Clever Authors

Clever Real Estate is the nation’s leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors. We do the research, gather the data, and write the content — so YOU can make smarter real estate decisions! Here, you can meet the team of writers, analysts and real estate experts who power our platform.

Andrew Whytock

Andrew Whytock

Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Andrew Whytock is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining Clever, Andrew worked as a Content Writer and Editor at Betterteam.com and TheSMBGuide.com, and as a freelance writer for a variety of publications.

When he isn't writing for Clever, Andrew can be found exploring the scenic coastline of Atlantic Canada, working on home improvement projects, and reading stories to his son.

Ashley Simon

Ashley Simon

Content Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Ashley Simon is a content writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to Clever, Ashley worked as a freelance content marketing writer, where she helped brands grow their reach with dynamic digital marketing. She has written extensively about home design, civil engineering, architecture, and construction technology. 

Ashley attended Bethel University where she graduated with a BA in English & Writing and an AA in Sign Language Interpreting. 

When she isn't writing, Ashley can be found reading, trying out a new recipe, or planning her next road trip. 

Ashley Sweren

Ashley Sweren

Content Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Ashley Sweren is a content writer at Clever Real Estate, crafting articles to help customers navigate the home buying and selling processes.

Prior to Clever, Ashley leveraged 10+ years in tech PR to deliver compelling copy for clients as a freelance writer. With a concentration in finance and small business topics, she’s written web content for companies including LendingTree and Nav.  

Ashley's bought and sold several properties, and has orchestrated a cross-country move. 

Ashley attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with a major in Communication and minors in Art History and Socio-cultural Linguistics.


Bailey Peterson

Bailey Peterson

Content PM @ Clever Real Estate

Bailey Peterson is Clever's resident expert on real estate costs, fees, and commissions. He's focused on harnessing the power of research and data to provide insights that lead to better outcomes for home buyers and sellers.

Prior to Clever, Bailey worked as a Senior Research Analyst for ValuePenguin and LendingTree, where he wrote expert advice about credit cards and auto insurance. Bailey has a wide range of experience researching real estate and personal finance topics, including interviewing state legislators about insurance policy.

Bailey’s writing and research have been featured on CNBC, NBC News, Houston Chronicle, and the National Transportation Safety Board.

When he isn’t writing about real estate, Bailey can be found prepping for the Boston Marathon, brewing award-winning beers, or tending to his iOS app BeerChef.

Education

  • BA Mathematics, Minor in Computer Science - Occidental College
Ben Mizes

Ben Mizes

Co-Founder & CEO

Bill Gassett

Bill Gassett

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Bill is a nationally recognized Real Estate leader who has been helping people move in and out of the Metrowest Massachusetts area for the past thirty-three plus years. He is also an accomplished writer who publishes content on many prestigious publications including The National Association of Realtors, RISMedia, Inman News, Today, ASHI and others.

Brad Babendir

Brad Babendir

Content Writer

Brad Babendir is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate. He writes to help home buyers and sellers understand complex issues. 

Prior to joining Clever, Brad worked as a freelance writer and a Menu Quality Specialist at ezCater. 


Brentnie Daggett

Brentnie Daggett

Writer and Contributor

Brian Davis

Brian Davis

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

G. Brian Davis is a real estate investor and co-founder of SparkRental.com, which helps everyday people build rental income and reach financial independence. In addition to free courses and investing tools, they also provide free landlord software. Brian spends ten months of the year living abroad, loves good wine and bad jokes, and is easy to reach through SparkRental’s website or social media!

Brian Fink

Brian Fink

Freelance Writer

Brian Fink is a Michigan-based freelance writer who’s sold four homes in the past decade using many of these tricks.

Clever Real Estate

Clever Real Estate

Organization

Clever Real Estate is a platform that guides you through the process of interviewing real estate agents to find the right one for you.

Our service is completely free — and can save you thousands.

How it works:

Trusted Local Agents: we proactively recruit thousands of the top-performing real estate agents in local markets across the country (including most rural areas!)
Thousands in Savings: in order to join our platform, agents agree to work for our competitive commission model – we offer just 1% listing commission to sellers, and up to $10K back in cash rewards for buyers


Concierge Service: our Licensed Team of Real Estate Experts is dedicated to helping you find the right agent for your needs! We check in throughout the process to answer questions, make new agent introductions, and make sure you are having a seamless selling or buying experience.

Craig Donofrio

Craig Donofrio

Content Writer

Craig Donofrio is a content writer at Clever Real Estate, the leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining Clever, Craig worked as a journalist, editor and copywriter specializing in finance and real estate. His work has appeared in realtor.com, LendingTree, TheStreet, Atlas Obscura, Make Change and Work+Money. 

