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Top of Mind

Mike Simonsen

Top of Mind is the show where real estate industry insiders dive into the big trends shaping the market today.

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How Realtors Should Talk to Buyers and Sellers in a Changing Market
3d ago
How Realtors Should Talk to Buyers and Sellers in a Changing Market
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Jimmy Mackin, CEO of Curaytor, to talk about best practices for communicating with buyers and sellers right now, as the market is changing. Jimmy discusses why the principles of communication are more important than the tools and technology, shares what agents who have transcended their local markets have in common, offers specific ideas and techniques for more powerful communication, and more. About Jimmy Mackin Jimmy Mackin is the CEO of Curaytor, a full-service digital marketing company focused on helping listing agents get more listings. In seven years, Curaytor has grown to over $10 million in annual recurring revenue and has been featured in Forbes, Inc, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and American Express Open Forum. In 2019, Jimmy co-authored Exactly What to Say: For Real Estate Agents, a best-selling book designed to help real estate agents with the most common, critical, and difficult questions they face. Jimmy is also the Host of the hit podcast #WaterCooler. With over 115 episodes and 8.5 million minutes watched, the show is a go-to resource for anyone in the real estate industry looking to grow their business in today’s digital landscape.  Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: Best practices for communicating with buyers and sellers right nowWhy the principles of communication are more important than the tools and technologyWhat agents who have transcended their local markets have in commonWhy asking questions is better than giving answers in a changing marketSpecific ideas and techniques for more powerful communication Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Jimmy Mackin on LinkedInJimmy Mackin on InstagramJimmy Mackin on TwitterCuraytorCuraytor on InstagramCuraytor on Twitter#WaterCooler podcastExactly What to Say: For Real Estate Agents by Jimmy Mackin, Phil M. Jones, and Chris Smith The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness by Morgan HouselMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: See you next week!
How Realtors Should Talk to Buyers and Sellers in a Changing Market
3d ago
How Realtors Should Talk to Buyers and Sellers in a Changing Market
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Jimmy Mackin, CEO of Curaytor, to talk about best practices for communicating with buyers and sellers right now, as the market is changing. Jimmy discusses why the principles of communication are more important than the tools and technology, shares what agents who have transcended their local markets have in common, offers specific ideas and techniques for more powerful communication, and more. About Jimmy Mackin Jimmy Mackin is the CEO of Curaytor, a full-service digital marketing company focused on helping listing agents get more listings. In seven years, Curaytor has grown to over $10 million in annual recurring revenue and has been featured in Forbes, Inc, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and American Express Open Forum. In 2019, Jimmy co-authored Exactly What to Say: For Real Estate Agents, a best-selling book designed to help real estate agents with the most common, critical, and difficult questions they face. Jimmy is also the Host of the hit podcast #WaterCooler. With over 115 episodes and 8.5 million minutes watched, the show is a go-to resource for anyone in the real estate industry looking to grow their business in today’s digital landscape.  Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: Best practices for communicating with buyers and sellers right nowWhy the principles of communication are more important than the tools and technologyWhat agents who have transcended their local markets have in commonWhy asking questions is better than giving answers in a changing marketSpecific ideas and techniques for more powerful communication Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Jimmy Mackin on LinkedInJimmy Mackin on InstagramJimmy Mackin on TwitterCuraytorCuraytor on InstagramCuraytor on Twitter#WaterCooler podcastExactly What to Say: For Real Estate Agents by Jimmy Mackin, Phil M. Jones, and Chris Smith The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness by Morgan HouselMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: See you next week!
