Crushing Debt Podcast

The Crushing Debt Podcast is for people who want to eliminate the financial bullies in their lives. It is for listeners who want more money at the end of the month, rather than more month at the end of the money. The podcast provides answers around such topics as real estate litigation, partition, quiet title, chapter 7 liquidation, chapter 13 reorganization, and Chapter 11 business bankruptcies, short sales, loan modifications, creditor harassment and other related topics.
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Aug 15, 2019

In this week’s episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, I again visit the Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation - FHLMC) Exclusionary List. For those who don’t know what it is: if a real estate professional (Realtor, Mortgage Originator, Title Company, Inspector, Appraiser, Attorney, etc.) finds themselves on the List, they cannot participate in a real estate transaction involving Freddie Mac.

One frustration with helping people come off the List is that Freddie Mac does not provide any input on what it takes to come off the List, except a paragraph or two on a policy worksheet that they send with the original letter putting someone on the List, and any denials of requests to come off the List.

Since Freddie relies on their policies, I thought I’d take a more thorough look at them in this week’s episode.

If you want more content about the Freddie Mac Exclusionary List, please listen to:

- Episode 134 - an explanation of the List I provided at a seminar called Become A Better Agent (or BABA).

- Episode 132 - Coming off the Freddie Mac Exclusionary List

- Episode 83 - An update of various approved and denied requests to come off the List

- Episode 32 - an introduction to the List.

If you are on the List, or know someone on the List, we have helped people come off the List.  Please share any of these episodes, and have the person on the List contact us for a free consultation. or

Aug 8, 2019

We have a special guest host on today’s episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, but don’t let the cuteness distract you from the content of the episode.

Today’s episode is a discussion of Florida Statute 501.1377 - Violations involving homeowners during the course of residential foreclosure proceedings.

The statute defines:

  • Equity Purchaser
  • Foreclosure-Rescue Consultant
  • Foreclosure-Related Rescue Services
  • Foreclosure-Rescue Transactions

The statute then defines the requirements of helping someone in foreclosure, or who could be in foreclosure, and the penalties for violation of the statute.

Although there are some exclusions from the law, if you work with people in foreclosure, you need to be aware of the requirements of the statute. If you have questions, please contact me at or 

Aug 1, 2019

Last month was a bit rough. But I’ve always been a believer in mindset and the power of mindset to lift someone out of a bad mood. I appreciate all of you as listeners of the show and thought I would share some of my favorite positive quotes, as a way to lift myself out of this funk, and as a way to help you when you hit a rough patch. Some of these are mine, or I’ve heard from family. Others I’ve read in books or heard at different events. I try to give credit to the author as and when I can.

The process of recording and sharing these quotes with you has helped me to feel better and, for that, I thank you.

What are some of your favorite positive quotes? What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re feeling down?  Please let me know by emailing me at or at

Jul 25, 2019

Crushing Debt Podcast audience, meet Lauryn Fabrizio, our new associate attorney at Yesner Law.

Lauryn will be joining me from time to time to “co-host” the show, answer your questions, and provide additional knowledge and an additional perspective.

On this week’s show, we answer a few listener questions regarding various issues, including landlord/tenant law.

To contact me with questions, please email me at To contact Lauryn, email her at

Jul 18, 2019

One of my goals is to read - I’ve set a goal of 30 books in 2019 and I will smash that goal (I’m on book number 24 as this episode is released, although I was working on book 23 as I recorded the episode).  When I mention “reading” books, I mean legitimately reading physical books or books on my kindle. I am not including audio books, because I listen to podcasts while I drive around.

In this episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, I review the following five last books I’ve read:

The Purple Cow by Seth Godin. The basic premise of this book is how you can make your business stand out in a crowd.

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. This book teaches you that small incremental improvements every day add up to tremendous changes over time.

