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By Bill Reiman | @ImBillReiman
The Real Build is your weekly podcast that covers the exact things you need to look for prior to buying, building, or selling a property. Every week Bill Reiman, (Your Broker Builder), will take you in-depth about what exactly you should be looking at when buying a property whether it is an existing home, or you're building a new home. Bill will also bring in leaders in the real estate and construction industries to discuss more important topics before buying or building a home.
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100. Why An Architects Attention To Detail Matters - With Chris Colby of CPL Architects and Engineers and Owner Antidote One
One of the very first steps to building a custom home is Architecture.  Hiring the right architect to design your homes is as crucial as hiring the right builder.  The architect is creating not just your home's footprint but also how the home will operate.  The more detail on a set of architectural plans, the beet.  This will help the build process run a lot smoother.   In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with architect Chris Colby.  He has over 20+ years of diverse experience in design, planning and project management, and Client Development. Chris's expertise is in the field of K-12 and Upper Education Facilities and commercial buildings. He also does residential. Chris has worked on numerous Architecture projects throughout his career of all sizes and budgets and has managed and provided documentation of multi-phased and multi-building projects. His experience in project management, construction practices, and the Wick's Law bidding process will prove to be an exceptional addition to your project.  A true advocate for new ideas and innovation, he is passionate about K-12 design, outfitting our students with spaces for learning and exploration. He is on the leading edge in designing flexible spaces for small group instruction and individualized learning. Specialties: architecture, design, project management, net-zero energy buildings, eco-friendly buildings, planning, commercial & municipal property planning, and Better School Design. Chris Colby Instagram: Podcast: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
June 22, 2021
99. Bringing Respect And Dignity Back To The Trades - With Tom Reber, Owner of Contractor Fight
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to have on Top Contractor coach Tom Reber.  Tom and I had an in-depth conversation about the things contractors should be doing to deliver a better experience to clients.  If you are someone looking to build a home, this is a must listen to episode! Over the past several years, Tom and his team have helped 1000’s of home improvement contractors earn the respect & dignity equal to the value that they bring to their clients.  He understands you and the challenges you face because you ARE contractors. One way he does this is through his Contractor Sales Academy training program.  For over five years, they have been training contractors to sell VIRTUALLY to their prospects. Nobody teaches this better than his team. they train them to connect with their prospects in ways their competitors never will, and in turn, they sell more jobs at 50% and more gross profit margins without setting foot on a prospect's property.  Tom Reber Instagram: Facebook: Youtube: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
June 15, 2021
98. What To Do When Building A Custom Home Part 1 - Before The Build
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to discuss what a customer should do when building a custom home.  This will be a three-part series highlighting before, during, and after a build and what customers need to do.  In this episode, I cover before the build.  Some topics I cover are the following. Financing - Must get this lined up - takes time - Plans - contract - Get initial paperwork done. Lot selection - Get a builder's opinion - Finding a builder before purchasing a lot is excellent. I get customers lots all the time. I look at the dirt, seawalls, animals on the lot, set back restrictions. Budget - Have this in mind - Starting with the lot and then home. How much do you have for both? Plan on having a little more to spend than what you initially think Floorplans - Look at a variety of floorplans and pick elements you like from each. A custom builder can add all elements you want Look at model homes, Builder portfolios, Pinterest, Houzz, parade of homes, Sand dollar awards. Meet the team - Are the builder's team people you will be comfortable working with? How do they all work? What is there process of each person? Timeline - Need to ask your builder for a rough timeline - 18 months to build a home need to know when selections need to be made. A rough idea of stages. The idea of payment structure. Selling a house have a plan. Architecture/design - Is the builder involved in this process? Is there a designer? They should be engaged at the blueprint stage. Know what you are getting - features list - ask a lot of questions - all about details. What is behind the walls? No blind spots do as much research as possible but ask ask ask.  Review contract - hire a local attorney to review. Ask questions and state your concerns. Know the permitting process and what to expect. The series will be scattered a little, so the next part I will cover during the build.  That part will be launched in a few weeks Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
June 8, 2021
97. How To Hire The Right Roofer To Deliver A "Stress Free" Customer Experience? - With Joel And Laura Patzke Owners Trueworks Roofing
Welcome to another amazing episode of The Real Build.  In this episode, I got the opportunity to sit down with a roofing power couple Joel and Laura Patzke, owners of Trueworks Roofing.  We talked about everything you need to know about roofing.  We also discussed how Joel and Laura have been having great success in the roofing industry after starting their company not too long ago. Joel and Laura enjoy figuring out ways to serve customers better in an industry that gets a bad wrap for customer service.  They are passionate about doing their part to help change the roofing industry!  They spend their time researching the latest technologies and the most innovative and environmentally friendly roofing solutions to date!  Their approach is what they like to call stress-free roofing, which alleviates stress as much as possible during their process.  They also specialize in navigating insurance company red tape to get your new roof approved– we probably know your adjuster by name! Joel and Laura Patzke : Instagram: Facebook: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
June 1, 2021
96. How To Use Proper Communication For A Better Customer Experience - With Robert Kennedy III Owner Kennetik Kommunications
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the privilege to feature Robert Kennedy III.  Robert is a leadership communication expert, international keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and best-selling author. Robert was a real estate professional at one point in his life, and he always knew the best approach to helping clients with homes was through excellent communication. Robert says that most of the interpersonal problems we face can be traced back to one thing...communication. It's at the core of expressing ideas, sharing experiences, and connecting perspectives. It needs to be done with confidence and clarity.  So For the past ten years, Robert has spoken for and worked with some of the world's largest companies, associations, government, and faith-based organizations to help better their communication skills.  He helps managers and organizational leaders find the touchpoints to motivate their employees, increase their performance and create more IMPACTING AND PURPOSEFUL leadership through communication. Some notable clients include AARP, Social Security Administration, Comscore, U.S. Coast Guard, and many others. Robert Kennedy III : Instagram: Linkedin: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
May 25, 2021
95. Generosity, Giving, and Reciprocity In Life and Business - With Cason Parker Of Westshore Financial Group
In this episode of The Real Build, I got to have a long-time friend Cason Parker on the show.  Cason and I went to college together at The University of South Florida and have been friends ever since.  I was excited when Cason asked me to come on my show because Cason is a financial advisor.  With many shifts in the financial world and government happening, I had to have Cason on.  Cason is always willing to offer a helping hand or listen.  This is what has brought Cason success. His goal: To help people make appropriate financial decisions throughout life. Cason is also a mentor to members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon at the University of South Florida and around the country in how to be better leaders and gentlemen.  He's always looking for ways to help people grow.  He strives to help people make appropriate financial decisions throughout life. Protection and process first. Cason Parker Linkedin: Instagram: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
May 12, 2021
94. Building Homes And Creating More Educational Opportunities For Kids In The Construction Industry - With Ben Beard, Owner Of Red Cliff Homes
In this episode of The Real Build, I spoke with Ben Beard, owner of Red Cliff Homes.  Ben is a production home builder in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  He specializes in homes that exceed client's expectations without exceeding their budget.  Ben is also committed to bringing technical education to Las Cruces high schools. Red Cliff Homes seeks to bring technical education to young people to leave high school equipped with the skills they need to get high-paying jobs in construction and other technical, hands-on career fields.  This was a big point Ben and I talked about.  There is a lack of labor in the construction industry.  Now it is more important than ever to get construction education back into schools. Ben got involved with residential building as a high school student, where he took classes in general construction and electrical wiring. He then worked at a plumbing supply shop and as a framer before leaving on a 2-year proselyting mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Upon returning from missionary service, He attended Brigham Young University and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management while working part-time to gain industry experience.  After graduating in 2012, he moved to Las Cruces, where he worked as a Superintendent and Purchasing Manager for a local builder. In 2017 he launched Red Cliff Homes with a dream to serve the Las Cruces community. Ben Beard Website: Instagram: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
May 5, 2021
93. Construction Materials Continue To Rise So Now What?
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to cover a huge topic in the construction industry: Material Increases. Demand is high, but supply is low. Construction material prices have risen so sharply in 2021 that the Associated General Contractors of America issued a rare Construction Inflation Alert. A move the group hasn't taken since 2008, citing a 12.8% jump of input costs for projects since the pandemic began. Why the increase??? Last year, supply and demand issues caused by the pandemic led to shortages of supplies and record cost growth for some materials. Residential demand led to a 36% increase in lumber and plywood costs from December 2019 to December 2020 Because of the pandemic closures, more people had free time on their hands. This led to more projects and home improvement projects. On top of this, due to people spending more time at home, more people are looking for bigger homes. When construction started up again, home buying season was in full tilt. This lag in construction combined with increased demand has had contractors playing catch-up.  With growing new-home construction comes more demand for materials. According to AGC's analysis, lumber and plywood gain 62%, and steel mill products record a 20% jump since April 2020. Diesel fuel, the lifeblood of the heavy equipment needed to build major projects, has surged over 100%. What does this mean for the construction market? People may be reconsidering building or renovating a home. But on the other hand, real estate prices continue to rise as well. Making building seems like a better route for some. High prices continue pricing people out of the market. Builders have extended build and delivery times. Builders have to adjust the cost accordingly. Market data suggests it's unlikely that lumber prices will fall significantly in 2021. The housing market continues to see high demand while the lumber supply lags. Interest rates are also expected to remain low throughout 2021, which will support both higher commodity prices and real estate. Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
April 28, 2021
92. He Is "The Mortgage Geek" Educating You About Refinancing And Getting Your Next Mortgage - With Sean Cahan, Owner Of Cornerstone First Mortgage
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to speak with Sean Cahan, owner of Cornerstone First Mortgage.  Sean and I discussed a lot of essential topics within the Mortgage industry.  We mainly focused on critical points like best mortgages to get, interest rates, mortgage insurance, and refinancing.  Sean is the President of Cornerstone First Mortgage and brings over six years of experience to his privately-owned bank, headquartered in San Diego. As president, he oversees the operations and production of over 2.1 billion dollars in loans annually.  He was born and raised in Bellevue, Washington, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Washington State University. Shortly after, he moved to San Diego, where he met his wife, Chelsea. Together, they have two daughters. In his free time, he enjoys training for triathlons and travels around the world with his family.  In 2015, Sean created his brand The Mortgage Geek to help educate the real estate community.  Sean Cahan Website: Instagram: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
April 12, 2021
91. Learning How To Leverage Your Resources, Relationships, And Hard Work To Acquire Cash Flowing Real Estate Assets - With Joe Meares Part Owner Of KayJay Consulting
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to sit down with Joe Meares, part-owner of KayJay Consulting.  Joe and I talked about real estate and all about the proper ways to invest and get started buying your first property.   Joe Meares is a Real Estate entrepreneur with hands-on experience as an investor, capital raiser, and coach. Beginning with baseball cards at age 6, Joe has been a lifetime investor, using his high school job at a hardware store to fund his first brokerage account at age 14. After almost a decade of working on Wall Street, He began investing in real estate in 2018 when he realized that he wanted to achieve financial and personal freedom. Through the rethinking of his core goals, He worked intensively under the mentorship of KAYJAY co-founder KAYR, He went from zero to 60 units in under two years while investing in multiple cities. He is extremely interested in self-development and helping others reach their full potential through looking within themselves to find their innate worth and gifts If you are thinking about purchasing real estate or curious about real estate opportunities, this episode is a must-listen. Joe Meares Website: Instagram: Link to bootcamp: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
April 5, 2021
90. Is The Real Estate And Home Building Market On The Edge Of A Collapse? - With Liza Florida The Myriad Group
In this episode of The Real Build, I had the opportunity to speak with real estate professional Liza Florida.  I was excited to have Liza on the show because Liza specializes in residential real estate, specialized assets, distressed properties (Short Sale, Pre-Foreclosure and Foreclosure), and mortgage lending.  The real estate market is on fire right now.  We are seeing low inventory in many areas and high demand.  Prices keep climbing higher, pricing people out of the market.  So are we on the brink of another real estate collapse?  Is there a significant slow down coming? Liza is a Real Estate Professional, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Podcast Host offering outstanding qualifications from extensive work experience. She is Armed with exceptional interpersonal skills in building strong rapport with colleagues and professionals of all levels.  She believes that what you put out into this world comes back. In addition to her professional career in Real Estate, her passion is to be of service to others, and that is carried out through her volunteer work and sharing inspirational stories on her podcast Eight Billion. Liza Florida Website: Linkedin: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |  ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE | References From Show: Ken McElroy Kris Krohn Neil Bawa Websites Realty Trac Black Knight Attom Data
March 28, 2021
89. Why Fire Protection Should Be Top Priority In Every Construction Project - With Gus Gagliardi Fire Protection Engineer
Fire Protection Should Be Top Priority In Every Construction Project - With Gus Gagliardi Fire Protection Engineer In this episode of The Real Build, we discuss one of the most important topics yet when it comes to construction: fire safety.  Most often, people don't think about fire safety too much when building a home.  There are many factors for proper fire safety in commercial and multi-family construction, but not in residential. This is why I brought on Gus Gagliardi on the show.  Gus and I talked about fire safety techniques in commercial and residential real estate and what people should look for. Gus is a Registered Fire Protection Engineer working in the construction industry. He is Skilled in Design, Fire Protection Systems, Fire alarm, Mass Notification, and Water Supply Analysis. He is a strong life safety and design professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Fire Protection and Safety Technology from Oklahoma State University. Gus Gagliardi Website: Linkedin: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
March 21, 2021
88. Committed To Being The Best In The Industry, While Also Pushing The Limits In Design, Delivery, And Execution - With Phil Ma Owner Of Vamos Group
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Phil Ma, the owner of Vamos Group in Canberra, Australia.  Phil in I talked about many topics our customers and we face in the building industry. There are a lot of similarities between construction in the US and Australia. Phil started his construction career in 2008 while working on the start of what is now known as the New Acton precinct in Canberra.  He studied Building and Construction Management at the University of Canberra and completed his Bachelor's Degree in 2010, including several awards throughout his degree. Phil has been part of the construction management team on numerous award-winning and iconic projects within Canberra, including the New Acton Nishi Building, which won the International Building project of the year in London in 2015. He has experience in all aspects of construction, including commercial, residential, and fit-out. Recently, Phil headed up the team that won Building Project of the Year at the Master Builders Association Building Excellence Awards in 2018. Phil decided to break away from working with corporate builders and start his own company in 2018. He felt the need to push the boundaries of standard construction projects that were being delivered in Canberra. Phil’s vision is unique, and once you sit down with him and have a conversation, you will fully understand why he is one of Canberra’s top builders. Phil Ma Website: Instagram: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