How To Predict the Future of the Housing Market
Jun 22 2022
How To Predict the Future of the Housing Market
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Logan Mohtashami from HousingWire to talk about the changing real estate market and the big economic issues of the day. Logan explains how macroeconomic forces actually impact the housing market, shares his surprising take on future home price declines, gives his predictions for where the market is headed, and much more. About Logan Mohtashami Logan Mohtashami is a housing data analyst, financial writer, and blogger covering the US economy specializing in the housing market. Logan’s work is frequently quoted in BankRate.com and Bloomberg Financial. Logan is also a Lead Analyst for HousingWire.  Logan’s astute analysis of economic data and years of direct lending experience allows him to present a unique, informed, and unbiased perspective on the financial markets. He’s perhaps best known for his highly prescient yearly predictions articles, and his predictions on the state of the housing market and mortgage rate trends published weekly on Bankrate.com. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  How macroeconomic forces are impacting the housing marketWhat needs to happen for home prices to decline, and why — Logan Mohtashami is actually hoping for thisWhen to expect inventory to get back to normalLong-term trends buyers and sellers should be thinking aboutPredictions for where the market is headed Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Logan Mohtashami on LinkedInLogan Mohtashami on TwitterLogan Mohtashami on InstagramLogan Mohtashami’s websiteHousingWireHousingWire Daily podcastMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: See you next week!
What Real Estate Investors Should Know About Shared Housing
Jun 8 2022
What Real Estate Investors Should Know About Shared Housing
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Johnny Wolff, Founder and CEO of HomeRoom, to talk about HomeRoom’s innovative platform for matching renters with real estate investors. Johnny discusses the advantages of shared housing for both renters and investors, the growing trend of young adults living with roommates, why cities see opportunities in shared housing, and more. About Johnny Wolff Johnny Wolff is the CEO and Founder of HomeRoom — one of the fastest-growing real estate investing platforms in the United States.  HomeRoom simplifies out-of-state investing and streamlines affordable renting. The company’s marketplace connects rental property investors seeking a turnkey, high-yield experience with renters seeking modern yet affordable housing. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  The advantages of shared housing for both renters and investorsHow remote work has created a massive opportunity for shared housingThe growing trend of young adults living with roommatesThe case for increasing density to help our housing crisisHow cities are working with HomeRoom to address living affordability challenges Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Johnny Wolff on LinkedInHomeRoomY CombinatorMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: See you next week!
The Risks and Opportunities in Today's Housing Market
May 18 2022
The Risks and Opportunities in Today's Housing Market
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Rick Sharga, EVP of Market Intelligence at ATTOM, for a deep dive into the state of the current housing market. Rick talks about areas of risk for housing in today’s economy, shares some surprising insights into the foreclosure situation, discusses which policies might impact demand, and more. About Rick Sharga Rick Sharga is the Executive Vice President of Market Intelligence at ATTOM, one of the country's leading providers of real estate data for real estate, financial services, insurance companies, and government agencies. An accomplished executive with over 25 years of experience in consumer and B2B marketing, Rick has held numerous senior leadership positions in the real estate and mortgage industries and has also developed and executed sales and marketing programs for tech companies such as Fujitsu, JD Edwards, Toshiba, and Hitachi; start-ups like Tickets.com; and consumer brands including Pizza Hut, Acura and Cox Communications.  One of the country’s most frequently-quoted sources on real estate, mortgage, and foreclosure trends, Rick has appeared regularly over the past 15 years on CNBC, the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, ABC World News, FOX, Bloomberg, and NPR.  Rick has also been named twice to the Inman News Inman 100, an annual list of the most influential leaders in real estate. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  Which segments of borrowers are most at risk in the current environmentSurprising insights about the foreclosure situationWhich regulatory changes might further dampen buyer demand this yearWhy new buyers are facing a “triple whammy” of challengesRick Sharga’s outlook for what’s next in the industry Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Rick Sharga on LinkedInRick Sharga on TwitterATTOMRealtyTracMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: See you next week!
