23 episodes

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

Top of Mind Mike Simonsen

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

    A Deep Dive on the Rental Market

    A Deep Dive on the Rental Market

    In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Jay Parsons, VP, Head of Economics and Industry Principals for RealPage, to talk about what’s happening in the rental market. Jay explains how the rental market and housing market are interrelated, gives his take on which rental policies work, and shares leading indicators he’s watching to stay on top of the market in 2023.
    About Jay Parsons Jay Parsons serves as VP, Head of Economics and Industry Principals for RealPage. He is a frequent author and speaker on topics including rental housing investment and asset management strategy, rental housing policy issues, risk management, and property management — covering apartments and single-family rentals. Jay has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and CNBC, among other outlets. His commentaries have been published by the Pension Real Estate Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Apartment Association, American Banker, and GlobeSt.
    Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  Why the rental market is often misunderstood How rents will impact inflation and the CPI for the next year How home prices and rental prices are interrelated Why the surging supply of new construction may not help renter costs any time soon What to expect for rents in 2023 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: Jay Parsons on LinkedIn Jay Parsons on Twitter RealPage Mike Simonsen on LinkedIn Altos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: https://twitter.com/altosresearch
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    See you next week!

    • 49 min
    Getting Smart on the Distressed Housing Market

    Getting Smart on the Distressed Housing Market

    In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Daren Blomquist, the Vice President of Market Economics at Auction.com, for a deep dive into the state of the distressed housing market, the latest insights from investor buyer behavior, and what the Auction.com platform can tell us about the housing market that we can’t see anywhere else. 
    About Daren Blomquist Daren Blomquist is the Vice President of Market Economics at Auction.com. In this role, Daren analyzes and forecasts complex macro and microeconomic data trends within the marketplace and industry to provide value to both buyers and sellers using the Auction.com platform.  
    Daren’s reports and analysis have been cited by thousands of media outlets — including all the major news networks and leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY. Daren has been quoted in hundreds of publications and has appeared on many national network broadcasts, including CBS, ABC, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, and Bloomberg.
    Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  The big trends in foreclosures and how the distressed market compares to previous years Two unique data points Auction.com uses to forecast future home prices Will investors be the backstop for a faltering housing market, or will they be the catalyst for a deeper market correction? What will happen with foreclosures in a recessionary economy — how many homes will be in foreclosure, and how quickly will it happen? Daren Blomquist’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: Daren Blomquist on LinkedIn Auction.com Auction.com In the News “Why Do So Few People Buy Affordable Properties at Auction?” by Jung Hyun Choi, Laurie Goodman, and Liam Reynolds Mike Simonsen on LinkedIn Altos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: https://twitter.com/altosresearch
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    See you next week!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Will New Home Construction Challenges Impact the Housing Market?

    Will New Home Construction Challenges Impact the Housing Market?

    In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Kevin Oakley, Managing Partner at Do You Convert, to get insights into what’s happening right now with new home construction. Kevin discusses the impact of the pandemic on the new homes landscape, the affordability challenge with new homes, which markets will see inventory rise as new homes hit the market, and more.
    About Kevin Oakley Kevin Oakley is one of the most trusted names in new home marketing to builders and developers across North America. He has over 17 years of experience running marketing and sales operations for home builders of all shapes, sizes, and areas of expertise, including at NVR, Maronda Homes, and Heartland Homes. Kevin is now a Managing Partner at Do You Convert, which is a leading provider of digital marketing for home builders.
    Kevin’s background gives him a unique perspective on the challenges of today’s market. He’s the Author of Presale Without Fail: The Secret to Launching New Communities with Maximum Results. He’s also the Host of the Market Proof Marketing podcast.
    Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  How the pandemic reshaped the home building landscape The impact of record-low consumer sentiment on the market for new homes The latest on what’s happening with supply chain issues Why new homes are often hit harder by economic downturns Which markets may see a spike in inventory when new homes hit the market The challenge of affordability in new home construction 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: Kevin Oakley on LinkedIn Kevin Oakley on Twitter Do You Convert Market Proof Marketing podcast Consumer Sentiment Index - University of Michigan National Association of Home Builders Mike Simonsen on LinkedIn Altos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: https://twitter.com/altosresearch
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    See you next week!

