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Mr. Mizes

Ben Mizes

CEO, Clever Real Estate

Ben Mizes is the Co-Founder and CEO of Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with a top-rated, full service real estate agent who can help you save thousands on commission. Clever was founded on the idea that home buying and selling is too expensive and fraught with hidden fees. By offering a discount solution that still provides all the services you come to expect from an agent, Mr. Mizes hopes to disrupt a stall industry.

Mr. Mizes' real estate journey to become the CEO of a thriving real estate tech start-up began in St. Louis, Missouri, his hometown. He invested in several multi-family properties right out of college with his business partner and Clever Real Estate's CSO, Luke Babich. Mr. Mizes became obsessed with real estate investing, and he's now an active real estate investor with 22 units in St. Louis, and a licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Missouri.

Mr. Mizes realized the real estate industry was ripe for disruption when he saw the ridiculously high fees associated with Realtor commissions. These commissions are typically five to six percent of the home's value - which can seriously cut into profits. Of course, home sellers still need the expertise and knowledge that real estate agents provide. Mr. Mizes founded Clever Real Estate to solve this problem by offering discount solutions with the same quality of service.

Mr. Mizes is a graduate of Indiana University - Bloomington business school, and he's passionate about real estate, investing, and start-up. You can connect with Ben on LinkedIn and follow his real estate investing blog here.

Please visit https://www.listwithclever.com for more information.

Mr. Mizes can be contacted at +1 925-964-3909 or ben@movewithclever.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.