The Future of Second Home Ownership
May 4 2022
The Future of Second Home Ownership
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Austin Allison, CEO of Pacaso Homes, to talk about the shifting dynamics in the market for second homes. Austin gives an overview of Pacaso’s innovative model for second home ownership, outlines the surprising community benefits of shared second homes, shares key considerations for people thinking about second homes as an investment, and more. About Austin Allison Austin Allison co-founded Pacaso to make the dream of second-home ownership a reality for more people after experiencing the profound effect it had on his own life. Pacaso is Austin’s second startup. In 2009, he founded dotloop in his hometown of Cincinnati, a company that created software to seamlessly manage real estate transactions. Zillow acquired dotloop in 2015, and Austin continued to run dotloop as a Zillow executive until 2018. Austin started selling real estate at the age of 18 and worked in residential and commercial real estate for a decade. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  A look at Pacaso’s innovative model for second-home ownershipThe ways in which shared vacation homes have similar benefits to carpoolingWhy Pacaso’s second homes are almost fully utilized, while single-owner second homes only get used five to six weeks per yearWhy the inventory shortage — especially in second-home markets — is here to stayHow redirecting second-home demand frees up inventory for local primary home buyers Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Austin Allison on LinkedInAustin Allison on TwitterPacasoMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
How Realtors Are Surviving and Thriving in a Crazy Market
Apr 27 2022
How Realtors Are Surviving and Thriving in a Crazy Market
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Wendy Forsythe, Chief Strategy Officer of Fathom Realty, who shares her view from the front lines of one of the largest and fastest-growing brokerages in the country. Wendy shares the gritty reality of what agents are experiencing in the field right now, talks about what’s on the horizon for technology innovation, provides tips on dealing with insane competitive bidding, and more. About Wendy Forsythe Wendy Forsythe is the Chief Strategy Officer at Fathom Realty, which is the 10th largest brokerage in the country, with 8,000 agents in 36 states. She has more than two decades of experience building successful real estate networks in the US and Canada and has led the expansion of national brands such as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate and HomeSmart International. She’s a frequent speaker and writer for many industry publications and conferences, and she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business in Arizona by AZ Business in 2018. Wendy is also an accomplished athlete, holding several marathon finishes as well as earning the coveted title of Ironman. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  What it means to truly be a local market expertThe challenge of selling into a market with massive competitive biddingWhy new innovation in the mortgage industry may be coming soonHow Wendy Forsythe sees the future of remote work impacting home buyers How Fathom Realty uses frictionless transactions to better serve their remote customersSurprising unique survey insights from Fathom and LiveBy Why the best agents and teams “never forget about tomorrow” Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Wendy Forsythe on LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWendy Forsythe’s websiteFathom RealtyMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
The Secrets of Top-Performing Real Estate Agents
Apr 20 2022
The Secrets of Top-Performing Real Estate Agents
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Tom Ferry, the real estate industry’s #1 coach and trainer, to talk about how to achieve greatness and fulfill your potential as a real estate professional. Tom shares some of the secrets of the best-performing agents in the country, what it takes to become a true leader in the industry, what it means to be a local expert, and more. About Tom Ferry Tom Ferry is ranked the #1 Real Estate Educator by Swanepoel Power 200 and the Best-Selling Author of Life! By Design and Mindset, Model and Marketing! As Founder and CEO of Ferry International, the real estate industry’s leading coaching and training company, Tom’s ever-growing influence impacts professionals in a wide variety of ways — including rigorous accountability coaching, the popular #TomFerryShow delivering free, fresh, and relevant real estate tips weekly, highly engaging training events, two best-selling books, and his legendary keynote speeches. Tom has more than 30,000 hours of coaching experience and works daily to help agents and brokers grow a prosperous business while simultaneously balancing — and loving — their personal lives. He is also a highly sought-after and renowned speaker whose charisma and personality have captivated audiences around the world. Tom’s love and passion for life are fueled by a commitment to discipline and holding professionals accountable to fulfill their greatness. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  How to talk to buyers and sellers right nowHow the great agents and teams “help clients at scale”Innovative strategies for winning listings in this crazy marketWhy a potential recession may not be as difficult for homeowners as expectedThe future impact of demographic and homebuilding trendsWhy we may actually be in a buyers’ market rather than a sellers’ market Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Tom Ferry on LinkedInFerry International“Now is the Time to Buy! Unpacking the Market with Ivy Zelman” on The Tom Ferry Podcast ExperienceMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
