Meet the Bloggers

The YPN Lounge blog is written by a team of young real estate professionals from across the country. Are you interested in joining our blogging team? Contact the blog’s editor, Erica Christoffer, at


Anita Clark

ANITA CLARK is a residential real estate agent with Coldwell Banker SSK, REALTORS®, in Houston County, Ga. She is from Coventry, England, is a retired military spouse, and has been assisting buyers, investors, and sellers in middle-Georgia since 2007. In addition to helping Georgia consumers with their real estate needs, Anita is quite active on social media, and regularly writes local and national interest real estate articles on her website. Connect with Anita on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.


Matt Clements

MATT CLEMENTS, CEO of the Clements Group at The Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif., is a fourth generation real estate professional—leading a legacy started by his great-grandmother. He’s the author of the YPN Playbook and was chair of the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) YPN in 2016 when the group won the YPN State Network of the Year. Matt is currently on the Board of Directors for C.A.R. and is vice chair of the Business Technology Committee. He is also on the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors, and sits on NAR’s YPN Advisory Board. In addition, he’s the California-Hawaii-Guam representative for NAR Region 13, and is the 2018 president of the Orange County Association of REALTORS® (he is the board’s youngest president to-date). Matt, who graduated from the University of California—Irvine, was a professional surfer from 1994 through 2001. Connect with Matt at


Jef Conn

JEF CONN, CCIM, SIOR, is a commercial agent specializing in industrial, office, and investment properties with Coldwell Banker Commercial in Lubbock, Texas. Since beginning his career in 2007,  Jef has helping thousands of clients and consistently ranks as the top industrial and office producer in his markets. Recognized for his work in commercial real estate, Jef won the 2015 William C. Jennings Texas Association of REALTORS® Transaction of the Year and the 2016 National Association of REALTORS® Commercial REALTOR® of the Year awards. He’s won the Coldwell Banker Commercial Global Award of Mentor/Protégé, once as a protégé and then again as a mentor in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Jef served as president of his local association in 2017 and currently serves as Region 1 vice president and executive board member for the Texas REALTORS®. Jef and his family reside in Lubbock, Texas, the home of food (beef), fuel (oil), and fiber (cotton) for the country. He is also a professional speaker on the topics of communication, leadership, and real estate. Connect with Jef on LinkedIn or via email:


Lee Davenport

LEE DAVENPORT, Ph.D., is an experienced real estate broker based in Atlanta who trains real estate agents and brokerages on how to use today’s technology to work smarter. Lee offers a RE Tech Insider’s Club at no fee for real estate pros to keep up with the latest tech tools to help your sales business thrive. Learn more by visiting LearnWithLee.REALTOR. Also, follow Lee on FacebookInstagramYouTube, and Google+. And if you are looking to transform your real estate sales game plan, check out Lee’s interactive workbook, Plan to Win!, available on  For more personalized insights, Lee trains in person, by phone, and by video (live and recorded). For more information, or to request Lee as a speaker or guest blogger, contact her at info@LearnWithLee.REALTOR.


Rebecca Donatelli

Rebecca Donatelli

REBECCA DONATELLI, ABR, SRS, C2EX, serves on the National Association of REALTORS® YPN Advisory Board and is the founder of The Rebecca Donatelli Team with McDowell Homes Real Estate Services in Cleveland, Ohio. Her team is in the top 5% of real estate professionals in Northeast Ohio. She was honored in REALTOR® Magazine’s 30 Under 30 class of 2019. She was also honored by the Lake & Geauga Area Association of REALTORS® as the 2020 REALTOR® of the Year. Her business has been built predominantly through the use of social media, specifically through Instagram. Her brand has become recognizable on social media both in the Cleveland area as well as nationwide. In 2019, she launched RD Seminars & Consulting, her speaking and consulting business, where she travels to speak at many conferences nationwide, helping other real estate pros build their businesses through social media. She is currently serving as LGAAR’s 2021 president-elect, and also serves as a state director for Ohio REALTORS®. Last year, she published her first book, Think Bigger: It’s Your Time – Step Into Leadership. You can connect with her on InstagramFacebook, or LinkedIn.


