Renovation Radio Podcast

Renovation Radio Podcast

Renovation Radio host Mark Hammond interviews experts from the housing industry and captures their stories.


March 22, 2023 57 min

Claire serves as the Founder and Principal Attorney at Barber Law.  Claire has devoted the entirety of her career to real estate, mortgage lending, and consumer finance law. Throughout her time in practice, Claire has advised clients in the financial services industry on issues affecting mortgage lending, including state and federal regulatory compliance. Claire also regularly advises clients in the real estate finance industry on ...

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In this episode we welcome back Rich Hart to take a deeper dive on how Real Estate Agents are helping military families become homeowners using their Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification.  The Military Relocation Professional (MRP) certification is for real estate professionals who want to work with current and former military service members. 

The MRP certification program educates REALTORS® about working ...

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Renovation Radio talks all things builder with Zonda’s Nicollette Chapman.  Nicolette has an extensive background building relationships and adding value for home builders.  She shares her knowledge from a career of working with builders and her current role as VP, National Sales for Zonda.

Zonda is a national housing data platform built for today's mobile-first world with access over 500+ housing metrics to stay ahead of local...

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This week, we talk all things CRM with Dru Brents from PreApp1003.  Dru is the Founder and CEO of PreApp1003.  PreApp1003 is a mobile friendly point of sale and CRM system (and more) designed by and designed for Mortgage Professionals.  PreApp 1003 continues to make life easier with the new Broker Plus System: the most comprehensive, cloud-based, mobile-friendly mortgage platform in the industry.

More information on PreApp1003 here:...

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Dr. Christie McMullen makes work fun, and she can help you do the same. Fun doesn’t mean silly, though it could. Fun means putting people in positions where their talents flourish. Fun means knowing people’s strengths and capitalizing on them. Fun means music in the break room. 

Dr. McMullen has a passion for learning.  Growth pushes her to be the best she I can be, so she can provide quality learning for adults. Her book, Learning ...

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Rich Hart is a prominent speaker, business dynamics coach, international real estate broker and finance/wealth consultant. He specializes in entrepreneurial and corporate business structuring as a F.O.C.U.S. (First Opportunity to Create Unlimited Success) strategy developer. Prior to his speaking career, he spent over 35 years as a business executive and entrepreneur in corporate America developing and integrating operating practic...

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Paul Simon is a Partner at Hedgepeth Heredia in Atlanta, GA and has been named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the area of family law.  Paul has exclusively practiced family law for the entirety of his legal career. The nuance and complexity found in every family law case informs Paul’s approach towards all of his clients to develop and craft a specific strategy to achieve optimal outcomes. Paul understands the difficulty fami...

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In this episode. we speak with Bankrate’s Greg McBride, CFA.  Greg is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Analyst, for He leads a team responsible for researching financial products, providing analysis, and advice on personal finance to a vast consumer audience.

Bankrate guides savers and spenders through the next steps of their financial journey. Whether you’re buying a home, paying off a loan or saving up for coll...

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This week, we speak with freelance Marketing guru Kris-Ann Carduff from yaregroup.  Kris-Ann has a unique marketing and sales perspective having worked both front-line B2B Sales and Corporate Marketing for start-up companies and large Fortune 500 companies.  She believes whether it’s a sales call or a marketing campaign, it only works if it’s authentic.

Kris-Ann is the founder of yaregroup.  Yaregroup is known for marketing strategi...

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December 15, 2022 60 min

In this episode of the Renovation Radio podcast, we speak with Brian Huddleston from Fidelity Bank.  Brian has carved out a niche in the housing finance industry by advising mortgage brokers on a safe and sound transition from broker to banker.

Fidelity Bank is an independent, privately-owned business bank that is proud to call Minnesota home. The bank was initially chartered in September 1970 as Southwest Fidelity State Bank of Edi...

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Deanna Reich is a master recruiter, sunshine provider, talent igniter, and multipotentialite.  We learn how to not be a Negatron, how to be a break instead of a burden, and how to be a break instead of a burden.   

Deanna is active on all social media and can be found by googling “Deanna Reich.”

Deanna’s company DroneUp is About People. Our teams are pioneers, creating surprising access to drone solutions by making the complex s...

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We welcome back Jennifer Brown.  Jennifer is a Certified Veteran’s Lending Specialist.  We learn about the nuances and benefits of the VA guarantee.  We debunk many of the myths around VA financing and learn that an offer with VA financing is usually superior to offers with other types of financing.  We also talk about Mark’s F3 Nation workout group.

Neighborhood Mortgage Inc. is an Atlanta, GA based Mortgage Lender and is licensed ...

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Steve Richman is a nationally renowned speaker who has been described as energizing, passionate, practical, fun, creative and smart. Steve has spoken to more than 350,000 individuals in every state in America. As a testament to the power of his presentations, over 85% percent of Steve’s presentations are re-bookings from those who have previously seen him.

Steve says Why You? Why Your Company? In this constantly evolving market, peo...

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Hayley Duhon is one of the hardest working salespeople in the housing finance industry.  Hayley is a second-generation Mortgage Banker and covers Central Texas for Arch MI.  We discuss how to use private mortgage insurance to help keep deals in process on track for closing in today’s modern lending environment.

Arch Capital Group Ltd. (Arch Capital or ACGL), a publicly listed Bermuda exempted company, writes insurance, reinsurance a...

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In this episode of the Renovation Radio podcast, we talk to Christie Buff from MGIC and learn how 15 is greater than 20.  

MGIC Investment Corporation is the parent company of Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC). MGIC provides products and services that protect mortgage investors from credit losses. This critical component of the nation's residential mortgage finance system helps families achieve homeownership sooner...

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Stewart Sadler put himself through college working on his Dad’s shrimp boats in Coastal Georgia.  Now, he is the Managing Partner of Cornerstone Mortgage Group in Atlanta, GA and one of the largest Mortgage Brokers in the country.  Stewart has identified the best value on today’s rate sheet, and it’s the 2/1 buydown.  Give this episode a listen to learn how buyers, buyer’s agents, sellers, and seller’s agents can use this product.


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In this episode of Renovation Radio, we talk to Dan Ervin from Level One Bank in Michigan.  Dan is a nationally renowned and powerful public speaker and runs the sales team at Level One Bank.  We discuss all things sales and focus on two of Dan’s core sales principles:

1.            What you control

2.            Don’t say no for the customer

Level One Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Level One Bank, a full-service commercial ...

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Ali Schmidt is a Mortgage Broker Connoisseur for Future Home Loans in Jacksonville Beach, FL.  Ali specializes in business development.  She says her job is building relationships. Not in a you scratch my back, I scratch yours- as in…I want to get to know you. I want to know your goals, what your company is passionate about and how I can help build your clientele.

Future Home Loans is a Veteran-owned business with HQ in Jacksonville...

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In this episode of the Renovation Radio podcast, we talk to Jennifer Brown from Neighborhood Mortgage Inc. in Atlanta, GA.  Jennifer is a Certified Divorce Lending Professional who works with Family Law attorneys and the Amicable Divorce Network to structure divorce settlements to help all parties with mortgage qualification.

Neighborhood Mortgage Inc. is an Atlanta, GA based Mortgage Lender and is licensed in Georgia, Florida, Alab...

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NAN is a nationwide Appraisal Management Company and has been in business for 17 years.  NAN believes in technology, communication, and genuine accountability for both the AMC and the appraiser. Those beliefs culminate in NAN tracking precise performance scores for appraiser selection, as well as a unique incentive program that NAN pays their appraisers 30X faster for work completed on time or early. More information on NAN can be ...

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