How Remote Work Will Transform Real Estate and the Economy
Apr 6 2022
How Remote Work Will Transform Real Estate and the Economy
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Adam Ozimek, Chief Economist at the Economic Innovation Group, to talk about remote work and the future of the US economy. Adam believes remote work is not just a pandemic phenomenon, but rather a transformative economic trend with far-reaching impact, similar to how the computer revolutionized every aspect of our lives. About Adam Ozimek Adam Ozimek is the Chief Economist at the Economic Innovation Group and is an expert in the functioning of labor markets. His research covers a broad array of economics fields, including demographics, monetary policy, and immigration. He was most recently the Chief Economist at Upwork, where he led research on labor market trends. Previously, he was a Senior Economist at Moody’s Analytics where he managed US demographics forecasts and research. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  Why remote work is only just beginning and could reach 50 million workers in the coming yearsHow remote work is a general-purpose technology, like the computer, that will impact all levels of the economy and societyWhich real estate markets are likely to grow or shrink as a result of remote workWhat needs to change to address our starter home shortageWhat the “Heartland Visa” is and why it’s importantWhy increasing high skilled immigration is so important for a dynamic economyWhy Adam Ozimek is hopeful for the economy and our ability to avoid recession and get past inflation and back to full employment Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Adam Ozimek on LinkedInAdam Ozimek on TwitterEconomic Innovation GroupMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
Market Insights From an Iconic Global Brokerage
Mar 23 2022
Market Insights From an Iconic Global Brokerage
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen is joined by Greg Sexton, Chief Operating Officer at Century21. Greg shares his extensive expertise as a leader at one of the most iconic real estate brands in the world, talks about the latest agency trends, and gives his outlook for the real estate market.  About Greg Sexton Greg Sexton is the Chief Operating Officer of Century21. Greg leads Century21’s domestic and international operations, including industry-leading tech platform tools, learning and development, and data-driven products. Century21 is one of the most iconic residential real estate brands of the last 50 years, with 155,000 agents worldwide. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  Why smart marketing and branding are essential in real estateHow Century21’s famous Super Bowl commercial came to beWhy Millennials are seeking out Realtors and not just relying on apps to buy homesHow the pandemic changed the home-buying process and which trends are here to stayWhy suddenly brokerages can expand into new states, far away from their home marketsWhy the team model for real estate agents is becoming more dominantWhy there is growth in the US real estate market from international buyers Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Greg Sexton on LinkedInCentury21Mike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
The Future of the Real Estate Transaction
Mar 16 2022
The Future of the Real Estate Transaction
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Joe Curtis, Chief Operating Officer at Pango Group, to talk about how real estate transactions are changing, and which big technology trends, like cryptocurrencies and blockchain, are shaping the way Americans buy and sell real estate.  About Joe Curtis Joe Curtis is the Chief Operating Officer at Pango Group, a family of companies that are the leading California-based settlement service experts. In this role, Joe is at the forefront of the evolving technologies in the escrow industry. In 2019, Joe was featured in The Top 100 People in Real Estate Magazine, and in 2018 named the Advocate for Social Good by Giveback Homes. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  How technology helped Pango Group pivot during the pandemic to drive growthAn in-depth look at the digital transformation happening with real estate transactionsPango’s process for enhancing and securing real estate transactions Ways to eliminate layers of complexity in purchasing and regulatory mattersHow Bitcoin-funded mortgages are happening now - and how they’re notWhy NFTs are the technology most likely to impact the future of real estate transactions in the USWhy cash buyers are increasing this year in the competitive marketWhy there is less fraud and fewer contracts failing now than ever before Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Joe Curtis on LinkedInPango Group  Mike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
A Masterclass in Mortgages
Mar 2 2022
A Masterclass in Mortgages
