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Talking about Everything from San Francisco to Monterey Bay

Latest Episodes

Episode 51: David Aronovici on Home Inspections

David Aronovici grew up in beautiful Aptos, California – in the heart of bucolic Santa Cruz County. His youthful passion as a surfer led him into a career in surf board manufacturing, which he pursued for 20 years before transitioning into real estate home inspections. When buying or selling real estate, one of the most crucial steps in the process is the home inspection. In this episode of the Bay to Bay podcast, we discuss a number of facets of home inspections, including: * What kind of training and education are required to become a home inspector* Licensing and/or government oversight of home inspectors? * The biggest red flags a buyer should look out for on a home inspection?* Which era of homes or types of construction tend to have the least issues from a maintenance perspective* What kinds of problems that you note on a home inspection can turn into really costly repairs if not addressed in a timely fashion* How can someone know if an issue cited on a home inspection is “typical” or is really something of significant concern* How can a buyer prioritize the items for repair that are noted on a home inspection* Why do so many sellers choose to get a home inspection, if a buyer is responsible for doing their own inspections* What items do you NOT inspect that you see as common potential problems for the home owner* How can a buyer feel confident about, say, the structural integrity of a home if an inspector can’t open the walls to see what’s going on behind them* What new technologies are there, or soon-to-arrive technologies, that will help home inspectors do an even better job To reach David Aronovici or order an inspection, you can find him on the web at http://www.4seasonsinspections.com/ or via telephone at 831-247-3707 or email at 4SeasonsInspections@gmail.com

70 MINAPR 1
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Episode 51: David Aronovici on Home Inspections

Episode 50: Ben West Builds the Future of Affordable Housing

Ben West has been building homes for decades. But it wasn’t until he moved to California that he got the bug to start building affordable housing. Originally from Oregon, Ben wasn’t prepared for California’s sky-high housing costs. He was shocked, and also saw an opportunity: building stunning homes at rock-bottom prices. His company, Joy Line Homes, was born. Construction costs in the greater San Francisco Bay Area are the highest in the world, at around an average of $417 per square foot. Joy Line Homes is able to construct homes at an average cost of around $150 per square foot (not including the land, permit fees, and the like). The secret? These are manufactured homes – but manufactured homes unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The level of customization available through Joy Line Homes has to be seen to be believed, and the homes are developed using advanced 3D rendering and virtual reality tools, so home buyers can design their homes, right down to the furnishings a...

59 MINJAN 25
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Episode 50: Ben West Builds the Future of Affordable Housing

Episode 49: Cabrillo College in 2020

I had the opportunity late in 2019 to sit down with Cabrillo College President Matthew Wetstein and Cabrillo Board Trustee Adam Spickler to discuss the present and future of Cabrillo College. Cabrillo College is a cherished and well-regarded junior college with campuses in Aptos and Watsonville, with a student body of approximately 12,000. As luck would have it, there was some electromagnetic interference going on when we did the recording – so there are places where you’ll hear static, clicks, and pops in the interview. I did what I could to clean up the audio, and overall it’s not too hard on the ears, but please excuse the audio artifacts sprinkled throughout. Matt, Adam, and I had a wide ranging discussion about Cabrillo, beginning with introductions from Matt and Adam discussing their backgrounds and how they came to work with Cabrillo. We proceeded to chat about number of topics that will be of interest to listeners, such as the present state of the college, new initiatives...

56 MINJAN 9
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Episode 49: Cabrillo College in 2020

Episode 48: Chris Grindy Bay Area Tax Man

Chris Grindy is the Bay Area tax man! He owns and operates Grindy Tax Service of San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Grindy family has been doing taxes for Bay Area folks for going on 79 years – an incredibly long time for a family run business. In all those decades, they’ve learned a thing or two both about taxation but also what folks in the Bay Area really need from their tax preparation professionals. We got things rolling with a discussion of the history of Enrolled Agents, and then we took a deep dive into a wide variety of tax questions I have – mostly surrounding real estate. We talked about issues that will be of interest to most Bay Area home owners – mortgage interest deduction, local and state tax deductions, depreciation, 1031 exchanges, vacation rentals – if it had to do with real estate and taxes, it was a question I wanted – and got – an answer on. If you’re a bay area home owner and are interested to know about where and how taxation intersects wit...

