducing the investors and advisorsIf you can bundle any other service,...


RERL-1508-Exploring The Reverse Mortgage with Bill Benson

He’s no stranger to RERL; he’s reverse mortgage expert Bill Benson! For some of us conventional financing is just not the right choice. Good thing there are a few options outside of conventional financing. Today Joe explores reverse mortgages with Bill Benson to figure out if these unconventional loans really deserve the stigma they receive. Specific topics include: What exactly is a reverse mortgage and who uses them?Reverse mortgage requirements and restrictionsTaking the fear out of...


RERL-1507-The Changing Market & Data Privacy

Right now the market is hot, hot, hot for real estate technology! In the thick of this change you can find Hemlane CEO, Dana Dunford who is back in the studio and ready to talk real estate disruptions. Listen in as Joe finds out how Hemlane is helping consumers invest in real estate across the US and explore the benefits of using a full service property manager. Specific topics include: How technology is changing the real estate marketManaging your online presence during real estate...


RERL-1506-Unlocking Strategy Values Through Outsourcing

If you have any questions about today’s guest all you need to know is she graduated from USC’s entrepreneur program back when nobody knew what an entrepreneur was, let alone how to spell the word. Geraldine Barry of Geraldine Barry and Associates is back in the studio with Joe ready to share her extensive knowledge of business and real estate with us as it relates to outsourcing. Outsourcing is not new but the industry is changing. You can contact Geraldine by calling (408)396-7177 or...


RERL-1505-Starting Something In Silicon Valley –Part XII

People get into disagreements; it’s an unfortunate fact of life that all of us wish we could avoid. Anyone in life or business could lose a lot in a dispute, be it money or health. Today Joe and Jack Russo try and stay out of the court house by discussing disputes and dispute resolutions. Specific topics include: Evaluating who you do business withGet your paperwork right!Work on your negotiating skillsArbitration vs. mediationLitigation, mediation and arbitration costsSettlement...


RERL-1504-Evaluating Your Homeowners Insurance with Laura Peterson

Earthquake insurance, fire protection, umbrella insurance –a lot goes into protecting you and your home from unforeseen events. Today Joe welcomes back returning guest and insurance expert Laura Peterson with Insurance and Financial Services Inc. This time around Laura will talk about insurances you do and don’t need, technology changing the way you access your insurance documents, as well as breaking down the different types of life insurance policies. Also in discussion: Has anything...


RERL-1503-Multigenerational Planning

By now it’s no secret that the bull market we saw for so long is currently experiencing a bit of volatility. Planning for the future is more important now than ever and ensuring you leave a legacy for your children is becoming increasingly difficult. Today Joe talks with Ameriprise CFP George Papadoyannis about planning for the future with the entire family in mind. Specific topics include: Q1 wrap-up and Q2 expectationsSV housing and job marketTransfer of wealth in the upcoming...


RERL-1502-Starting Something In Silicon Valley –Part XI

So many things need to be taken into consideration when building a business that fatigue can easily set in and cause motivation to slip away from hungry entrepreneurs. Most entrepreneurs know they will face many challenges along the way and keeping the fire burning ultimately plays a bigger role in success than consumer think. Today Joe and Jack Russo team up to discuss six key elements to keep you and your team motivated when your business isn’t going quite right. Specific topics...


RERL-1501-How To Buy A Home Without Selling First

In a market where inventory is insanely low most sellers are going to think differently with a lot of help from their lender. In fact a common issue agent’s face is working with clients that are hesitant to sell either because they don’t want to move multiple time or they fear of homelessness. Today Joe is joined by Bank of Internet Account Executive James Shoop to discuss several nonconventional financing options that get you out of your old house and into your new home without the fear....