Figuring out how to finance a home purchase can be a huge challenge for first-time homebuyers. Most people have similar questions: What credit score do you need to buy a home? How do you find the best mortgage rate? Where can you go to find answers? In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen is joined by Dan Green, Founder and CEO of Homebuyer.com, for a deep dive on all things mortgages. Dan talks about how he became passionate about helping people fund their American Dream, why the first-time homebuyer is so neglected (and why that's an opportunity for real estate professionals), how the mortgage market is changing, and what the future holds for homebuyers. About Dan Green Dan Green is the Founder and CEO of Homebuyer.com, the mortgage lender for first-time homebuyers. Before Homebuyer.com, Dan founded the popular consumer website TheMortgageReports.com which a leading mortgage company later acquired. While publishing in TheMortgageReports.com, Dan also worked as a retail loan officer and was a perennial top-producer, setting production records in multiple years. Through his websites and business, Dan has helped fund over $12 billion in mortgage loans. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  Dan Green explains how he got into the mortgage lending businessHow did Dan use blogging to bring in leads? Why Dan is passionate about helping first-time homebuyers get a fair shot at the American DreamDan explains the content strategy for Homebuyer.comHow are rising mortgage rates impacting the real estate market?What the FHFA is doing to disincentivize inventors and prioritize first-time homebuyersMillennial home-buying trendsInteresting mortgage trends to keep an eye onHow to stay informed about the ever-changing real estate market Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Dan Green on LinkedinHomebuyer.comHomebuyer.com on YoutubeHomebuyer.com on TwitterMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
Big Trends Impacting 2022 Real Estate
Feb 23 2022
Big Trends Impacting 2022 Real Estate
In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen is joined by Conor Sen, a Bloomberg Opinion columnist and Founder of Peachtree Creek Investments, to talk about the impacts of global financial markets on real estate. They talk about the challenges housing markets face in delivering homes, how interest rates are influencing home prices, and marketplace trends people should focus on and consider.  About Conor Sen Conor Sen is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist who writes about financial markets, the economy, housing, cities, and demographics. Conor is also the Founder of Peachtree Creek Investments and has more than a decade of experience in portfolio management and risk management. Conor has broad economic and financial market expertise and offers insights into what’s happening in all the financial markets. He’s been a contributor to the Atlantic and Business Insider and resides in Atlanta. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  Conor Sen shares his background and how he ended up writing for Bloomberg OpinionPeachtree Creek Investments and what it provides Why housing markets are top of mind right now The cause for the growth of home builders and why big builders are efficient while the local builders aren’t Challenges the housing markets are facing trying to deliver homes Conor talks about the interest rates in the housing market and how mortgage rates are causing people to overbid for a home Are we facing risks that could derail our plans and expectations?Conor talks about the millennial demographic in terms of job creation and household formationWhy investors and individuals buying properties are increasing 2021 highlights that surprised Conor and predictions for the future Macro trends that people should pay attention to and macro themes people have not heard of yetZoom towns and mixed-use developments and the opportunities that are arising as a result Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Conor Sen on Twitter Conor Sen on LinkedIn Bloomberg Opinion “Why Experience Matters in Real Estate” with Becky Babcock and Brad NixMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
Millennials and Investors Are Driving the Housing Market Boom
Feb 16 2022
Millennials and Investors Are Driving the Housing Market Boom
The long-awaited millennial homebuyers have finally entered the real estate market. Where are they buying homes? How are their purchases influencing the market?  In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist at First American Financial Corporation, to talk about millennial and investor real estate trends. Odeta explains why millennials wait so long to buy homes, where the real estate hot spots are, and how the data at First American demonstrates these trends. About Odeta Kushi Odeta Kushi is the Deputy Chief Economist for First American Financial Corporation. First American is a leading provider of title insurance settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions. In this role, Odeta offers analysis commentary forecasts on trends in the real estate and mortgage markets. Much of her work revolves around demographic trends, especially when it comes to millennials. Odeta monitors and analyzes the quarterly surveys and economic data related to the housing industry. Her research is regularly cited by leading businesses and trade publications like Business Insider and Housing Wire. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: Why Odeta Kushi became a housing economistThe gap between new household formation and new house constructionWill the underbuilding trend continue in the coming years?What areas of the US offer the highest return for real estate investors?The data at First American that helps them understand real estate trendsWhy millennials are buying homes later in life and moving out of the cityInternational real estate market trendsWhy today’s market is different from The Great RecessionHow financial technology innovation is impacting the housing marketIs the housing market contributing to inflation? Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Odeta Kushi on LinkedInOdeta Kushi on TwitterFirst American Economic Center BlogMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