March 14, 2021
87. Does Your Contractor Have Too Many Projects Going On At One Time?
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to touch on a topic that came to my mind this past week dealing with potential clients.  Demand is very high right now for new construction.  With so much demand, many builders are taking on way too much work than they can handle.  I see this in my local market, and I am sure it is happening in other places.  It's about how builders are taking on too much work.  This can lead to many issues for the customer.  Some of those issues have to do with the following: Customer service Quality control Low supply - struggles to get things Build Time Fluctuating Cost Customer/builder relationship Warranty Issues. I cover each of these topics and how you can be affected if you don't ask the right questions before choosing your builder. Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
March 8, 2021
86. Making An Impact As A Woman In The Construction Industry - With Mari Madrigal, Owner of Foremost Improvements
In this episode, I got to have a conversation with Mari Madrigal.  Mari is the owner of Foremost Improvements.  Mari's story is impressive.  Coming to America from Panama.  She got into construction after getting married and fell in love with it.  She loved every aspect of the industry and wanted to learn as much as she could.  She would spend many of her days talking to workers, asking questions, and researching the industry. Mari founded Foremost Improvements in 2018, focusing on Commercial and Residential construction. She came from a sales and customer service background which has enabled her to see this market from a customer's perspective, and as such, saw the need for quality materials and service. She is OSHA 30 Certified and in 2019 graduated from the HACIA Contractor Training Program sponsored by the State of Illinois DCEO-Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Foremost Improvements is a current member of HACIA, Federation of Woman Contractors (FWC), National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), National Women in Roofing (NWIR), The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Mari Madrigal Website: Instagram: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
March 1, 2021
85. Cost Plus Versus Fixed Cost Home Builds
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to hit on a topic that I face daily—fixed cost projects versus cost-plus projects.  We, as custom builders, prefer cost plus.  But there are many people that question it.  I wanted to explain a few pros and cons to both cost-plus and fixed cost pricing. What are they? Cost Plus Contracts the contractor estimates the base cost of the project. The base cost includes the price of materials, labor, and overhead. The “plus” is the profit. In a cost-plus contract, the profit is calculated separately before construction and written into the contract as an additional fee. Fixed Price Contracts A fixed-price contract establishes a single lump sum cost for a construction project upfront. This type of contract is an agreement to complete a project at a set price that includes all costs and profits. Pros of Cost plus: The biggest advantage is more transparency of costs and fees; there really is no inflation of costs. More decisions can be made by clients during the building process. This allows for more input into the build process and purchases. The contractor has less incentive to save money and cut project costs, and there are far fewer quality control risks related to materials and labor. With a fixed cost contract, many contractors aim to keep the material costs as low as possible in order to make a profit on the work done. Peoples Fears: Cost-plus pricing is a pricing strategy that generally doesn't establish a price before the construction starts. Another drawback of cost-plus pricing is that there’s no incentive for the contractors to control or monitor building costs. Positives of Fixed Cost Fixed price pricing gives both the client and contractor a predictable cost of the construction project before it starts The builder is looking to keep overall costs low with this method since he or she has also committed to a specific price. This can often translate into better costs for the client in addition to a smoother build process. Downside The estimated cost for the construction project is only perceived, and what if a greater contingency occurs?  For contractors, if actual costs exceed estimated costs, they may take a huge financial hit. A bad contractor might be tempted to spend as little as possible in order to make more profit. Contractors are rewarded and earn profit by keeping the cost of the construction project down. Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
February 22, 2021
84. Demolition And A Passion For Good Old American Dirt, Trucks, And Tractors - With Corey Lockhart Of WML Enterprises
In this episode of the Real Build, I had the opportunity to sit down with Corey Lockhart, WML Enterprises LLC owner.  WML Enterprises is a full-service demolition and site preparation contractor. I was excited to have Corey on the show and talk about what to look for prior to hiring a demolition service. Corey is an air force veteran and also a former firefighter.  Corey started WML Enterprises with a passion for good old American dirt, trucks, and tractors with a healthy appreciation for technology.  He prides himself on safe, ethical, and efficient business practices and differentiates himself through open communication, customer care, and the highest quality workmanship. If your project is weird, messy, or unique, WML is the right choice to clean it up.WML is named for his grandfather, a police officer, a volunteer firefighter, businessman, and father of four. Corey Lockhart: Instagram: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
February 8, 2021
83. Designing Closets To Maximize Space, Increase Functionality And Encourage Clutter-free Living - With Taiece Lanier, Owner of Closet Editors
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to sit down with one of the best custom closet designers/organizers in the country, Taiece Lanier!  Taiece is known for her keen sense of fashion, phenomenal talent for organization, and an amazing eye for detail. Taiece Lanier is a Premier Closet Designer, author, and International Style Consultant. She helps people create the closet of their dreams and cultivate their authentic style. She has an awesome gift for listening to her clients, tapping into her incredible design and organizational skills, and delivering excellence. Taiece is a triple talent. Not only can she design your closet for functionality and beauty, but she can also organize your closet for optimal space and efficiency. If that weren’t enough, she can also help you edit your clothing and curate your style, which boldly expresses and represents who you truly are. Taiece understands that when a person wears the clothes that they love, they feel powerful and confident. Her ability to keep her clients looking great and feeling fabulous is unparalleled. Taiece Lanier: Instagram: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
February 1, 2021
82. Making Housing Affordable With Custom Built Tiny Homes - With Colton Paulhus Owner Of Anchored Tiny Homes, Inc.
In this episode of The Real Build, I speak with Colton Paulhus, who owns Anchored Tiny Homes in Granite Bay, California.  With a lot of housing becoming hard to afford as prices continue to rise, Colton and his family have created a solution to that problem with their custom tiny homes. Anchored Tiny Homes Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving our local community for over 30 years.  Colton's parents, Scott and Lynette, owned many successful businesses in the construction industry, ranging from a shed manufacture business, custom garage builders, building homes, pool houses, granny flats, and more. Colton started Anchored Tiny Homes Inc with his wife, Shylia. They have now created a real family-owned and operated business with Scott, the father, Colton, the older son, and Austin, the younger son! Their values are all about faith, family, and serving others.  Colton Paulhus: Instagram: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
January 25, 2021
81. Re-Developing Properties To Revitalize Communities And Encouraging Home Ownership - With Adam McCanna Co Owner of Colorado Home Buyers
In this episode of the Real Build, I got to speak with Adam McCanna, who is part owner of Colorado Home Buyers.  Adam and I discussed many real estate topics, but our main focus was on how Adam and his partner are rebuilding communities in Denver, Colorado. Adam started purchasing investment properties in 2013 when he decided that a high paying, award-winning sales management career in corporate America was not enough for him. He wanted more. He wanted to pursue a career to help people and create a legacy for his wife and three sons. He wanted to create a business that fueled his passion for competition that he had missed since retiring from professional basketball in 2002. He found this in real estate! Since 2013 he has started three successful real estate investment businesses in Portland, took him to Hawaii, and eventually settled in Denver. He was able to find success in different markets with his proven investment strategies and systems that he is now ready to share with people looking to create their legacy through real estate investing.  Adam McCanna: Instagram: Linkedin: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
January 18, 2021
80. Aging In Place Versus Living In Place. - With Lisa Wood Of Lisa J. Wood Interior
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to talk with Lisa Wood, owner of Lisa J. Wood Interiors.  Lisa helps busy professionals plan, design, and construct homes so personalized that they are the perfect recipe for now and their futures. Every design challenge has a beautiful solution, and style never has to be sacrificed. Her Services include in-home consultations, turn-key interior design, kitchen & bath design, closet design, project management, renderings, styling, window treatments, custom furniture, staging, new construction renovations, and new build and renovation consultations geared for living in place.  Lisa cares deeply about each client's well-being and makes it her focus to ensure their home is a reflection of them while providing peace of mind and comfort for all who enter. Lisa makes the process educational and fun, of course.  Lisa is a certified "Living In Place" specialist, which we go deeper into a discussion about. Lisa Wood: Instagram: Linkedin: Host Info Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
January 10, 2021
79. 2020 Was A Big Year And 2021 Will Be Even Bigger
2020 was a crazy year filled with many negatives - Aliens, murder hornets, covid, riots, a crazy presidential race, Natural Disasters, lockdowns, businesses closing, and much more. Many people would say it was their worst year ever and are relieved to be in the new year 2021.  But For me, I didn’t curl up in a ball in fear. I didn’t let other's fear dictate my actions.  I didn't do less because I didn't know what the future held.  I utilized the lockdowns and unknown and went even harder on my brand and business. My 2020 was one of my best years yet. I wanted to talk about some of my accomplishments this year and my goals for the next. Follow me on Instagram: Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
January 3, 2021
78. Superior Service In Every Commercial Construction Project - With Coleman Jones Part Owner of Jones and Lamberti
In this episode of The Real Build, I had the opportunity to talk about commercial construction with Coleman Jones.  Coleman Jones is Part Owner of Jones and Lamberti in Roseville, California.  Along with his partner, Coleman has built one of the top commercial construction companies in his area. Colemon is from a small Northern California town and was raised through hard work; cleaning cars, hammering out dents, and painting vehicles, but he had a passion for more.  His path out of the small town was through a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from CSU Chico. Coleman married his high school sweetheart a week after graduation. He moved to the Sacramento region, where he joined Rudolph and Sletten, Inc., one of California’s largest and most respected commercial contractors. Throughout his 11 years with R&S, Coleman managed several award-winning projects. Fast forward more than a decade, they are raising two boys and being blessed with the opportunity to adopt their niece. Focused on family, faith, and hard work, he enjoys honing his ability to help people and organizations realize goals and needs.
