The Real Estate Sessions

Bill Risser

Interviews with real estate industry leaders, hosted by Bill Risser, EVP - Strategic Partnerships for RateMyAgent. The Real Estate Sessions was selected as the 2019 Inman Innovator Award Winner for Video/Podcast Show. Unlike many shows in the real estate space, I do not focus on investing, sales and marketing or any specific topic. I focus on my guest and do my best to get their backstory. I am curious by nature and I find the backstory of our industry's leaders fascinating. I've discovered lenders that were ballerinas, Chief Creative Officers that managed bands, and CEO's that sold vacuum cleaners (and not very well) in college. So, if you are looking for stories about industry leaders with a bit of strategy and business knowledge tossed in, give The Real Estate Sessions a shot.

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We talk to Jay Thompson about his start in the real estate industry, PhoenixRealEstateGuy.com, and his transition to Zillow. 

Jul 2015

36 min 11 sec

Holly shares her thoughts on education, getting involved, agents knowing their value and a certain Scottish wind instrument on this episode.

Aug 2015

38 min 28 sec

Join Katie as she shares how she got started in the industry, her time at Inman, and how she started her consulting company...

Aug 2015

45 min 15 sec

Laura shares her journey in real estate and her passion for marketing.

Aug 2015

38 min 29 sec

Sean shares his philosophies on helping new and experienced agents build relationships, solve problems and have fun!

Sep 2015

39 min 9 sec

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Sep 2015

41 min 40 sec

Jed Carlson, CEO of Adwerx and co-founder of ReverbNation, talks about advertising and branding in the real estate space.  

Oct 2015

34 min 44 sec

A quick chat wth That Peter Brewer.  Peter has over 30 years in the industry in Australia and brings a unique take to the social/digital discussion.

Oct 2015

37 min 39 sec

Although recently retired from transactional real estate, Gene has an abundance of knowledge that can help both veterans and rookies!

Oct 2015

33 min 3 sec

Bill shares his journey through 40 years of real estate and talks about challenges facing today's REALTOR.

Oct 2015

38 min 11 sec

Evan Fuchs, 2014 AAR President, shares his journey in real estate and explains why volunteerism is critical to the success of REALTORS.

Nov 2015

35 min 58 sec

Eric and Wes, creators of TheBrokeAgent.com, explain how they came up with the idea and why agents need a little comic relief in their lives.

Nov 2015

29 min 40 sec

Paula Monthofer of Flagstaff shares how she discovered Northern Arizona, and why she loves to educate fellow REALTORS.

Nov 2015

24 min 25 sec

Kerry Melcher, an Arizona native and community advocate, tells us how she got into the real estate industry and what she is up to at ARMLS.

Nov 2015

25 min 19 sec

Jim Sexton, 2015 Arizona Association of REALTORS President, joins us on The Real Estate Sessions Podcast.  Jim has been in the industry since the mid 70's and his journey is interesting and complex.

Dec 2015

32 min 42 sec

Amy shares her start in the industry, her passion for advocacy, and the importance of education.

Dec 2015

41 min 54 sec

Our first podcast from Southern Arizona, Tucson to be more specific, is with Steve Redmond of Long Realty Company.  Steve is heavily involved at the local and state levels and brought REBarCamp to Tucson.  

Dec 2015

27 min 20 sec

Chris Karas joins The Real Estate Sessions pdcast and shares his experiences in the Luxury Market in the Valley of the Sun.

Dec 2015

28 min 14 sec

Known as the Queen of GRI, Barb Freestone had been helping REALTORS in Arizona for over 30 years. Find out why education is so important in the real estate industry as Barb shares her story.

Dec 2015

33 min 18 sec

Episode 23 has no guests.  Instead, I talk about the idea behind the podcast, how it is produced and take a look back on the first 5 months and 22 episodes.

Jan 2016

14 min 30 sec

The irrepressible, Massachusetts-born Jeff Chalmers joins the Real Estate Sessions for Episode 24.  Jeff has been in lending for 25 years, yet is not the typical lender.  With a closing background, he brings a uniques perspective to the cinsumer experience.  Enjoy Jeff's enthusiasm and passion!

Jan 2016

40 min 9 sec

Stacey Harmon, founder of Harmon Enterprises, shares her story, detailing her journey.