Looking for Risks in the Future of the Real Estate Market
Feb 2 2022
Looking for Risks in the Future of the Real Estate Market
It’s not easy to predict the future. But when you’re buying a house, it’s nice to have an idea of what could happen. How can you interpret the real estate market data to accurately forecast what’s to come? In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen joins Bill McBride, housing market expert and author of the blog Calculated Risk, to discuss his 2022 real estate market predictions. Bill explains how home-buying trends changed during the pandemic, why there are fewer houses for sale, and what he thinks will be the next big shift in the market.  About Bill McBride Bill McBride is a housing market expert and the author of the popular economics blog Calculated Risk. Nobel laureate Paul Krugman of the New York Times called Calculate Risk his “go-to website for housing matters.” Bill may be best known for accurately predicting the housing bubble in 2005 and the bottom of housing prices in early 2012. Bill retired as a senior executive from a small public company in the '90s before becoming a full-time blogger. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, and has a background in management, finance, and economics. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn: Bill McBride shares why he started the Calculated Risk blogHow Bill predicted the 2005 housing bubbleWhat risks does Bill foresee in the future real estate market?Why are there fewer houses for sale, and is it a problem?Millennial home-buying trendsBill’s predictions for the second half of 2022Real estate trends outside of the USWhy sellers should wait for multiple offers instead of taking the first oneWhat’s the next big shift in the real estate market?How the remote working trend is impacting the real estate market Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Bill McBride on LinkedInCalculated Risk Subscribe to the Calculated Risk newsletterBill McBride on TwitterMike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
What the Housing Data Is Really Saying
Jan 26 2022
What the Housing Data Is Really Saying
In today’s ever-changing housing market, how can you make sense of all the numbers and data? What do they mean for builders and home-buyers? In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen is joined by Ali Wolf, Chief Economist at Zonda, to interpret today’s housing market data. Ali talks about the implications behind the number of new construction homes, millennial home-buying trends, and what forecasters are saying about the future housing market About Ali Wolf Ali Wolf is the Chief Economist for Zonda, the largest homebuilding proptech company in North America. As Head of the Economics Department, Ali manages and analyzes the content for Zonda, runs special research projects, and strategizes with the nation’s largest homebuilders. She gives presentations nationwide covering topics across the housing market and the broad economy. Ali is also the creator of Zonda’s proprietary indices, including the New Home Pending Sales Index and the New Home Lot Supply Index. Highly regarded as an industry expert, Ali is quoted frequently in national publications including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Yahoo! Finance. She has also appeared on national and international TV and radio programs such as Bloomberg TV and Marketplace. Ali serves as an advisor to the White House, providing data and insights on the US housing market. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  Ali Wolf shares how Zonda got startedHow did Ali become interested in housing data?Zonda’s strategies for collecting dataWhat is the housing index telling us right now?The implications behind the rising number of new home constructionsMillennial home-buying trendsDo the numbers indicate a coming change in the market? Market risks outlook  New releases from Zonda: the Zonda Affordability Ratio (ZAR)Why “Zoom towns” are becoming more commonWhere are the surprisingly affordable markets?What are the signs of a falling market? Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Ali Wolf on LinkedIn Ali Wolf on TwitterZonda Mike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
Why Experience Matters in Real Estate
Jan 19 2022
Why Experience Matters in Real Estate
