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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4 Things to Know for Your Investment Properties



If you’ve never owned rentals before, you must understand four basic principles if you want to be successful:  It’s not your dream house. Numbers matter. Financing can be complicated.  You will make mistakes. That’s OK. These quick tips will get you started and help you decide if you’re ready to make money with investment property. […]

11 Ways to Get Your Home Ready to Sell



We’re in a historically hot real estate market right now, so it’s a great time to be a seller. Maybe you want to move to a warmer climate, or maybe you want to upgrade your investments — but you shouldn’t have much trouble finding a buyer, even if you’re selling a dilapidated property. But just […]

5 Tips for Finding a Good Tenant as a Landlord



Purchasing a long-term rental property is a great way to earn passive income and build up personal equity. Renting out a newly purchased property that you no longer want to live in can also help homeowners avoid tax penalties for selling their house too quickly. And renting out a room in a newly purchased home […]

5 Ways to Passively Invest in Real Estate



If you’re looking for proven ways to beat inflation and generate wealth, real estate is likely your best bet. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, real estate investing offers many advantages over other investments — including stocks. Over time, the Fed says, real estate values appreciate more, and real estate investments enjoy […]

How Marijuana Legalization Affects Property Values



Is the grass really greener on the other side? Currently, cannabis is legal for recreational use, medicinal use or both in 36 states plus Washington, D.C. And one interesting “side effect” of legalization has taken place in the real estate market.  Between April 2017 and April 2021, property values rose $17,113 more in states where […]

White Families Have 10x Wealth of Black Families, According to New Research



Household wealth in the U.S. is mostly concentrated in retirement accounts and home equity. Each accounts for roughly a third of all household wealth, according to an August 2020 U.S. Census report. However, this wealth is mostly concentrated among caucasian Americans. A new study by Clever confirms the extent of this racial wealth gap in […]

New Study Finds Seller’s Market May Shift in 2021



The phrase “record breaking” is everywhere at the moment, from major companies reporting record-breaking returns to market experts who predict a record-breaking post-pandemic economic boom.  Although the housing market took a record-breaking nosedive in 2020, there’s light on the horizon as the U.S. inches its way toward recovery.     What does that mean for […]

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 — […]