79 MINJAN 5
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Episode 48: Chris Grindy Bay Area Tax Man

Episode 47: Melissa Ergo Captures the Light

Melissa Ergo is a wedding photographer based in Santa Cruz, California. Wedding photography is a competitive business – there’s a relatively low bar to entry so it’s a crowded field. So how does someone stand out, make a living, and actually be successful in a field that accepts all comers? Our guest Melissa Ergo shares her story and dishes on how she’s been able to be herself, while being a distinctive and successful professional photographer. We talk about her childhood, her education, and how she got started in the photography business. We go over the tools she uses to capture the light through the glass of her lenses. Perhaps most importantly, we talk about what drives her to keep working so hard to deliver uncanny photographs for her clients on what is often the most memorable day of their lives. See also: Melissa Ergo Photography web site, Melissa Ergo’s Instagram Page

44 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Episode 47: Melissa Ergo Captures the Light

Episode 46: Firesafe Council of Santa Cruz County

I sat down to talk fire safety with LizAnne Jensen and Ed Hayes of the Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz in the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) of Santa Cruz County. LizAnne and Ed are volunteers, helping to spread the word about how homeowners can better prepare for wild fires. Both of them live neighborhoods that are heavily forested and have had brushes with wildfires in the past. We covered a number of topics: What can I do now to plan ahead for a wildland fire? What is the wildland-urban interface (WUI?) What is a resilient forest, and why does it matter? What impact will a changing climate have on wildfires here in Santa Cruz County? What is a defensible space? What is home hardening? What can I do to make my home safer from wildfires? What can my neighborhood do to become safer from wildfires? Why should I attend one of the Fire Safe Council’s Home Hardening presentations? What can I do if my home owner’s insurance is canceled? What “special” items do I want in my Go Bag ...

61 MIN2019 OCT 28
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Episode 46: Firesafe Council of Santa Cruz County

Episode 45: Dan Chan the Billionaire’s Magician

Dan Chan is known as the Billionaire’s Magician. But before he was a full-time magician, He was a pre-IPO Silicon Valley employee. He worked alongside Elon Musk and Peter Thiel at PayPal with a side hustle performing magic, pick-pocketing, and fire juggling. Initially, he thought PayPal was the dream job. However, when reality set in He hated the job. It was boring. He had only vested 13 months of his stock options when he left to pursue his dream of performing magic, he gave up approximately 3/4 of his stock options. There are many angles of his story that have not been covered by media outlets. Since he moved on from PayPal, he’s performed for many companies in Silicon Valley and has been nominated “Silicon Valley’s Favorite Magician” by BuzzFeed. His wife, Katherine, is blessed with the skill of twisting balloons. She can make almost ANYTHING just by looking at a picture and has twisted life-size superheroes, life-size motorcycles, and even parade floats – with ONLY balloon...

56 MIN2019 SEP 27
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Episode 45: Dan Chan the Billionaire’s Magician

Episode 44: Leslie Appleton-Young Crunches the Numbers

I am beyond thrilled to welcome Leslie Appleton-Young as my guest for the 44th episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast! Leslie is the Chief Economist for the California Association of REALTORS. I’m a huge fan, and I have been listening to and watching Leslie’s forecasts on the California real estate economy for years. Many of the facts and figures I give my clients and share on my web sites come from information I gleaned listening to Leslie, so it was a huge honor for me to have her on the podcast. In this episode, we discuss: * What is economics exactly, and what she loves about it so much.* The relationship between the federal funds rate and mortgage rates ,and why they may not move in lockstep.* Why housing in California is so unaffordable and what an economist would say is the solution.* What work goes in to making her trademark real estate market forecasts* What key metric home owners and REALTORS should look at to see which way the market is headed* The possibility of a recession...

