358 episodes

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.

The Real Estate Sessions Bill Risser

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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.

    Craig Rowe, Tech Columnist, Inman News

    Craig Rowe, Tech Columnist, Inman News

    Journalism has evolved through time. Covering a myriad of topics from news, to entertainment, to real estate technology, journalists have surely become versatile throughout the years. https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-rowe-26b3669 (Craig Rowe), a real estate technology reporter for http://www.inman.com/ (Inman News), joins Bill Risser to talk about his role and the knowledge he is able to impart on the team. Craig recalls how his love for writing and his interest in real estate served a great purpose in his position at Inman. Listen in as Craig walks us through his summers as a kid, to how he got involved in real estate and settling in as one of Inman’s greatest assets.
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    Craig Rowe, Real Estate Technology Reporter, Inman News
    In this episode, I’m going to talk to a copywriter, journalist, and backcountry guide. I’m going to talk to Craig Rowe. He is a real estate tech reporter for https://www.inman.com/ (Inman News). I met Craig at the Inman Event. He’s a neat guy and has a great background. We’re going to have a lot of fun exploring some stuff outside of the world of real estate and talk about how things work at Inman. It’s a very interesting conversation. Let’s get this thing started. Craig, welcome to the show.

    It’s great to be here, Bill. Thanks for having me.

    We met at the Inman Event in Las Vegas. It was so much fun getting back in front of people again. https://www.intentionaliteas.com/ (Molly McKinley) knows you well. It was nice having a conversation. I have read a lot of your columns. Tech is my thing, and it’s your thing. I appreciate all the work, insight, and effort that goes into those. We’re going to talk a lot about that and also some more stuff as well. I like starting where people grew up. It’s always fun for me to see these different parts of the country. For you, it’s Upstate New York. First of all, I had no idea where Caledonia was. My first thought was, “There is Rome, Syracuse, and Ithaca. It has to be somewhere in that neighborhood.” I’m not too far off.

    You’re not too far off. It is South of Rochester.

    Let’s talk about that upbringing growing up in New York. We’re going to talk about what you’re doing now. I’m going to assume that a lot of who you are now was influenced by where you grew up.

    I loved growing up in a small town, and I am now full circle right back in a similar location here in Northern California. Caledonia was neat. It was a small town. I had a lot of close friends. I have three older brothers. In all our lawns, we had all these families in the neighborhood. All the backyards met, and every family down the street had six kids, and the back of us also had 5 or 6. There was this amalgamation of families and all these kids of different age groups all the time interacting. It was very Americana for the most part in this little town. We spent all-time outdoors.

    We are very much free range. You could open the door at 8:00 AM, and I’ll come back at 8:00 PM. That was pretty much it. In those hours, I could be anywhere in the local trout stream fishing, and at some point during the day, you throw the pole back in the garage without your parents even knowing, and you take off again. I could be riding my BMX bike for two hours, and in the afternoon, we’re playing football, Wiffle ball, baseball, or something. That was it every day throughout the Summer until Winter stopped us from being able to do that stuff.

    I grew up in San Diego. It’s a little bit different situation. When the street lights went on, I had to be home, that mentality, which was cool. It is that whole connectivity you talked about. It wasn’t people going into a garage, the service store, and to the house. You could get home and never see anybody if you wanted to. That was not the case for you. Everybody knew everybody. I love that. We’re going to talk about how much of an outdoorsman you are. We will get to that later. As you continue, you end up going to college lo

    • 45 min
    Jason Pantana, Business Coach and National Speaker for Tom Ferry International

