Daily Properties is a collection of articles from industry experts discussing how to manage and have a successful real estate portfolio. Whether it is buying, selling, leasing or other pain points which plague owners, buyers, landlords, renters or real estate agents, our online magazine is here to educate and help make educate those interested in real estate.
Below is just some of the people and their backgrounds who contribute to Daily Properties.
Founder & Publishing Editor
Adam Justice is vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, a manufacturer and distributor of the ConnectSense product line of wireless sensors. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @adamjustice.
Becky Walzak is the president of rjbWalzak Consulting. She is an expert in loan quality assurance and risk management, with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She advises lenders and servicers on regulatory compliance matters as well. Becky developed the Walzak Risk Analysis Process Score (WRAPS), a fully automated quality control review for mortgage loan files, and the REO Performance Evaluation Model, which measures and tracks the performance of REO (bank-owned properties) vendors in meeting contractual requirements and following operational procedures.
Blair Ballin is President of The Blair Group, a locally and nationally recognized team. The Wall Street Journal has recognized The Blair Group for being in the Top 50 teams in the USA. The Arizona Business Journal has recognized Blair Ballin for being a Top 10 Producer in the Phoenix area.
Veteran ADA attorney Brian G. Muse is a partner in the Williamsburg, Va., office of national law firm LeClairRyan.
Brook Benton (NMLS #6049) is a Vice President and Mortgage Banker with Atlanta-based PrivatePlus Mortgage, which does business nationally. He has over 18 years of industry and can be reached at 678-643-0864 or BBenton@PrivatePlus.com.
Carisa Carlton (carisacarlton.com) While most people look at life’s straight lines, its height and depth and width, she’s bending the lines with her imagination and turning black and white into shades of blue and yellow. She can, if she must, think in conventional ways. But left on her own, she’ll usually opt for the eccentric or avant-garde. “Do you ever stop thinking,” is the question most frequently posed to the artist and writer. Located in Orange County, California, Carisa spends her days shuffling words, brainstorming, researching, and dreaming of new ways to shape our culture.
Debbie Miller is an Associate Broker with McEnearney Associates, a real estate company based in Northern Virginia. She is a Lifestyle Transition Specialist® who has worked with clients 55 and better for the past 20 years. She helps them, through seminars and individual consultation, to make housing decisions that are right for them.
Don Brailsford is the founder and CEO of XiLi Mobile, makers of a marketing solution designed to quickly connect homebuyers to agents in real-time. XiLi’s database uses MLS listings from across the nation to provide information about available homes to interested buyers via text message, while simultaneously capturing these leads and automatically forwarding them to the listing agent for contact.
Donna DiMaggio Berger is a Shareholder at the community association law firm of Becker & Poliakoff and has represented all types of shared ownership communities throughout Florida for more than two decades. Ms. Berger can be reached at (954) 364-6031 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Dr. Dan Geller is the author of Money Anxiety, a behavioral economics book showing readers how financial anxiety impacts consumer financial behavior and the economy. Dr. Geller is frequently featured in national and financial publications, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg/Newsweek, and has appeared on CNBC, Fox News Radio, and numerous other media outlets
Erin Alder is Ideaplunk’s VP and Chief Creative Officer. With her contagious spunk, and over 16 years of experience in the real estate industry, Erin takes pride in helping agents develop awe-inspiring, successful marketing strategies and creating true partnerships. She has worked with a host of brokerages, as well as many of the top-producing agents across the land, taking a very organic and human approach to marketing and celebrating each client victory as her own.
Licensed to broker real estate transactions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California and mortgages in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and California, Fred is known as one of the most respected brokers in both industries and one of its most recognizable faces. His sharp witted and outspoken realistic outlook with his in depth knowledge make for a unique combination all of which benefit his clients whether it’s getting them into the right loan or home. The media uses Fred as the “go to guy” when it comes to the real estate market and where it is going. He has appeared regularly on CNBC television, NPR’s Marketplace along with being quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, ThinkGlink.com and other media outlets. As the, CEO of U S Loans Mortgage Inc. and U S Spaces, Inc., co-founder of Arrivva Real Estate Brokerage and Rentscopers.com, Fred brings to his customers a full service of knowledge of leasing, buying, and selling. Which include investing in income unites, short selling, cash purchase or finding your next home or selling it. In his spare time, he serves on the Boards of the UpFront Mortgage Brokers Association along with Hidden City Philadelphia and Culture Works. Fred has been a Board Member of the Morris Animal Refuge, Freddie Mac LP advisor committee and a former Board Member of the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS and a former board member of NAR‘s Conventional Finance Committee. Fred is a contributing writer on the real estate magazine AGBeat.com, is a 5 star rated agent on Zillow, and answers real estate and mortgage questions on Trulia.
In a career spanning three decades, Fred has been a top salesman, sales manager, managing director and educator to the real estate industry. He has consulted with and trained thousands of brokers and salespeople across North America and remains a sought out speaker at real estate conferences nationwide. Today, along with Laurie, his wife and business partner, he is happy to focus his energies closer to home; helping buyers and sellers in Orange County to achieve their real estate goals.
