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

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    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

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

    Building a Rental Business with Michael Zuber from One Rental at a Time

    Building a Rental Business with Michael Zuber from One Rental at a Time

    In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Michael Zuber from One Rental at a Time to talk about how he built a thriving rental business and the big market trends for people who are building now.
    About Michael Zuber
    Michael Zuber is Author of One Rental at a Time, a story of working full time and building a real estate portfolio that eventually replaced two six-figure incomes. Having successfully made the leap from W2 to Financial Freedom 5+ years ago he now spends his time helping others see what is possible with a little focus and daily discipline.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    One Rental at a Time

    Michael Zuber | LinkedIn

    Michael Zuber | Instagram

    Mike Simonsen | LinkedIn

    Altos Research


    Featuring Mike Simonsen, President 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.
    Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:

    Altos on Twitter

    Mike on Twitter


    About Altos Research
    The Top of Mind Podcast is produced by Altos Research.
    Each week, Altos tracks every home for sale in the country - all the pricing, and all the changes in pricing - and synthesizes those analytics to make them available before becoming visible through traditional channels.
    Schedule a demo to see Altos in action. You can also get a copy of our free eBook: How To Use Market Data to Build Your Real Estate Business.

    • 53 min
    Home prices have started to slip in a few states (6/3/24)

    Home prices have started to slip in a few states (6/3/24)

    Welcome to How’s the Market, our weekly look at what’s happening in the US housing market, powered by data from Altos Research.
    If you want to see all the inventory, pricing, and supply and demand charts we reference in the show, head on over to our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/altosresearch.
    Hosted by Mike Simonsen, President 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. Altos provides national and local real estate data to financial institutions, real estate professionals, and investors across the country, and the company is now part of HW Media, publisher of HousingWire and RealTrends. Mike uses Altos data to identify trends in the real estate market well before the headlines, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes and other publications.

    • 14 min
    Unsold inventory is rising across the country (5/28/24 Market Update)

    Unsold inventory is rising across the country (5/28/24 Market Update)

    Welcome to How’s the Market, our weekly look at what’s happening in the US housing market, powered by data from Altos Research.
    If you want to see all the inventory, pricing, and supply and demand charts we reference in the show, head on over to our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/altosresearch.
    Hosted by Mike Simonsen, President 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. Altos provides national and local real estate data to financial institutions, real estate professionals, and investors across the country, and the company is now part of HW Media, publisher of HousingWire and RealTrends. Mike uses Altos data to identify trends in the real estate market well before the headlines, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes and other publications.

    • 14 min
    Getting Smart on ADUs with Samara’s Mike McNamara

    Getting Smart on ADUs with Samara’s Mike McNamara

    In this episode of the Top of Mind podcast, Mike Simonsen sits down with Mike McNamara, co-founder and CEO of Samara, to talk about all things ADUs. ADUs, or accessory dwelling units, are small, self-contained residential units located on the same lot as an existing single-family home. You might know them as “granny flats” or “in-laws” or even “casitas.” And given the housing affordability crisis in our country, ADUs are starting to really gain traction as a potential solution for this. Mike gives us a primer on ADUs and why they hold so much promise for solving many of America’s housing challenges.
    About Mike McNamara
    Mike McNamara is the co-founder and CEO of Samara, a company that aims to improve the way we live, starting by holistically reimagining the home. Samara aspires to a brighter future through beautifully-designed products that balance comfort, sustainability, and simplicity. 
    In 2020, McNamara was tapped by Joe Gebbia to lead an innovation team inside Airbnb. In 2022, the innovation team was moved out of Airbnb and reborn as Samara. 
    Prior to Airbnb, McNamara spent 13 years as the CEO of Flex, a Fortune 500 company in the electronics manufacturing industry. Alongside the executive team, he grew the company to over 200,000 employees in 30 countries and generated over $25B in revenue.
    McNamara served as a Board member of MEMC (energy), Delphi (automotive), Flex (manufacturing and technology) and Slack (enterprise software). He currently serves on two public boards - Carrier and Workday. He also serves as an advisor to New Legacy which operates multiple investment funds.
    McNamara received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in business administration from Santa Clara University.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:

    Mike McNamara | LinkedIn

    Samara raises $41 million to bring high quality ADUs to every backyard in California and beyond

    Samara

    Mike Simonsen | LinkedIn

    Altos Research


    Featuring Mike Simonsen, President 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.
    Follow us on Twitter for more data analysis and insights:

    Altos on Twitter

    Mike on Twitter


    About Altos Research
    The Top of Mind Podcast is produced by Altos Research.
    Each week, Altos tracks every home for sale in the country - all the pricing, and all the changes in pricing - and synthesizes those analytics to make them available before becoming visible through traditional channels.
    Schedule a demo to see Altos in action. You can also get a copy of our free eBook: How To Use Market Data to Build Your Real Estate Business.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    As more homes take a price cut, will list prices drop? (5/20/24 Market Update)

    As more homes take a price cut, will list prices drop? (5/20/24 Market Update)

    Welcome to How’s the Market, our weekly look at what’s happening in the US housing market, powered by data from Altos Research.
    If you want to see all the inventory, pricing, and supply and demand charts we reference in the show, head on over to our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/altosresearch.
    Hosted by Mike Simonsen, President 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. Altos provides national and local real estate data to financial institutions, real estate professionals, and investors across the country, and the company is now part of HW Media, publisher of HousingWire and RealTrends. Mike uses Altos data to identify trends in the real estate market well before the headlines, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes and other publications.

    • 13 min
    Mixed signals for peak home buying season (5/13/24 Market Update)

    Mixed signals for peak home buying season (5/13/24 Market Update)

    Welcome to How’s the Market, our weekly look at what’s happening in the US housing market, powered by data from Altos Research.
    If you want to see all the inventory, pricing, and supply and demand charts we reference in the show, head on over to our YouTube channel at https://youtube.com/altosresearch.
    Hosted by Mike Simonsen, President 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. Altos provides national and local real estate data to financial institutions, real estate professionals, and investors across the country, and the company is now part of HW Media, publisher of HousingWire and RealTrends. Mike uses Altos data to identify trends in the real estate market well before the headlines, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes and other publications.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Steve Mazzini ,

Great housing data and guests

Thanks for the great work Mike! Excellent guests and a thoughtful approach to economics and housing

Financial Samurai ,

Great data

Love the charts from Twitter too. I write about real estate personal finance strategies all the time and your stats are very helpful. Sam, FinancialSamurai.com

AspenAppr ,

Fantastic Housing Information

I am a real property appraiser. I pull stats every day as part of my work. This is one of my favorite podcasts! Mike Simonsen keeps it real by not sensationalizing the data. He just reports what his research reflects, which I love! And the insights he and his guests share are always incredibly helpful to me when trying to navigate my own research and analysis. Thanks for being such a great resource!

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