Jan 2016

30 min 24 sec

Bob has real estate in his blood as he is a third generation Arizona REALTOR.  After starting in the land acquisition side of the business, Bob pivoted to residential, specifically short sales, in 2007.  Check out the rest of his story in this episode.

Jan 2016

25 min 40 sec

For Episode 27, we head back north in the Grand Canyon State. Lake Havasu City, famous for the London Bridge and Spring Break festivities, is the destination.  We selected one of the areas top REALTORS, Mary Roberts of Realty Executives. A second generation REALTOR, Mary is grooming her son, Gunner to add the third generation. Listen in as Mary talks about her city, social, and giving back.

Feb 2016

23 min 34 sec

Mike Mueller, founder of AreWeConnected.com, has the microphone turned his way in Episode 28.  Mike co-hosts with Ken Cook, Social Media Edge, a weekly show that airs at 11am EST/8am/PST at http://www.bolgtalkradio.com/smedge (www.blogtalkradio.com/smedge).   On The Real Estate Sessions, Mike shares his love of bikes, hockey, and helping agents with their online presence.  

Feb 2016

37 min 36 sec

A true industry leader, Michelle Korsmo, CEO of ALTA, joins The Real Estate Sessions podcast to share her journey from Bismarck North Dakota to Washington DC.

Feb 2016

38 min 3 sec

Roger Banning is the rare REALTOR that chose this profession right out of college. Discover the path Roger followed from Alaska to ASU to RE/MAX Excalibur.  The Real Estate Sessions returns to Arizona for this episode.

Feb 2016

23 min 48 sec

Episode 31 features an up and coming Industry Leader, Carli Hill.  I met Carli a little over 3 years ago when she was just getting started.  Full of passion and drive, she is growing every year and heavily involved in the Scottsdale chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS.  Add to all of that one of the best back stories I've ever heard, and you have a great episode of The Real Estate Sessions.

Mar 2016

26 min 45 sec

Chris Smith, co-founder of Curaytor and author of the just released The Conversion Code, joins us to share the story of his journey.  Chris combines a love of technology with proven sales techniques.  The results are impressive. 

Mar 2016

32 min 30 sec

In Episode 33, Irene Catsibris Clary, founder of Catclar Investments, joins the roster of industry leaders on The Real Estate Sessons podcast. Irene runs a real estate development company.  As a woman in a heavily male-dominated field, Irene has interesting stories to share.  Born and raised in Toronto, we find out how she made it to Scottsdale as well as learn a bit about her current projects.  Catclar Investments focuses on luxury townhomes, with some interesting live/work/play solutions.     

Mar 2016

33 min 10 sec

Leigh Brown, author of Outrageous Authenticity, joins the line-up at The Real Estate Sessions podcast. Leigh is in high demand on the real estate speaker circuit, and she squeezed in a few minutes for us at a Sky Club in Iowa between engagements.  Always entertaining, Leigh shares how she got her start in the business and expounds on a couple of her industry pet peeves.  

Mar 2016

34 min 40 sec

There is no guest this week. March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, so I am telling my survivor story.  It's a story that could have gone completely different if not for a doctor that insisted I get my routine screening.  Colon cancer is the only cancer that is preventable, yet it is the third most common and second leading killer. Hopefully, my story will cause a few more people to do the right thing.

Mar 2016

23 min 13 sec

In Episode 36 of The Real Estate Sessions, we visit with Josh Coleman of My Home Group Realty.  Josh has built a successful team in a relatively short time frame, and he is now working on adding coaching to his repertoire.  Focused and passionate, listen in as Josh shares his vision.

Apr 2016

31 min 7 sec

Long overdue, Jeff takes the mic and does not hold back as he discusses the current state of affairs in residential real estate in Episode 37 of The Real Estate Sessions podcast. An early adopter of internet lead generation, Jeff and his team excel at generating leads via multiple channels and going above and beyond with service during and after the sale.