Whale Done by Kenneth H. Blanchard, Thad Lacinak, Chuck Tompkins, and Jim Ballard. My biggest takeaway from this book is the power of positivity in creating relationships with my staff, my friends, my family and everyone else with whom I interact in all phases of my life.

Raving Fans also by Kenneth H. Blanchard, and Sheldon Bowles. I love Mr. Blanchard’s books because they use stories to make their point, and in this book the lesson is how to create raving fans for your business.

Putting Stories to Work by Shawn Callahan. I have always felt that finding and telling stories in my presentations was a weakness. This book cures that weakness by showing you how to find, incorporate, refresh or retire stories in your presentations.

What are some of your favorite books?

Where do you find your books?

Do you prefer printed books, e-books, or audible books?

Please let me know in the comments, on social media, by email at or through the website at You can also order my book - Crushing Debt: 9 Strategies to Eliminate Financial Bullies, and listen all the way to the episode for an offer from me!

Jul 11, 2019

On this week's episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, I answer more listener questions related to foreclosure law and title law, and I continue to describe my love-hate relationship with foreclosure mediation.

If you have questions that you want me to answer on future episodes, please interact with me on social media, send me an email at or contact me through the website

Jul 4, 2019

Nick Raithel has been a great friend and resource to The Crushing Debt Podcast, introducing us to some of our best guests, being a guest himself on episodes 64 and 91, and having me on his show - 7 Rules for Real Estate Investing.

Nick was kind enough to provide us with a portion of the content from when I was on his show, Episode 9, which is the topic of today’s episode. Nick and I talk about my 7 Rules for Real Estate Investing, or 7 mistakes I see Real Estate Investors make when investing in property.

Nick’s previous appearances on the show were about writing a book to establish yourself as an authority in your field (episode 64) and writing a book specifically as a real estate investor (episode 91). If you’re interested in contacting Nick, or getting more information about Nick’s system to help you write a book in seven hours, please visit him at

What other Rules do you have for investing in Real Estate?  Please let me know at or 

Jun 27, 2019

This week’s guest on the Crushing Debt Podcast is one I’ve been trying to get on the show since its inception, so I am so excited to have him on finally!

Charles Shapero is the owner of Widget Bookkeeping & Tax, where his mission is to help his clients pay the lowest amount of tax legally possible using his knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code and his 20+ years experience as a CPA.  I met Charles around 2006 at a real estate investor meeting, and we have been friends and referral partners since.

In today’s episode of the podcast, we talk about the good and bad of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which some people call the Trump Tax Cuts). Love him, like him or hate him, the new Tax Act has some pros and cons, including:

  • Pro - lowers tax brackets
  • Pro - increases the standard deduction
  • Pro - child tax credit
  • Pro - qualified business income credit
  • Con - decrease in personal exemptions
  • Con - Tax deduction caps

Make sure that with the change in the laws, you have your tax planning performed by a CPA that understands both the benefits and drawbacks to the law, so that you pay the lowest amount of tax legally possible.

To contact Charles, email him at, visit his website at, connect with him on Facebook, or call his office 727-953-9493.

If you have questions for me - or

Jun 20, 2019

This week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast is my interview with Adam Ulery and Kevin Galang, Tech Guys Who Invest.

I had the honor to be guest number one on the Tech Guys Who Invest Podcast a while back and wanted to return the favor by having the guys on my show.

Adam invests mostly in multi-family properties and Kevin invests mostly in promissory notes. They both invest as a way to get passive income, cash flow, out of debt, and live the lifestyle they choose. They also both have careers in technology.

You'll hear about Adam and Kevin's attitudes towards debt and a few stories about how they got into and out of debt.

To learn more about them, visit or contact them at  Also check out Kevin's second show - Secondhand Success - at

If you want to share a story of how you got into and then out of debt, please visit the website at or email me at If you enjoyed this episode, I would really appreciate if you would share the content on Facebook, LinkedIn or any other social media site!

Jun 13, 2019

This week's podcast was inspired by our friend and Realtor Tom Scaglione, an agent at Future Home Realty.

