The Real Estate Sessions

Interviews with Industry Leaders by Bill Risser, Fidelity National Title



Episode 23 – A Very Special Episode

Ok, maybe not so special.  There will be no guest because I didn’t want to bug anyone over the holidays to record a podcast.  So that makes it kinda special, right?  In this short episode, I discuss why I do… Continue Reading →

Episode 22 – Barb Freestone, Sr. Vice President Professional and Business Development, AAR

Barb Freestone is also known as The Queen of GRI.  Find out why as she shares her story detailing her 30+ year career with the Arizona Association of REALTORS.  Passionate about education, Barb clearly explains the value of learning in… Continue Reading →

Episode 21 – Chris Karas, Russ Lyon/Sotheby’s International Realty

Chris Karas joins the growing list of industry leaders on The Real Estate Sessions Podcast.  Chris works in the luxury market, focusing on Paradise Valley and neighboring areas.  

Episode 20 – Steve Redmond, Long Realty Company

Steve Redmond is our first guest from Southern Arizona.  Steve lives and works in Tucson with Long Realty Company.  Active at the local and state level, Steve also started the REBarCamp Tucson.  

Episode 19 – Amy Swaney, Citywide Home Loans

Our first guest lender, Amy Swaney of Citywide Home Loans, joins us for Episode 19 of The Real Estate Sessions podcast.  Amy is a leader in the industry and advocates for education, for lenders, REALTORS, and consumers.

Episode 18 – Jim Sexton, Realty One Group

Episode 18 brings the 2015 AAR President, Jim Sexton into The Real Estate Sessions Podcast fold.  Jim has been active in real estate since the mid 1970’s and brings a wealth of knowledge to our listeners.

Episode 17 – Kerry Melcher, ARMLS

Episode 17 features our first guest from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service, Kerry Melcher.  Kerry joined ARMLS after a successful real estate career at her small brokerage.  Her specialty is building community, and she shares her secrets so others… Continue Reading →

Episode 16 – Paula Monthofer, High Peaks Real Estate

Super excited to post the first live, on location podcast! It is from the 2015 NAR Conference in my hometown, San Diego.  Better yet, it is with Paula Monthofer, one of the smartest, funniest REALTORS in Arizona.  Find out how… Continue Reading →

Episode 15 – Eric Simon and Wes Pinkston,

      Episode 15 is like no other episode on The Real Estate Sessions podcast.  The founders of, Eric Simon and Wes Pinkston bring their unique point of view about the industry to TRES.  Funny and insightful, they… Continue Reading →

Episode 14 – Evan Fuchs, Bullhead Laughlin Realty

Evan Fuchs, from the Great Northwest (of Arizona, that is) joins the cast for Episode 14.  A past AAR president, Evan got the volunteer bug early in his career and strives to make his fellow REALTORS better.

Episode 13 – Bill Lublin, CEO Century 21 Advantage Gold

Lucky no. 13 is Bill Lublin, a gentleman, scholar and all-around nice guy.  Bill is heavily involved with NAR and their EPro and Tech Edge programs.  He is also an unabashed ComicCon nerd. 

Episode 12 – Gene Urban, Realty Executives (retired)

Gene Urban joins TRES podcast for episode 12.  Gene recently retired from transactional real estate and is currently spending some time in Thailand working on website development.  Gene is a pioneer in Phoenix with his work on  He is… Continue Reading →

Episode 11 – Peter Brewer,

The Real Estate Sessions goes down under to talk to Peter Brewer!.  Peter owned a real estate firm in Queensland for 25 years and now he speaks around the country helping agents understand the value of digital engagement.  And, whatever… Continue Reading →

Episode 10 – Jed Carlson, CEO of Adwerx

Jed Carlson, CEO of Adwerx, has an interesting path to his current company.  Find out how Jed helped create, the leading digital marketing platform for musicians, and why he decided to focus on the real estate industry.

Episode 9 – Nick Bastian, Realty Executives

Nick Bastian, founder of and now part of the team that owns, has a long history in the blogging world.  Nick knows how to use content to capture leads.  Why not listen to an expert that does it?

Episode 8 – Nobu Hata, National Association of REALTORS

Nobu Hata, Director of Member Engagement for NAR, speaks candidly about Alaska, REALTORS, and his prowess with a printer (you have to listen to find out about that!).

Episode 7 – Jeff Turner, Real Satisfied

Jeff Turner of Real Satisfied walks us through his extraordinary journey to the world of real estate. His story is one of a kind, and the work his wife does with Mothers Fighting For Others is even more impressive.

Episode 6 – Jason and Kala Laos, JK Realty

Jason and Kala Laos, owners of JK Realty in Gilbert, Ariona tell their story in Episode 6 of The Real Estate Sessions Podcast  Young and extremely energetic, Jason and Kala are doing amazing things with their brokerage.

Episode 5 – Sean Carpenter, Director of Agent Development, Ohio NRT Companies – Coldwell Banker

Sean Carpenter,  presenter and motivator extraordinaire, takes his turn at The Real Estate Sessions Podcast mic.  Like he does every week in his Carps Corner blog, Sean encourages us to build relationships, solve problems, and have fun!

Episode 4 – Laura Monroe, Real Satisfied

Laura Monroe, fresh off her move to Real Satisfied, visits TheReal Estate Sessions Podcast.  Laura chronicles her journey through real estate and marketing to her current position with Real Satisfied.

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