    Jason Pantana, Business Coach and National Speaker for Tom Ferry International

    Real estate professionals who put themselves in coaching compared to those who don't, do better. When it comes to real estate coaching, look no further than Tom Ferry. https://www.jasonpantana.com/ (Jason Pantana), business coach and National Speaker for https://www.tomferry.com/ (Tom Ferry), is here with your host Bill Risser. Join Jason as he talks about his journey into real estate and coaching. Find out how the Tom Ferry International has been so successful for all these years. Learn how to market through social media and how to find your niche in all this. Discover all this and more in today's episode with Jason Pantana.
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    Jason Pantana, Business Coach and National Speaker for Tom Ferry International
    I'm excited. https://therealestatesessions.com/episodes/episode-267-sean-carpenter-coldwell-banker-and-sean-speaks/ (Sean Carpenter), who's probably my number one guest-getter on the show, has connected me with somebody I've known for a long time because of what he does in the industry. We're going to be talking to https://www.jasonpantana.com/ (Jason Pantana). He is a business coach and the national trainer for Tom Ferry. It's going to be a lot of fun. We're going to share a little bit about where he grew up and how he ended up in Nashville. What I want to get to with Jason is talking about how important coaching is in the real estate space, and why not talk with the number one coaching operation in the country? It makes sense. Jason, welcome to the show.

    Thanks so much for having me. I'm pumped. I owe credit to Sean Carpenter. He's been a long-time friend and an awesome guy.

    I'm sure you guys have run into each other many times in different cities around the country.

    We have spoken to different events. We've got a long history. I've known him for most of my real estate career.

    We'll talk about getting to Nashville and what took you there. First, let's talk about Lynchburg, Virginia. As we are doing this episode, where you live in Lynchburg are buried in a bunch of snow. As a kid who grew up in San Diego, I have no idea what it's like. Share a little bit about growing up in Lynchburg?

    I grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia. I moved to Nashville when I was 21. That's where I am now. Lynchburg is a small college town. There are several colleges. There is Liberty University, Lynchburg University in the area and Radford. Tech down the road and UVA up the road. It's definitely a college town. Everybody calls it a cul de sac town and I love Lynchburg. My family is still there. It's home. It's a cul de sac town because it's one of those places that people come and they don't leave.

    They don't leave because it's a nice, not too little, not too big, right size town. It was peaceful. I had a great suburban life, family, friends and school. It was a wonderful place to grow up. I don't know what else there is to say about it, other than it was what a lot of people would hope for as far as a place to grow up.

    There's a huge benefit to small-town living. What family feels like, neighbors are neighbors. It's not like growing up in a city where everybody pulls into a garage and it goes into their home.

    I was there over the holidays visiting family and I was like, “There's where I ride my bike.” I was showing them stuff because we were driving down the area. I was like, “It was such a different way of living too because I'd be on my bike and gone literally all day with all the neighborhood kids.” We had a blast. It was a good grip in the ‘90s. It was a good life. It was fun.

    You ended up going to school in your hometown, which is awesome. I always liked to find out what was the field of study? What were you focusing on? What was this big plan as you're eighteen years old, which turned out always a little bit different?

    I went to Liberty University. My dad is a retired professor from Liberty. He taught Statistics and various other things in that department. I was always destined to go there. When I...

    • 48 min
    Episode 304 – Katie Day, Team Lead, MoveMeToTexas Team, Powered by Real Broker, LLC

    Episode 304 – Katie Day, Team Lead, MoveMeToTexas Team, Powered by Real Broker, LLC

    Real estate is not just grinding content for your online marketing strategies and waiting for people to come knocking on your door. In reality, you have to put in a lot of work and effort to produce engaging materials that resonate with your target market. Joining Bill Risser is https://www.linkedin.com/in/katelynaday/ (Katie Day), Team Lead of http://www.movemetotx.com (MoveMeToTexas), powered by Real Broker, LLC. She looks back on her ups and downs as a college management major who jumped from one business to another until she achieved residential real estate success. Katie talks about how she builds a large following through her YouTube videos, the challenges of marketing in Instagram, and the needed mindset to win now that the real estate competition transcends to digital platforms.
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    Katie Day, Team Lead, MoveMeToTexas Team, Powered by Real Broker, LLC
    Welcome to Episode 304. As always, thank you so much for tuning in and telling a friend. We're going to talk to Katie Day. Katie is the Team Lead of the https://www.movemetotx.com/ (MOVEMETOTX) Team Powered by Real Broker, LLC. We're going to talk to another real operation. I'm excited to chat with Katie. She's doing some great things in the world of technology to help our customers with their marketing and other things. Let's get this thing started. Katie, welcome to the show.

