HOUWZER IS WHAT REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE SHOULD LOOK LIKE
How fitting is it that a real estate revolution should start right here in Philadelphia.
How fitting is it that a real estate revolution should start right here in Philadelphia.
For most of us, buying a home is the largest investment we will ever make. Yet in an age of unbounded consumer choice and technology-led innovations, the residential real estate brokerage industry is stuck in the 20th century — protected by legacy systems and broker-centric business practices that add undo costs, barriers, and inefficiencies. It’s no surprise that 70% of consumers distrust real estate agents. This is an appalling and unacceptable state for a $70 billion industry in the United States. Houwzer is rebuilding real estate brokerage from the ground up to create a more competitive marketplace while building consumer trust.
We exist to help make dream homes come true and celebrate when they do;
We provide the most cost-effective and credible brokerage solution for buying and selling a home;
We give people industry insights and information to become the most savvy home buyers and sellers on the planet;
We ask you to help us change the brokerage industry for good; if you bought or sold your home with Houwzer, please share your story and experience;
We hold ourselves accountable to these core values:
expertise, transparency, trust, honesty, reliability, and customer-focus.
In 2016, Houwzer became a certified B Corporation, an acknowledgment of our company’s commitment to social and environmental ethics, transparency, and accountability. Houwzer joins over 2000 Certified B Corporations globally – including over 50 in the Philadelphia area – that have met the rigorous standards that measure a company’s impact on its employees, suppliers, community, and the environment.
"Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come." – Victor Hugo
Mike is the Co-Founder and CEO at Houwzer. He drives the company’s vision, strategy, culture, and growth. As a former Naval Officer, Mike believes leadership is what separates the good from the great. A serial real estate entrepreneur with experience in coworking, brokerage, and incubation, Mike is passionate about the paradigm shift taking place in all aspects of real estate. Mike received a B.S. in American Politics and Law from the United States Naval Academy and an MBA in Real Estate, Finance, and International Business from the DiLella Center for Real Estate at the Villanova University School of Business.
Rachel Armstrong is our Senior Client Success Manager at Houwzer. She is the first point of contact for every potential client. She is a native to Delaware County and has a background in Real Estate, Direct Sales and specifically leads management. She matriculated from West Chester University with a B.A. in Women’s Studies as well as a Graduate Business Certificate. She has a passion for entrepreneurship and personal development. In her spare time she likes to watch movies and spend time with her boyfriend and two small dogs.
Pam is a Buyer Team Administrator. She got her start in real estate at Coldwell Banker and comes to Houwzer from an administrative role at Berkshire Hathaway. A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Politics and Sociology, her background includes several years in Market Research Operations as a Consultant, Data Analyst, and Spec Writer. A New Jersey native, Pam was active with the Lawrence Township Affordable Housing Board and Lawrenceville Main Street Board of Directors. She now lives in Richboro, Bucks County with her husband and son and enjoys reading non-fiction and traveling in her spare time.
Jorge Santana is a Listing Agent at Houwzer. Jorge has a background in economic development and government, most recently serving as the Grants Manager for the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, where he was responsible for managing over $250 million in capital projects funding for various projects in the City of Philadelphia. Jorge received a Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Art from Bard College. Originally from the Lehigh Valley, Jorge has called Philadelphia his home since 2001 and lives in West Philadelphia with his wife and son.
As a lifelong Philadelphian, Mike is an expert in the different neighborhoods in and outside of the city. Being an Army veteran, he has the work ethic and loyalty to help guide you seamlessly through the search for your dream home. He has vast experience in the insurance and service industry where taking care of clients was his top priority. Mike currently lives in Delaware County and likes to spend his time discovering new restaurants and spending time with his daughter Grace.
Ebony is a Listing Team Administrator. She got her start in real estate at TREND MLS with years of listing compliance. A graduate of Moore College of Art and Design with a B.A. in Interior Design, her background also includes several years as a Health Insurance agent and a Support Center Specialist. Ebony is a Philadelphia native and currently resides in Port Richmond with her husband, son, and kitten. She enjoys the arts and does painting, crafts, and refurbishing furniture in her spare time.
Brett Stephenson is a Real Estate Agent with Houwzer. Before starting his career in real estate, Brett worked for 15 years in the hospitality industry. Skilled in the art of customer service, Brett is committed to delivering exceptional service and helping his clients find their dream home. Brett and his wife Adrienne are owners of Adrienne Dara Hair, an upscale hair studio in Center City. They currently reside in the Fairmount neighborhood. Brett graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Criminal Justice.