Tom has forgotten more about the Tampa Bay Real Estate market than most Realtors will ever know.

Tom posted about the various laws that passed during the 2019 FL Legislative Session like:

  • Legislation related to expired or old permits
  • Approval of remote notaries
  • Changing insurance AOB
  • Apportioning money for environmental projects and affordable housing
  • Flood insurance changes
  • Tree trimming legislation
  • Texting while driving ban

And some legislation that didn't pass like:

  • Short term rental legislation
  • Emotional support animal legislation
  • Seller and Landlord disclosure laws

Did you follow the 2019 FL Legislature?  What laws would you like to see enacted?  Which should be eliminated?  Share your thoughts with me directly at or

Please also visit our sponsor Elliot Wealth Management Services to get your free 15-minute life insurance checkup -


Jun 6, 2019

In this week’s episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, I interview Linda McElhaney.

Currently, Linda works as a purchasing manager at Freedom Square Nursing. As a side-gig or side-hustle, Linda started a Mary Kay business and is now working on being a Director.

Some benefits of having her Mary Kay business, Linda has:

  • Learned to Budget, Plan and set Goals;
  • Grown as a person and professional;
  • Has Extra money;
  • Paid down debts; and
  • Taken vacations.

In fact, Linda has paid off over $4,500 in credit card debt in a short period of time, and saved money for an extended vacation overseas.

Incidentally, Linda’s husband also transitioned his love of CrossFit into his own business that now helps support the family.

To speak to Linda about setting up an Mary Kay party, please call 631-766-4459.

If you have questions on turning your side-gig into a full time job, you can also contact me at or

May 30, 2019

In this week’s episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, I talk about Preparation.

Twice a year, my community has a garage sale.  I find Garage Sales to be low-risk environments to practice your negotiation skills. This is the fourth time I’ve had the opportunity to practice something at my community’s garage sale to help my negotiation skills.

If you want to listen to previous episodes on this topic:

  • Episode 68 was about negotiation, specifically that you need to willing to walk away, and that there is value in selling something you no longer want and don’t want to put back in the garage for the next sale.
  • Episode 86 was about presentation, in other words the presentation of a specific good or service can help with sales.
  • Episode 118 was about patience; how long should you wait to make the sale?

In this week’s episode, preparation could be the difference between making the sale, making the sale at or near the price you want, or bringing the item to Goodwill and getting no value (other than a tax deduction) for it.

What do you like most about Garage Sales?  What lessons do you take from them?  Please let me know at or

May 23, 2019

I’m excited about this week’s episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, because my guest didn’t know she was going to record an episode when she walked into my office, and her boss has been trying to get on the show for a while now.

I’ve known Madison Thayer, the Community Connector for SEC Inspection Services for a little more than a year.  I’ve know her boss, and the owner of the company, Melissa Menikheim, for many more years than that.

SEC Inspection Services is a family owned business here in Tampa Bay that is 20 years old! SEC is an inspection company and Madison and I talk about all of the reasons that an inspection is important - the first being that a home is likely the single largest purchase you’ll ever make in your life, so you need to have someone inspect that asset before you buy to make sure your investment is protected.

Madison and I share stories about inspections: funny stories and horror stories.

At SEC Inspection, all of their inspectors are good lookers.  If you want to contact Madison you can do so at or visit the website at

If you want to share an inspection horror story with me, or if you want advice on what to look for once the inspection is complete, you can connect with me at or

May 16, 2019

On this episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, we talk about Solar with Tim Converse of Solar Solutions, Inc.

Tim has owned Solar Solutions for more than 22 years and has been in the solar industry for 26 years.

Tim's company can provide an energy audit to see if Solar is good for you.  You can use solar to heat your pool, power your house, and provide you a tax credit (which does diminish every year unless renewed by Congress). Solar power is not batteries - meaning the house still will not work if the electricity goes out in a storm. 

