FastExpert Authors

The FastExpert Authors is made up of licensed and practicing Real Estate Agents as well as others working in the industry. These writers have years of experience and are passionate about passing on their knowledge. Our goal is to help home buyers and sellers feel confident as they navigate the market in their area.

We’re building a resource of experience and knowledge based information with the help of these authors. If you’d like to contribute to the conversation and join the team, click here.

  • Compass

Alina Aeby is a global real estate and Proptech consultant, speaker, and investor based in San Francisco, California. Alina is dedicated to helping buyers and sellers in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. She enjoys representing a first-time home buyer as much as she enjoys representing a seasoned multi-asset investor or a luxury property seller or buyer. Alina has a background in journalism and economic research and holds a PhD in Economics with an emphasis in globalization.

Amanda Dodge is a real estate writer and expert. She has worked in the field for more than eight years. She spends her time writing and researching trends in real estate, finance, and business. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communications from Florida State University.

    • Barrett Real Estate

    Ashley Lewis is an Arizona real estate agent and DogMomofAZ. She's worked in the real estate industry since 2017. If she's not catching up on real estate, you can catch her with her 5 dogs, DIY-ing, working out, or crafting on her Etsy page!

    • The Blunier Team

    Ben Curry is a real estate agent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He works on the Blunier Team with Keller Williams. Their team does around 140 transactions per year and he brings all of that experience to every buying or selling transaction.

    • CanZell Realty

    Bob Eberle has 36 years of experience in real estate in New York with vast knowledge of his area and broad expertise in a range of properties. He's an Amazon best-selling author and a finalist for Flip This House, 2006. He is currently the Managing Broker at CanZell Realty.

    • Mantus Real Estate

    Brett Ari Fischer is a top-producing representative who specializes in a wide range of NYC real estate transactions. He works with a wide range of clients from $350,000 to $23 million. Brett Ari Fischer's distinguished track record of success is based on an unmatched work ethic and highly effective communication skills. He has appeared on Bravo's Million Dollar Listing New York several times and is a co-founder of Mantus Real Estate in NYC. Well-versed in luxury sales and rentals throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, Brett is a Certified Negotiation Expert and Certified Buyer Representative. His extensive experience and wide-ranging network of industry contacts ensure his loyal clientele have every resource at their disposal, whether they are seeking to buy, sell or rent a home.

    • Briggs Realty Group

    Chris Scheffler is a real estate agent with Briggs Realty Group. Chris initially spent over a decade working in construction. After being inspired by his own real estate purchase, he decided to make a career change into real estate. Since 2021, he's been passionate about providing an excellent experience for clients with a personable, dedicated, stress-free approach. He strives to treat all clients with respect and integrity.

    • Spina Realty Company

    Chris Spina of Spina Realty Company has 25 years of experience and leads local Real Estate Agents throughout Collier and Lee Counties on the Southwest Coast along with Orange and Seminole Counties in Central Florida. He offers Expert Negotiating Skills, Successful Strategies & Superior Service to guide clients through a stress-free experience.

    Desiree is the Office Manager extraordinaire for FastExpert inc. and has been with the company since the beginning. Her writing comes from an extensive knowledge of the Real Estate market and the Real Estate process. She loves an organized desk and a large cup of coffee. She currently resides on the west coast with her family.

        • The Doug Erdy Group

        Doug Erdy is the owner and broker of one of Houston's most recognized brokerages, The Doug Erdy Group. They have grown organically to over 120 agents in the past 5 years. Prior that Doug was North Houston's Top Team, selling over $800 million in sales. Prior to real estate Doug was a Hub Manager for United Airlines in NYC and Houston. Doug also was a regional manager for Dining Services where he oversaw the airlines food and beverage quality and service.

        • Coldwell Banker American Homes

        Gail Carillo is the founder & leader of Team Carillo of Coldwell Banker American Homes. Her vision was to provide one-stop shopping for all real estate needs. The Carillo Team offers expertise to 1st time buyers, trade-ups, transferees, investors, or seniors seeking resales, new construction, condos, coops, or commercial real estate. She works in Ronkonkoma, NY and the surrounding area.

        • Jones and Co Realty

        Janine Fine is a seasoned real estate expert in Southwest Florida. She loves her job servicing every real estate need for her clients. Janine has won many awards, but the best compliment she gets is the repeat and referral business from past clients!

        • Tholco Real Estate Group

        Jason Thoele employs a simple statement; “Integrity & Simplicity before Profitability”. These 4 simple words keep my team and me on the right track and help us best serve our clients. Since being licensed in 2006 I’ve sold more than 1,300 homes with a combined value of over $400 million in real estate, but I don’t like to get caught up on the numbers. What’s more important to me is you and your real estate goals, I’ll make sure that you’re always number one! If you’re looking for an agent that will put you first while keeping communication, integrity and ethics at the forefront of our business then look no further.