34 MIN2019 JUL 16
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Episode 44: Leslie Appleton-Young Crunches the Numbers

Episode 43: Cory Ybarra is Building for Generations

For this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast we welcome Cory Ybarra as our guest, to talk about her work with Building for Generations. Building for Generations is a non-profit that Cory started when she saw a need in a far-off Tanzania in 2005. Their mission is to support education projects with a focus on persons with special needs by building facilities and providing materials with a goal of creating sustainable programs. This work is especially meaningful for Cory, as she is the mother of a special-needs son. In our conversation, we talked about a number of topics, * Some of the biggest challenges raising a special-needs child.* The special joys that come with having a special-needs child* Her early professional life * What Building for Generations is all about* How Building for Generations got its start* How Building for Generations got its name* Their ongoing programs in Tanzania and Peru* The challenges running a non-profit* How to work effectively in such far-flung places* Fin...

43 MIN2019 JUL 8
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Episode 43: Cory Ybarra is Building for Generations

Episode 42: Kevin Corr, Mold Guy

Kevin Corr grew up in San Jose, and ever since he was a kid, he always had a fascination with mold. I jest, of course! He didn’t come to mold – the mold came to him. Kevin is an entrepreneur, and the owner of Applied Real Estate Inspections – a Bay Area mold inspection company. Mold is a hot topic for many homeowners, and for anyone who’s ever had a water leak, they’ll tell you – it’s a tricky problem! We talked about a great many subjects in this podcast episode: * How Kevin got into the mold inspection business?* How mold gets started and what mold needs to thrive.* Why people seem get so freaked out about mold.* Why there are no federal standards regarding safe levels of various molds.* The worst areas in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey for mold issues.* The kinds of houses that tend to have mold issues.* The difference between mold and mildew.* If a “musty” smell indicative of mold in a house.* Can mold migrate from one area to others in a house?* The worst mold c...

65 MIN2019 JUL 2
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Episode 42: Kevin Corr, Mold Guy
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Latest Episodes

Episode 51: David Aronovici on Home Inspections

David Aronovici grew up in beautiful Aptos, California – in the heart of bucolic Santa Cruz County. His youthful passion as a surfer led him into a career in surf board manufacturing, which he pursued for 20 years before transitioning into real estate home inspections. When buying or selling real estate, one of the most crucial steps in the process is the home inspection. In this episode of the Bay to Bay podcast, we discuss a number of facets of home inspections, including: * What kind of training and education are required to become a home inspector* Licensing and/or government oversight of home inspectors? * The biggest red flags a buyer should look out for on a home inspection?* Which era of homes or types of construction tend to have the least issues from a maintenance perspective* What kinds of problems that you note on a home inspection can turn into really costly repairs if not addressed in a timely fashion* How can someone know if an issue cited on a home inspection is “typical” or is really something of significant concern* How can a buyer prioritize the items for repair that are noted on a home inspection* Why do so many sellers choose to get a home inspection, if a buyer is responsible for doing their own inspections* What items do you NOT inspect that you see as common potential problems for the home owner* How can a buyer feel confident about, say, the structural integrity of a home if an inspector can’t open the walls to see what’s going on behind them* What new technologies are there, or soon-to-arrive technologies, that will help home inspectors do an even better job To reach David Aronovici or order an inspection, you can find him on the web at http://www.4seasonsinspections.com/ or via telephone at 831-247-3707 or email at 4SeasonsInspections@gmail.com

70 MINAPR 1
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Episode 51: David Aronovici on Home Inspections

Episode 50: Ben West Builds the Future of Affordable Housing

Ben West has been building homes for decades. But it wasn’t until he moved to California that he got the bug to start building affordable housing. Originally from Oregon, Ben wasn’t prepared for California’s sky-high housing costs. He was shocked, and also saw an opportunity: building stunning homes at rock-bottom prices. His company, Joy Line Homes, was born. Construction costs in the greater San Francisco Bay Area are the highest in the world, at around an average of $417 per square foot. Joy Line Homes is able to construct homes at an average cost of around $150 per square foot (not including the land, permit fees, and the like). The secret? These are manufactured homes – but manufactured homes unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The level of customization available through Joy Line Homes has to be seen to be believed, and the homes are developed using advanced 3D rendering and virtual reality tools, so home buyers can design their homes, right down to the furnishings a...