Jasen Edwards

JASEN EDWARDS is a sought-after sales expert, performance coach, and motivational speaker with more than 25 years of real estate experience. In his production heyday, he was the youngest person ever listed on the Austin Business Journal’s Top 50 agents list and was featured on the cover of REALTOR® Magazine as a member of the 30 Under 30 class of 2002. Jasen’s first book, The Top Producer Life: How To Build The Real Estate Career Of Your Dreams In Any Economy, will be published in December 2020.



Hazel Emlen

HAZEL EMLEN is an agent with Rapisarda Real Estate in Vacaville, Calif. She has been a Solano County resident for 27 years and calls Vacaville her home. When she’s not selling real estate, she is heavily involved within her community. Hazel’s love of service helped expose her to the world of pageantry where she has held the titles of Miss Vacaville, Miss Napa County, and America’s Miss California. In 2018, Hazel was nominated for Woman of the Year for Solano County for her community service work. It is because of that drive to serve and her passion for helping others in her community that inspired her career in real estate. Hazel began her real estate career in property management. After four years she decided to pursue residential real estate sales. For Hazel, helping a client purchase or sell a home—a big chapter in their lives—is an honor to be a part of.  Hazel is a top producer in the North Bay areas and also with her firm, Rapisarda Real Estate, which is the number one independent real estate firm in Solano County. She is a featured power player on “The American Dream,” a national TV show about lifestyle and real estate. In her spare time, Hazel also enjoys hosting her own podcast “Real Life & Real Estate.” In 2020, Hazel was a recommended businessperson on for her excellence in real estate and giving back to her community. Hazel was named a REALTOR® Magazine 30 Under 30 class of 2021 honoree. She strives each day to make buying and selling real estate a memorable experience for her clients and works hard to ensure each person feels educated, comfortable, and excited during the process.


Neil Goradia

NEIL GORADIA (as written by associate Shaun Martin) is both a gentleman and a scholar. With an engineering background, a constant desire to learn, and a heart of gold, Neil is a fabulous human. He is thoughtful and kind. I am proud to call him a friend. Regarding real estate, he is the founder of Go Indy Real Estate in Indianapolis. His expertise is vast and includes experience in the following areas.

  • Licensed real estate agent
  • Home renovation and reselling consultant (a fancy way of saying fix ‘n flips)
  • Land developer (he loves this side of the industry—he probably played SIMS City as a kid—now that’s a throwback showing our age a little)
  • Private lender
  • Buy and hold investor
  • 1031 investor
  • IRA and roth investor

Neil’s ability to learn and provide practical guidelines is incredible. To throw in a quote…have you heard the one? “Jack of all trades, master of none?” Well, when I’m talking about Neil this is what I say: “Neil of all trades, master of all trades.” Thanks, Neil. You the man.


Samantha Jones

SAMANTHA JONES is an award-winning real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in the Chicagoland area. Her specialty is residential real estate sales—everything from first-time buyers to down-sizers and every stage of life in between. You could say real estate is in her blood; Sam is a fourth-generation practitioner and works on a team with her mother. She jumped into real estate full-time back in 2014. Since then, Samantha has ranked as a top producer every year, was recognized as Coldwell Banker’s suburban Rookie of the Year in 2014, and is a member of Coldwell Banker’s Sterling Society. Sam feels blessed that real estate is both her passion and profession. Prior to taking the plunge into the field full time, Sam lived another dream: Making a difference as a journalist. She worked as an on-air TV news reporter and previously as a field producer behind the camera at a major Chicago television news station. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and fur baby, Randy. You can connect with Samantha on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


Maria Kauffman

MARIA KAUFFMAN has been a real estate pro in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the last several years. She has built many meaningful relationships and cares wholeheartedly about her clients and the real estate community. Prior to real estate, her career was heavily focused on brand management and digital sales. From a media agency in Chicago to a start-up in Seattle, from a Proctor & Gamble affiliate in New England to MLive Media Group in Grand Rapids, she’s been involved in several ventures and has marketed international brands, been part of major sales and digital marketing campaigns, and managed and mentored amazing people. Along with servicing her clients to the fullest of her abilities, she is now excited to engage as Bellabay’s director of training and development. In this new role, she will be training and mentoring newer agents so they are set up to succeed and achieve their goals in real estate. Connect with Maria at