Ben Mizes is the co-founder and CEO of Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top agents to save thousands on commission. He's an active real estate investor with 22 units in St. Louis and a licensed agent in Missouri. Ben enjoys writing about real estate, investing, personal finance, and financial freedom. He's a serial entrepreneur, having run several successful startups before Clever Real Estate. Ben's writing has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Realtor News, CNBC, and BiggerPockets.
An Introduction to Buying a Fixer-Upper
A fixer-upper comes with many perks, whether you're renovating a house to live in or flipping one to make a bit of money. Many people have begun to recognize this,
July 27, 2020
How Agents Can Adapt to COVID-19
The pandemic has changed the way the world does business — it now includes wearing a mask, social distancing and avoiding large groups of people in general. And it's likely
June 16, 2020
House Flipping 101: The Beginner's Guide
Flipping a home means taking an ugly, distressed home and making upgrades to increase its value. Flippers find these homes at a deep discount, perform the work, and then sell
June 09, 2020
Should You Buy And Rent Vacation Properties in the Aftermath of COVID-19?
Vacation rentals have been around for some time and long been popular in Europe. VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) was started in 1995, with the platform making it easier for
May 13, 2020
The Best Flooring For Rental Property In 2020
This guide covers the best flooring for each room of a rental property, based on durability, price, and aesthetics
April 29, 2020
Must-See Strategies for Selling Your Home in a Post-COVID-19 Buyer's Market
The COVID-19 pandemic will likely project the United States into a newfound buyer’s market. This means you’ll need to pivot your strategies for selling your home. Here are some tactics
April 28, 2020
Testing The 1% and 2% Rules For Real Estate Investing
This article explains the 1% and 2% rule, and then tests how accurate they are by modeling the financials of actual properties.
April 24, 2020
12 Steps To Buy A Rental Property That Cash Flows
There are 12 steps you need to take to buy a great rental property that cash flows. This guide will teach you all 12 so you’re ready to purchase an
April 20, 2020
Real Estate Investing - A Complete Guide To Getting Started
This guide covers everything you need to to get started as an active investor in rental properties or flipping houses, or a passive investor in REITS or other funds.
April 18, 2020
House Hacking - How To Live For Free With Real Estate Investing
This article gives you a step by step guide on how to House Hack to live for free, and walks you through a step by step guide to close on