Ben Mizes is the CEO of Clever Real Estate, the online platform that connects home buyers and sellers with top-rated agents for a fraction of the traditional fee.

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Should You Rent Your Property As an Airbnb?



Renting a property on Airbnb can be a great way for real estate investors to diversify their portfolio or make more profit on their current properties. It can also be an excellent way to get started as an investor. Although the travel industry as a whole has taken a hit during the pandemic, trends are […]

What You Need to Know About 1031 Exchanges



If you invest in real estate, you’ll want to know about 1031 exchanges. They can save you a great deal at tax time if performed correctly when you sell a rental or other investment property. However, an incorrectly-executed 1031 exchange can become a costly nightmare. Here’s what you need to know to get it right. […]

Who Are Millennial Home Buyers in 2021?



First-time homebuyers during the COVID-19 pandemics face unique challenges to acquire a home in today’s market. New house inventories are limited across the nation, existing homeowners are reluctant to sell in this period of uncertainty, and lenders are raising credit and underwriting standards for new loans. Millennials — those born between 1981 and 1996 — […]

Should You Invest in Commercial or Residential Real Estate?



Real estate is a popular investment choice due to its historical appreciation, steady income, and exceptional tax benefits. Investors typically focus on either residential or commercial properties. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each category of real estate, which affects investors. For example, the stay-at-home orders have increased remote work from home and reduced out-of-home activity, […]

New Study Finds Retirees Are Struggling to Pay Their Mortgage



Most imagine retirement as a time of boundless leisure time, month-long vacations, and worry-free days. But for many retirees in the time of COVID, this is not the reality they face. According to a new study by Clever, many have not been saving enough, putting them in dire straits during the pandemic. Instead of playing […]

10 Real Estate Market Predictions for 2021



Will the COVID-19 pandemic be over? Will everyday life return to the days before coronavirus? Will the economy recover to pre-COVID levels? How will the housing market fare in 2021? Is this year the right time for first-time home buyers? Recognizing that real estate values vary considerably by location and use, the likelihood for significant […]

Pros and Cons of 5 Real Estate Investment Strategies



There isn’t just one path to real estate investing — but whichever way you choose, you’ll be joining the ranks of the many Americans who increase their wealth each year through this strategy. To decide which tactic is best for you, consider how much you have to invest upfront and how much time you’ll be […]

How to Save for a Home While Paying off Debt



American debt is on the rise. In fact, the average American currently holds $41,559 of non-mortgage debt, $7,512 more than in 2019. Because those figures are so staggering, many would-be buyers think they have to put off their dream of homeownership until they can get a better handle on their finances. In reality, however, it […]

How Financial Struggles During COVID-19 Will Affect the Real Estate Market



Thanks to COVID-19, the economy has taken a turn for the worse, millions of individuals are unemployed, and renters can’t pay their monthly bills. Hopes for a quick recovery disappeared as a second wave of coronavirus is spreading around the globe, particularly in the U.S. The financial impact of the first wave was relieved with […]

6 Hidden Costs of Selling Your Home



Congratulations on deciding to sell your home! Whether you’re upgrading, moving to a new area, or simply finding a place that better suits your needs, moving can be a welcome change and an exciting time. A word of caution, though — selling your home isn’t as simple as accepting an offer and pocketing the cash. […]