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.

6 Mortgage Mistakes to Avoid

For most people, buying a home is the largest financial decision they’ll make in their lifetimes. It’s not a deal easily undone once the final papers are signed, so it makes sense to understand the ins and outs of mortgages before taking the leap into homeownership. Here are six mortgage mistakes to avoid (and what

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What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Vacation Home

Why Consider Buying a Vacation Home? There are a variety of reasons to consider purchasing a vacation home. Maybe your family has fallen in love with a destination and visits it often, or you need a central location for branches of your family to gather. Perhaps you’ve recently sold other real estate and are looking

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6 Tips for New Homeowners

While the process of buying a new home can be overwhelming, once you move in, that’s when the stress really begins.  After you’ve settled into your new place, it’s easy to start noticing flaws – leaky faucets, old paint, noisy neighbors, high utility bills. And if you had plans to remodel, renovate, or make repairs

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6 Tips for Selling Your Out-of-State Home

Whether you’ve relocated for a job or bought a piece of land to build your dream retirement home, you may find yourself having to sell your home after you’ve moved to another state. Selling a home can be one of the most stressful experiences a person faces in their life. Add in the prospect of

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Home Ownership Increasingly Impossible for Most Americans, New Study Finds

Becoming a homeowner is a cornerstone of the American Dream. Soaring housing prices, however, are making that increasingly difficult for most Americans to achieve. First-time buyers — particularly millennials — are more likely to struggle to make that dream a reality than earlier generations. Here’s a breakdown of an October 2021 study on the housing

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6 Ways to Prevent A Remodeling Nightmare

Unmet expectations, incomplete jobs, failed DIY projects — these cautionary tales plague homeowners and investors as they contemplate their home improvement projects.  If a neglected home is deteriorating, it may be better to sell “as is” to a company that buys houses fast for cash — no repairs needed. But if you have the time

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Should You Get an FHA Loan?

Buying a home can be tough. From finding the right agent to work with, to sorting through listings until you find your dream home, to figuring out innovative ways to keep your costs down, to outbidding all the other buyers in 2021’s red hot market, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important (and

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New Research Finds Nearly Half of Americans Claim to Have Lived in a Haunted House

Could you live in a haunted house? According to a recent survey of 1,000 Americans by Real Estate Witch, 44% of Americans believe they’ve lived in a haunted house, and 73% say they’d be willing to buy a home with ghosts in a competitive housing market. A Majority of Americans Believe in the Supernatural During

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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.

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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

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