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George Sudol is the Broker/Owner of Bay Area Realty Services, a successful San Francisco Bay Area residential Real Estate firm. He also owns and operates Bay Area Mortgage Alliance, a California residential mortgage lending brokerage. See more at www.ba-realtyservices.com , Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Call 650-242-4079
Jane Peters is a Los Angeles Realtor®, specializing in absentee owners, out-of-town-buyers and those needing that extra personal touch to make the buying and selling of Los Angeles real estate a smooth and, believe it or not, fun process.
Jeff Pintar is the founder and president of Port Street, whose direction and vision for the organization, along with over 22 years of experience on the broker, client and investor sides of real estate have enabled him to successfully grow the firm into the industry leader it is today. Throughout his career, Pintar has developed and delivered over 40 million square feet of new commercial projects valued in excess of $5 billion, and has been one of the nation’s leading revenue producers for CB Richard Ellis. Pintar enjoys witnessing the growth and success of both clients and the Port Street staff, while overseeing both cultural and operational aspects of Port Street to include driving execution of existing assignments, increasing morale in the workplace, stretching team performance thresholds, and remaining at the forefront of innovative business practices.
ABOUT PORT STREET: Port Street is a residential real estate operator and advisor blending industry expertise with ongoing data collection to boost clients’ efficiency, productivity and return on investment. Through its advisory-management approach, Port Street’s industry-leading model provides a platform for its four asset management service areas: brokerage, strategic advisory, renovation and property management. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California, Port Street is a category leader with national operations throughout California, Las Vegas, Georgia and Florida.
My approach to real estate is like my approach to life. Treat other people the way you would like to be treated and everyone wins. I take this motto seriously and apply it everyday in my business. I'm not perfect but I am straightforward, caring, and honest. I have been practicing real estate since 2005 and have loved every minute of it. I am an active member of the National Association of Realtors and Phoenix Association of Realtors. My career as a Realtor is to listen to each clients needs and provide the best advise, guidance, and solutions. I consider myself a consultant, coach, and therapist all rolled into one. Some transactions are harder than others but with my knowledge and expertise I will be there every step of the way. Clients always come first and my promise is to guide them through the real estate process as smoothly as possible. I know without my clients I am nothing and that is what drives me to exceed their expectations.
Lindsay Tredent is a Digital Marketing Consultant based out of Manhattan Beach, Ca. Her clients range from early stage start-ups to large scale companies with a focus on entertainment, sports, tech, small business, and e-commerce. She has over a decade of online experience with a focus on digital marketing strategy, product development, and social media and has worked for top brands such as MySpace, JustFab, Future US, and Transworld Media.
Mark Satterfield is the founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing, Inc and author of THE ONE WEEK MARKETING PLAN (BenBella Books; August 2014). He specializes in working with consultants, advisers, and small businesses on how to get consistent streams of new business. Since 1992, he has helped clients in financial services, insurance, health care, consulting, real estate, advertising, training, recruiting, and more than 75 niche industries grow their businesses without cold calling or hard selling. Visit www.gentlerainmarketing.com
Mark Watson is co-owner of Exterior Medics, an exterior home improvement company in Northern Virginia. Although British, he is not related to Emma Watson. Mark is proud to have achieved becoming a two time Qualified Remodeler 500 List winner and a winner of the 2014 Guildmaster Award for outstanding service and customer support.
Mary Hardy (NMLS #324915) is Vice President of Operations for PrivatePlus Mortgage, which originates mortgages in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Michael O’Nan (NMLS #157474) is a vice president and mortgage banker with PrivatePlus Mortgage, a division of Private Bank of Buckhead and Private Bank of Decatur. He can be reached at 404-390-1857 or MOnan@PrivatePlus.com.
Michelle Sagatov is a licensed real estate agent at McEnearney Associates. McEnearney Associates is a locally owned and operated, independent real-estate company that specializes in buying, selling and leasing property in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Founded in 1980, McEnearney Associates offers a full range of real estate services including residential sales and leasing, commercial real estate, individual and corporate relocation services, rental property management, PAWSitive Experience for people buying and selling a home with pets.
Mike Otranto has been an active real estate investor in the Raleigh N.C. area since 2005. He began with 2 – 6 unit multi-family properties in downtown Raleigh and has since moved is focus toward single family residential properties. He also holds a NC Brokers License. Visit Mike’s webpage at http://MikeOtranto.com or catch Mike on YouTube.
Nitin Shingate is a distinguished technologist with experience building scalable platforms that leverage open source systems at Xerox and United Online. Nitin was previously the VP of Technology at United Online, a leading provider of consumer Internet products and services, including FTD, NetZero, Classmates.com, and MyPoints where he developed blazing-fast web systems. Nitin is a software product and engineering leader with 20 years of experience directing cross-functional teams of technical experts to build and deliver enterprise and consumer software. Nitin currently manages product and technological development for RentalRoost.com, Houserie.com, and their partnerships.
