There is so much happening in the real estate market that keeping up with the news, updates, trends, wins, and setbacks can seem like a full-time job all on its own. There are a lot of organizations out there that provide a wealth of information on the market – some of it is relevant, some of it is just words on a page without a lot of direct relevance to your own business.
So where do you start?
How can you parse all the information out there and make sure you’re keeping up with the latest developments?
There are many important blogs that provide some quality information, and while we understand that you can’t follow every single blog that proposes to be the most relevant in the industry, you can find a few that consistently provide information that keeps you in the know.
We have taken a look at a lot of the real estate blogs out there and chosen 12 that we think are worth watching. We’ve based this analysis on a number of factors – the most obvious being things like posting consistency, quality of content, and reader engagement, but we’ve also looked at things like how often others link to them and their overall page authority.
We don’t recommend that you start following all these blogs – some of them specialize in parts of the market or places in the country that simply won’t apply to you – but we do recommend finding blogs that provide the most relevant and regular information for your agency.
The inman blog is a must-read. It covers everything from technology to marketing for agents and brokerages, and while providing great information for people in the real estate market across the country, it also provides news and happenings in specific areas, like New York, DC, L.A., and more.
RISMedia was founded back in 1980 and it is still an important source of news, tips, advice, and more in the real estate industry. Their blog, titled “RISMedia’s house call” is updated daily with a range of useful and interesting content.
Rob Hahn started this blog in 2008 and continues to update it with a range of content that matters to brokerages and agents. In it, he talks about everything from politics and regulations to marketing and media. (It is a personal blog, so you’ll get a few unrelated-but-interesting posts, too.)
This blog describes itself as a premier digital destination for the world’s affluent real estate buyers. It focuses on markets in New York, London, Miami, San Francisco, and Sydney. Here you’ll get range, of news and insights on prime international properties.
This site focuses on remaining an independent resource for news, analysis, and commentary on the mortgage banking markets. HousingWire looks at lending, investments, real estate, and more.
You’ll find a lot of news here that is specific to New York real estate, but there is a lot of great general information here that can help anyone.
For those who specialize in a very specific kind of real estate, Brownstoner looks at a wide range of beautiful brown stone homes and provides specific advice for brownstone buyers, owners, and sellers.
This site gets a ton of comments on their posts, though that could be because their topics (focused on the SoCal housing bubble) could be said to be designed to illicit a lot of comment. See if this is a conversation you want to get involved with.
If your agency focuses more on commercial properties, this may be a good place for you to stay in the know. Property management, investments, financing, and sustainability are just a few of the topics you’ll see covered here.
Here you’ll find a simple and direct list of real estate news from around the country. There are also mortgage calculators and simple ways
11. The Zillow Blog
Zillow is one of the largest real estate websites online. Their blog offers tips and advice, market trends, and looks at unique homes and home improvement ideas
12. Eye On Housing
This is the site for the National Association of Home Builders. Here you’ll find a lot of discussion on the housing market (along with statistics) and the relevant economic questions.