Steve Hand: Remodeling Enthusiast
Ken McCoy: Mortgage Maven
Mark Corrallo: Building Entrepreneur
Ernie Ongaro: Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Pro
Christine Stahl: Realtor Extraordinaire
Yann d'Argence: Automotive Ace
David Hazel: HVAC Authority

Gain Knowledge from Expert Contributions

If you want to gain knowledge on specific local services and become a more savvy consumer, we encourage you to access the Diamond Certified Expert Reports through the search options on the right. These mostly industry-specific articles, tip sheets, videos and blog entries are created for consumers by local experts. The authors know what they’re talking about because they own or manage a local Diamond Certified company that’s been rated Highest in Quality. Each has contributed their expertise to create these reports for you and other consumers as a way to give back to their community.

RECENT DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT REPORTS

Video: A.I. Personal Assistants

With Joe Scerbo of Gentec Services, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LIVERMORE – Host, Sarah Rutan: As the latest innovation in home automation technology, A.I. personal assistants are making life easier for modern homeowners. Today we’re in Livermore with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Joe Scerbo of Gentec Services, Inc. to see how. Diamond…Read More

Wave of the Future: Intelligent Personal Assistants

By Joe Scerbo of Gentec Services, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

LIVERMORE – There’s no doubt that technology has revolutionized the way we live and function in today’s world. From smartphones that provide us with instant information to home automation that enables control of our heating, lighting and security systems from a…Read More

Joe Scerbo: An Electric State of Mind

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

LIVERMORE – Growing up, Joe Scerbo wasn’t the best at working with his hands, but when it came to securing a career in the trades, his mental aptitude more than compensated. “Honestly, I would have been a carpenter, but I couldn’t…Read More

Video: Taking Advantage of Tax Deductions

With Virginia Passarell of Passarell Tax & Bookkeeping Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re a business owner or independent contractor, make sure you’re taking advantage of every available deduction when filing your tax return. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Virginia Passarell of Passarell…Read More

Taking Advantage of Tax-Deductible Spaces

By Virginia Passarell of Passarell Tax & Bookkeeping Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA ROSA – Many sole proprietors shy away from taking the home office deduction because they think it’s a red flag for a tax audit. However, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be taking every legitimate deduction you’re entitled to. Additionally, there…Read More

Virginia Passarell: Accounting for Success

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA ROSA – After 15 years working in the dental industry, Virginia Passarell took a bold step to broaden her professional opportunities. “As the manager of a group dental practice, I sort of hit the ceiling in terms of upward mobility,…Read More

Video: Termite Swarming Habits

With Stephen Casey of Guardian Termite Inspection Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CLARA – Host, Sarah Rutan: All termites swarm, but did you know that different species do so in different seasons? Today we’re in Santa Clara with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Stephen Casey of Guardian Termite Inspection Services to learn more. Diamond…Read More

The Truth about “Alternative” Termite Treatments

By Stephen Casey of Guardian Termite Inspection Services, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SANTA CLARA – Today, there are a lot of alternative treatment methods being used for termite eradication. Their popularity is partially due to a growing antipathy toward chemical treatments, driven by concerns about their ramifications for health and the environment. However,…Read More

Stephen Casey: An Unexpected Goal

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SANTA CLARA – As an aspiring soccer player, Stephen Casey had always been agile on his feet, but nothing could have prepared him to follow in his father’s footsteps. “When I was in high school, my goal was to become a…Read More

Video: Improving Your Bidding Position

With Ron Lee of Ron Lee - RE/MAX Gold, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

VALLEJO – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you find yourself in a bidding war for a real estate property, one tactic may be able to give you a leg up on the competition. To learn more, we’re with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ron…Read More

Strategy for Winning a Bidding War

By Ron Lee of Ron Lee - RE/MAX Gold, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

VALLEJO – As a buyer, your primary goal is to find a house you love. However, when you do finally find that special property, odds are someone else is going to love it as well, which means you’re likely to find…Read More

Ron Lee: An Early Involvement

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

VALLEJO – Ron Lee got involved in real estate early in life—in fact, by the age of 20, he’d already bought and sold his first house. “As a young man, I read a book on how to buy a property with…Read More

Video: Dangers of Periodontal Disease

With Dr. Parham Karbassi of Dr. P Karbassi, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

MARTINEZ – Host, Sarah Rutan: Periodontal diseases like gingivitis aren’t just a nuisance—in some cases, they can lead to life-threatening consequences. Today we’re in Martinez with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dr. Parham Karbassi to learn more. Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dr. Parham…Read More

The Dangers of Periodontal Disease

By Dr. Parham Karbassi of Dr. P Karbassi, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

MARTINEZ – If you’re experiencing bleeding, sore or swollen gums, you may think it’s merely a nuisance, but in reality it could be a lot more. These symptoms are common indicators of periodontal disease (more simply known as gum disease), which…Read More

Dr. Parham Karbassi: Detour to Destiny

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

MARTINEZ – When asked what led him to a career in dentistry, Dr. Parham Karbassi says it was actually a detour from his intended destination. “I originally planned on going into the medical field,” he explains. “However, after a short time…Read More

Video: Caution about Power Purchase Agreements

With Jason Lee of Solar System, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – Host, Sarah Rutan: Before signing a power purchase agreement with a solar leasing company, make sure you understand the implications of the fine print. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jason Lee of Solar System,…Read More

Avoiding Pitfalls with Your Solar Contract

By Jason Lee of Solar System, Inc., a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

SAN JOSE – Similar to buying a house, installing a solar energy system is a long-term investment that’s designed to pay off over multiple decades. However, unlike in real estate, when you sign a contract with a solar company, you don’t…Read More

Jason Lee: Shining a Light

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter

SAN JOSE – As a former real estate broker, Jason Lee knows a thing or two about the importance of reading the fine print in a contract. In fact, it was his expert eye for the particulars that largely inspired his…Read More

Video: Reducing HVAC Costs with Solar

With Joe Calvey of Calvey Heating & Air, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

MOUNTAIN VIEW – Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re switching to solar energy, you’ll be glad to know there’s a way to reduce your heating and cooling costs in the process. Today we’re in Mountain View with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Joe Calvey…Read More

Heat Pumps for HVAC

By Joe Calvey of Calvey Heating & Air, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor

MOUNTAIN VIEW – A lot of homeowners are interested in lowering their gas bills, especially when it comes to running their heating and cooling systems. One great option for those who have or are planning to install solar energy systems is…Read More