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RERL-1768- Mental Health Awareness Month: Guest – My Daughter Rachel Cucchiara

Most of us would be surprised to learn how many people around us are dealing with mental health issues. May is mental health awareness month and even if you are not fighting a mental illness yourself, it’s a good time to learn about the people around us who are. Joining Joe Cucchiara to discuss the importance of mental health is none other than his daughter, Rachel Cucchiara, an advocate of mental wellness for all who…

RERL-1767- Market Update – Joe’s Back!

We’re back! The world may seem like it’s getting back to normal, but the real estate market is still changing rapidly. In about a month, interest rates jumped from 3% to 6% and ending the years of all-time low interest rates. Living in Silicon Valley, it’s hard to believe that anything could touch our real estate when its inimitable uniqueness keeps the job market strong – but is Silicon Valley invincible to levels of inflation…

RERL-1766- Zillow’s Big Flop!

Zillow quickly became the first step for buyers and sellers due to their instant connection to tons of real estate information. However, the disruptor ran into some big issues when it tried to add buying and selling to its repertoire. The issue? Not enough hands to make the purchase and selling process as seamless as they wanted. As a result, the iBuyer program was paused then abandoned shortly after. Joe Cucchiara and Jack Russo discuss…

RERL-1765- Secure the cheap money while it lasts!

Paying off the mortgage early is that goal all homeowners work towards – and why wouldn’t you? Any form of debt is bad and you’re just throwing away money in the form of interest. Well, mortgage rates are crazy low right now with some rates below 3%, but with inflation pressing upon us those rates could easily rise to 4-5%! Joe Cucchiara argues that just about everyone should have a mortgage and homeowners that don’t…

RERL-1764- Is California bad for business?

After many decades of finding talent and reaping success in California, Larry Ellison packed up Oracle and headed for Texas – and he’s not the only one. Charles Schwab followed suit and now Elon Musk has confirmed Tesla will also be finding a new home in Austin. Those are three big blows to California that has others wondering if these moves are more than coincidence. California’s advantages seem to be dissolving around us and the…

RERL-1763- Is California real estate still a good investment?

Ask your financial planner and they will agree that long-term real estate is almost always a good investment as long as the timing is right for you. Even in California where average home prices are notoriously high can real estate be a sound investment; you just need to be more cautious of the type of investment you make. While primary residences are still a hot commodity up and down the state, the pockets of investment…

RERL-1762-Best cities to retire & The friendliest cities!

Taxes, climate, and the general costs of living are 3 of the top concerns when moving to a new state – but certainly community plays a big role in the future quality of your life! There are 50 states that have their own unique ways of doing things, but only a few can claim to be the homes of the friendliest cities in America or have the best cities to retire in. Joe Cucchiara and…

RERL-1761- Ed Bass, Realtor – Monterey Coast Realty

When interviewing agents, it’s hard to find anyone better than an agent who prioritizes relationship building with clients and works with a group of dedicated and experienced coworkers. Add in that you’ll be looking at homes in one of the more beautiful spots in the country and life couldn’t get much better. Today Joe Cucchiara introduces us to his longtime friend and Monterey Coast Realty agent, Ed Bass to figure out what makes this little…

RERL-1760-Special Guest-Tyler Baldwin, CEO of Reali

The real estate market has been largely stagnant in terms of technological growth. Meet Tyler Baldwin, Ceo of Reali – a one stop real estate shop looking to disrupt the market so everything about the home buying and selling process becomes smarter, faster, and smoother. Host Joe Cucchiara finds out from Tyler how Reali uses their technology to streamline the transaction process, overcome regulations and cut costs by bringing the homebuying process into the future….

RERL-1759-Eviction Moratorium – Is it helping or hurting?

Right, wrong, good or bad, the eviction moratorium is under hot debate right now. After millions of Americans were spared the fear of losing their home in addition to their job when the pandemic hit, the time to unfreeze the ban on evictions and return to something resembling normal life has come – or has it? Like many things, viewpoints and needs have changed since 2020 and now is the time to reevaluate how we…