Smart Home Technologies Part III


Special Guest

Reed  Kleinman

designer of the website, Smart Home Solver joins The Housing Hour to discuss their unique webpage that easily walks all levels of users through a series of simple steps to help them unlock the complexities of the different smart home gadgets available for there particular needs.   Their Solver is the ultimate tool for discovering which devices work together. In-depth comparisons and product reviews help you understand where you should spend your money to build the ultimate smart home.

Build a Smart Home in 30 Seconds!

A few of  their best posts for getting started include:
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Housing Trends For 2018


Special Guest

Dr. Ralph DeFranco

Global Chief Economist,

Arch Capital Services,

joins The Housing Hour this week to give us an update on the US economic status as it relates to housing valuations, job growth pending tax changes. Dr. Defranco also explains the potential impact on our economy due to the proposed global tariffs.

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Last Segment Guest :

 Kim Miller

Account Manager at Arch Mortgage Insurance Company

discusses the role of the Mortgage Banker Association  and the upcoming Great River MBA Conference.


Arch Mortgage Insurance (Arch MI)

Arch MI is dedicated to providing risk management and risk financing products to the mortgage insurance sector worldwide, through their three distinct platforms in the United States, Europe, and Bermuda.  Their group of dedicated mortgage insurance and reinsurance professionals understands the unique requirements and challenges of mortgage insurance markets around the globe.  Their market-specific knowledge and expertise enable their teams to provide creative and commercially viable solutions for their clients. Superior analytics and risk assessment combined with outstanding client service are at the forefront of all their activities.

First Time Home Buyer Program


Special Guest

Ralph Perrey

THDA Executive Director

joins The Housing Hour this week to give our listeners an update on the  $15,000 down payment program available across the State for desingated  zip codes. Ralph also explains the different THDA programs available and how Tennesseans can benefit from these first time home buyer programs.

Ralph Perrey: THDA Executive Director

Ralph Perrey assumed the executive director’s position in November 2012 following nine years’ service on THDA’s Board of Directors.

His tenure as THDA’s Executive Director has seen the agency revamp its mortgage products and down payment assistance program, establish the Housing CONNECT Team to interact with partners across the state, and launch the Rebuild & Recover program to help small communities hit by natural disasters. THDA has also been given responsibility for administering two additional federal programs – Weatherization and Energy Assistance.

Perrey also serves THDA’s national organization, the National Council of State Housing Agencies. He was elected as Secretary/Treasurer, becoming the first Tennessean to serve as an officer on the board.

Before joining THDA Perrey worked at Fannie Mae and on the senior staff of Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist.

Tax Cat-Business Expenses


Special Guest

Evonne M. Kautz, EA

‘The Tax Cat’

joins The Housing Hour continue our discussion on how the new tax laws will affect businesses.

This week we discuss:

  • W2 Wage Earners Paid on Commissions
  • 2106 Schedule A
  • Business Expenses Deductibility
  • 1099 Commission Paid Individuals
  • QBID New Deduction 20% on -income qualified business income deduction-(based on guidelines)
  • Forming an S-Corp/C-Corp/LLC/Partnership

PDF Handouts:

  • National Association of Realtors Issue Brief on the New Tax Reform (including info & examples of the QBID deduction for 2018)
  • Deductibility of Transportation Expenses (3 pages from my Tax Bible, includes the chart I mentioned and helpful info on all subjects involving these expenses)

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Listen to Part I

Evonne M. Kautz shares her 10 years experience including  Income Tax Return Preparation (Personal, Corporate, Non-Profit, State, and Amendments), Tax Planning, and Representation of Clients before the Internal Revenue Service.  Also, Small Business Services encompassing Bookkeeping, Payroll, State Taxation, Business Planning, and Notary Services.



The Tax Cat: Evonne Kautz

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Educational Foundation

An additional part of 5-Star is its education program to teach taxpayers the basics of tax and the importance of tax planning.  Specifically for the military, Evonne travels to bases and units to teach these fundamentals with a focus on tax savings for service members. In the civilian community, she has shared tax tips for real estate agents and rental property owners, and even a class for college-bound students and parents about paying for/tax savings for the college years.

Evonne M. Kautz:

Evonne has been practicing in the tax field for 10 years in the Knoxville area, specializing in military and small business.  She holds the EA designation, an abbreviation for Enrolled Agent, earning the privilege of representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. Enrolled agent status is the highest credential the IRS awards and authorizes unlimited practice rights in tax matters such as audit, appeals, and collections.

Special Thanks:

Robert Carter

Big Thank You to MIG’s very own Robert Carter for connecting ‘The Tax Cat’ with The Housing Hour.

Apply Online @ CloseWithCarter.Com “Turning Contracts Into Closings.”


Chris Waddell – Elite Heating And Cooling


Special Guest

Chris Waddell

Elite Heating and Cooling

joins The Housing Hour to discuss important changes coming to the heating and air business in a couple of years. These changes are impacting the industry currently and there are essential things you need to know!

Topics Today:

Contact Elite Heating and Cooling Today!

Address: 5729 Kentwood Rd, Knoxville, TN 37912


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