December 27, 2020
77. Continuously making your presence known as a builder
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to talk about a topic that recently came to my mind that is crucial for builders.  Builders need to make their presence known.  This topic came to mind because I wrote my yearly Christmas cards, which I send to past customers every year.  I don’t have to do this because it takes a lot of time to handwrite them. So why do I do this? Because I want to offer them something, to make past clients see that we are still here to help even though we built their homes many years ago. We always send out a regular printed card, but I also take the time to do handwritten cards.  The problem is many builders don’t take the time to do this when they should. It helps you stay top of mind. There are many things we as builders can do to stay top of mind.  Here are a few examples I cover Social media Home walkthroughs Day in the life series Get personal, clients to want to see behind the scenes. Showcase why you are different than other builders - clean job sites, details, quality Podcast like this - send it out to customers, post it to your website; it's a giant source I can utilize to help my customers learn! Customer events for appreciation - something I want to start doing and have talked to other builders about - Model home events Newsletters with all video content Attend events at your city and be recognized All these things have had a massive impact on my business in both real estate and construction.  Follow me  Instagram: Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
December 20, 2020
76. How To Have More Faith In Your Contractor - With Mike Claudio Owner Of Winrate Consulting
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Mike Claudio, the owner of Winrate Consulting.  Winrate Consulting is a fast-growing coaching company for people in the construction industry.  I was excited to have Mike on the podcast to talk about builders' best strategies to get good clients and maintain quality service throughout the building process.  Mike spoke about critical factors builders need to pay attention to in order to get more sales, make more money, and grow their business. Mike has a passion for working with entrepreneurs to help them bring significant changes to grow their business.  He has a love and passion for the people, processes, and services of the construction industry. Mike has helped construction companies increase revenue through better sales processes and communication.  Mike Claudio: Website: Follow me  Instagram: Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
December 14, 2020
75. Where Can You Save Money When Building A Custom Home Without Cutting Out Quality?
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to go over some ways to save money when building a custom home.  These strategies are for people building a custom home and not a production or track home.  Let's face it; everyone has a budget in mind before building a house.  It is our job as builders to come up with creative ways to honor that budget.  I wanted to cover at least a few things clients could do to save money but not hurt the home's resale. Some things to look at are: Interior Cabinets, Tile, Lighting, Automation, Plumbing fixtures, Countertops, Energy efficiency, Interior doors, appliances Exterior  Exterior windows and doors, Railings, Stucco details, wood details, roof, Landscaping 
December 6, 2020
74. Hiring The Right Electrician For Your Home Project- With Irvin Retiz Owner Of Retiz Electric
In this episode of The Real Build, I had the opportunity to speak with Irvin Retiz, who is the owner of Retiz Electric.  Irvin has a very impressive story, starting an electrical business at 23 years old.  He now is 25, and his company has grown to 3 technicians.   Irvin started doing electrical at ten years old when his dad would take him to work during the summer and vacation days of his childhood.  He moved to Houston and started his company in June of 2018.  Irvin enjoys playing soccer at a high level, traveling, and seeing nature.  Irvin is currently focused on himself and his company and helping and guiding others around him to level up.  Irvin and I discussed everything you need to look for when hiring an electrician for a new build, remodel, or repair/install project.
November 23, 2020
73. Building Million Dollar Homes From A Distance
We live in a different world in 2020. Lockdowns are starting to happen again. So I wanted to talk about how we as builders can make it possible for our customers to still build from a distance without fear of something going wrong.  I deal with this frequently, and even before covid, we had to implement different things to make building from a distance possible. Things like Software.  We use a platform called coconstruct. If you want to learn more about Coconstruct check out episode 33 With Top Coconstruct rep Spencer Padgett Software Key points Bidding and pricing - detailed feature sheet Selections - keep a detailed outline of all selections made Finances Schedule Communication timeline Progress pictures - you can take pictures, and the client can mark the pictures Ap with full access Without software Pictures through email Zoom calls/FaceTime calls out on the job site Detailed financial reports and expenses Phone convos Follow me on Instagram: Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
November 15, 2020
72. Installing The Perfect Garage Door Is An Art - With Dan Cummings Owner Of Southwest Garage Doors
In this episode of the Real Build, I sat down with Dan Cummings, owner of Southwest Garage Doors.  Dan and I talked about how a garage door makes a significant impact on the home's look and someone's lifestyle.  It also is essential how a garage door functions.  A garage door is most people's access into their homes.  A garage door must operate correctly but also be built to last. Dan was raised in Phoenix and Scottsdale by a strong single mother. He graduated from Desert Mountain and East Valley Institute of Technology (EBIT) for welding and metal work.  Dan worked on garage doors since he was a Junior in high school, and he has been captivated by it ever since. He was lucky enough to have a great mentor that gave me the tools that allowed him to grow into the Craftsman he is today. With eight years in the industry, three years of metal fabrication, and the desire to keep growing, it was only right to focus on what made him happy. He started his business with a focus on installing & fabricating custom garage door systems and top quality repair work. Dan Cummings: Website: Follow me  Instagram: Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
November 2, 2020
71. Making An Impact And Changing Lives Through Her Interior Design Career - With Breegan Jane Owner Of Breegan Jane LLC
In this episode of The Real Build, I got to speak with Breegan Jane, owner of interior design firm Breegan Jane LLC.  Breegan is one of the most impactful women I have had the opportunity to interview.  She is an experienced and accomplished interior designer, lifestyle blogger, and single mom dominating the interior design space. Her resume boasts enterprises that span the gamut, from custom designing personal creative music studios to managing international real estate projects with a full staff.  Her design savvy is well sought after by clients in almost every industry, including a double platinum-selling recording artist. She has been featured on multiple TV and Talk Shows and currently is on HGTV’s recent reboot of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”  Where she helps families design and renovate their homes.  She is also an author. Breegan also dedicates her time, portions of her salary, and available resources to support local, national, and global humanitarian efforts. Breegan Jane: Website: Follow me  Instagram: Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK|  ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
October 25, 2020
70. Connecting A Home To The Way You Live Using Lighting Control Systems - With Joshua Kenny Owner Of Intelligent Lighting Design
In this episode of The Real Build, I had the opportunity to speak with Joshua Kenny, owner of Intelligent Lighting Design.  We talked about home lighting control and how it is becoming a huge part of a home. With lighting control systems, you can have lighting adapt to how you live throughout the day. Josh has been programming Lutron lighting control systems and motorized shades in the Cleveland area for the past seven years.  He has been trusted by many homeowners to fully customize their Lutron lighting control system to their liking. He prides in thoroughly educating his customers on the basics of their lighting control system.  He works with some of the top lighting designers in the area and the best audio video companies to deliver an elite home automation system.
October 18, 2020
69. Being Customer-Obsessed With Every Construction Project - With Joe Wood, Owner Of Wood Construction And Remodeling
In this episode of The Real Build, I had the opportunity to sit down with Joe Wood, Owner of Wood Construction and Remodeling.  Joe and I had a great conversation about construction and what people need to look for when choosing a builder or remodeler.  We talked about how selecting your builder based on price isn't always the smartest decision to make.  We also talked about the build and remodel processes and how we can make it easier and less stressful. Joe studied construction management at Appalachian State University.  His company is known across Tennessee & North Carolina for bathroom & kitchen remodels, and custom home builds. They also offer home additions, basement finishing, & remodeling & handyman services.  Joe is an Army Veteran, and we discussed how the military has made him a better company leader.
October 11, 2020
68. How Word Of Mouth Has Led To Becoming A Top Builder Of Post Frame Structures - With Nate Santos Owner Of Santos Custom Builders
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Nate Santos, owner of Santos Custom Builders.  Nate is a third-generation carpenter and has been running a construction business for over ten years.  He specializes in pre-engineered, post-frame structures called Lester Buildings throughout the state of Maine.   Nate has done some amazing builds, which you can see on his Facebook page.  He has built barns, mancaves, storage units, custom homes, garages, and many more buildings in his area.  His reputation for quality buildings has helped him grow into one of the top custom builders in his area.  He continues to grow through reputation and word of mouth about the quality construction he delivers in every project.
October 6, 2020
67. What Is Your Square Foot Price? Why Custom Home Builders Hate This Question
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to talk about a question that I get asked all the time.  That question is, what is your square foot price?  I brushed on this topic in the past, but I wanted to dive deeper into it.  As custom home builders, we don't have a set square foot price.  The reason is that we offer a lot more selections than other builders like production home builders.  You build with a custom builder to have more freedom and get precisely what you want.  I talk about this and much more. Follow me Instagram: Email: CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ▶︎ YOUTUBE | ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK| ▶︎ LINKEDIN | ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
September 28, 2020
66. Why Personal Development Was The Key To Running A Successful One-Stop-Shop Real Estate Business - With Michael Burns Owner Of The Burnz Team Homes and Loans
In this episode of The Real Build, I interviewed Michael Burns, owner of The Burnz Team Homes and Loans.  Michael wears many hats as he does real estate, mortgages, and investments.  This gives Michael a leg up above his competition.  Michael and I talked about real estate investing and how someone can get started in it. Michael has taught himself how to invest in real estate.  After making offers on 94 homes, he and his brother finally got their first investment property where they made $25,000 in profit.  Since then, with a lot of learning, they have successfully invested in more than 150 properties.  We also talked about personal development and how much of an impact it has had on our lives and helped us grow our businesses tremendously. Michael Burns: Website: Follow me  Instagram: Email:   CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:   ▶︎ YOUTUBE | ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK| ▶︎ LINKEDIN |  ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
September 20, 2020
65. A Discussion About How We Can Make The Home Building Industry Better - With Mike Harn Owner of Anlon Construction
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Mike Harn, owner of Anlon Construction.  I loved having Mike on my show.  Our main discussion was about how we can do a better job as home builders.  We cover our processes and how we can do a better job of helping our clients through every step of building a home.  Mike got out of the Army at 21 years old and started working on construction sites doing odd jobs, clean up, framing, and siding, whatever he could do to learn. Just a few short months later, he started managing the development and building of his first subdivision. After developing hundreds of lots, building hundreds of homes, and completing countless remodeling jobs for other people, Mike decided he wanted to do it on his own A few years ago, just after starting Anlon Construction, he met his wife, who helped him realize that business is about so much more than money; it is about the experience and the relationships you create along the way.
September 13, 2020
64. Building Affordable MultiFamily Units For Hard Working Families - With Scott Choppin Owner Of Urban Pacific Group
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to sit down with top real estate developer Scott Choppin out of Long Beach, California.  Scott is the Founder of the Urban Pacific Group and oversees all operations of the Urban Pacific family of companies, including business development, capital acquisition, and strategic planning. Scott and I talked about how someone can get started in multi-family development and how he runs his business.  Scott's business model is unique in that he builds multi-family units that can house up to a family of 10 people.  This allows people to pay the rents individually as a family and makes the housing more affordable in middle-class areas.  What Scott is doing in multi-family development is impressive, and you don't see its concept in many other areas.   If you are a multi-family investor or thinking about getting into it, you will want to listen to this episode!  Scott Choppin:  Website: The Urban Pacific Group of Companies - Workforce Housing Real Estate Development   Follow me  Instagram:   Email:     CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:     ▶︎ YOUTUBE |   ▶︎ INSTAGRAM |   ▶︎FACEBOOK|   ▶︎ LINKEDIN |    ▶︎ TWITTER |   ▶︎ WEBSITE |
September 7, 2020
63. You Need To Watch Out For These Red Flags Before Selecting Your Next Home Builder!
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to talk about a huge topic that has recently been on my mind.  Red flags that you should look for when selecting your builder.  There is a boom in building, and more and more new builders are flooding the markets.  I wanted to showcase exactly what you need to avoid.  Here are the topics I cover: Lower cost than all other builders by far is a huge red flag that most people always fall for. Unmarked trucks on Jobsite – Before building, check out their active job sites. Messy job sites – this one is a pet peeve of mine. I grew up cleaning job sites they need to be immaculate. One person show – One guy that does it all and ask for so little – more extended time frames. Lying about build numbers / Lack of longevity - First, you want to ensure that your builder will be in business for the duration of your build, throughout your warranty period, and, ideally, for years to come after that. Overpromise under deliver – They can show you a beautiful model, but is it really what you're getting when it's said and done? There exist several unresolved claims from the Contractor's Board – Lawsuits. Time frames – Lies lies lies.  No references- huge red flag. Confusing short building contract. High-pressure sales tactics where more than one person is present. Lack of knowledge about the process. No change orders. Lower-grade materials – Check jobs you will see. Unlicensed subcontractors. Thank you as always for listening!
August 31, 2020
62. Here Is Why You Don't Skip The Home Inspection - With Dusty Jameson of Cluseau's Inspection Service
In this episode of The Real Build, I interviewed one of the most well-known and respected inspectors in Knoxville, Tennessee, Dusty Jameson. Dusty is part owner of Cluseau's Inspection Service, where he has quickly become the go-to resource for home inspections in his area.   Growing up, Dusty never thought he would be a home inspector.  He had worked on various construction projects with his dad, where he learned to swing a hammer and all about how homes are built.  He later got a job with an inspection company while in college.  After over ten thousand homes inspected, Dusty is now part-owner of Cluseau's Inspection Service.   Dusty and I talked about what a homeowner should look for during and after a home inspection.  We discussed different types of inspection services and how each one is crucial before purchasing a new home. After listening to this episode, I am sure you will never skip out on a home inspection before buying a home. 
August 23, 2020
61. Why Proper Bookkeeping Matters in Every Construction Business - With Julie Shopa
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat Down with Julie Shopa.  Julie is a certified Quickbooks expert and specializes in bookkeeping for many businesses.  Julie and I talked about how essential bookkeeping is within a construction business.  Not having the proper books can turn any business into a disaster and likely cause the company to fail. Julie loves helping business owners have a better relationship with bookkeeping and their finances.  She chose to use Clarity in her company name because she hopes to make the numbers clear and easy to understand. She has seen how proper bookkeeping can increase profits and doesn’t need to be viewed as just another expense.  Julie has been a bookkeeper for most of her adult life. She graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Finance.  She worked for seven years with a CPA firm as their Quickbooks expert, trainer, and bookkeeper. She is an advanced Quickbooks Certified Proadvisor.