If you have questions about Solar you can contact Tim at or

If you have additional questions, contact me at, or

May 9, 2019

In this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast I talk about Discovery, the process by which the parties to a lawsuit determine, challenge, narrow, and identify the evidence to be used in proving their case to the judge and/or jury.

There are different types of discovery.  Depositions are questions asked in an interview style, under oath. Request for Admissions are written statements that the party must admit or deny as true.  Request for Production are designed to force the party to show any documentary or physical evidence it intends to rely upon in proving its case. Interrogatories are requests for written narrative answers to be signed under oath. There is an art both to creating and answering discovery.

If you enjoy the content, please share the episode. If you have questions, please connect with me at or

Also, please remember to visit our sponsor, for your free 15-minute life insurance check up.

May 2, 2019

This week, our guest on the show is Steve Hechtman of Rapid Approved Financing, LLC, an alternative business lender.

Steve started the company in 2006 to be an additional source for lending if and when the banks won't lend money.

Steve can help with hard money loans, business loans or real estate loans. All of Steve's loans are non-residential, meaning if the loan is going to be supported by your home or residence, Steve is unable to help.

This episode is unique in that it is the first podcast episode out of all of my 160+ episodes to feature an electric ukulele and an original song - The Rapid Approved Blues!

You can reach Steve at or 

If you have questions for me, please contact or, and please visit our sponsor for your free 15-minute life insurance checkup at

Apr 25, 2019

I've been saving up stories of banks (and their attorneys) doing things that make no sense, or doing things that are plain dumb.

For example:

  • Wells Fargo arguing with me over getting paid $30 too much in a short sale.
  • Opposing counsel requiring an affidavit to cancel a sale on a loan that was paid off in full.
  • Deutche Bank cancelling a sale to do a loan modification on a house the client wanted to give up back to the bank.
  • Ocwen's representative lying at mediation.

What dumb things have you seen banks do? Please share your stories at or

Also remember to visit our sponsor, Elliott Wealth Management Services for your free 15-minute life insurance checkup at


Apr 18, 2019

We have Chris Calandra from Elliott Wealth Management Services back on the show to talk about the benefits of life insurance. 

Chris and Elliott Wealth are now sponsors of The Crushing Debt Podcast, and you can support them by going to the website - to request your free 15-minute life insurance checkup. A service offered only to listeners of the Crushing Debt Podcast.

In this week's episode, we talk about the benefits of Term Life Insurance, including to protect your family and your business from a financial loss. Insurance can also be used to give to your favorite charity or cause.

Insurance is strange in that it is one product that no one likes to buy or use, but when it is needed you're glad you have it.

Elliott Wealth Management Services is a comprehensive financial planning firm and an independent adviser (meaning they are not bound to provide you with any particular company's product and can choose from many different options).

You can listen to Chris's last interview on the show at Episode 157.

Again, for listeners of The Crushing Debt Podcast, go to to request your free 15-minute life insurance check up.  If you have questions for me, please email or visit

Apr 11, 2019

In this week's Crushing Debt Podcast episode, we have a returning guest, Paul Moore of Wellings Capital.

Paul was a guest on Episode 78 talking about reducing tax liability using multifamily investing, and promoting his book "The Perfect Investment."

In this week's episode, Paul is back to talk about:

1. Two new private equity funds Paul has launched for real estate investors, an income fund and a growth fund. Paul has used a value formula for commercial real estate investing and discovered that he can separate the funds into mostly self-storage facilities, mobile home parks and multifamily investing.

2. How he went from $1.7 million in the bank, to $2.5 million in debt, to debt free in 2008 / 2009 by giving his way out of debt.

You can visit Paul's website at, or email Paul at

If you want to contact me, please visit, or

Apr 4, 2019

In this week's episode of The Crushing Debt Podcast, I talk about a Federal law that went away, came back in the form of a Florida law, and now is back as a Federal Law - The Protecting Tenants in Foreclosure Act.

