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.

Bailey Peterson

Content PM @ Clever Real Estate

Bailey Peterson 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, Bailey’s research focuses on home-selling costs and home-buying costs, as well as alternatives to working with a Realtor.

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.


  • BA Mathematics, Minor in Computer Science - Occidental College

Ben Mizes

Co-Founder & CEO

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.

Brian Davis

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

G. Brian Davis is a real estate investor and co-founder of, 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!

Clever Real Estate


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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.

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.

Doug Whiteman

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Doug Whiteman is the editor-in-chief of Previously, he was a senior editor with, 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 and has been interviewed on Fox Business, ABC Radio Network and the syndicated TV show "First Business."

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.


  • 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

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.

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.


  • BA Music Composition & Technology - Skidmore College

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.

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, 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.


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

Keith Riley

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Keith Riley is a featured author with Clever Real Estate, the nation’s leading platform to help home buyers, sellers and investors reach better real estate outcomes.

The Clever Editorial Team consists of experts in real estate, finance and investing, led by a pair of licensed realtors and property investors.

Clever’s mission is to empower consumers to navigate real estate transactions, find better professionals to help them, and negotiate better rates.

Our team’s work has collectively been featured in hundreds of publications online and in print, including Yahoo Finance, CNBC, Bloomberg, Inman, and more.

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.


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

Luke Babich

Co-Founder & COO @ Clever Real Estate

Madison Smith

Featured Author @ Clever Real Estate

Madison Smith is a personal and home finance expert at 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!

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. 

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.


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