August 16, 2020
60. 20 Steps To Having The Right Construction Team In Place
In this episode of The Real Build, I go over the importance of having the right team members.  As a custom home builder, having a team that is on the same page is essential.  I wanted to dive deeper into this, and here are my steps that we take as a custom builder with our team. 1. Initial sale  2. Meeting with me 3. Architect  4. Interior Designer 5. Bidding  6. Estimating 7. Contract 8. Permitting  9. Permits picked up time to build 10. Super intendant 11. As each process takes place, we have selections  12. Walkthroughs  13. Billing  14. Home updates 15. Laborer  16. Subcontractors 17. Punch out team  18. Final walkthrough 19. Customer service/warranty schedule them 20. A continued relationship 
August 9, 2020
59. Having A Bigger Vision To Help Make Construction More Affordable - With Dan Ferreira, Owner of Ferreira Inc Design-Build
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to interview Dan Ferreira.  Dan Is the Owner of five businesses: Ferreira Inc Design-Build, Monarch Window, Studio Prime, Architectural Iron Works, and US-Offsite.  He is the definition of an entrepreneur.  Dan is on a mission to grow his companies and improve the building industry by making it more affordable.  He has figured out how to cut out the middle man and work directly with the manufacturer to get his building materials. Dan and I discussed his businesses and his longterm goals.  He currently has over 100 employees and is on track to have 300 by 2021.  He treats every employee like they are family and wants them to treat the business as though they own it.  Each employee feels like a member of the family.  If you don't fit within the companies values, then you can't work for the company.  Dan's companies run themselves as he continues to look for his next opportunity to grow.
July 27, 2020
58. The Ups And Downs Of Being New To Home Building - With Johnny Le -Owner Of Empire Builders
In this episode of the Real build, I sat down with a new up and coming builder, Johnny Le.  I wanted to have Johnny on my podcast because I wanted to get the perspective from a new up and coming builder and the challenges that he has faced starting a construction company.   Johnny Comes from a family of 8 children.  Growing up, they were all taught to work hard.  They were all brought up to be entrepreneurs.  Johnny started his home building business at the age of 23. He has been aiming to push the envelope in his community for the past two years. Johnny spoke about how he about how important it is to produce quality homes and customer service that exceeds expectations. Johnny saw how builders in his area are doing things.  He saw that he could do it better.  So this is when he took a huge risk and started his company, Empire Builders.  If you are thinking about getting into the construction industry and don't know how, this is the perfect episode for you.
July 20, 2020
57. Having Freedom And Following His Passion While Helping Rebuild The Community - With Darius Barrett Owner Of Revere Estates
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to sit down with Darius Barrett.  I was looking forward to having Darius on because we both have the same mindset: we want to be the best at everything we do.  We are both on a mission to level up, but also help people along the way.   Darius started as a mechanical engineer for a major corporation, and as he got deeper into corporate America, he had no desire for it.  He started in 2015 with no practical real estate experience and only $2,000. That same year, Darius remotely purchased two homes in Detroit using strategies he taught himself from books.  Since getting started, he has fixed and flipped multiple homes, and his primary mission is to educate & advocate for real estate investing while establishing resources to rebuild Michigan’s communities. Darius specializes in fix and flips, wholesaling, and buy and hold for rentals.  He is an entrepreneur, coach, speaker, and wants to help his community.
July 5, 2020
56. Electricity Runs Our Lives, And This Is How It Is All Done - With Kevin Amaral Owner of Roseville Rocklin Electric
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Kevin Amaral.  Kevin is an electrical contractor in Roseville, California.  Kevin and I talked about everything to do with electrical.  We discussed topics like how to properly install electrical, energy efficiency, how to hire the right electrical contractor, and so much more.   Kevin has personally had many ups and downs in business.  He has learned from the mistakes he has made and is now on the path to having one of the largest electrical companies in California and eventually the country.  He started doing electrical right out of high school and never looked back.  In the last year, he went from 4 team members to 46 skilled team members who he only hires based on his core values.  Kevin and I talked about life and how we both want to dominate in everything we do. We talked about what drives us and how, as entrepreneurs, we have higher expectations for ourselves.  I was excited to have Kevin on to talk about one of the biggest things we all need in our lives daily, and that is electric. 
June 28, 2020
55. My Dad Is My Biggest Role Model. Happy Fathers Day.
Happy fathers day to all of the dads that are out there.  In This Episode of The Real Build, I wanted to talk about how much of an impact my dad has had on my life.  My dad is my biggest role model.  He is my biggest mentor.  He has always been there for me throughout my life during both good and bad times.  My dad has shown me how to be a dad to my future children.  He has taught me hard work, respect, and lessons about how to get ahead in life.  He always pushed me whether it was with sports, school, work.  He guided me spiritually. I am thankful for him and the man he has helped me become. To all the dad's hard-working dads out there, Happy Father's Day.  Today is your day.
June 21, 2020
54. Dinosaur Costumes, Hilarious Puns, And The Most Creative Marketing Videos That Sell Real Estate Fast - With Derrick Gregory Of Porter Davis Real Estate
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Derrick Gregory.  Derrick got his Real Estate License at the young age of 18 and has had over 500+ transactions since 2007.  He has done it all from working with seasoned investors, first-time home-buyers to REO Companies. He offers one-of-a-kind marketing to sellers with customized and personal virtual tours, extensive internet marketing, and professional photography packages. Marketing is essential, and utilizing video and social media as a marketing strategy is so important. Derrick is killing it in real estate with the hilarious videos that he puts out every week.  He finds creative ways to sell his clients listings fast.    Derrick and I talked about his innovative marketing strategies and how thinking outside the box can help sell a listing fast or generate more business as a realtor. If you haven't seen Derricks, videos go check him out now on Youtube and Instagram. Youtube Channel: Instagram:
June 15, 2020
53. A Conversation About How We Can Do Better As Builders - With Brandon Lynch: Owner Of Keechi Creek Builders
In this episode of The Real Build, I had a great conversation with an award-winning Houston, Texas custom-home builder and remodeler- Brandon Lynch. I wanted to do this episode differently with Brandon. Instead of going through general questions as I have with other builders in the past, I wanted to have a conversation about how we can do better for our customers as builders. I wanted to dive deep into this because it is so important. This is more of a free-flowing interview, which I think people will like. Brandon and I touched on topics such as: How can we help customers better? What can we change? Customer Experience Sales General/initial meeting General Process Dealing with Subcontractors Listen to customers more Materials Customer Service – During and After Pricing/Bidding What about if something really bad happens? A little bit about Brandon- Brandon's passion for excellence in home & relationship building and forward-thinking, combined with his experience and education, differentiate him in a competitive marketplace. Brandon has a B.S. in Engineering Business from Texas A&M University. He is very involved with the Greater Houston Builders Association and is the Chairperson of the Custom Builders Council.  He has received numerous nominations and awards for residential construction projects completed over the years.
June 7, 2020
52. Feng Shui And Interior Design Mix Beautifully- With Rania Yacoub Of Design By Rania
In this episode of The Real Build, I had on feng shui specialist and top Interior designer Rania Yacoub with Owner of Design By Rania.   Rania has been practicing design for celebrities like Jay-Z, P Diddy, Melania Trump, Woopy Goldberg, other high-profile clients, and people worldwide for over 17 years.  Rania and I discussed topics like design trends, delivering the wow factor, what is Fengshui, inexpensive design tips while stuck at home, things you can do to add value to your home, and so much more. Rania is an Allied ASID member, a tenured NYC interior designer, and a certified Feng Shui Practioner practicing in the Tampa Bay area.  She loves to create beautiful environments that ensure prosperity, happiness, and harmony. Through her superior knowledge and experience, she can help you with: Interior design  remodeling  Feng shui  window treatments  bathroom design  project management  space planning  decorating  staging  organizing solutions
June 1, 2020
51. Fighting For You, And Saving You Thousands Of Dollars On Your Next Insurance Claim - Andrew Gordon Of Reliable Claims Adjusting
In this episode of The Real Build, I enjoyed speaking with Andrew Gordan of Reliable Claims Adjusting.  Andrew is a public adjuster and assists many people throughout Florida with insurance claims.  His goal is to make sure clients receive all the money they deserve from their insurance carrier. Let's face it- when making a claim with the insurance company, it is always hard to get the money that you deserve.  Most insurance companies drag their feet and try to pay out as minimal amount of money they can on a properties claim.  This is where Andrew comes in.  He has many years of experience in law and fights to get every client the money they deserve. Andrew and his company assist clients in residential, commercial, and business claims. A past study by a state agency found that policyholders using a public adjuster to help them settle a claim with Citizens Property Insurance received higher settlements, an estimated $9,379 per claim versus $1,391 – 574% difference – than those working with only the company staff adjuster. Andrew and his company came up with the following core values:  community, honesty, accountability, and integrity.  They showcase these values every day as they provide significantly more of an opportunity to help the policyholder receive a fair settlement for all the claimed losses legitimately covered under the insurance policy.
May 24, 2020
50. "You Are Lucky, It Must Be Nice, Your Dad Gave You Everything."
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to talk about a subject I am passionate about, which is- why do we defend success? People have said to me "it must be nice, you're lucky, you're rich, your dad gave you everything.."  But am I lucky? Or am I lucky to be born with parents that taught me how to get ahead? I have worked my whole life.  If I wanted something, I worked. I spent my upbringing digging ditches, moving blocks, sweeping jobs, painting, trenching, running the bobcat, and more.  I would have football practice every weekend, and right after would go to work. I played division one football in college and still would come home on weekends to work. When I was home from college, I wrecked my truck. I didn't have a vehicle, and my dad made me take the Greyhound bus home every weekend to work.  I missed parties because he told me I had to work.  After college, I moved home back into my parent's house with no car, and I rode a bike with a backpack full of tools to the job sites. All of this wasn't easy.  But today, I look back, and I am incredibly grateful for it all.  Everything I went through has got me to where I am today.   If people say you're lucky, let them. Maybe you are lucky? Lucky enough to know what it takes to get ahead. The people saying that your lucky are the ones doing nothing to be lucky. They look at everyone else and wish they were as "lucky."
May 17, 2020
49. The Husband and Wife On A Mission To Save Home Owners Time, Stress, And Money - With Emily and Ryan Pahler Of Emily Ryan Homes
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the privilege of interviewing an amazing husband and wife renovation duo- Emily and Ryan Pahler.  If you haven't heard of them, I have no doubt you will in the future. Over the last ten years, they have served over 800 clients online & in-person. Emily and Ryan started remodeling & managing rental units after college, & it cumulated into remodeling homes & creating income-producing properties. A transition point in their home improvement business was in 2015 when they purchased the worst home in their favorite neighborhood in San Luis Obispo. They converted the garage into a luxury guest unit, which was turned into a vacation rental that funded the complete remodel of their property. This experience has led to a focus on income properties and garage conversions. Emily and Ryan love anything home-related & are seriously happiest in construction zones. With the ability to visualize a project before it’s even started, their goal is to help others discover and plan for their own dream spaces. They come alongside their clients in project planning, interior design, renovations, and budgeting. Whether you want to create an income-producing property or redo your bathroom, they are here for you. Most importantly, they are proud parents of two boys & their dog, Louie. Emily and Ryan continue to help clients every day, not only with their amazing construction projects, but also with their online courses.  They offer classes like smart home improvement, Airbnb super host, and a free home improvement mini-course. Here is a link to the courses. Half Off Smart Home Improvement Masterclass: Free Smart Home Improvement Mini Course:
May 11, 2020
48. Learning, Evolving, Growing, And Shifting Your Mindset To Better Serve Your Clients - With Maria Camila Betancur The Macabi Group by Tejeda Real Estate
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Maria Camila Betancur.  Maria tells her incredible story of coming to the U.S. as an immigrant, working hard at a young age to support her family, and then finding her passion for real estate at a very young age.   In her first full year in Real Estate, Maria was fortunate to close one of her first million-dollar deals where she represented the buyer. That was only one amongst her 30+ transactions that same year, giving her plenty of exposure to quickly become very knowledgeable in the field and known in the Luxury Market.  What is more impressive about this is that Maria is only twenty-three years old. Her motto is “Make a customer, not a sale.” She believes in treating and advising all her clients as she would her family. Maria is known within the Miami market for her innovative methods leading to long-lasting and genuine connections with her clientele.  Maria has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in business, which allows her to apply many skills from research, law, rules, and regulations, as well as her strong determination and impeccable work ethic.  Maria is a natural-born leader, and she is an advocate for women empowerment and personal growth. Through her coaching programs, she seeks to inspire and motivate our young generation to reach their full potential. She is an avid philanthropist, and she supports various charities,  including local organizations such as Miami Model Citizens, where she is an active ambassador.  Maria spends her small amount of free time doing water activities, mindful practices such as mediation and yoga, traveling, reading books, and enjoying the company of her family and friends. 