The federal version of the law allowed a tenant to remain in his lease if the house was taken in foreclosure, except under certain circumstances. The Florida version of the law required a 30-day notice by the creditor (less tenant friendly than the federal version). The new federal version brings back some of those more tenant-friendly provisions, with a few changes.

If you buy foreclosure properties and have questions about the law, please contact me at or

Mar 28, 2019

In this week's episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, I interview attorney Derek Bernstein.  Derek practices personal injury law, represents doctors in PIP (personal injury protection) lawsuits, handles family law matters, and represents small businesses.

In this week's episode, we talk about:

  • Derek's YouTube channel has over 70 videos on different legal topics;
  • How Derek & I met (hint: SEO from years ago);
  • In January 2019 Derek started his own lawfirm (and how he did it);
  • Derek's background as an entrepreneur at a young age;
  • How Derek leverages his network
  • How many people told him "time to start your own firm;" and
  • Lessons he's learned in starting his own practice.

To connect with Derek, visit, email him at, connect with him on Facebook, or call him at 727-209-7957.

Do you have a story of how you overcame debt, or know someone who has?  I would appreciate interviewing them on my show.  Have them connect with me at or

Mar 21, 2019

When someone hires me to file a bankruptcy for them, one of their first questions is "how will this impact my credit?" My concern is eliminating their liability. What good is a credit score that is smashed from unpaid bills and creditors chasing you?

Some topics I cover on this week's show:

  • Should you be behind in payments to negotiate debt?
  • How will negotiation of the debt affect your credit?
  • Credit Card Intelligence from Swipe! The Podcast.
  • Tips to Increase your Credit Score following bankruptcy
  • How Credit Repair works (good and bad)

Credit repair and debt negotiation can be great tools to increase your score or avoid bankruptcy. Please do your due diligence to ensure you're being treated fairly by the credit repair company you choose, or reach out to me for a free consultation at or

Mar 14, 2019

Welcome to the first episode of Year 4 of The Crushing Debt Podcast! This week's episode is an interview with Chris Calandra of Elliott Wealth Management Services, LLC.

Chris is also the host of the Simply Financial Podcast, an innovative, comprehensive, informative and cutting edge Podcast that discusses financial topics ranging from personal finance, economics, politics and personal growth. Simply Financial will cover intriguing and thought provoking questions so that the listener can simply increase their financial IQ (check out episode 78 - Season 3, Ep 7).

Chris and I talk about:

  • What makes a good client
  • What is on the horizon
  • Creating an emergency fund
  • Using online savings accounts
  • Tax issues
  • Asset protection
  • Elliott Wealth's 5 Gold Medal Services
  • And more great strategies!

If you have questions about creating, investing, or saving, please reach out to Chris and his team at

If you have questions for me, please contact me at or

Mar 7, 2019

Welcome to the last episode of the third year of the Crushing Debt Podcast! When this episode is released, I will be at Podfest Multimedia Expo 2019, attending for the third year and speaking for the second year in a row!

As I reflect on last year's episode of the podcast, I am really happy about the goals that I've accomplished between Podfest 2018 to Podfest 2019.

I've got 3 goals for Podfest 2019: (1) increase download numbers, (2) sell more Crushing Debt Books, and (3) be a guest / have more guests on this show.

Just because you may, or may not, be at Podfest, you can still help me accomplish those goals. I am very appreciative of my audience and all the support you've given me so far, and am looking forward to Year 4 of the show.

You can find me at or

Feb 27, 2019

In this week's episode of the Crushing Debt Podcast, I review the major clauses of a standard Mortgage.  I remember closing on my house(s) and reading the mortgage.  Some sections I knew were boilerplate and some sections I slowed down to read.  Also, in the course of representing homeowners buying their first home, I typically read the mortgage.

This week's podcast episode comes from a question from one of our listeners, Dave.  Thanks Dave for a great question!

What specific questions do you have about your mortgage? Or any document in connection with a closing?  Let me know at or 

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