Craig attended Western Connecticut State University where he graduated with a degree in English. 

When he isn't writing, Craig can be found wrestling with his four dogs and binging '80s action movies. 

Daniela Andreevska

Daniela Andreevska

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Daniela Andreevska is Marketing Director at Mashvisor, a real estate analytics tool which helps real estate investors quickly find traditional and Airbnb investment properties. A research process that’s usually 3 months now can take 15 minutes. Mashvisor provides all the real estate information in easy-to-understand visualizations.

Dennis Shirshikov

Dennis Shirshikov

Real Estate Agent Analyst

Dennis believes everyone should have a great real estate experience. That's why he's dedicated his efforts to finding the top agents in every city in America. His research skills, financial modeling education, real estate, writing, and teaching experience create a unique blend of skills suited for this task.

Doug Whiteman

Doug Whiteman

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Doug Whiteman is the editor-in-chief of MoneyWise.com. Previously, he was a senior editor with Bankrate.com, and before that he was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press and the consumer news editor for AP Radio. He has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CNBC.com and has been interviewed on Fox Business, ABC Radio Network and the syndicated TV show "First Business."

Dr. Francesca Ortegren

Dr. Francesca Ortegren

Data Science & Research PM @ Clever Real Estate

Dr. Francesca Ortegren, PhD is the Data Science & Research Product Manager at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

A widely-cited expert on real estate, personal finance, and the economy, Dr. Ortegren began her career as a Professor and Researcher at the University of Southern Indiana, and later McKendree University, focused on research methods and statistics.

At Clever, Dr. Ortegren directs Clever’s Data Center, compiling original data and conducting studies that have been published on major publications including Yahoo Finance, CNBC, Business Insider, Forbes and more.

When she’s not researching the real estate industry, Francesca can be found outdoors hiking, biking, running, kayaking with her 2 cute dogs — or possibly pursuing another certification in research, software engineering, or data science.

Education

  • BA Psychology - Texas Tech University
  • MA Experimental Psychology - Texas Tech University
  • PhD Cognitive & Experimental Psychology - Texas Tech University
  • Web Development Certification - LaunchCode
  • Data Science Certification - LaunchCode
Emily Kordys

Emily Kordys

Content Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Emily Kordys is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining Clever, Emily was a real estate writer who wrote about laws and regulations impacting the industry, education, and property management. She also previously worked as a journalist and producer at news stations throughout Southern California. 

Emily attended California State University, Fullerton, where she graduated with a major in Communications and a minor in History. 

When she isn't writing about real estate, Emily can be found savoring a cup of tea, reading a good book, listening to classic rock, or discovering new hiking spots. 

Eylul Tekin

Eylul Tekin

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Eylul is a Summer Associate working in Clever Real Estate's research department. Eylul is a PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis' Memory Lab, studying cognitive psychology, human learning, and memory. Eylul applies her rigorous analytical skills to various real estate research projects at Clever using R and other coding languages. She gathers invaluable insights from large data sets, conducts surveys, and details her findings in succinct reports.

Galina Velgach

Galina Velgach

Content Editor @ Clever

Galina is a content editor at Clever Real Estate, the leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining Clever, Galina worked with professional services companies to support their content marketing and communications. She graduated with a BA in media and rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Greg Isaacson

Greg Isaacson

Content Writer

Greg Isaacson is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Jaime Dunaway-Seale

Jaime Dunaway-Seale

Content Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Jaime Dunaway-Seale is a content writer at Clever Real Estate, the leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining Clever, Jaime worked full time as a journalist. Her writings about education, government, business, and sports have appeared in Slate, The Associated Press, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and Advocate Media.

Jaime graduated with an MA in journalism from the University of Missouri and a BA in journalism and international relations from the University of Arkansas.

When she isn't writing about real estate, Jaime can be found rock climbing, planning her next home renovation project, or calling the Hogs at an Arkansas sporting event. 

Jamie Ayers

Jamie Ayers

Content PM @ Clever Real Estate

Jamie Ayers is a Content Product Manager at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

At Clever, Jamie’s research focuses on the process of finding a real estate agent or broker — in particular, evaluating agent matching services and discount brokerages to help people make more informed choices (and save) when buying or selling a home.

Prior to Clever, Jamie managed digital publications for leading businesses in a range of industries, including real estate technology, commercial development, insurance, financial services, building and construction, and more.

Jamie’s writing, research, and expert advice have been featured across a wide range of publications, including Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, and BiggerPockets.