    • 56 min
    Housing Market Forecast & Insights From Freddie Mac

    Housing Market Forecast & Insights From Freddie Mac

    In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, to talk about the latest housing market and macroeconomic forecast released this week from the mortgage giant. Len explains how Freddie Mac does their forecasting, what they see for the coming year in real estate, how last year’s real estate boom skews today’s inflation numbers, and more. Download the latest research at https://freddiemac.com/research.
    About Len Kiefer Len Kiefer has served as Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac since December 2012. He is responsible for primary and secondary mortgage market analysis and research, macroeconomic analysis, and forecasting. He also analyzes policy issues affecting the housing industry. Before joining Freddie Mac as a Senior Economist in 2009, Len was an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University, where he conducted research on macroeconomics and monetary policy. Previously, he taught economics at Ohio State University and finance at George Mason University. Len is a Member of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association and the American Economics Association.
    Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  The mechanics behind Freddie Mac’s sophisticated economic forecasting What Freddie Mac’s latest forecast says about the coming year in real estate How last year’s real estate boom skews today’s inflation numbers The impact of migration and remote work on home prices What the future holds for mortgage rates Len Kiefer’s creative approach to data visualization and storytelling 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: Len Kiefer on LinkedIn Len Kiefer on Twitter Len Kiefer’s website Freddie Mac Freddie Mac’s Housing and Economic Research Mike Simonsen on LinkedIn Altos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: https://twitter.com/altosresearch
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    See you next week!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Can Better Data Help Real Estate Investors Outperform?

    Can Better Data Help Real Estate Investors Outperform?

    In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Mike Greene, CEO of ResiShares, to talk about the latest trends in real estate investing. Mike and Mike discuss how investors are thinking about real estate as the market shifts, how to spot opportunities now, which global economic forces pose the biggest risks to US real estate, and more.
    About Mike Greene Mike Greene’s fascination with the housing market began with a guest lecture in his undergrad economics class by Nobel-winning economist Robert Shiller. The lecture focused on Shiller’s home price indices, which first drew attention to the possibility of liquid, geographically-based investment products.
    Over the past 15 years, Mike worked first as a Trader at Bocage Capital, and later at HouseCanary, where he witnessed the emergence of the single-family rental ecosystem that convinced him that the world was finally ready to see Shiller’s challenge accepted.
    Mike is now the Founder and CEO of ResiShares, a real estate investment fund with a unique technology edge and an innovative approach to finding the best opportunities.
    Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:  ResiShares’ mission to make real estate a more liquid and accessible asset class Mike Greene’s surprising test for what presents the best investment opportunity How ResiShares leverages data to achieve “neighborhood alpha” on their investment portfolio The biggest long-term macroeconomic risks for the housing market How real estate investment firms can help solve both the financial and social problems for housing The key trends to watch in a recessionary economy 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: Mike Greene on LinkedIn ResiShares Mike Simonsen on LinkedIn Altos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: https://twitter.com/altosresearch
    https://twitter.com/mikesimonsen
    See you next week!

    • 50 min
    How Realtors Should Talk to Buyers and Sellers in a Changing Market

    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 now Why the principles of communication are more important than the tools and technology What agents who have transcended their local markets have in common Why asking questions is better than giving answers in a changing market Specific 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 LinkedIn Jimmy Mackin on Instagram Jimmy Mackin on Twitter Curaytor Curaytor on Instagram Curaytor on Twitter #WaterCooler podcast Exactly 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 Housel Mike Simonsen on LinkedIn Altos Research Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights: https://twitter.com/altosresearch
    https://twitter.com/mikesimonsen
    See you next week!

    • 55 min

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