18 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.

    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
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    See you next week!

    • 55 min
    How To Predict the Future of the Housing Market

    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 market What needs to happen for home prices to decline, and why — Logan Mohtashami is actually hoping for this When to expect inventory to get back to normal Long-term trends buyers and sellers should be thinking about Predictions 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 LinkedIn Logan Mohtashami on Twitter Logan Mohtashami on Instagram Logan Mohtashami’s website HousingWire HousingWire Daily podcast 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!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    What Real Estate Investors Should Know About Shared Housing

    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 investors How remote work has created a massive opportunity for shared housing The growing trend of young adults living with roommates The case for increasing density to help our housing crisis How 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 LinkedIn HomeRoom Y Combinator 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
    The Risks and Opportunities in Today's Housing Market

    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 environment Surprising insights about the foreclosure situation Which regulatory changes might further dampen buyer demand this year Why new buyers are facing a “triple whammy” of challenges Rick 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 LinkedIn Rick Sharga on Twitter ATTOM RealtyTrac 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!

    • 58 min
    The Future of Second Home Ownership

    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 ownership The ways in which shared vacation homes have similar benefits to carpooling Why Pacaso’s second homes are almost fully utilized, while single-owner second homes only get used five to six weeks per year Why the inventory shortage — especially in second-home markets — is here to stay How 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 LinkedIn Austin Allison on Twitter Pacaso 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!

    • 46 min
    How Realtors Are Surviving and Thriving in a Crazy Market

    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 expert The challenge of selling into a market with massive competitive bidding Why new innovation in the mortgage industry may be coming soon How Wendy Forsythe sees the future of remote work impacting home buyers  How Fathom Realty uses frictionless transactions to better serve their remote customers Surprising 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 | Instagram Wendy Forsythe’s website Fathom Realty 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!

    • 48 min

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