When he isn’t doing research and writing about real estate services, Jamie can be found training for his next marathon, hanging with his dog Gracie, or recording “music” in his home studio.

Education

  • BA Music Composition & Technology - Skidmore College
Jasmine Mainguy-Seers

Jasmine Mainguy-Seers

Specialized Moving Concierge

Jasmine is a specialized moving concierge at MovingWaldo, a moving app allowing you to organize your move, save time and money and access all the resources necessary for a smooth move. 

Jon Stubbs

Jon Stubbs

Content Writer

Jon Stubbs is a Content Writer for Clever Real Estate. He writes to help empower home buyers and sellers with the knowledge to make smart real estate decisions.

Education: B.A. Journalism, Pennsylvania State University; M.A. English, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Hogue

Joseph Hogue

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Joseph Hogue is a real estate investor and online entrepreneur. Born and raised in Iowa, he worked in corporate finance and real estate before starting a career in investment analysis. He has appeared on Bloomberg and CNBC and led a team of equity analysts for a venture capital research firm. He holds a master’s degree in business and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Josiah Wilmoth

Josiah Wilmoth

Content Writer

Josiah Wilmoth is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.


Prior to Clever, Josiah served as U.S. editor for CCN.com, where he helped spearhead coverage of both traditional financial markets and cryptocurrency news. He previously worked as a high school humanities teacher.


Josiah's writing and research have been featured on Yahoo Finance, ZeroHedge, Private Internet Access, and Investing.com, along with various other digital publications.


When he isn't writing about real estate, Josiah can be found tending to his budding homestead, reading classic literature, or slowly grinding away at his Master of Computer and Information Technology degree at the University of Pennsylvania.


Education

  • BA History - Regent University
Katherine Peach

Katherine Peach

Content PM @ Clever Real Estate

Katherine Peach is a Content Product Manager at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to Clever, Katherine served as Managing Editor for Investor Junkie, where she helped investors of all levels learn the best ways to grow and maintain their wealth. Aside from stocks and alternative investments, she has also written extensively about antiques, art, travel, music, folklore, and lifestyle.

Katherine’s work has appeared on TheStreet.com, Antique Week, Money Done Right, the New England Antiques Journal, AmericanStyle, and many other online and in-print publications.

When not writing about the real estate industry, Katherine can be found collecting and selling vinyl records and cassette tapes, walking in the woods, making music, or crocheting.

Education

  • BA Classical and Ancient Studies - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Kristen Herhold

Kristen Herhold

PR Editor

Kristen Herhold is the PR Editor at Clever Real Estate.

Kristen Klempert

Kristen Klempert

Lead Research Specialist @ Clever Real Estate

Kristen Klempert is the Lead Research Specialist at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

At Clever, Kristen and the rest of the Research Department work to create an in-depth library of real estate data and information to enrich Clever's content and customer experience.

Prior to Clever, Kristen was a Content Creator and Social Media Specialist. She worked with clients on a variety of topics, including HR tech, education, and entrepreneurial leadership.

When she isn’t doing research or writing about real estate, Kristen enjoys reading, binge watching, and getting into staring contests with her dog River.

Education

  • BA Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology, Minor in Writing, Magna Cum Laude - Washington University in St. Louis
Kristine Cameron

Kristine Cameron

Content Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Kristine Cameron is a content writer at Clever Real Estate, crafting articles to help customers navigate the home buying and selling processes.

Prior to Clever, Kristine graduated with high distinction from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, in May of 2021. She majored in Communication, with an emphasis on Organizational Communication and Public Relations, and minored in Writing.

During her time as a student, Kristine worked as a freelance writer and editor for a variety of organizations. With a special focus on small businesses and digital marketing strategies, she helped brands develop case studies, email campaigns, technical documents, blog posts, and more.

When Kristine isn't reading or writing at work, you can usually find her reading and writing for fun. She also enjoys playing piano, baking, and searching for oddities at thrift shops.

Kristy Snyder

Kristy Snyder

Content Editor @ Clever Real Estate

Kristy Snyder is a Content Editor at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining Clever, Kristy was a managing editor for some of the web's leading financial and banking sites, including The Simple Dollar, Bankrate, NextAdvisor, and more. She also spearheaded content efforts for a wide range of clients, including Instacart, JPMorgan Chase, Confie, Aceable Real Estate School, and many more.

In addition to focusing on real estate content, Kristy has written for many companies throughout her content creation career, including Foot Locker, Loyola Medicine, American Addiction Centers, Clever Girl Finance, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

When she's not creating content about the real estate industry, Kristy enjoys reading, practicing yoga, drinking beer, and hiking. 

