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Season 4 Episode 9: The Home Buying Process

Join us as we talk with Christina Barth and Brett Rittersdorf! They discuss the process from start to finish. Morgan covers trending topics, Terri does spicy hot or not and Chris does his Wait, What segment! 

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Guest Bios

Erica Wright


Erica Wright is the founder of U First, Inc., a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization located in Atlanta, Georgia and Los Angeles, California.  U First, Inc. began in August 2014 after Erica heard God whisper to her “You will put those who are often overlooked first.”  Upon hearing the whisper, the words that quickly leaped into Erica’s heart were U First.   Erica finally said YES to God and the U First journey began!  With no money, no blueprint and no guarantee of success, she walked out on faith to help homeless men, women and children by providing them with the simple necessities of life: The Love Bag.  

The mission of U First, Inc. is to provide people in need the basics for health, hygiene and love.  The Love Bags contain basic toiletry items such as soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other necessities that we often take for granted.  Since its inception, U First has served over 50,000 people in need with Love Bags and sack lunches.  U First, Inc., not only services the homeless in Georgia, but to date has traveled to Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Nevada and Alabama to distribute love bags.   Our goal is to serve an additional 20,000 individuals within the next year.  U First is blessed to have corporate sponsorship from Delta Airlines, Tabernacle Baptist Church, CNN, and others.     

Erica was educated in the Atlanta Public School system and attended Atlanta Area Technical College where she earned her master cosmetology and master barbering licenses.  Erica also attended Gwinnet Tech where she majored in Marketing Management Entrepreneurship.  In 2014, she was ordained as a Deacon at Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel.  In addition to serving as Deacon, Erica also served on the Security Team and was Coordinator of the Missions Ministry.

Christina Barth


Christina Barth is originally from Birmingham and moved to Atlanta almost 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia. She is currently a Branch Manager for Benchmark Mortgage. Her journey in the mortgage business started in 1992 at a small community bank. In that time she has held various positions including Office manager, Processor, Closer, Auditor and Loan Originator. This depth of experience gives her a unique perspective of the mortgage process. Christina is on the leadership team for the Marietta Business Association, is a site host for the Bama in Atlanta Alumni group and volunteers her time to several local charities.

Closing on time and providing a seamless, comfortable experience for my clients during what can be a stressful process are my main goals. In my 15+ years experience Pre and Post closing I've learned that communication and setting expectations is key to a smooth experience. Survival in this business is based on referrals from happy clients and realtors so we work diligently to give you the best possible service. If we can't make it work today, you'll have a plan to put in place that will get you ready to purchase asap.

Brent Rittersdorf

 Brent Rittersdorf ‘s superior mix of experience and education in both the corporate and private business sector helps keep the business goals of your real estate experience in check. While buying, selling or investing in property can be an emotional experience; Brent’s unique perspective and attention to detail keep the end goal in mind. The combination of 20+ years in the restaurant industry at the SR. Management level and 10+years of Real Estate transactions provides his clients Knowledge and Experience. The result is the transaction will close with confidence.

Brent Rittersdorf achieved Broker Status in 2015, which is the highest level of education and licensure in the Real Estate Industry.   Ongoing continuing education and designations such as New Home Construction Specialist and other designations helps keep Brent on top of what is going on in the industry to leverage results. Previous education includes his college degree of Hotel/Restaurant Management. Brent’s corporate career of opening over 50 restaurants and managing annual sales of 30+ million uniquely qualifies Brent to pay attention to all of the details in a transaction and prepare/react to the change that can accompany it without losing sight of the client’s goals!  

Bob Rodgers

Bob Rodgers serves as Street Grace president and CEO, bringing more than 30 years of corporate and nonprofit leadership and team development experience to this role. 

Previously, Rodgers served as the fourth president of Richmont Graduate University, which offers fully accredited graduate programs in Counseling, Ministry and Spiritual Formation. As president, Rodgers led Richmont into an era of institutional and financial growth, including championing the addition of a new accredited master’s degree program, spearheading the fundraising efforts for the opening of a Atlanta campus and launching two university-sponsored trauma centers in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Atlanta.  

Formerly, the vice president of one of the largest restaurant chains in the Southeast, Rodgers provided oversight and support for more than 22,000 employees in 21 states. In addition, through his firm Quantum Search, he has conducted more than 24,000 interviews and led searches for key leadership positions at Chick-fil-A, Georgia Pacific, Baptist Healthcare, Curtis1000 and other major corporate, healthcare and nonprofit organizations worldwide. 

Nationally recognized for his acumen in business, recruitment and team development, Rodgers is a sought-after speaker and panelist. He has written for a variety of business journals and other publications, and has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Rodgers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing from Lee University and a master’s degree in Ministry from Richmont Graduate University (2017). 

Outside of his professional responsibilities, Rodgers has hosted “Thinking Out Loud,” a weekly radio broadcast, and is the co-author of the devotional “God Is With Us” (2013). He serves on numerous boards, is on the Business Advisory Council for Lee University, and is the co-founder of the Freedom Coalition, a collaborative initiative addressing human trafficking.