May 3, 2020
47. Company Culture, Customer Service, And Running A Fast Growing Real Estate Company - With Josh Marzucco Of Marzzuco Real Estate
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Josh Marzucco.  Josh and I have known each other for a while now.  We both got our real estate licenses around the same time.  After a lot of success selling real estate, Josh decided he wanted to start his own real estate brokerage.  He knew that he could do it better than a lot of the current brokerages out there.  Josh wanted to teach agents that with proper branding and marketing, they too can have a lot of success in real estate.  He created Marzucco Real estate, and in just two short years, the brokerage has sold over 100 million in real estate transactions. Josh is a true entrepreneur.  He also runs his family sports bar Zookies.  Josh is now building homes with his family construction company Marzucco Construction.  He also has upcoming speaking events where he plans to share his expertise in the real estate market.   Most importantly, Josh is a family man and is the father of two daughters and owns one of the coolest dogs, an Italian Mastiff named Luca.
April 26, 2020
46. After Being Stuck At Home Are You Ready To Remodel It? - With Jason Avery Of Avery Construction
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to talk remodeling with Jason Avery of Avery Construction.  Before the Coronavirus, many people were in the process or getting ready to remodel their homes.  Now that more people have been stuck in their homes, they are noticing it is time to upgrade and change things.  Before you move forward, you need to know what to look for when remodeling your home.  So that is why I brought on expert remodel contractor Jason Avery. Jason is the President / CEO of Avery Construction, Designer Cabinets LLC, and Constructing Success.  He's a state-certified general contractor that specializes in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms, new room additions, and also does light commercial build-outs throughout the Greater Tampa Bay area.  Today, he employs 40 full-time trade professionals, completing more than 4 Million per year in renovations.  Jason and I talked about how he has positioned himself to work on his business, instead of in his business.  More than 55% of his business comes from referrals. He is also a trainer for both Business Networking International and Asentiv, teaching business owners and managers about networking, referral generation, power teams, and behavioral styles.  Jason is the author of the #1 Best Selling book, Constructing Success – Blueprints for a Referral Based Business.  He is now using his knowledge and experience to consult and advise general contractors, tradesmen, architects, and interior designers on how to grow their businesses by referral. 
April 19, 2020
45. Building A Brand That Customers Rely On And Trust - With Brand Coach Ed Stulak with Remax
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Ed Stulak.  Ed Stulak is an NJ licensed realtor & social media shark. He is an up and coming personal brand to continuously watch. In 2013 after an ice hockey injury, Ed received his wake up call and pushed a massive presence in the world of social media. Ed has earned several acclaimed titles in the industry, such as; Creative Director, Chief Creative Officer, and Co-Founder of multiple companies that developed his digital platform niche. Along with selling real estate in New Jersey, today, Ed teaches national and international real estate professionals how to grow a reputable & capable personal brand that matters. Ed and I talked about how to develop and use your personal brand to stand out in a crowded real estate industry but also use it to benefit your customers.  We are in a world today where your business is your brand.  We have to continue to build and develop our brands to continue to have success. We also discussed which social media platforms are best and how to use them to attract customers.  We also talked about the importance of Tik Tok and why now is the time to get on.
April 12, 2020
44. He Left His Corporate Engineering Job To Invest In Real Estate - With Teo Bogdan Of Platinum Properties
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to sit down with Teo Bogdan.  Teo is with Platinum Properties, where he does a variety of real estate-related transactions like fix and flips, rentals, buys and sell distressed properties, and multi-family investing.  I was excited to have Teo on because real estate investing is so crucial to building financial success. Teo and I discuss how he quit his corporate job as an engineer to get away from a cubicle and 40 hour work weeks to become his own boss. Before figuring out what he wanted to do, he turned to personal development by listening and reading multiple books and joining Arete.  He had to sell everything, give up a lot of the finer things, he had to start over and found a home he turned into a duplex, which is where his real estate journey began. Teo and I discussed how someone could start there journey in real estate investing and make a career as there own boss.  
April 5, 2020
43. The Right Way To Sell New Construction - An Interview With Anya Chrisanthon With Gary Mercer Group Keller Williams
In this episode of The Real Build, I had the opportunity to sit down with Anya Chrisanthon.  Anya is a real estate professional with the Gary Mercer Group of Keller Williams Realty.  She specializes in new construction sales, where she was one of the top sales professionals in her area. Anya is an immigrant with an unbelievable story and is the definition of someone living the American dream.  Anya is the creator of the New Construction Marketing Academy-an online learning resource for new home sales professionals.  She hosts a top-rated New Construction Marketing Podcast. She is a keynote speaker.  She was also a recipient of the Rookie of Year, MVP of Sales, and many other sales achievement awards, and most recently, she was recognized by the National Association of Home Builders with the One To Watch Award.   In her free time, she loves to hang out with her family, and that includes her husband, twin boys, and two very furry huskies. Anya and I have a lot in common in that we both have a passion for selling new construction but teaching customers what to look for before making one of the most significant investments of there live.
March 29, 2020
42. This Is Why Having A Real Estate And Construction Lawyer Is Crucial- An Interview With Shawn Yesner Of Yesner Law
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Shawn Yesner, owner of Yesner Law.  Shawn and I discussed real estate and construction law and what people need to look for, whether they are purchasing property, building a new home, or dealing with a potential loss of property.  We also talked about real estate investing and what investors need to do to protect themselves. Before starting his practice, Shawn was an associate attorney at one of the largest lender foreclosure firms in Florida. There he learned how to prosecute foreclosures quickly and efficiently, representing lenders such as Freddie Mac, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Chase, Countrywide, and many other subprime lenders in all aspects of foreclosure litigation, bankruptcy and loss mitigation negotiations. In 2004, Shawn left the plaintiff’s side of the practice to form a law firm focused on helping homeowners keep their homes.  After building a successful multi-practice firm, he founded Yesner Law, again with the focus of helping homeowners save their homes or get rid of their homes while incurring minimal liability.  His experience at two successful big firms (both plaintiff and defendant) allows Yesner Law to represent its clients with “big firm” experience at “small firm” prices. Shawn is also a speaker, an author, and a podcast host. 
March 22, 2020
41. We won a top builder award in our area and this is why.
In this episode of The Real Build, In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to talk about why we recently won the Parade of Homes Merit award for the 2.5 - 3 million price range.  This award meant a lot to us because of all the hard work that was put into our model home at 445 North Barfield Drive in Marco Island, Florida.  There were a lot of late nights spent making the home perfect. I touched on how we didn't cut corners, we went all out, and nothing was skimped on.  We used all quality materials.   It was also all about having the right connections.  The architect, designer, and everyone was connected and on the same page.    I also discussed how we created the perfect design that everyone wants.  The great room, kitchen, bath, outdoor living were all designed for the customer's wants and needs. We delivered a wow factor.  I wanted something different and that people would remember. When you walk through the home, it is jaw-dropping. The design is timeless. I also highlight our full punch out system for perfection.  This is a process we go above and beyond on. Finally, I talk about creating a business brand that stands out and  delivering a customer experience that people tell there friends and family about.
March 8, 2020
40. Protecting Your Brand And Business Is As Essential As Growing Them - An Interview With Erica DiAngelo Of DiAngelo Law
Have you ever thought about building a brand?  It is essential as an entrepreneur and person to establish your personal brand, and it is just as crucial to protect it.  Most people that build quality brands for their business don't ever think to protect it.  Erica DiAngelo is a business law attorney that specializes in Trademark registration and consulting, intellectual property, new business formation, contract drafting, data, privacy consulting and contracts, licensing and compliance, and investor agreements. Erica's mission is to help entrepreneurs grow, prosper, and focus on their own passions. To do this, she provides high-quality legal services and education through speaking engagements to help businesses and brands REDUCE RISK and INCREASE VALUE. Erica speaks to groups of entrepreneurs, college students, military veterans, and other business owners regarding the legal considerations when entering the world of business ownership, on the importance of protecting your brand through trademarks, and about the mindset required for success.   Erica has been featured in Inc. Magazine, and has been seen on the following news outlets; Bay News 9, (CBS), NPR Radio, The Business Happy Hour Radio Show (970 WFLA); 83Degrees Media; and CNN (Anderson Cooper 360).
March 1, 2020
39. From Being Broke to Becoming A Successful New Real Estate Agent. - An Interview With Cole McCarter With Ohlig Group Realty
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to chat with Cole McCarter.  Cole is a real estate agent with Ohlig Group Realty in Dallas, Texas.  We talked about all things within the real estate industry.  But most importantly, we discussed what a new real estate agent should do to have success in a crowded sales industry.  There are so many real estate agents, and as a realtor, you have to know how to stand out.  Cole has figured this out.  He went from being broke and barely able to afford his rent to being on a successful team. Cole credits his success to his customer service, which is one of the most critical factors in every business.  He also tries to outwork everyone.  If he can sit an open house to get more prospects, he will.  He studies the home and the surrounding neighborhood.  To Cole, every day is a chance to get better and be more successful. Most importantly, we also talked about our love for our English bulldogs.  If you are new in real estate or thinking about getting into it, this episode is a must-listen.
February 24, 2020
38. It's Essential To Sell Yourself On The Customer Experience. - An Interview with David Belman Owner Of Belman Homes
In this episode of The Real Build, I got to talk with David Belman, owner of Belman Homes in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  David worked in many phases of construction before becoming a new construction salesperson, then owning his real estate, land development, & home building companies. He has a passion for building homes, giving back to the community through Operation Finally Home, and being an industry leader for housing.   He served as President of the Metropolitan Builders Association & President of the Wisconsin Builders Association.  David is an industry panelist for housing & real estate summits in Wisconsin. He publishes articles for Milwaukee Magazine and is a guest speaker for home building and sales at WCTC. His company, Belman Homes, was the first builder in Wisconsin to build a free home for a wounded war hero with Operation Finally Home. He founded the Motivational Minute video series providing real-life sales, motivation, and personal growth information in under a minute on LinkedIn. (#MotivationalMinute). David has a Podcast, the Home Building Hero Podcast, in which he provides housing industry news.  David and I discussed a variety of different topics about the building industry. Most importantly, we talked about how the best approach in building isn't to sell your customers just on price.  It's essential to sell yourself on the customer experience and quality.  We discussed how valuable customer experience is during every build, and as builders, if we focus on the overall experience versus other things, we are going to over-deliver.
February 17, 2020
37. Smart Home Technology, DIY Smart Homes, and The Internet Of Things - An Interview With Adam Justice of Grid Connect and Connect Sense
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with smart home technology guru Adam Justice.  Adam is CEO of Grid Connect, a manufacturer and distributor of networking products and wireless sensors. He is responsible for developing the vision for the ConnectSense consumer product line, a group of wireless products steeped in the technology of the Internet of Things.  Adam is an expert on the Internet of Things and has also spoken on the topic at many conferences across the nation. Adam and I discussed everything to do with smart homes and whole-home automation.  We talked about expensive options such as Control 4, and also discussed DIY options to save customers money.  We explained everything a customer needs to know, including the install process and making the system stay connected.  Smart home technology is becoming a go-to in every new home I build.  Homes are being prewired to support this technology.  People are now able to control every aspect of their home from their cell phone anywhere in the world. This episode is excellent for anyone that wants to learn about home automation products and which products to buy.
February 9, 2020
36. Commercial Insurance Is Not About How Many Policies You Can Sell. Longterm Relationships Matter - An Interview With Quinten Lovejoy
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Quinten Lovejoy with Crane Insurance Agency.  Quinten specializes in commercial insurance, general liability, property, work compensation, group health, and life and disability insurance.  He is a very active member of his community. Quinten and I dove deeper into commercial insurance and what people need to look for when getting insurance for their business.  We discussed the essential things that people don't know when getting insurance.  We also talked about how Quinten strives to work with his clients to identify things they need or things that they are missing with their current policy.  Quinten always takes time for his clients.  It's not about the numbers and how many policies he sells like most agents.  Quinten has a passion for providing exceptional service to every one of his clients, and to continue the relationship with them long term.  He takes the time to evaluate their insurance packages and gives them recommendations to better help their company, even if he doesn't get paid to do it.  
February 2, 2020
35. 20 Things To Look For Before Building A New Home
In this episode, I wanted to point out things that people need to look for before building a new home.  I recently took potential clients around to other builder's model homes in my area.  It was a learning experience for me because I got to see what my competition is doing and not doing.  It drove me crazy to see some of the corners that were cut in the luxury homes I was showing.  Not many people know about the small details to look for, and that's what I wanted to discuss in this episode. Some topics I covered were What's behind the walls entry doors Exterior door hardware Windows Interior doors Trim Cabinets Closet shelving Stair rail detail Plumbing fixtures Appliances Countertops Proper AC systems Interior, exterior wall finish Landscaping Electrical Interior, exterior paint Garage doors Roof material Pool decks Bonus - Allowances
January 27, 2020
34. Family business, Commercial Development, Management, and K-9 training - An Interview With Ahmed Seirafi
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with my friend Ahmed Seirafi.  He is a 2nd generation business owner with his family’s commercial development company and commercial real estate broker. Ahmed specializes in the acquisition, development, and management of commercial investment properties, specializing in multi-family residential and commercial retail properties.  His company’s primary locations of focus are southern California, Nevada, and Arizona. Ahmed also trains personal protection K-9s. Ahmed and I discuss managing development properties, and also dive deeper into being in a family business.  While we discuss our struggles, we also talk about what we are doing to better our companies.  We also talk about our visions of our businesses for the future.