Apr 2016

36 min 45 sec

Patrick is wholly committed to volunteerism. He has served as Chairman of the Board at the Scottsdale Are Association of REALTORS and is currently the Treasurer for the Arizona Association of REALTORS. He is in line for the Presidency of AAR in 2019. A Phoenix native, Patrick shares his journey into the world of real estate, giving credit to both his father and his wife Stephanie.  Listen to the episode for all the details!   Patrick's website - http://www.aroundscottsdale.com (AroundScottsdale.com)http://www.facebook.com/dpatricklewis (Facebook.com/DPatrickLewis)http://www.twitter.com/dpatricklewis (Twitter.com/DPatrickLewis)

Apr 2016

34 min 40 sec

Dale Chumbley is part of the original RE.net.  Dale was trying to figure out how to build relationships with MySpace until Facebook came along.  A native of Vancouver, WA, Dale worked the "365 Things to do" strategy to perfection in 2010 on Facebook.  Dale volunteers at all association levels and shares his story of 22 years in real estate.

Apr 2016

50 min 29 sec

Suzanne Roy, Director of Social Media & Industry Outreach atMove, Inc (REALTOR.com), takes the mic for Episode 40 of TheRealEstate Sessions. Suzanne's story starts in Canada with stopsinEngland, Florida and eventually, Northern California where shenow lives and works. Her introduction to real estate marketing isunique and her path to REALTOR.com crosses the paths of a few otherpodcast guests. Check out one of the Top 20 Social Influencers ofResidential Real Estate 2016 as named in The Swanepoel 200.  

May 2016

44 min 6 sec

On Episode 41, Michelle Lind shares her story, detailing how she became interested in law as a career and the eventual transition to real estate law. As CEO of the largest trade association in Arizona, Michelle discusses the value AAR brings to not only the REALTOR community but private property owners as well.

May 2016

29 min 18 sec

We head to the Big Apple for Episode 42 of The Real Estate Sessions. Michael Meier, founder of Meier International, a boutique real estate brokerage in Manhattan, shares his story on the podcast.  From door to door copier salesman to luxury real estate broker, Michael's story is about giving, passion, and service.

May 2016

38 min 56 sec

The Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS), is one of the ten largest MLS's in the country. In Episode 43, CEO Matt Consalvo takes time out of his busy schedule to share his story as well as his vision of the future for ARMLS.  

May 2016

34 min 52 sec

In Episode 44, Nicole Nicolay of J. Rockcliff Realtors details her journey from elementary school teacher to Rock Star of the marketing/technology/presentation world at the beginning of the social media/tech explosion in real estate. Listen in as Nicole talks about websites, Reboots and the Ironman!

May 2016

36 min 47 sec

In Episode 45, Greg Slaughter of We All Win Solutions, joins us to talk about real estate investing.  Greg has pursued investing full time since 2002, but he tried to get into the game as an 18-year-old in Tucson Arizona. Greg tells that story and shares tips for anyone looking to enter the world of investing in real property.

Jun 2016

33 min 35 sec

We head to the Lone Star state, more specifically Houston for Episode 46 of The Real Estate Sessions.  Ryan Bokros, Managing Director at Bamboo Realty talks technology, teamwork and trends in the industry. One of my favorite quotes from Ryan is  “Its never going to be the technology that impresses your client, but the EXPERIENCE CREATED using technology, that will impress.”

Jun 2016

41 min 6 sec

Episode 47 features one of the power brokers in the North Scottsdale area, Jay Macklin. Jay details his path to Arizona from the midwest, and how he successfully learned the skills necessary to open his own brokerage and coach other REALTORS so they can also enjoy success.

Jun 2016

30 min 18 sec

Episode 48 features Nick Krautter, owner and founder of the SellPDX.com team in Portland Oregon.  Nick is also author of the award-winning The Golden Handoff - How to buy and sell a Real Estate Agen's Business.  Nick has a unique path to the world of real estate.  From managing bands on the road to building his team and production, Nick weaves a tale that is sure to help anyone in the business, no matter where you are are in your career.

Jun 2016

34 min 8 sec

In Episode 49, we talk with Ryan Servatius, a second home/resort specialist along the Southwestern Michigan shore of Big Blue, or Lake Michigan for the rest of us.  A lifelong resident, Ryan shares how his passion for the area has translated into a community based business.

Jul 2016

29 min 24 sec

The table (or Mics ) are turned for Episode 50 as Holly Mabery, Episode 2 guest on The Real Estate Sessions interviews Bill Risser.  Bill shares his story detailing his journey from the San Diego Padres to Chicago Title, and shares his insights on the title and escrow side of real estate.  

Jul 2016

41 min 40 sec