Jim joins Houwzer as part of the New Jersey launch team and will serve his clients as a Buyer’s Agent. He has been practicing real estate since 2001, including running two offices in Burlington and Ocean counties for a large, national real estate franchise where he managed more than 200 real estate agents. Jim is a member of the Mercer County Board of Realtors, and is the treasurer for the Hainesport Knights of Columbus. In his free time, he enjoys relaxing down the shore with his three children.
Jarreau Henderson is a Real Estate Agent at Houwzer. As a Philly native, Jarreau is highly familiar with the landscape of various neighborhoods and is eager and ready to help you find your dream home. Prior to joining Houwzer, he worked at the fitness center at the Union League of Philadelphia. He is currently wrapping up a degree in Recreation, Parks, Tourism, and Management with a focus in community and commercial recreation from Penn State University and will officially graduate in May 2017. Jarreau currently resides in South Philadelphia.
Lea is a Listing Team Administrator at Houwzer. Her real estate career started in early 2013 at a Philadelphia based real estate appraisal company and moved onto the sales side of real estate in late 2015. A graduate of Temple University, her background also includes several years in the vibrant Philadelphia restaurant industry in various roles. Lea is a Philadelphia transplant and a Baltimore native. She moved to the city over a decade ago and currently resides in Fishtown with her boyfriend, rescue dog and cat. In her free time she enjoys riding her horse in Fort Washington and exploring the awesome neighborhood she calls home.
Scott is a Real Estate Agent at Houwzer. Coming from a background in community development and contracting, Scott is excited to combine his passions for people, communities, and homes. Residing in Fishtown, Scott enjoys working with local kids, volunteering with the Philly Fixer’s Guild, and tracking down the best pork sandwich in the city. Scott graduated form Sterling College with a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy.
Olga is a Buyer Team Administrator at Houwzer. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Anthropology and Biology, she has a diverse background in Hospitality Management, Operational Management, Science Research and Accounting. She moved to Philadelphia during her college years and now considers this city her home. She enjoys traveling, eating, cooking, and designing textiles in her spare time.
Andrew is a listing agent at Houwzer. Prior to entering real estate, Andrew spent most of his career working as a therapist and an educator, where he enjoyed exercising his skills in helping people reach their goals and work through challenging situations. In addition, he has experience conducting home inspections for construction loans, and has also worked in many phases of construction. Aside from having a passion for real estate, Andrew is an avid motorcycle rider, musician, and loves spending time exploring Philadelphia. Andrew holds a B.S. in English Education from West Chester University, and a Masters in Marriage and Family therapy from La Salle University.
As a 5th generation Philadelphian, and third generation Philadelphia real estate professional, Ben brings invaluable and intimate local knowledge to his role as a Buyer Specialist at Houwzer. Ben initially got licensed and began to work as a Realtor while also finishing his studies as a history major at Temple University. Ben’s knowledge is firmly planted in the soil of Philadelphia’s past, but continues to grow and thrive in it’s future.
With several years experience in banking and mortgage lending, Alton has a deep understanding of the numbers behind the numbers. As a former New Yorker, he offers the kind of non-stop work ethic and laser focus that is quintessential New York. Above all else, he’s committed to making the home buying process as easy and enjoyable as possible for his clients. Alton is an avid traveler, having lived in Germany and Czech Republic.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kris has lived and worked in different neighborhoods as well as surrounding counties. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania before working in government and the non-profit world at City Council, the Global Philadelphia Association, and the Mayor’s Office. Kris is a member of the NKCDC neighborhood advisory subcommittee and currently lives in Port Richmond. In his spare time he enjoys biking, mixed martial arts, civic engagement, and volunteering for non-profit organizations.
Kevin is the Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer at Houwzer. He drives the company’s business development, sales strategy, and regulatory compliance. As a real estate attorney, Kevin has overseen hundreds of residential and commercial real estate transactions. Also a real estate developer, Kevin has financed, developed, rented, and sold hundreds of homes in some of Philadelphia’s hottest neighborhoods. Kevin received a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science from LaSalle University and a J.D. from the Widener University School of Law.
Jay is Chairman of the Board for Houwzer. Not only does Jay serve in an advisory role on the Board, but is also an operating partner involved in various day-to-day roles including marketing, fundraising, and business development. As a real estate entrepreneur and co-founder of Homebuilder.com, Jay brings a unique expertise to the team. When not at Houwzer, Jay serves as Trustee at Einstein Healthcare Network and is a strong activist in the Philadelphia Jewish community. Jay earned his Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science degree magna cum laude in civil engineering from Tufts University.