RentalRoost is the first house and apartment finding engine that generates recommendations based on lifestyle. With over 20 search dimensions, RentalRoost’s proprietary patent-pending algorithms deliver an intuitive and precise search experience. Based in Pleasanton, CA, RentalRoost was founded by Nitin Shingate, Vikram Raghavan and Harini Venkatesan, three entrepreneurs with a vision of making the daunting task of house hunting easier and much more efficient. RentalRoost’s sister site Houserie provides a fast, secure and comprehensive tenant screen service for landlords.
Patrick Quigley is CEO of Los Angeles-based advertising technology company Vantage Media and has more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, product management, and engineering with both public and private companies.
Preston Despenas, Senior Partner and Co-Founder of Growth Equity Group, has more than 15 years of experience in real estate. Growth Equity Group is a premier, nationwide, real estate investment firm that provides investors added diversification with real estate through a passive investment solution. This includes providing rental properties that come equipped with non-recourse financing, existing tenants and property management in place. In addition, Growth Equity Group’s non-recourse financing allows investors to leverage their SDIRAs to afford superior assets, multiple properties and attractive market
With 13 years of experience in management consulting, Rajesh Bhat cofounded Roostify to create an easier and more efficient way of securing a loan and purchasing a home. A proven negotiator and technologist, Rajesh previously led numerous Fortune 500 companies in IT, outsourcing deals ranging from $2M to $1B in total contract value.
Rina Battiata Kunk is an Associate Broker with McEnearney Associates, a real estate company based in Northern Virginia. She brings a varied and professional skill-set to her real estate clients to ensure they achieve their real estate goals. Whether working with a client buying their first home, or helping to sell a family home of many years, Rina understands the importance of these transactions, and makes her clients her top priority.
It’s no surprise that Roderick developed an interest in design at an early age , having grown up in a family of creative people. “I can’t tell you how many times I redecorated my room as a child. It wasn’t until much later that I realized what the career options were.” After studying design in Southern California he opened his own design firm in 2000. He accepts a wide range of projects from offices to residential homes, which he decorates in a style he describes as “Casually Sophisticated” Sophisticated in a purely Southern California way. REEDesign decorates from traditional to contemporary. His styles could include English antiques residing artfully among bamboo and tikis. REEDesign is "The Elegantly Ordered but Casual Lifestyle." And what would his dream project be? “Building a house from scratch with my own hands, making ideas come to life has always appealed to me.” Rod lives in Laguna Beach California with his wife Kathy and two sons.
Samantha Reeves is the Senior Mortgage and Homebuying writer for Veterans United Home Loans, one of the nation’s leading financial services providers for service members and their families. A former mortgage loan originator, Samantha enjoys educating others about the VA mortgage process on the Veterans United Network of blogs and social media. Tweet her @Samantha_VUHL or on Google+.
Stefani brings her experience and expertise as a real estate broker and is President of Charles Rutenberg, LLC. Previously, Stefani had worked at The Heddings Property Group from 2009 to 2012 where she specialized in residential leasing and sales of Condominiums, Cooperatives and Townhouses in Manhattan. She then joined The Modlin Group in 2013 and focused on the luxury real estate market. In addition, Stefani ran the sales office of a Condominium conversion project in Chelsea. Stefani’s professionalism is most notable in her utmost discretion and specialized client services. Whether working with Manhattan locals or international clientele, she draws on her extensive knowledge and broad sphere of influence to close transactions and ensure successful results. After graduating with honors from the University of Michigan, Stefani returned to her roots in New York City and immediately was drawn to the real estate world. She is an avid tennis player, and enjoys dance, theatre, and fashion. From City Harvest to Race for the Cure, Stefani knows the importance of giving back to the New York community that she loves. She is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, in addition to the Real Estate Divisions of UJA, AIPAC, and FIDF.
Steven B. Lesser is a shareholder and chair of the Construction Law and Litigation Practice of law firm Becker & Poliakoff.
Toni Patillo is a broker of Toni Patillo and Associates, California who is well known for specialized in helping people who are in need of real estate help through short sale, probate, divorce, bankruptcy, and any other financial challenges. She is a member of the Keller Williams Santa Monica and Pacific Palisades Market Center
Trayor Lesnock is the president and founder of Platinum Luxury Auctions, a market-leading auction firm based in Miami, Florida. Throughout more than $325 million in completed luxury auction sales to date, Mr. Lesnock has been dedicated to upholding the highest standards of excellence and integrity in every transaction. This approach has become a hallmark of the Platinum team. The firm focuses exclusively on the sale of multi-million-dollar properties on behalf of wealthy, non-distressed sellers. Learn more at PlatinumLuxuryAuctions.com
Vafa Haghani is a professional graphic designer with over 20 years of experience. He has worked with clients in Real Estate, Healthcare, Education, Automotive, Consumer Packaging and Food Packaging. He is the owner/art director of Green Eyes Design Studio. Visit company website www.gredesigns.com for more information.
Val Boitet (NMLS # 311794) is a Vice President and Mortgage Banker with Atlanta-based PrivatePlus Mortgage, which does business nationally. He has 30+ years of financial expertise and can be reached at (404) 390-1854 or VBoitet@PrivatePlus.com.