        • Keller Williams

        Jen is a top-producing Realtor with over 20 years of experience in real estate in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. She is dedicated to providing her clients with a personalized 5-star customer service experience and has a proven record of positively impacting their financial success. In addition to real estate, Jen is a singer, worship leader, and auntie to 7 adorable nieces and nephews.

        • Pacific Sothebys International Realty

        Jenniffer Taylor has been a part of the San Diego Real Estate community for over 23 years. Licensed since 2002, she has helped over 300 families with their real estate needs, servicing all of San Diego County for homes, condos, vacant land, and equestrian estates. She works with first time buyers to multi-million dollar clients, from Lakeside to Rancho Santa Fe.

        • EXP Realty

        Joe Bourland is in the top 1% of agents Nationally year after year. He has served as a director of the local Board of REALTORS and participated in numerous real estate panels and events. When not working, Joe enjoys spending time with his two sons, traveling with his wife and attending local industry events.

        • The JRS Realty Group

        John Salkowski is a highly successful real estate broker based in Trappe, Pennsylvania. For more than a decade, John has headed The JRS Realty Group Real Estate Advisors as its founder, president, and broker. In addition to having distinguished himself among the top 1% of realtors in the nation and Philadelphia Magazine for client satisfaction and customer service, John is a best-selling author of the book – Leadership in the Line of Duty.

        • Keller Williams Premiere Properties

        John Wright is a licensed Broker in the State of Illinois since April 2007 and a licensed Real Estate Agent in Texas since August 2021. He has sold more than 1,300 homes and $200 million in sales in his 15-year career. John services the Chicago and San Antonio markets.

        • Century 21 Beggins

        Kathleen has 17 years of experience specializing in seller/buyer services, contract negotiations, military, relocation, resale, seller services, senior relocation, distressed sellers, REO, and investment. She provides outstanding Realtor service to Sarasota, Bradenton, Longboat Key, St. Armand's Circle, Lakewood Ranch, Ellenton, Arcadia, Parrish, Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Sun City, Wimauma, Riverview, Tampa Bay and surrounding St. Pete, Madera Beach and Indian Rocks communities.

        Kelsey Heath is a real estate content specialist with an extensive background in residential, industrial, and commercial property. She has been involved in the industry for a decade as a professional and personal investor, gaining a deep understanding of the market and trends. With a passion for written communication, Kelsey loves helping people understand the sometimes-complicated concepts behind real estate and is now a sought-out guest and ghostwriter.

            Kevin brings a B.S. in Accounting and ten years of experience in sales and customer service. He started with FastExpert in 2019 and has been a big asset to the team. He believes strongly in the power of communication and has great attention to detail.

                • Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette

                Lynn Butterfield is an Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker and has over 39 years of experience in real estate and development in Arkansas. He's well-versed in all types of real estate from luxury homes to commercial real estate. He's passionate about his client's satisfaction and worked diligently on behalf of each individual.

                • Keller Willaims GSRE

                Margo Christophilis was born in Seattle, she is a first generation of Greek immigrants. Margo went to school locally and graduated with a double degree in music, and audio engineering. A mother of 2 children and a grandmother of 1. The Christophilis Team is a family-owned business, and has been serving the Seattle, WA community in Real Estate for over ten years. They specialize in selling homes that did not sell the first time. They are committed to our clients and the community.

                Mark has been working with FastExpert since 2019. He graduated from California State Fullerton with a degree in Business Administration and a focus on Marketing. He has worked in many industries, from customer service to hospitality to real estate. He enjoys working and writing about real estate because of the opportunities to help others, form good relationships, and educate people on this wide topic.

                    • Revest Homes, Inc.

                    Megan Kilmer is a Santa Cruz County local with a passion for housing. Megan has a background in Social Services and is an expert on goal setting and motivation. With a wide network of trusted local resources, she is a problem solver! Need to buy, sell, lease, manage, or finance a real estate project? She's got you!

                    • Coldwell Banker

                    Melissa Tucci is a real estate broker/agent in San Diego, CA, and the Official real estate agent of the San Diego Padres. She was ranked the #1 Coldwell Banker agent in California every year from 2016-2021. Prior to that Melissa was ranked #1 in sales for the entire Century 21 Western Region from 2012-2015. Voted the "Most Influential Woman" in 2019 by the San Diego Daily Transcript, Melissa is an excellent agent to work with.

                    • HomeSmart

                    Mike Jeppson is one of the Coachella Valley's most trusted brokers, counting among his associates and clients numerous business owners and distinguished community leaders. As the designated broker of HomeSmart in Palm Desert, CA, Mike oversees the daily operations and manages over 500 agents. A high touch broker known for his extensive market and contract knowledge, Mike aims to produce positive results and impact all of those he comes in contact with.

                    • Howard Hanna Outer Banks Realty

                    Mike Siers is in the top 1% of the Nations top Privately owned Real Estate company, Howard Hanna. With a strong history in sales and development, assisting buyers and sellers in today's market makes the whole process smooth. He always puts you, the client, first. He believes in being upfront and honest, even when you may not like what he needs to say about a location or the property.

