Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years (and not that there’s anything wrong with that!), you know what a Podcast is. If for some reason you’ve missed out on this phenomena, let me clue you in. A Podcast is like a radio (talk) show, but instead of being transmitted live over the radio, it is transmitted as a recording over the internet. Usually, people listen to podcasts on their iPods – hence the name, Podcast.
I’ve been listening to podcasts for a year or two now. I first got into them to help me improve my Spanish. I’ve been learning and speaking Spanish for well over 20 years now, but the hardest part for me has always been understanding what people were saying to me in Spanish. I have now been listening to a great number of podcasts in Spanish from around the world, becoming accustomed to the various accents and colloquialisms of spanish around the world. It’s been a great help, and I’ve learned a bunch of things, too.
Last week I took my last two GRI classes. The second-to-last one, which I wrote about a few days ago, was about technology applications in Real Estate. The instructor suggested that maybe we should start our own podcast – something I have thought about in the past, and even downloaded some software and made a few experimental recordings.
I’ve officially added making a podcast to my To-Do list, but that’s a ways away yet. To prepare myself, though, I thought I’d see what other real estate podcasts are available presently. There are quite a few – some of them are for Realtors, some of them are for investors – I haven’t seen anything that’s just for the average joe who is thinking about buying a house. However, when the average Joe is buying a house, he is definitely making an investment, so I feel that the investment-type podcasts (and books, etc.) have something to offer “typical” buyers.
It’s only been a few days that I’ve been listening to these podcasts (and then, just in the car and in the gym), but there are a couple I’d like to share with you. The first one is called Real Estate Masters. It’s taught by a proclaimed (maybe self-proclaimed, I don’t know!) Shaolin Master, and he’s got a very interesting approach to real estate investing – the way of the Warrior and all that. He’s not from China – he talks with a New York or New Jersey accent. Anyway, he’s got a big fat web site – Success.org. He’s actually got two podcasts – Real Estate Masters, and another one about his Action Principles for Self Improvement. I haven’t listened to the second one yet, but I find the first to be quite interesting.
The other Real Estate Investor podcast I’ve been listening to is called Real Life Real Estate Investing. This is a really great, professionally produced podcast which is basically a copy of a radio program done by Vena Jones-Cox. She’s from Chicago (or Ohio, Kentucky? Somewhere the other side of the Rockies). She’s got a great voice and is fun to listen to.
There are many more real estate podcasts out there, and I’ll be searching for more – when I find them, I’ll be sure to let you know. I’ll also let you all know, of course, when I get my own podcast put together. Stay tuned!