Education

  • BA English — Allegheny College


Luke Babich

Luke Babich

Co-Founder & COO @ Clever Real Estate

Madison Smith

Madison Smith

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Madison Smith is a personal and home finance expert at BestCompany.com that has been featured in Forbes, Finder, and more. She works to help others make positive financial strides in their lives by providing expert insight on anything from credit card debt to home-buying tips.

Follow her on Twitter @maddie_mingus for weekly doses of thought provoking financial content and a chance to connect — don’t be shy!

Michael Warford

Michael Warford

Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Michael Warford is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining Clever, Michael worked as a freelance writer for a variety of digital and print publications, including Homes & Land Magazine Edmonton and Yellow Pages Canada. He was also the Assistant Manager of Content Production at Higher Education Marketing in Montreal, where he developed content for leading colleges and universities.

He studied English at Concordia University in Montreal where he received a B.A. and M.A.

When not writing, Michael enjoys reading, drawing, traveling, and exploring Montreal's neighborhoods and cafes.

Michael Yessis

Michael Yessis

Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Michael Yessis is a Writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to Clever, Michael covered real estate as the editor of Work+Money. He also previously worked as an editor at Aol and USA Today. 

Michael attended UCLA, where he graduated with a major in English.

When he isn't writing about real estate, Mike can be found hiking, biking, and listing to a lot of podcasts. 

Michelle Delgado

Michelle Delgado

Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Michelle Delgado is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to Clever, Michelle was a self-employed journalist and consultant to software and media clients including Atlantic Media, Knowable Magazine, and CNN's Courageous Studio. 

Michelle's writing about graphic novels, internet subcultures, DIY communities, and DC's small business scene has appeared in The Atlantic, Vox, Smithsonian, Washington City Paper, and numerous other local and national outlets. 

When she isn't writing about real estate, Michelle can be found reading sci-fi, collecting vinyl records, and lovingly tending her Stardew Valley farm.

Education

  • BA English and American Studies — University of Virginia
Sam Radbil

Sam Radbil

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Sam Radbil is the content manager and a contributing author at ABODO. Sam previously worked as a content and media specialist at an Austin, Texas software startup. He has a Bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and a Master's degree in strategic communication from American University in Washington, D.C.

ABODO's research and writing has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Washington Post, HousingWire and other real estate and national publications. 

Taelor Candiloro

Taelor Candiloro

Content Writer

Taelor Candiloro is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate where she writes to educate home buyers and sellers on complex real estate topics.

Before joining the Clever team, Taelor graduated with her bachelor's in May of 2021. During her undergraduate career, she worked simultaneously as both a section manager for her university newspaper and a research assistant, writing across genres and researching a variety of topics.

Education: B.S. Cultural Anthropology, Minor in Linguistics — Utah State University

Thomas O'Shaughnessy

Thomas O'Shaughnessy

Head of Growth @ Clever Real Estate

Tommy O’Shaughnessy is the Head of Growth at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors. 

An expert in home buying and real estate finance, Tommy graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri’s Columbia Journalism School and started his career in real estate education at Veteran’s United, a major VA mortgage lender.

At Clever, Tommy leads a team of Editors and Research Analysts. Tommy’s writing and research have been featured in a host of publications including the LA Times, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider and Forbes.

When he’s not reading and writing about real estate, Tommy is probably finishing up the renovations around his own house, or playing a match on the St. Louis handball courts.

Education

  • BA Journalism, Magna Cum Laude - University of Missouri, Columbia Journalism School
Trent Seigfried

Trent Seigfried

Content Writer

Trent Seigfried is a content writer at Clever Real Estate, crafting articles to help customers navigate the home buying and selling processes.

Trent has more than ten years experience explaining financial and lifestyle topics in easy-to-understand terms.  His writing has appeared in Business Insider, Christian Science Monitor, US News and World Report, and many other places.  

Trent graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in computer science and biology.

Trevor Wallis

Trevor Wallis

Writer @ Clever Real Estate

Trevor Wallis is a Content Writer at Clever Real Estate, the nation's leading real estate education platform for home buyers, sellers, and investors.

Prior to joining Clever, Trevor was a freelance writer who wrote about personal finance, insurance, and e-commerce, among other topics. He also worked as a marketing strategist for industrial and manufacturing companies at Gorilla 76.

Trevor's writing has appeared on Bankrate, The Simple Dollar, NextAdvisor, TechInsurance, A Better Lemonade Stand, and many other online publications.

When not writing about real estate, Trevor can be found savoring a cup of coffee, binge-watching 90s sitcoms, and chasing his toddler around his house. 

Education

  • BA Biblical Studies — Maranatha Baptist University