59 MINJAN 25
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Episode 50: Ben West Builds the Future of Affordable Housing

Episode 49: Cabrillo College in 2020

I had the opportunity late in 2019 to sit down with Cabrillo College President Matthew Wetstein and Cabrillo Board Trustee Adam Spickler to discuss the present and future of Cabrillo College. Cabrillo College is a cherished and well-regarded junior college with campuses in Aptos and Watsonville, with a student body of approximately 12,000. As luck would have it, there was some electromagnetic interference going on when we did the recording – so there are places where you’ll hear static, clicks, and pops in the interview. I did what I could to clean up the audio, and overall it’s not too hard on the ears, but please excuse the audio artifacts sprinkled throughout. Matt, Adam, and I had a wide ranging discussion about Cabrillo, beginning with introductions from Matt and Adam discussing their backgrounds and how they came to work with Cabrillo. We proceeded to chat about number of topics that will be of interest to listeners, such as the present state of the college, new initiatives...

56 MINJAN 9
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Episode 49: Cabrillo College in 2020

Episode 48: Chris Grindy Bay Area Tax Man

Chris Grindy is the Bay Area tax man! He owns and operates Grindy Tax Service of San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Grindy family has been doing taxes for Bay Area folks for going on 79 years – an incredibly long time for a family run business. In all those decades, they’ve learned a thing or two both about taxation but also what folks in the Bay Area really need from their tax preparation professionals. We got things rolling with a discussion of the history of Enrolled Agents, and then we took a deep dive into a wide variety of tax questions I have – mostly surrounding real estate. We talked about issues that will be of interest to most Bay Area home owners – mortgage interest deduction, local and state tax deductions, depreciation, 1031 exchanges, vacation rentals – if it had to do with real estate and taxes, it was a question I wanted – and got – an answer on. If you’re a bay area home owner and are interested to know about where and how taxation intersects wit...

79 MINJAN 5
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Episode 48: Chris Grindy Bay Area Tax Man

Episode 47: Melissa Ergo Captures the Light

Melissa Ergo is a wedding photographer based in Santa Cruz, California. Wedding photography is a competitive business – there’s a relatively low bar to entry so it’s a crowded field. So how does someone stand out, make a living, and actually be successful in a field that accepts all comers? Our guest Melissa Ergo shares her story and dishes on how she’s been able to be herself, while being a distinctive and successful professional photographer. We talk about her childhood, her education, and how she got started in the photography business. We go over the tools she uses to capture the light through the glass of her lenses. Perhaps most importantly, we talk about what drives her to keep working so hard to deliver uncanny photographs for her clients on what is often the most memorable day of their lives. See also: Melissa Ergo Photography web site, Melissa Ergo’s Instagram Page

44 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Episode 47: Melissa Ergo Captures the Light

Episode 46: Firesafe Council of Santa Cruz County

I sat down to talk fire safety with LizAnne Jensen and Ed Hayes of the Fire Safe Council of Santa Cruz in the EOC (Emergency Operations Center) of Santa Cruz County. LizAnne and Ed are volunteers, helping to spread the word about how homeowners can better prepare for wild fires. Both of them live neighborhoods that are heavily forested and have had brushes with wildfires in the past. We covered a number of topics: What can I do now to plan ahead for a wildland fire? What is the wildland-urban interface (WUI?) What is a resilient forest, and why does it matter? What impact will a changing climate have on wildfires here in Santa Cruz County? What is a defensible space? What is home hardening? What can I do to make my home safer from wildfires? What can my neighborhood do to become safer from wildfires? Why should I attend one of the Fire Safe Council’s Home Hardening presentations? What can I do if my home owner’s insurance is canceled? What “special” items do I want in my Go Bag ...