January 20, 2020
33. Using Technology To Streamline The Building Process - An Interview With Spencer Padgett Of CoConstruct
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Spencer Padgett.  Spencer owned his own development and contracting business and was the COO for a large design-build firm out of Chicago. He has entitled and developed over 2,200 acres of residential land and has built over 80 custom homes. The teams he led designed and constructed over $25MM/year in contract value.  During the downturn, his company provided due-diligence, pro forma creation, site investigation, development, construction, and sales operations for private equity projects located across the country. Most importantly, he was a long-time Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Spencer made a considerable career change a little over a year ago into the technology space.  He joined the construction management software company CoConstruct with a mission to help more builders manage and grow their companies as he did.  He brings a builder's perspective to one of the top construction management companies in the U.S.
January 12, 2020
32. From Building Major Construction Projects To Becoming A Financial Advisor? - An Interview With Rob Trampuh, Owner Of Timber Peak Construction
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Rob Trampuh, the Owner of Timber Peak Construction.  Rob was a top builder in his area that has built everything from larger commercial jobs to green building practice, home building, general contracting, modular, prefab, industrial, and any size renovation.  Within the past twenty years, he has done it all when it comes to construction. Rob went through some life-changing events, which propelled him into making significant changes to better his own life. About a year ago, Rob made a massive career shift and went way outside of what he knows in construction and began his journey in the financial world as a financial advisor.   Rob now works as a business associate with World Financial Group, where their mission is to give people from all backgrounds the power to become financial service business owners so that every family can access financial knowledge, products, and resources to prepare for a better future.
January 5, 2020
31. An Impactful 2019 And Why 2020 Will Be Even Greater
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to reflect on the past year and tell you more about my life.  I made a significant choice that has affected my entire life. So this year has been a crazy year for me. Filled with good and bad things and I want to discuss these things with my audience and how they have made me better. It started when I wanted to work on my personal development.  I joined a group full of driven entrepreneurs that want to better themselves called the Arete Syndicate. This group helped · Force me out of my shell · Made me want to reach higher and perform bigger · Opened my eyes to my surroundings · Formed routines · It made me think of business differently in a lot of ways and what I need to do to get better. I was looking at my life in a lot of different ways and realized a lot was holding me back. One of my mentors, Ed Mylett, said that we would make a few significant choices throughout our lives that would alter our paths, whether it's in your faith, business, friendships, family, or relationships. You blink, and you are five years older and in the same place. I realized all these things were being affected by my relationship. I wasn’t happy. It was toxic. It wasn’t changing because I was with someone not willing to change. I got a divorce last spring. I'm sure they're a lot of people out there that are stuck like I was. After making that choice, yes, I lost money, but I swore to myself that I would make it back 10x fast, and I have because I was free. This helped me become myself again. It has enhanced every avenue in my life, including family, relationships, faith, and business. It enabled me to do things I would never have done before. This podcast was one of those things. I have met so many new people over the past months and expanded my network like crazy. My client base has grown, real estate business is better than ever, and I'm about to grow our construction business as I've always wanted to. So if your stuck, evaluate what is holding you back. Where will you be two years, 5, 10 years from now? My goals this year are as follows: 1. Continue to grow this podcast and help people and meet new people. 2. Appear on 20 other podcasts or youtube channels. 3. Finally, expand RK Reiman Into Naples and establish our brand as a premier luxury home builder. 4. Continue the growth of Reiman Properties and hire a couple of salespeople to my team. 5. Buy a rental property. 6. Build and sell more spec homes. 7. At least 20 million in Real Estate sales. 8. Stay consistent with my fitness and health.
January 1, 2020
30. Modular Home building And Leveraging Video To Bring The Building Industry Together - An Interview With Dave Cooper, Owner Of Connecticut Valley Homes.
In this episode of The Real Build, I had a conversation with Dave Cooper of Connecticut Valley Homes.  Dave is a modular home builder.  Dave and I discuss the benefits of modular building versus your traditional site construction.  There are a lot of misconceptions about modular home building.  Modular homes offer a ton of benefits such as faster build times, better quality, more efficiency, and a reliable product.  Modular construction is becoming the go-to form of building in a lot of areas because of the lack of quality labor.  Larger building companies are moving towards modular building. Dave also has used video to not only build his brand but to teach people in the building industry that there are alternative routes to building a home.  Dave is on a mission to help bring people in the building industry together so that we can build more efficiently and affordably.  He believes in the art of conversation to connect people and to grow the construction industry.  He interviews people in the building industry to help drive the building industry forward, be part of the change that's happening, and innovation to help solve the affordable housing crisis.
December 22, 2019
29. Using Social Media And Brand To Create A Lasting Impact With Clients - An Interview With Mike Sherrard "The Purple Realtor"
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Mike Sherrard, known for his international brand "The Purple Realtor." Mike is a top producing realtor in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  After studying engineering, Mike decided that wasn't the path he wanted to be on and decided to turn his passion for homes into a career of helping people buy and sell them.  Mike thought outside of the box and went all-in on social media when nobody in his area was.  He has built a brand many people know and trust.  His success has made him one of the top 30 worldwide influential realtors on social media. Mike and I discuss how powerful social media is and how it should be used as a tool in every business.  We discuss how we both use social media to deliver value to our clients, and how using social media to help people has helped both of our companies grow.  Mike talks about tactics that he has used to create success in business and how everyone needs to take full advantage of social media platforms. As always, thank you for listening.  Please take the time to write a review!
December 15, 2019
28. Working Smarter And Environmentally Friendly To Provide Top Plumbing Services - An Interview With Andrew Aranda Of Pure Plumbing
In this episode of The Real Build, I sit down with Andrew Aranda, co-owner of Pure Plumbing with his wife Alexis Aranda in Las Vegas, Nevada.   Andrew owns one of the fastest-growing plumbing companies in Las Vegas.  He strives to deliver first-rate plumbing services to clients at reasonable prices.  They also focus on environmentally friendly products that will make your home run more efficiently.  He truly provides top-notch service and over-delivers value to every single customer he works with.   We dive deep into all things you need to know when hiring a plumbing company.  We talk about proper plumbing products you should consider, pricing, business, customer communication, and so much more.  Andy wants to deliver a genuine plumbing experience.  He even cleans the person's toilet after he fixes it.  That's the definition of going above and beyond, something I have always stressed. Thank you for listening, and please take the time to write a review below.
December 8, 2019
27. Implementing The Right Systems To Better Manage A Construction Business - An Interview With Todd Dawalt Of Construction Leading Edge
In this episode of The Real Build, I talked with Todd Dawalt.  He is the owner of Construction Leading Edge, where he helps construction business owners boost revenue, put financial worries behind them, and turn their company into a well-oiled machine. Dawalt has a website and top-rated podcast dedicated to helping construction leaders grow both their leadership skills and their income. Too many small construction businesses are closing their doors every year. These companies are owned by good, hard-working people who put it all on the line to run a business. However, in many cases, while they are keen on the technical aspect, they are not as sharp when it comes to business and leadership. This is what happened to Todd Dawalt. Todd owned a construction business for nearly four years but had to shut it down in 2005. It was the worst few years of his life. Todd set out to help people avoid making the same mistakes he made. Todd decided to create a website and podcast to share what he knows, interview some people who are doing it right, and make it available to the public so we can improve our industry in the area of business and leadership. Todd and I discussed a variety of topics that construction businesses should be doing to benefit themselves and the customers they serve. Thank you for listening, and all I ask for is that you take the time to write a review.
December 1, 2019
26. The Power of Podcasting, Social Media, And Having A Mission To Impact People - An Interview With Ejay Cruz Host Of The Parables Podcast
Podcasting is still only in its beginning stages.  More and more people are starting podcasts each day, but fewer people are staying consistent and accomplishing their mission.  You have to stay consistent and committed to producing quality content.  If done correctly, a podcast can be used as an essential tool for your business, and your listeners will continue to climb. In this episode, I got the opportunity to sit down with Ejay Cruz.  Ejay is a registered nurse for more than ten years.  Ejay's true passion lies in his top 100 podcasts, The Parables Podcast, where he sits down with a variety of aspiring people that share their stories to inspire others toward their goals and success.  The Parables Podcast is now being listened to in over 45 countries and continues to grow every day. Ejay and I discuss the importance of podcasting, social media, and both of our missions to deliver value to our audience as much as we can.  We also discuss the impact podcasting has had on us with our business, personal growth, and networks.
November 24, 2019
25. Interior Design Is All About Bringing Family Together And Setting The Stage For Memories. An Interview With Ashley Gilbreath Of Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design.
In this episode of The Real Build, I had the opportunity to sit down with Ashley Gilbreath, owner of Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design.  Ashley is an award-winning interior designer whose passion and achievements in design have positioned her as one of Montgomery, Alabama's best. Her unique designs can be seen in luxury homes and commercial projects throughout the country.    Ashley's primary focus is to create memories for families through her design.  Her primary mission is to bring families together and set the stage for memories. Ashley and I talk about the interior design process from start to finish.  When it comes to designing a home, there's a lot more that goes into it than people realize.  Ashley has to make sure everyone is on the same page during the process.  She also focuses on how each room is going to be utilized.  She wants people to walk into a home and feel that it's a comfortable place filled with love.  She asks people detailed questions to get a feel for how each client lives and functions in their home.  Her main goal is to bring a timeless design to every client's home. If you are thinking about designing a home, you need to hire a designer with a passion like Ashley.
November 18, 2019
24. The Power Of Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, And Strong Core Values An Interview With Shawn Henry Of Efficient Home Services
In this episode of The Real Build, I got the opportunity to sit down with Shawn Henry, the owner of Efficient Home Services in Saint Peterburg, Florida.   Shawn's company is one of the fastest-growing solar energy companies in Florida.  Efficient Home Services is ranked the #1 energy company on The Inc. 5000.  They have been featured on big networks such as Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC.  What started as a dream for Shawn has now driven over $40 million in revenue. Shawn and I covered a number of great topics.  We discussed business and how going above and beyond for clients is always the number one priority; we discussed the importance of training your employees, life and bettering ourselves, and we even talked about the power of the law of attraction. As always, thank you for listening.  Please feel free to participate in the conversation so I can feature your question on a future episode.  Also, leaving a review would be greatly appreciated!    Shawn Henry:  Website: Follow me  Instagram:  Email:   CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:   ▶︎ YOUTUBE | ▶︎ INSTAGRAM | ▶︎FACEBOOK| ▶︎ LINKEDIN |  ▶︎ TWITTER | ▶︎ WEBSITE |
November 10, 2019
23. Meticulous Attention To Detail In Every Interior Design Project - An Interview With Nina Takesh Of Nina Takesh Designs
In this episode of The Real Build, I was privileged to sit down with award-winning interior designer Nina Takesh.  Nina is an interior designer in Beverly Hills, California.  She has worked with many high profile clients such as Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Victoria Beckham, and many more.  She is the Co-Founder, CEO, and creative force behind the Luxury Brand Petit Tresor.  Nina has been featured by premier publications and websites including Wallstreet Journal and People Magazine.  She also worked in Paris at Fashion House Guy Laroch. Nina and I talked about many design topics and trends, and discussed how having an eye for detail is rare in our industries.  We both can agree we believe we were born to be in the construction and design industries.  Growing up, Nina always loved architecture.  She used to look at magazines and draw different interiors.  Fast forward to today and she is one of the best designers in Beverly Hills. We all either do what we do because we love it and have a passion for it or we do something we don't enjoy and it shows.  Nina's passion for designing homes, making the process easier for her clients, and knowing how homes are built inside and out has made her stand out from the rest of the competition. As always, I appreciate you all listening.  The Real Build is a movement to help teach people about the Real Estate and Construction industries, and help guide you while making one of the biggest investments of your life.
November 3, 2019
22. Retirement Accounts and Real Estate: How They Mix. An Interview With Daniel Blue of Quest Education
In this episode of The Real Build, I had the opportunity to sit down with my good friend Daniel Blue, the owner of Quest Education. Daniel has an inspiring story, coming from an addiction to pain killers to creating a top-notch company, shaking the financial industry. Daniel's mission with Quest Education is to educate people on retirement account options and to teach the public they are not limited only to accounts under Wallstreet's control.  Daniel and I dove deeper into what exactly you need to look for when hiring a financial company to assist you. There are many more investment options available than people realize. Using a self-directed account allows you to be in control of your cash. You can use it for real estate, stocks, bonds, buying a business, pay off credit cards, and so much more.  Daniel's story is incredible. He continues to build an unbelievable company that strives to help people and deliver value. His company is one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. and it is just beginning.  As always, thank you for listening. If you haven't yet, please leave me a review. If you'd like to be featured in a future episode, feel free to ask a question in the review and either myself or a future guest will give you a shoutout and answer your questions. 
