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By: Kevin Kennedy and Ron Melk

Trenton, NJ, USA

After years on the radio, hosts Kevin Kennedy and Ron Melk have flipped the switch to podcasting! Ou... Read More

Episodes

  • This company is cashing in on a booming rental market with build-to-rent projects in Philly

    Our Replay today is about a home improvement project that can aid in planning yours. In the Horror Story, Kevin and his ... More team find potentially dangerous wiring in the wall, while remodeling a kitchen. Lucky homeowner! In our Feature today, Leo Addimando, the CEO of Alterra Property Group, talks about how his company is capitalizing on modular construction to erect multiple build-to-rent buildings in Philadelphia, a booming rental market. Build-to-rent means that the developer owns all of the units in a building with the intention of renting – and in this case – managing them. If you’re a landlord with a few units in your portfolio, you’ll want to hear this. Less

  • Will New Jersey Be Ready for the Next Superstorm?

    In our Replay today, Mike explains the plan for his kitchen and flooring re-do. Our Horror Story is about another job n ... Moreot so well done by a contractor. With the changes New Jersey has made in its Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) to prepare for climate change events, its aggressive actions to electrify the transportation sector, etc. the state has become ”a leader in responding to climate change.” In the Featured segment today, the noted landscape architect, Carter van Dyke, explains the work he is doing with New Jersey municipalities to develop Hazard Vulnerability Assessments and Resilience and Adoption Strategies, as now required by the state. He also explains the interactive tools the state provides to aid the Assessment and Strategy development required of all municipalities when altering their master plan. New Jersey is working hard to be ready for the next superstorm. Less

  • Learn Which Povisions of the Infrastructure and Inflation Reduction Laws Offer the Broadest Benefits

    In our Replay today, Jed does a final interview about his recent kitchen makeover. This could provide some ideas that wi ... Morell help you plan. In our Horror Story, fellow contractor Mike Martelli, shares the specifics on a home improvement mess created by a guy who was watching How To YouTube videos in his truck. Mike was called in for the do-over. In our Featured segment today, we ask lawyer and environmentalist Dante DiPirro to explain and score major elements of the new Infrastructure law and the climate portion of the Inflation Reduction Law. The scoring system ranges from 1 to 5, with 5 representing the benefits with the broadest impact. Find out how each provision or group of provisions score, and Dante’s overall score for both pieces of legislation. Less

  • This Week...a Remedial Course in How to Select a Contractor and Get No-nonsense Project Estimates.

    In our Replay today, Tom recaps his kitchen project. Listen in and pick up some design tips. In our Horror Story, a li ... Morestener was able to get a contractor to begin her project immediately. He took an up-front payment. The question: is he coming back? In our Featured segment, Kevin and Ron explain how to make selecting a contractor a step-by-step process that can help you get trouble-free home improvements and avoid horror stories. They also offer invaluable tips on getting comprehensive project estimates that won’t lead to misunderstandings about the price, the payment schedule and what’s included. Don’t miss this fact-packed half-hour. Less

  • Volumetric Building Companies leads the way with modular buildings.

    In our Replay today, Tom talks about his kitchen makeover in the works. Our Horror Story highlights what can happen if ... Moreyou hire a contractor who can begin immediately. OOPS! Eight months later, this project remains unfinished. Our Feature today is about Volumetric Building Companies, a Philadelphia-based organization that is creating a major foothold in the modular construction of multi-family residential buildings, hotels, etc. in Philadelphia, other parts of the U.S., the U.K., and continental Europe. Vaughan Buckley, the CEO of the company, briefed us on modular construction. Volumetric recently built a modular hotel in Manhattan with the modules constructed and shipped from their manufacturing facility in Poland. Volumetric modules ship and stack fully loaded with interior finishings, cabinetry, and furniture that the company also manufactures! Modular construction is catching on in Philadelphia and beyond with major developers and off-shoot hotel brands. Modular construction eliminates a lot of the painstaking steps in classic construction and shortens the time between concept and occupancy. If you have been in Philadelphia, New York, or London lately, you may have seen a Volumetric building without even realizing it. Less

  • We Talk with Paul Prager, the Man Behind a Renaissance in Easton, MD.