61 MIN2019 OCT 28
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Episode 46: Firesafe Council of Santa Cruz County

Episode 45: Dan Chan the Billionaire’s Magician

Dan Chan is known as the Billionaire’s Magician. But before he was a full-time magician, He was a pre-IPO Silicon Valley employee. He worked alongside Elon Musk and Peter Thiel at PayPal with a side hustle performing magic, pick-pocketing, and fire juggling. Initially, he thought PayPal was the dream job. However, when reality set in He hated the job. It was boring. He had only vested 13 months of his stock options when he left to pursue his dream of performing magic, he gave up approximately 3/4 of his stock options. There are many angles of his story that have not been covered by media outlets. Since he moved on from PayPal, he’s performed for many companies in Silicon Valley and has been nominated “Silicon Valley’s Favorite Magician” by BuzzFeed. His wife, Katherine, is blessed with the skill of twisting balloons. She can make almost ANYTHING just by looking at a picture and has twisted life-size superheroes, life-size motorcycles, and even parade floats – with ONLY balloon...

56 MIN2019 SEP 27
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Episode 45: Dan Chan the Billionaire’s Magician

Episode 44: Leslie Appleton-Young Crunches the Numbers

I am beyond thrilled to welcome Leslie Appleton-Young as my guest for the 44th episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast! Leslie is the Chief Economist for the California Association of REALTORS. I’m a huge fan, and I have been listening to and watching Leslie’s forecasts on the California real estate economy for years. Many of the facts and figures I give my clients and share on my web sites come from information I gleaned listening to Leslie, so it was a huge honor for me to have her on the podcast. In this episode, we discuss: * What is economics exactly, and what she loves about it so much.* The relationship between the federal funds rate and mortgage rates ,and why they may not move in lockstep.* Why housing in California is so unaffordable and what an economist would say is the solution.* What work goes in to making her trademark real estate market forecasts* What key metric home owners and REALTORS should look at to see which way the market is headed* The possibility of a recession...

34 MIN2019 JUL 16
Comments
Episode 44: Leslie Appleton-Young Crunches the Numbers

Episode 43: Cory Ybarra is Building for Generations

For this episode of the Bay to Bay Podcast we welcome Cory Ybarra as our guest, to talk about her work with Building for Generations. Building for Generations is a non-profit that Cory started when she saw a need in a far-off Tanzania in 2005. Their mission is to support education projects with a focus on persons with special needs by building facilities and providing materials with a goal of creating sustainable programs. This work is especially meaningful for Cory, as she is the mother of a special-needs son. In our conversation, we talked about a number of topics, * Some of the biggest challenges raising a special-needs child.* The special joys that come with having a special-needs child* Her early professional life * What Building for Generations is all about* How Building for Generations got its start* How Building for Generations got its name* Their ongoing programs in Tanzania and Peru* The challenges running a non-profit* How to work effectively in such far-flung places* Fin...

43 MIN2019 JUL 8
Comments
Episode 43: Cory Ybarra is Building for Generations

Episode 42: Kevin Corr, Mold Guy

Kevin Corr grew up in San Jose, and ever since he was a kid, he always had a fascination with mold. I jest, of course! He didn’t come to mold – the mold came to him. Kevin is an entrepreneur, and the owner of Applied Real Estate Inspections – a Bay Area mold inspection company. Mold is a hot topic for many homeowners, and for anyone who’s ever had a water leak, they’ll tell you – it’s a tricky problem! We talked about a great many subjects in this podcast episode: * How Kevin got into the mold inspection business?* How mold gets started and what mold needs to thrive.* Why people seem get so freaked out about mold.* Why there are no federal standards regarding safe levels of various molds.* The worst areas in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Monterey for mold issues.* The kinds of houses that tend to have mold issues.* The difference between mold and mildew.* If a “musty” smell indicative of mold in a house.* Can mold migrate from one area to others in a house?* The worst mold c...

65 MIN2019 JUL 2
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Episode 42: Kevin Corr, Mold Guy
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