October 27, 2019
21. Waging War On Personal Change To Produce An Extraordinary Amount Of Business - An Interview With Tyler Jack Harris Part Owner Of Consolidated Assurance.
Sometimes in life, things don't always go our way.  For Tyler Jack Harris, things were on a downward slope.  He had a failed marriage, he was broke, he was overweight, and had no direction.  So, what changed?  What turned Tyler's life around and took him from broke to selling over 8,000 life insurance policies in 3.5 short years?  He decided to change his life and focus on himself and his personal growth.  Tyler dove all-in, and he called it waging war on personal change. Tyler Jack Harris is the Chief Development Officer and part-owner of one of the fastest-growing life insurance companies, selling over 8000 policies in 3.5 years   He's a podcast host of the popular podcast The Bread Winner Podcast and Sales Wolves Podcast.   He has popular daily and weekly vlogs where you can watch and learn from one of the best insurance sales professionals in the business.   He's a top influencer on social media.   He's been featured in Forbes Magazine multiple times.    Most importantly, Tyler is a husband and a father of one. It was a privilege to have Tyler on this episode and talk about many great topics, such as what customers need to look for.  But, the best part was talking about how we, as business owners, can wage war on our personal development to not only grow our business but grow in all aspects of life. 
October 20, 2019
20. Continuing The Relationship with Your Customer After The Build Or Sale.
Unfortunately, most people don’t maintain relationships after a transaction is complete, which is one of the worst things you can do. We have built our construction company on customer service, which is one of the most significant aspects of how people view your company and your reputation.  So I'm going to dive deeper into how we have built a top reputation over the last 25 years because of customer service. Where it all starts is the walkthrough faze with the customers.  With our construction company, we always do a final walkthrough before the customer takes over the home.  We show them how everything works in the house.  We go over all warranties and give them all info on the products in the house in an organized binder or USB drive file.  We walk through every room and make sure everything is perfect.  If we missed something on the initial round of punchouts, we schedule all subs to come at the customer's earliest convenience to take care of it. Real estate is the same thing. If you are working with buyers, you should always have a final walk-through scheduled with them to make sure all inspection items and everything that was supposed to be taken care of was taken care of.  I've walked through for customers because they were out of town. The next thing is following up quickly on all warranty work. We offer a 1-year warranty that covers the whole home.  Things are going to pop up, and we have to take care of them as soon as possible.  We go to the customer's house and meet them in person and assess the situation.  Then we schedule the best time for our subcontractors or us personally to fix the problem. Act as there go-to for everything they need.  Be the gatekeeper. We are the go-to for everything our customers need.  If they are looking for a guy to pressure wash their roof, I have a contact.  We are the gatekeeper to solving all of there issues.  I even have a real estate solution where we can help buy, sell, invest, and soon to be rent our properties. Be a friend and treat them like family. Do Follow up calls and ask how they are doing. Wish them a happy birthday, send handwritten letters in the mail.  Our customers let me show their homes to potential customers because of the relationships we have after the build is done.
October 13, 2019
19. Air Conditioning A Home Properly To Deliver A Better Customer Experience - An Interview With Chad Aitken Owner Of Green tree Air Conditioning
These days your air conditioning unit is essential to a comfortable home.  Having a quality unit with proper install matters more then people think.  So many people have needs for air conditioning maintenance but unfortunately, go in blind to not knowing what products and materials matter. In this episode of The Real Build, I was privileged to sit down with Chad Aitken.  Chad is the owner of one of the fastest-growing air conditioning companies in the Broward County Florida area.  We discussed one of the essential items in people's homes, and that is the air conditioning unit. Some of the things that we discussed were: The install process and why quality matters. What unit brands are preferred in certain areas. How to go about the AC process if you are on a budget? What do customers need to look for when selecting an AC contractor? These were just a few of the topics we discussed in this episode.  As always, thank you for listening and enjoy! Please leave a review and share it!
October 7, 2019
18. What You Need To Look For When Investing In Real Estate. - An Interview With Andy Dane Carter
Real Estate investing is one of the top ways to make money.  Unfortunately, not many people know how to invest and what steps to take.  If you learn how to invest correctly and know your numbers, you can create a lot of wealth. In this episode, I was privileged to sit down with top real estate investor Andy Dane Carter.  If you don't know who Andy is, you will soon because he is blowing up online.  Andy Dane Carter is a Long Beach, California native and a real estate expert in all areas of real estate, whether it is buying, selling, investing, developing, trusts, probates, distressed properties, flipping, holding long term for wealth building,   Andy eats and sleeps real estate.   He has successfully bought, sold, built, developed, and flipped over a half a billion dollars in real estate.    Andy is also a best-selling business author with his book ”100 Doors.”   He has been featured in Forbes, ABC, New York Business Journal, Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, and Entrepreneur Magazine.   He has a Top 25 business Podcast called the "The Andy Dane Carter show" with over 1 million downloads.   He has a show called "Real estate hunting with Andy Dane Carter" with almost 1 million views.   He's a real estate investing coach and a top influencer on social media.    Most importantly, he's a husband and father of 2. Andy and I talked about what you need to look for when investing in real estate or hiring an investor to help you find the best deals on the market.  We also talked about what you need to do to start in real estate investing. As always, thank you for listening.  Please leave a comment and rating, and I know you will get a lot of value out of this episode.
September 29, 2019
17. Let's Talk Wholesaling. Why Wholesaling A Property Can Be A Better Real Estate Solution - An Interview With Matt Garabedian Of Matt Buys Houses
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Matt Garabedian, the  CEO of Matt Buys Houses, which is a real estate solutions company out of Fresno, California. They are a family-owned business and focus on helping homeowners find solutions for their problems, whether they are going through a foreclosure, can’t sell their property, or need to sell their house for any reason. Matt has been a licensed real estate broker since 2008, and he is a husband and a father of two boys. Matt runs an online wholesale course (, and he has his podcast (The Phenom Investor Blueprint).  Matt is also a member of The Arete Syndicate, an exclusive, invite-only society for over-achieving entrepreneurs.  Matt and I discussed everything you need to know about the wholesale real estate market.  Whether you are thinking about getting into the wholesaling space or you need to sell your home fast, this episode is a must-listen. You may have seen Matt online and on social media, where he is known as The Phenom Investor.  Matt teaches you the best wholesale strategies for free and delivers so much value to a potential investor in his market. Some of our topics of discussion are: How does the wholesale process work? If you're thinking about getting into wholesaling, what is the first step? What should people take notice of when going with a wholesale investment company? What is Matt Buys Houses doing to stand out from the rest of the competition? What should customers know upfront when negotiating a price with a wholesale company?
September 21, 2019
16. The Construction Corner Podcast With Host Dillon Mitchell - Increasing Your Value
In this episode, I got the opportunity to go on Dillon Mitchell's podcast The Construction Corner. We discussed communication, how to increase your value and why doing the right thing matters. We also talked about my journey into the construction. We discuss topics like What do I love about building/selling homes? I love a lot of things with construction but one major thing is the design aspect more than anything. I love to sit down with a customer and help them design there dream home. Or even design a home that I know will sell right away. As far as selling homes it goes back into helping people with one of the major choices they are going to make in there lives. What are some of the common things to be aware of during design, especially in Florida? The major thing I always look at is the resale factor. No matter what you always have to think of things that need to be in the home to sell it. What are some of the design trends that I am seeing? Right now we are seeing a lot of coastal design – light colors, blues, greens, openness, light beiges, white cabinets, less crown molding with more of a focus on ceiling design and detail, wood floors, or wood look tile, indoor /outdoor living shaker style cabinets and interior doors Common decisions that owners struggle with during the design process an example could be some of the short term vs long term monetary decisions. In custom building, there is so many things and elements to a home especially if it’s a big home. It comes down to like a spoke about before getting the floor plan right and the actual design style they are looking for. A lot of the struggle can be based on price and budget. A lot of people want it all but they don’t have the budget to do certain things. This is where I have to step in and guide them How do I help decisions get made on projects to keep things moving forward? Its all about constant communication from start to finish. You have to set expectations with the client. What's a piece of advice I would give to someone coming up in the construction industry? Get experience first. Actually, swing a hammer and work out in the field. So many people just pass the test and become Joe builder Work for someone with a good reputation and learn. Have that mentor Exceed all customers expectations – don’t go cheap – quality in every business is huge. I have grown up in construction my whole life.  In the last 7 years, I have sold over $50 Million in New Home Builds. While also being a part-time licensed real estate agent, I have sold over $40 Million over the last 7 years. I am currently ranked within top real estate agents by sales in and around Marco Island Florida. Thus far in 2019, 9 months into the year, I have already sold $10 Million in Real Estate. Both Dillon and I  better ourselves through Arete and personal development. A great episode with Dillon and I hope you all enjoy!
September 15, 2019
15. The Lower Price Isn't Always The Best Choice.
In this episode of The Real Build, I wanted to talk about a  topic that many businesses have to deal with regularly: how going with the lowest price isn’t always the right choice to make.  This is big in the building industry.  Many customers choose to look at the price and not pay attention to things such as reputation, quality, details, and overall features. I personally have lost potential customers due to price because they didn't look deeper into the product they were actually getting or the overall value. I want to talk about why the lower price isn’t always the best choice. A lot of the times, the lower price will get the job. This has happened to me many times, and I'm sure to other builders as well. However, in construction, the lowest price is not the best route to go. Unfortunately, a lot of people have had to learn this the hard way. Cheaper isn’t always better. You pay for what you get. Here are a few things to consider when looking at cost before selecting a builder: 1.  If the price is dramatically lower, something is more than likely missing.  It doesn’t add up... 2.  Do your comparisons – feature sheets, price sheets, allowances, etc. 3.  How long will it take to build? 4.  Quality and detail do matter, such as what materials are they using.  Most people don’t know how to judge this.  If the builder showcases the materials used upfront, pay attention. 5.  Punch outs and follow up after the project. 6.  Jobsite management is key. 7.  Look at their current jobs and how fast they are moving.  Are there workers there consistently? 8.  Reputation does matter. 9.  The connection does matter. 10.  In the end, we are not meant for everyone. As always, thank you for listening!
September 9, 2019
14. Three Generations Of Delivering A Superior Product. An Interview With Dan Wies Of Wies Drywall And Construction.
In this episode of the Real Build, I sit down with Dan Wies of Wies Drywall and Construction. Dan is the 3rd generation of his family's drywall company, Wies Drywall and Construction Corporation. This company is a commercial wall and ceiling contractor located in St. Louis, MO founded in 1971.  The company has a tradition of service, quality, and performance.  Their goal is to treat their partners and team members with honesty, courtesy, and care.  Wies Drywall serves the eastern Missouri and western Illinois region. They are one of the largest drywall construction companies in the St. Louis area.  If you are in a commercial office space in St. Louis there is a good chance Wies Drywall put up your walls.    Dan and I talked about a lot of topics that have to do with the construction process.  We discussed the construction process in detail and what customers need to look for when communicating with a contractor.  We also talked about the drywall process and how drywall is the key ellement before a lot of other construction trades coming in.
September 1, 2019
13. Finding Out What Is Your Customers Goal And Why That Goal Matters To Them? An Interview With Sean Bates Of Bello Home Team / EXP Realty
In this episode of The Real Build, I sat down with Sean Bates, who is a top producing real estate agent in the Tampa area.  Sean and I dive deep into customer service and discuss how to deliver the best customer experience by targeting an overall customers goal and figuring out why that goal matters when purchasing a home. Sean N. Bates P.A. is a highly experienced business owner, entrepreneur, team lead, and founder of Bello Home Team.    After successfully holding positions with banking giants Suntrust Bank and JPMorgan Chase, Sean turned to GTE Financial where he successfully managed multiple branch locations over 7 years. Sean embraced the credit union philosophy of "people helping people,"​ which translated into a natural fit as a top producing Realtor.    Since 2013 Sean has over 500 real estate closings with a total of over $100 million.  Sean has a proven track record that most Realtors aspire to achieve.   In 2018 Sean founded Bello Home Team with the goal of being the guide for real estate agents ready to bring their life to the next level.    Sean was recently handpicked out of nearly 11,000 applicants to be 1 of 60 inaugural Arete Syndicate Members. The Arete Syndicate is an elite group of entrepreneurs in a force for good and to better themselves and each other, in a program designed by the infamous Andy Frisella and Ed Mylett.   Sean and I discuss his dedication to exceeding all client expectations to help customers achieve their goals. As always enjoy the show! 