Ted is COO at Houwzer. He leads all aspects of brokerage including agent training, program development, and company growth. Ted has been active in the region’s real estate scene for over a decade, leveraging his experience in executive roles at two large traditional brokerages. Prior to Houwzer, Ted was the former Regional Business Development Manager at Weichert Realtors and former CEO/Market Leader at Keller Williams Center City. A recovering attorney, Ted received his JD from the Villanova School of Law and currently resides in Fishtown with his wife and daughter.
Greg Phillips is CTO at Houwzer. He is leading the development of our technology platform, and evangelizing data-driven decision making across the organization. He joined the Houwzer team as a real estate startup veteran having co-founded a residential rental property analytics startup. A Philadelphia transplant from California via upstate New York, he currently resides with his wife in Bella Vista. Greg holds a BA in Philosophy with additional concentrations in Information Science and Cognitive Science from Cornell University.
David Speers is Director of Sales at Houwzer. Dave has been an active member of the Philadelphia technology industry where he helped build a handful of startups including his most recent project, Phila-State, a Podcast about the dynamic Philadelphia Real Estate market. Dave received a Bachelors of Arts in Integrative Arts from the Pennsylvania State University where he also established the first ever student run television station, PSNtv. Originally from Downingtown (PA) he has called Philadelphia home since 2007 and currently lives in the Fishtown with his wife and daughter.
Krystal is the Director of Marketing for Houwzer. She does all things marketing from social media to advertising to our newsletter and everything in between. Before coming to Houwzer, Krystal was on a career path in the nonprofit sector, working in a variety of areas, including renewable energy, cancer research, and community development. When not at work, she is actively involved in the cooperative landscape. Krystal serves on the board of the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) and is building a cooperative preschool in the Fairmount neighborhood. Krystal received a B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University.
Brandon is the Experience Manager for Houwzer. He is the backbone of Houwzer, handling all the logistics and details of your real estate transaction. Brandon has formerly worked as a Signals Intelligence Analyst in the U.S Army and as a trainer in the Joint Intelligence Combat Training Center. Brandon has also worked as a Barista at Starbucks and as a Social Media Market Research Analyst.
Ashley is a real estate agent at Houwzer. She is responsible for making your property goals a reality – whether it’s selling or buying. A former collegiate athlete at Drexel University, Ashley is familiar with the hustle and focus required to achieve. A burgeoning real estate entrepreneur with a background in start-up culture, Ashley finds particular interest in the intersection between where urban development and community solidarity meet. Ashley received a B.S. in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University.
Before joining Houwzer, Chad worked in the nonprofit sector focusing on Community Development efforts most prominently through gardens and bikes. Chad was a pivotal role garnering community support and involvement for the creation of the Girard Gardens (20th and Girard) and the spread of Philadelphia’s Bike Share program throughout Philadelphia. He still enjoys gardening and biking in his free time with his family and neighbors. Chad received a M.A. in International Development with an Urban Focus from Eastern University and B.A. in History from Oklahoma State University.
Trish is a Real Estate Agent at Houwzer. She brings more than 10 years of Real Estate experience in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In the past decade she has represented both sellers and buyers in more than 100 real estate transactions. She has extensive knowledge in short sales, bank-owned and investment properties, as well as retail properties. She will work diligently to find the perfect home for her buyers and will go above and beyond to sell homes for her sellers. Trish received her B.A. in Spanish with Business from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors(GPAR) as well as Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors(BCCAR). She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband and 3 children.
Jim Oliverie is a real estate agent at Houwzer. Before joining Houwzer, he worked in local government management in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area and for the City of Philadelphia focusing on policy analysis and financial administration. He enjoys biking, running, and exploring Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and the surrounding communities. Jim received his B.S. in Public Administration from James Madison University and a MPA from the University of Georgia. He resides with his wife in the Spring Garden neighborhood.
Jason came to Houwzer with 15+ years of hard-won real estate expertise from assisting both buyers and sellers with their real estate needs. Real estate is Jason’s second career, following a very successful first career in the high technology business. He has lived in the western suburbs for nearly 25 years, knows them very well, and brings that suburban knowledge to helping buyers locate their perfect home. Jason is licensed in both Pennsylvania & Delaware and is an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR), and PA Notary Public. He is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors (GPAR), Suburban West Realtors Association (SWRA) and New Castle County Board of Realtors (NCCBOR). Jason has dual degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Maryland. He currently resides in Chester County with his wife, who also happens to be a licensed realtor, and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Howard Smith is a conscientious Real Estate Agent who exudes credibility, commitment, and determination. Howard’s passion for real estate is apparent through his excellent communication skills and a warm and friendly approach. Howard is a Philadelphia suburban native, he brings more than 10 years of Real Estate experience, and has been active in the regions real estate scene for over 15 years. Howard received his B.A. from Syracuse University and an MBA from NovaSoutheastern University.