May 24, 2023

How Uncle Sam can benefit from better speech tech

Today, the public expects government bodies to provide services and benefits comparable to what they experience from private enterprises. They insist on exceptional digital customer service from these entities, leading to a disparity between what citizens expect and what agencies and departments can currently provide. This divide has resulted in mounting dissatisfaction, as many residents perceive the government as being out of touch and unconcerned about the needs of the people.

Fortunately, speech technologies can help significantly. In my newest article for Speech Technology Magazine, available here, I explore how governments can gain from speech tech in various ways, including automating routine tasks, streamlining internal processes, improving customer service, providing proactive information delivery, driving channel automation, analyzing customer interactions, and enhancing accessibility to services and assistance.

May 17, 2023

Will the real estate market heat up this summer?

Thinking about buying or selling a home in the coming weeks? Summertime can be an ideal season to shop for or list a property. That’s because the weather is more amenable – making it easier to host and attend open houses and private showings – curb appeal is more evident during the growing season and many purchasers are eager to claim homes before the school year begins.

But before you put your residence up for sale or begin house hunting, take a moment to read the tea leaves. Find out if experts anticipate house prices dropping this summer. Is an economic slowdown or housing market crash 2023-style forthcoming? Read my latest article for Bankrate, available here, for real estate market predictions from trusted experts, including expectations about home prices, mortgage rates, housing supply and more.

May 10, 2023

How to finance an investment property

Interested in purchasing an investment property like an apartment complex, commercial building, or mixed-use property? You’re going to need a different type of financing than a primary residential mortgage loan. And you’ll need to better understand the costs involved with this financing – including the investment property mortgage loan rate charged.

Read my first article for new client (available here) and take the time to learn about different investment property loans, ways these mortgage rates are different from traditional mortgage rates, how lenders set these rates, how to pay less for an investment property loan, and financing alternatives to consider. 

May 8, 2023

Cineversary podcast celebrates 60th birthday of Fellini's 8½ with Antonio Monda

In Cineversary podcast episode #59, host Erik Martin celebrates the 60th birthday of one of the greatest foreign films ever made, , directed by Federico Fellini. His guest this month is Antonio Monda, known for directing and producing several films and being an associate professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Erik and Antonio will examine why 8½ is deserving of kudos six decades later, its important themes, what it reveals about Fellini, and more.
Antonio Monda

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May 2, 2023

Save more money with these helpful apps

Finding it tricky to save money? Wish you had an automatic way to salt away extra savings? Want to grow your rainy day fund more quickly? You may be a good candidate for money-saving apps. These tools, easily used on your smartphone, can help you put aside extra money in a savings account or checking account. These apps can also assist you in better managing your money and tracking spending.

For recommendations to money-saving apps and how to use them, read my newest piece for, available here.