10 episodes

We discuss everything about life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. We talk about housing, jobs, the economy, schools, entertainment, sports, recreation, transportation, shopping, parks, restaurants, arts, and everything in between! If it affects your life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region, it's fodder for discussion on the Bay to Bay Podcast.

Bay to Bay Podcast Sebastian "Seb" Frey

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We discuss everything about life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas. We talk about housing, jobs, the economy, schools, entertainment, sports, recreation, transportation, shopping, parks, restaurants, arts, and everything in between! If it affects your life in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region, it's fodder for discussion on the Bay to Bay Podcast.

    Episode 51: David Aronovici on Home Inspections

    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

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    Episode 50: Ben West Builds the Future of Affordable Housing

    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 and artwork that will go inside.







    You may contact Ben West via the Joy Line Homes web site.







    Joy Line Homes – The Pines Model Video Tour

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    Episode 49: Cabrillo College in 2020

    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 at Cabrillo, and the challenges the school is facing today.







    A substantial part of the conversation centered around a new 2020 bond measure (Measure R) that would raise $274 million for facilities improvements and expansion. This bond measure would enable the school to create the kind of 21st Century learning facilities needed to ensure that students get the education they need to succeed in the modern workforce.







    Overview of the 2020 Bond Measure: https://www.cabrillo.edu/bond2020/







    Proposed Projects: https://cabrillo.edu/bond2020/proposed.html







    Learn more at Cabrillo’s Yes on R Page.







    Whatever you think about the proposed bond measure, you’ll be sure to learn a whole lot about Cabrillo College and what makes it such an exceptional asset to the community in Santa Cruz and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about the pros-and-cons of Measure R, check out this page.







    Voters will be asked to weigh in on this measure on the March 3, 2020 Primary ballot.

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    Episode 44: Leslie Appleton-Young Crunches the Numbers

    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 in California or the USA in the next 1-2 years* The prospects for “blue collar” job wage growth in California* Why the number of homes being sold in California is today so far below historical norms* Is California currently in a housing bubble?* What would cause a home price correction? * The affects of the Trump tax plan on California home prices







    Watch Leslie Appleton-Young’s 2019 Mid-Year Update

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    Episode 43: Cory Ybarra is Building for Generations

    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* Finding volunteers to help serve on the board and with the projects* The biggest challenges with fundraising

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    Episode 42: Kevin Corr, Mold Guy

    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 case he’s ever seen* Easy home remedies or do-it-yourself resources for mold abatement









    ARE Inspections Environmental Consulting

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sbattelle ,

A lot of cool stuff about the area

If you live in the San Francisco or Monterey Bay Area you should check this podcast out, it’s pretty cool!

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Very fun and informative

Really cool podcast, Seb has a great voice and I love listening to him!

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