August 25, 2019
12. Making The Building Process Easier. An Interview With Austen Dinger Of Austen Construction
In this episode of The Real Build, I interviewed a top builder out of Keller, Texas, Austen Dinger of Austen Construction.  I enjoyed interviewing Austen because he comes from a similar background as I do.  Austen grew up in the construction business working alongside his dad, the founder of Austen Construction back in 1993.  Nothing was ever handed to him and he continues to work hard everyday and help grow his family business to new levels. Austen and I discuss many different topics about the construction industry such as popular home design trends, and the preplanning stage and what customers need to know while shopping for builders.  We talk about why going with the less expensive builder can be risky in the long run. We also talk about what customers should expect during the build process.   Austen and I have grown up in the construction industry, and both have a passion for helping customers learn everything they need to know about building a home.  We both want to find ways to make the process better for not only our customers but anybody looking to build a house.   As always, enjoy this episode and thank you so much for listening.
August 11, 2019
11. Diving Deeper Into All Things Building And Remodeling In The First Ever Panel Discussion With Past Guest Damian Heim, Brad Blair, And Jake Armstrong
On this episode of The Real Build, I bring back past guests Damian Heim of Handmade Homes, Brad Blair of Spruce Homes, and Jake Armstrong of Revive Properties for my first ever panel discussion. We dive deeper into some of the topics we discussed in our past interviews.  We discuss topics such as design trends, builder fees, the building process, marketing, home resale tips, and so much more. Our goal as builders is to guide our customers throughout the building process as smoothly as possible. We talk about how communication is one of the most significant factors during the building process.  
August 5, 2019
10. Everyone Needs Insurance, But Not Many People Know The Proper Insurance To Get For Their Property. An Interview With Alissa Russo Of Harbour Insurance.
Insurance is one of the most important topics.  Not many homeowners know what to do.  Finding the best insurance coverage is critical, but finding an insurance company that supports you when disaster strikes is what people need to look for. Alissa Russo is a Florida native.  She entered the insurance industry while finishing her MBA, but left to pursue the corporate world. She realized she loved helping people, and she truly appreciated small/local businesses, so she went back to work for an independent insurance agency.  In this episode, we talk about everything you need to know about acquiring insurance.  Whether you are buying, building, renting, or investing,  we cover it all.  We talk about how Alissa enjoys being in the insurance industry and going above and beyond for customers.  She talks about how she loves to meet new people and insure the things that are important to them. 
July 29, 2019
9. Being Obsessed With Customer Service and Obtaining Results Through Relentless Pursuit of Excellence. An Interview With Evan Stewart of Compass Real Estate
In this episode of The Real Build, I talked all things real estate with Dallas, Texas Realtor Evan Stewart.   Evan is a top producing real estate agent with Compass Realty.  He is the host of The Obsessed Podcast, where he introduces you to some of the top business moguls, influencers, thought leaders, and more.  He’s also a trainer, speaker, and business coach.  The man wears many hats. In this episode, we talk about how Evan is obsessed with service and obtaining results through his relentless pursuit of excellence.  We discuss business strategies, marketing, and customer service.   Evan has built a reputation for delivering a phenomenal experience, executing on every commitment, and accomplishing the unique goals of every client–every time.  If you are looking to hire a real estate professional, this episode is a must-listen. If you are a realtor or a sales professional in any industry you can learn so much from Evan. He started from only making a few thousand dollars his first year in real estate to becoming an eight-figure closer and one of Dallas Texas top producing agents.  As always thank you so much for your support.  
July 21, 2019
8. Are You Thinking About Getting A Mortgage? Are You Looking To Buy An Investment Property? An Interview With Rosa Madrid Of Movement Mortgage
Are you thinking about buying a home but don't know how to go about getting a loan?  Or maybe you want to get a loan for an investment property?  Are you thinking about building a new home and need funding? In this episode of The Real Build, I sit down with Rosa Madrid of Movement Mortgage, and we discuss what exactly you need to look for before getting a loan on a property. I was excited to have Rosa on the show because the mortgage process can be very intimidating to a lot of people.  It can be a long drug out process if you are not with the right loan officer to help guide you through the process.  Many people don't know all the available options that they can do and all the great programs that are out there. We discuss these things and so much more in this episode.  As always thank you for listening!
July 14, 2019
7. If You Are Buying Or Selling Real Estate You Need To Listen To This! An Interview With Kim Litvak Of Keller Williams Realty
Are you thing about buying or selling a property?   Real estate can be one of the most significant investments in someone's lifetime.  Whether you are buying for yourself or investing in your future, making the right real estate purchase is essential.  A lot of people don't know what to do when searching for a property and unfortunately, do get proper guidance. In this episode of The Real Build, Bill Reiman sits down with Kim Litvak of Keller Williams Realty out of Columbus, Ohio.  Kim delivers so much great information on what people need to look for when Buying or Selling a property. Bill and Kim both discuss essential topics like delivering excellent customer service with extensive follow-up and communication with customers. How having product knowledge is vital for a realtor when listing customers home.  Knowing how a home is built and what the key features are that the current owner loves what will help sell the home faster. How a seller can get more money for there home and how a buyer can get a home at a better price point. How can a seller add value to there home before putting it on the market? If you are looking to buy or sell a home, this episode is filled with so much more great info.  So please listen and share with all your friends and family.  As always, your 5-star reviews and written reviews are appreciated to help this show grow.  Thank you for listening! 
July 1, 2019
6. What You Need To Know Before Selecting Your Next Contractor Or Realtor
In this episode of The Real Build, Bill Reiman goes deeper into the process of selecting a contractor or real estate agent. Let's face it a lot of people don't know how to go about selecting a contractor or realtor.  Most go with someone they know or a referral from a friend. Bill Reiman covers what you need to look for when selecting your next contractor or real estate agent. Bill covers topics like  1. DO YOUR RESEARCH - Everything is online now.  You can find out everything about everyone.   2.  Don’t just hire a someone you know - Let’s face it most of us have people we know in construction and real estate. It doesn’t mean they can give you the best overall experience.   3. Experience does matter - Not much explanation needed here. 4.  Interview top contractors and agents and hire who you feel most comfortable with - If you don’t like someone from the beginning, it's only going to be worse towards the end. 5. Review what they have to offer - What a builder offers standard in there pricing or what a realtor provides for marketing are some examples. 6. Look at there portfolio - look at homes the builder built and walk through.  With realtors look at what they have sold.  Call past customers that they worked for. 7. Long term relationships matter - Your contractor or realtor should always be there and always pick up the phone to answer any questions. 8. DON’T ALWAYS LOOK AT PRICE - Don't make your final decision on cost.  You get what you pay for. Please enjoy this episode.  Next week there will be another guest on the show.  As always feel free to join the conversation and comment on social media. Also, your rating and reviews are always appreciated so please give five stars because that's what will spread the word.  Thank you so much for listening.
June 21, 2019
5. Do You Think About Remodeling Your Property? Things You Need To Know With Jake Armstrong Of Revive Properties
Do you think about remodeling your property?  Are you stuck trying to figure out how to go about the remodeling process?  Are you worried about possible cost and headaches that come along with remodeling? In this episode of The Real Build, I sit down with Jake Armstrong of Revive Properties.  Jake has been involved in the remodeling business for many years and knows what customers need to look for during a remodel. Let's face it; doing a remodel can be very stressful.  Not knowing what to expect is what stops a lot of people from moving forward with the process.  You have to hire the right company that can guide you through the process.  Communication from start to finish in any remodeling project is essential.  Going through the project with the customer and setting all expectations from the beginning can allow fewer headaches and a smoother transition into a job well done.   Remodeling can also increase your properties resale value.  Knowing what elements in your property to remodel to drive up its potential sale price is big time.   We discuss these things and much more in episode 5 of The Real Build.  Please listen and enjoy and share it with all your friends and family.
June 15, 2019
4. Redoing Your Roof? Things You Need To Know with Lewis May Of Sky Light Roofing
After recent storms in the state of Florida, many people had with roof leaks, and some still have tarps on their roofs waiting for insurance money or a capable contractor to repair it.  People were fighting with insurance companies, getting ripped off by contractors for repairs, and not getting the help that they needed.  It was a mess, but the problem was people didn't have the information that they needed before the storms.   There are so many elements that go into the construction of a roof from the initial wood, to the underlayment, to the exterior finish.  If done incorrectly, problems can happen.  One nail being wrong can cause issues over time and this is why people need to hire a contractor with experience, and that knows the exact process for repair. In this episode of The Real Build, I sit down with Lewis May of Sky Light Roofing.  We discuss many big topics with the roofing industry, including general construction, storm protection, insurance issues, pricing, and the right way a roof should be built.  If you are looking to replace a roof anytime soon, this episode is a must listen.
June 7, 2019
3. An interview with Brad Blair, co-owner of Spruce Homes
In this episode of The Real Build, I interview one of the owners of Spruce Homes, Brad Blair. Brad talks about how he and his wife Katelyn started Spruce Homes in 2016 from nothing and how flipping small projects turned into a dream of not only building fantastic custom homes but incorporating full-on start to finish design. We also spoke about the millennial buyer and what they should be looking for when finding a builder to build a new home or even buying a spec home  Brad also talks about how they implemented interior design into there homes to give the client a total turn key build. We also spoke about how it is essential to do the little things when building a new home, like adding a wine rack to cabinets.  A wine rack is a small addition that doesn't cost a builder much but can be huge to the potential buyer. It is essential to guide the customers from start to finish during the build process.  We spoke about what Spruce Homes does differently that people should look for. We also discussed how building long term relationships with customers are key.   Please enjoy this episode and subscribe, give five stars, and spread the word to your friends as my mission is to deliver value to the clients before making one of the biggest investments in there lives. Thank you for listening!
May 23, 2019
2. An Interview With Damian Heim, Owner Of HandMade Homes
In this episode of The Real Build, I talk with former United States Marine Damian Heim.   Damian Heim is Managing Owner of Handmade Homes In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We discuss different topics about what he does to help his customers have a better building experience.  We also discuss what people should do while looking for a home builder. Here is a little bit about Damian and his background. Damian grew up in a small farm town in North Eastern Iowa. While growing up he worked on farms and during high school, he worked for Custom Pre-Cast setting slats for the construction of hog confinement buildings. After high school, he spent just over 4 Years in the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after my Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Damian married his wife, Jennifer.  Upon moving to Oklahoma, he started working construction on the side. He found that he enjoyed it and went to work for a small home building company and helped them grow to one of the largest homebuilding companies in Oklahoma. After 13 years, together Damian decided that he wanted to start his own home building company. So with an exceptional understanding of the home building business, he got started, and Handmade Homes was born. He has been building since 2014, specializing in energy efficient homes. Going forward as Handmade Homes grows, he will continue to oversee every home and check every building site to give customers the best home building experience possible. 
May 15, 2019
1. Let Me Tell You My Story
In this episode of The Real Build host Bill Reiman tells you his story and his path to becoming a real estate broker and builder.  You will learn about how Bill Reiman got to where he is in real estate and new construction today.  He talks about his life experiences growing up and the path that led him to be successful in the real estate industry. Some of the show highlights are: Bill Reiman was born right outside of Chicago in September 20 1986 He came from a hard working family. When he was little his dad was always working His dad came from nothing and built a successful company from scratch As a kid Bill would always like to sell things  Bill worked since he was a little kid on his dads jobsites and learned all aspects of the construction business. Bill Reiman's knowledge and years of working construction have helped him transition into selling real estate. These are just a few things you will learn about Bill Reiman on this episode.  So please tune in and learn more about the host of The Real Build.
May 6, 2019
00. Introduction To The Real Build
In this episode, I introduce myself and tell you what The Real Build Podcast is all about.  Here is a summary of the show. Who am I? I'm Bill Reiman, and I am a real estate broker and builder in Marco Island FL. I have been in the construction business my whole life and worked in homes since I was a little kid. I know how they are built from the ground up. I work with my family construction business, R.K. Reiman Construction, where we specialize in custom home building and design. I took my background in construction, and eight years ago got a real estate license and began to sell real estate. I am currently in the process of expanding into luxury rentals and provide home watch services as well.  I am working on a real estate company now and plan to expand the company for years to come.   What is the podcast about? This is a weekly podcast that covers the exact things you need to look for before buying, building, or selling a property. Every Wednesday, I will take you in-depth about what exactly you should be looking at when buying a property, whether it is an existing home, or your building a new home. I will also bring in leaders in the real estate, construction,  rental, mortgage, and investment industries to discuss more important topics before buying or building a home.  I want to deliver as much value about the construction, and real estate process and with my knowledge of the business and other professionals. I hope to guide people into making the best decision possible when it comes to buying, selling, or building a home. What is in it for the listener? I want to teach you along with other professionals things that you should be looking for in a home before buying, building, or selling. I will give you value every week to the things most people don’t see before purchasing a home or selling.  If you hear any topics that you want me to dive deeper in please let me know by following me on all social media channels @imbillreiman
April 24, 2019