    Thank you so much for having me.

    Katie, thanks for being on the show. It's going to be a lot of fun. I'll start at the beginning like I always do. I did some digging, and somehow, I think there's a Florida tie with you. Is it possible that you're a Florida native, or do I have that part of it a little bit wrong?

    I am not a Florida native. I grew up in Maryland, so I lived there for the first portion of my life through high school. My parents were retiring to Florida when I graduated from high school, so they wanted me down there. When I went to the University of Tampa, toured it, I saw the campus and everything there, I was like, "How could I not go here?" That's where I ended up for college.

    I live in St. Petersburg, just across The Bay from Tampa, and that University of Tampa campus is spectacular. I think it originally 100 years ago was a hotel. Would you mind sharing your thoughts about that campus and your experience there?

    The University of Tampa was right on the Hillsborough River. It's an absolutely gorgeous campus and the hotel is now administration buildings, classrooms and stuff like that, but they have these big minarets. It's like the Russian-style architecture minarets. It's a stunning campus. They have Wi-Fi at the pool. It's 30 to 40 minutes from the beach. As an eighteen-year-old that's being told that they are no longer living at home and can do whatever they want, why wouldn't you go live near the beach and have Wi-Fi at the pool?

    I said it was to study. I never took a computer to the pool, but it was an amazing time. I loved living there. I lived in St. Pete for a little while as well, Orlando, Naples, but as my time in Tampa, especially as a young adult getting out of my parent's home, was an absolute blast. I loved my time in that area of Florida.

    It probably was the perfect distance away from mom and dad, right?

    Yeah. They live in Naples. That's where they moved to. I was looking at Florida Gulf Coast, which was like 30 minutes away. I'm like, "That's an unexpected pop-in." Two and a half hours, you've got to put some time and thought into coming to visit. I also looked at the University of Florida and things like that, but that was further away. It was a good happy medium between the two. Being close enough to drive home for the weekend or a meal or two, but far enough away that they weren't popping and I was popping on them on a regular basis.

    What area of study was your degree in?

    I got a degree in Management. I didn't know what direction I wanted my life to go in. I knew that business seemed the smart route as far as college went. I

    • 34 min
    Real Estate Sessions Rewind - Joe Rand - Randing and Raving #12

    Real Estate Sessions Rewind - Joe Rand - Randing and Raving #12

    This week, Joe is presented with an ethical dilemma. You notice something in your groceries that you didn’t pay for. What do you do? There are a couple more twists you will hear on the episode. Enjoy!

    • 21 min
    Real Estate Sessions Rewind - Joe Rand - Randing and Raving #11

    Real Estate Sessions Rewind - Joe Rand - Randing and Raving #11

    Will wonders never cease? Will Joe ever fail to rant about any question? This week, a national speaker, Sean Carpenter, gets the Rand Treatment and his question answered on Episode 11 of Randing and Raving.

    Remember, you can all in at 480 270-4590 and leave a question on any topic for Joe. Real Estate or non-Real Estate questions are welcome.

    The much talked about Joe Rand books are available on Amazon:

    Disruptors, Discounters and Doubters

    How to Be A Great Real Estate Agent

    • 21 min
    Real Estate Sessions Rewind - Joe Rand - Randing and Raving #16

    Real Estate Sessions Rewind - Joe Rand - Randing and Raving #16

    This week, when are you furthering the conversation and when are you a one-upper? Joe shares his thoughts on this dilemma.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

maddie@podcastingyou ,

Great podcast!

Bill is a great host and his passion for and knowledge of the real estate industry definitely shine through. His guests each bring so much to the conversation, really appreciate the wealth of knowledge in each episode!

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Valuable Content!

Bill does such a good job covering a variety of topics. The guests offer valuable insight as well. I would recommend this podcast to anyone looking to be inspired and informed!

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Smart and Funny

Bill is a smart and funny host and does a great job bringing in engaging, interesting real estate industry leaders. Lots of compelling conversations without sales pitches or hucksterism. Highly recommended to all real estate professionals.

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