Buying a house can be challenging. Sometimes people try to find help from friends. But what’s the difference between hiring a well-meaning friend versus a professional?  In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen is joined by Becky Babcock and Brad Nix, Co-founders of Path & Post Real Estate, to discuss why hiring a professional makes all the difference in your real estate journey. They talk about the core values at Path & Post, share advice for buying and selling in today’s market, and discuss predictions for the future of the real estate market.  About Becky Babcock and Brad Nix Becky Babcock is the CEO, Founder, and Co-owner of the Path & Post Real Estate team brokerage. Becky is passionate about sharing her vision, challenging the status quo, and helping team members achieve success. She focuses on understanding each client's unique life transition to create a memorable experience for clients and meaningful work for team members. Becky is also the author of How to Sell Houses without Selling Your Soul. Brad Nix is the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Path & Post Real Estate team brokerage, where he oversees the operations of 26 team members. Under Brad’s leadership, Path & Post has received over 800 five-star reviews from satisfied clients and sold over 2,400 homes. Throughout his career, Brad has been consistently recognized by the real estate community for delivering exceptional experiences for both his agents and consumers. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  Becky Babcock explains what sets Path & Post Real Estate apart from other real estate brokeragesBrad Nix describes the difference between a professional and an amateurHow does Path & Post reach new customers?Path & Post’s company values: RUGQuestions to ask to determine if you’re ready to buy a homeAdvice for buyers and sellers in today’s marketWhere is the market headed over the next 10-20 years?Surprising real estate trends in the last 24 monthsBecky and Brad’s vision for the future of Path & Post Featuring Mike Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research A true data geek, Mike founded Altos Research in 2006 to bring data and insight on the U.S. housing market to those who need it most. The company now serves the largest Wall Street investment firms, banks, and tens of thousands of real estate professionals around the country. Mike's insights on the market have been featured in Forbes, New York Times, Bloomberg, Dallas Morning News, Seattle PI, and many other national media outlets. Resources mentioned in this episode: Becky Babcock on LinkedInBrad Nix on LinkedIn Path & Post Real Estate Mike Simonsen on LinkedInAltos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:  See you next week!
Geeking Out On Housing Economics
Jan 5 2022
Geeking Out On Housing Economics
Ralph McLaughlin is the Chief Economist at Kukun, an AI-powered property technology platform for homeowners and real estate investors. Kukun offers fast and intuitive access to the most important home data and analytics. Ralph advises Kukun’s data science team in developing predictive housing market analytics and products. He provides digestible applied research for local governments, public policymakers, and the general public.  Previously, Ralph was the Chief Economist at Trulia and the Deputy Chief Economist at CoreLogic. He currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California and is an Advisory Chief Economist at Haus Real Estate Group. In this episode… Owning a home can seem daunting. How do you know when it's the best time to buy or sell? How do you know what your house is actually worth?  Kukun takes mountains of real estate data and turns it into digestible information for homeowners. They follow real estate trends and produce predictive analysis reports to help you navigate the complex world of home ownership. Additionally, they can help you understand how renovations add value to your home and how alternative financing options can help you find a home sooner.  In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, host Mike Simonsen is joined by Ralph McLaughlin, Chief Economist at Kukun, to discuss today’s top real estate marketing trends. Ralph explains innovative financing options like shared equity, why he created resources like the Common Haus Pricing Index (CHPI), and what potential policies would benefit homeowners.
Real Estate Agents That Stand Out
Dec 20 2021
Real Estate Agents That Stand Out
Mark Johnson is the CEO of JPAR Real Estate. JPAR is a fast-growing, full-service, transaction-based real estate brokerage based in Texas with offices throughout the country. Mark has invested decades into understanding the inner workings of high-performing real estate companies, managers, teams, and agents. He is also the Host of Success Superstars, a weekly show that highlights the blueprint of real estate agent success, and he is the Co-founder of CoRecruit.  In this episode… The last year has seen real estate prices skyrocket and the inventory of homes diminish. The competition for buying and selling houses has never been more challenging. In this atmosphere, how can you stand out as a real estate agent? Superior Customer Service. People can spot a salesperson a mile away. They want a genuine opinion on whether or not a home will fit their lifestyle. They need a real estate agent who isn’t afraid to say, “This isn’t the home for you, let’s keep looking,” or “Don’t sell yet. We can get you money.” Folks today want a real estate agent with hyper-local expertise who sincerely cares about their future home — otherwise, they’ll walk their feet and dollars to somebody else.  In this episode of the Top of Mind Podcast, Mike Simonsen is joined by Mark Johnson, CEO of JPAR Real Estate, to discuss how to find success in today's tough real estate landscape. Mark explains why a live local agent is superior to any technology, top tips for becoming a superstar real estate agent, and how the pandemic has changed the industry.