                    • Re/Max Excalibur

                    Monique is the team leader of the Monique Walker Team in Scottsdale, AZ. She has over 18 years of experience in selling homes and has a knowledge of the local housing market that is unmatched. She has consistently ranked as a top-selling agent in Arizona and currently ranks in the top 1% of realtors(R) nationwide.

                    • Cloud Nine Spain

                    Paul Brazell Acosta is a Spanish Real Estate Expert, originally from America, but raised in Spain. He currently lives in Marbella on the Spanish Costa del Sol, with his wife and two teenage children and is Director of Realtors Cloud Nine Spain. He helps international buyers purchase property in Spain and unlock the incredible lifestyle he loves so much.

                    • Springer Realty Group

                    Peter Gustis has an expertise in turning failure into success. He has years of sale, marketing, and real estate knowledge, which he put into a book "How to Sell Real Estate". Peter primarily serves the Pennsylvania area.

                    • Preston Hicks Real Estate Group - JMG Utah

                    Preston was born in Provo, Utah, and raised in Spanish Fork, Utah. He graduated from Spanish Fork High School. He is married with 7 children. Along with his love of family, he has a very strong competitive spirit, is passionate about personal development, and truly cares for others. He has a background in sales and marketing and construction as a Project Superintendent. He has taken his life experiences working with people and transitioned into helping families and individuals make the very best decisions when it comes to real estate.

                    • Lotus Properties of Pearson Smith Realty

                    Born and raised in the DMV, Priya has extensive local knowledge and is licensed in both VA and MD. Although she enjoys all facets of Real Estate, she specializes in Listings, First-Time Homebuyers, and Relocating Military Families. Priya not only supports her clients through their buy and sell transactions; she supports her team-Lotus Properties of Pearson Smith Realty and teaches Realtors across the country how to build their businesses and serve their clients on the highest level.

                    • Rebecca Csiszar Real Estate Broker

                    First licensed in Michigan in 1978, Rebecca has enjoyed living in the Sandhills area for over twenty years. No other agent from the Moore County real estate market can serve you in a larger geographical area, as she is a member of four MultiList Real Estate Boards, the Moore county, Cumberland county(Fayetteville), Triangle, and Sanford Area Association. In addition to real estate experience, she brings to the client professional experience in diverse areas of marketing & retail visual merchandising.

                    Ryan Zomorodi is the Co-Founder and COO of, a real estate investing education platform that has trained thousands of students across the nation to start and grow real estate investing businesses. Ryan has over 10 years of real estate investment and management experience, including acquiring over 100 homes for flip, wholesale, and rental across a dozen states.

                    Scott is a content writer and blogger specializing in the Real Estate space. He has a passion for writing and helping companies grow. He has been working in the industry since 2017 and has been writing for the FastExpert audience since 2022.

                        • Compass

                        Seb Frey has been a REALTOR since 2003, and primarily serves the South Bay Area in California. He specializes in working with long-time Bay Area homeowners, helping them unlock the equity in their homes upon sale. His goal with every client he serves is to make their next move the best one yet.

                        Steph is the Marketing Director at FastExpert and has been working in the real estate data and research world for over three years. She is passionate about educating people on the real estate market and Excel spreadsheets. She lives on the East Coast with her family and recently purchased her own home.

                          • eXp Realty, LLC

                          Tanisha Owens Barrett is a local real estate agent in Greenville, South Carolina. I service buyers, sellers, investors, and those looking to build their dream home. I have lived in South Carolina my entire life and absolutely love it. When I’m not assisting my clients, I enjoy spending time with my family and serving my community.

                          • Keller Williams Prosperity Realty

                          Timothy Waller has been a Licensed Realtor and Broker in the New Jersey area for the last 38 years. He is one of New Jersey's Top Consumer Advocates working diligently to protect the interests of home buyers and sellers. He has appeared on Fox Business as a guest on Varney & Co.

                          • Gibson Sotheby's International Realty

                          Tom has lived in Concord Center for 8 years with his wife Amanda and their 3 children. Tom graduated from Acton-Boxboro high school and knows this region very well. He is a founding member of the Tom and Joanne Team of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty which they started together 18 years ago, and they recently celebrated surpassing $350 million in career sales. Tom is well respected in their area for his experience as an expert negotiator and master in pricing homes. He is very involved in the community and is also a lead real estate instructor for Gibson Sotheby’s. Tom can be found at, and is welcoming new buyer and seller clients.

                          Vivian Tejada is a freelance real estate writer from Providence, RI. She writes SEO blogs for real estate, travel and hospitality companies. She's passionate about the future of work and helping Latin American freelancers achieve time, location, and financial freedom. When she’s not writing you can find her at the gym, a family cookout, or at brunch with her girls.

                            Whitney Bontrager is an associate marketing manager at FastExpert. She has a BS in Economics from the University of Illinois, an MA in Education from St. Xavier University, and over a decade of property management experience.