    In our Replay today, Jed shares his phase 1 plan for what will be an entire first floor makeover. In the Horror Story, ... Morea listener sees through a roofer scam, and cancels the contract. In our Featured segment, we talk with Paul Prager, the visionary energy sector entrepreneur behind a Renaissance in progress in Easton Maryland on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. His hospitality company, Bluepoint Hospitality, has graced Federal Street with what anyone who has a taste for fine food and drink could desire. The Weather Gage serves exotic coffees, aromatic teas and a selection of baked goods. The Stewart features single malt scotch, vintage champagne and small plates. The Wardroom is a showcase of artisan products, premium ingredients and top wines from around the world. By day, you can enjoy a gourmet sandwich there. In the evening there’s a pasta bar. The list goes on, capped off by Bas Rouge, a restaurant that surely is among the finest in the U.S. The Prager family is all in on Easton...involved in many philanthropic and cultural pursuits. There are plans to renovate a hotel, and build waterfront homes. Don’t miss this fascinating interview, and learn where Paul Prager plans to start a Renaissance next. Less

  • Here’s what happening in San Diego, Newport Beach, LA, Big Bear and Palm Desert CA Real Estate

    In our Replay today, Kevin gives us a heads-up on contractors who swoop in to make the sale, then turn your project over ... More to subs. In today’s Horror Story, a homeowner is told that stone replacement at a cost of $4,000 is the right fix for a leaky window. Good luck with that! We wrap up our Real Estate RoundUp this week with a look at four markets in California. First we hear from Gabe Mendez. His G Mendez Group, is ranked in the top one percent of all realtors in San Diego County. Next up, Newport Beach with Heather Chadwell. Heather is with Harcourts, the world’s fastest growing real estate company. Then to Danny Gillin with Berkshire Hathaway in Long Beach, who fills us in on value-priced homes in places like Big Bear and Palm Desert two hours east of LA. We complete our California RoundUp with input on LA real estate from Suzi Farajiani, who works out of the LA office of Douglas Eliman, a powerful real estate company with offices in key cities around the country. Less

  • Here’s What’s Happening in Key Real Estate Markets in Maryland and N. Carolina.

    In the Replay today, Kevin gets into a big issue for homeowners...insurance fraud by roofers. Why is it happening? The ... More Horror Story today is about Dave’s frustration with the paver patio project that just won’t end. In this fourth week of our five-week-long Real Estate Round Up, we get local market reports from two accomplished, Maryland realtors...one from the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the other from the eastern shore. Wendy Oliver, the number 3 realtor in Coldwell Banker Mid-Atlantic i reports on Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Chuck Mangold, a principal in the Easton, MD-based firm, Benson & Mangold, covers Talbot County on the eastern shore, with special emphasis on Easton, a town currently undergoing a culinary, cultural and architectural Renaissance. From there, we go south to North Carolina’s Research Triangle to get a sense of that market from Kate Steadman of Choice Residential Real Estate in Raleigh. Less

  • Our Real Estate Round Up continues with local market assessments in NY, PA and FL.

    Our Replay today has Kevin delving into an issue some homeowners are having with roofers who claim to have discovered st ... Moreorm damage in their roof, and that insurance will pay for the repairs. In the Horror Story, Dave shares his frustration with the delays in the construction of his paver patio. In this, the third week of our 5-week series, the Real Estate Round Up, we take the pulse of the real estate market in New York with Joe Bonacci from Corcoran. Joe has been named a top agent nationwide and has closed market-making deals in New York City and the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Moving to PA, Sandy Smith, the Home and Real Estate Editor of Philadelphia Magazine, provides a snapshot of the market in southeastern PA. Then on to St. Petersburg, near Tampa, where we talk with Jac Smith head of the Jac Smith Group about that hot real estate market. So far in 2022, the Jac Smith Group has had listings and sales ranging from $168,000 to $8,500,000. Less

  • Residential Investment Properties insight on State of that Market – Real Estate Round-Up Part II

    In the Replay today, Dan shares the plan for his house now under construction in the Jersey seaside town of Stone Harbor ... More. In the Horror Story, a new door installation reveals a potentially catastrophic problem....no header! If you have residential investment properties, or are thinking about acquiring one, invest 30 minutes listening to Scott Abernathy. Scott is the most recent past president of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, and head of his on property management firm – PMI Professionals – in Murfreesboro, TN. We’ll be talking with Scott about what he thinks is ahead in the market for residential investment real estate. Less