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Today’s Best Real Estate Blogs

Today's Best Real Estate BlogsAs with any specialized topic on the internet, there is a lot of noise in the blogosphere. It goes without saying that the vast majority of blogs are not “permanent fixtures” on the internet.

With this in mind, the aim of this post is to acknowledge a list of the best real estate blogs on the internet today – websites with a solid reputation for putting out consistent, helpful & reliable content.

Given the ever-changing nature of real estate blogs, this post will be re-visited on a semi-annual basis and kept up-to-date with newer blogs that show promise and to eliminate the blogs that are collecting dust and no longer bringing substantial value to the table.

In an effort to remove as much personal bias as possible – we will use a few measurements to determine which blogs belong on this list:

1. Quality Content

Great blogs are chocked full of killer content. What does this mean? It should include plenty of the following…

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  • Actionable Advice
  • Specific Instruction
  • Well-Written Articles
  • Engaging Multimedia (images, audio, video, etc.)
  • Free Tools & Resources
  • Excellent Entertainment Value

2. Regular Updates

In the spirit of keeping readers well-informed, a good blog needs to publish new, original content on a regular basis. Personally – I’m more concerned with quality over quantity, but as a general rule – a good blog should be updated with new posts at least once every other week.

3. Reader Focused

OddenI’m not against blogs that promote products and services when they legitimately add value to the discussion, but let’s be honest - those instances are few and far between. It’s pretty obvious when a writer has shifted their focus away from helping others and more towards making money. Admittedly, this is a tricky balance for most bloggers because most blogs wouldn’t exist if they couldn’t be monetized in some way.

Nobody invests the countless hours required to maintain a popular blog without carefully considering the ways they can earn a financial return from it…    so with that said – a good blog needs to be very tactful about the types of “plugs” they pass on to their audience. They should be used sparingly and within the context of legitimately helping the reader.

4. Niche Specific

To serve an audience well, a blog needs to stay focused on its niche (whatever that happens to be). If I’m visiting a website to learn about real estate investing, I shouldn’t have to sift through posts about physical fitness, relationship advice, political rants or any other subjects that are completely irrelevant to real estate investingThe only reason any popular blog develops a following is because it gives the reader what the reader is looking for.

5. Good Design & Easy Navigation

This is easily the most overlooked aspect of all the blogs I’ve seen. Even if a blog has the best information in the universe – it makes no difference if the reader can’t find what they’re looking for. The best bloggers on the internet put a lot of effort into allowing their readers to find what they’re looking as effortlessly as possible (via search functions, categorized posts, archives, sort by author, etc). If a blog isn’t easy to use – it doesn’t belong on this list.

So with that said – the running list will be grouped into various categories as shown below…

Mainstream / Collaborative Real Estate Blogs

BiggerPockets Blog

Inman News

Zillow Blog

Trulia Pro Blog

Redfin Blog

Realtor News

Crains Real Estate

Huffington Post Real Estate

Real Estate Investing

BiggerPockets Blog

123Flip

FlippingJunkie

Flipping Smart

Landlordology

Memphis Invest

Mobile Home Investing

REtipster

InvestFourMore

Real Estate Marketing & Technology

Inman Next

Placester

GeekEstate Blog

1000Watt Blog

Ubertor Blog

AgentImage Blog

ForSaleByOwner Blog

RISMedia

Tech Savvy Agent

Real Estate Economy / Data / Entertainment

Matrix Blog

Sacramento Appraisal Blog

Movoto

HousingWire

PropertyShark

PropertyCluster Blog

HousingViews

Eye On Housing

The Reluctant Real Estate Agent

Realtor / Local Blogs

Colorado Springs Real Estate Blog

Maximum Real Estate Exposure

Imagine Your House

Rochester Real Estate Blog

Madison Mortgage Guys

Frederick Real Estate Online

HouseHunt Network Blog

Did we miss anything?

If you know of any blogs that should be on this list (and if you’re able to measure its adequacy by the criteria laid out above), then by all means – let me know about it in the comments section below!

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  • Danny Johnson July 9, 2014, 2:36 pm

    Seth. Seth. Seth!

    This is a great compilation of the best blogs for flipping houses and real estate investing in general.

    Thank you so much for mentioning my blog. I really appreciate it.

    Danny
    FlippingJunkie.com

    • Seth Williams July 9, 2014, 3:54 pm

      No problem Danny – thanks again for the great blog you’re sharing with the world of real estate investors!

  • J Scott July 9, 2014, 2:43 pm

    Thanks Seth!

  • Brandon Turner July 9, 2014, 4:11 pm

    Seth – this is an excellent list – thanks for including BiggerPockets and sharing the wealth of information that you do!

    • Seth Williams July 10, 2014, 8:31 am

      Absolutely Brandon – thank YOU for your invaluable contributions to the world of real estate blogs. Keep up the great work over at BP!

  • Roberto Reyna July 9, 2014, 5:17 pm

    Thank you Seth, Please sign me up for your blog.

  • Joe Manausa July 9, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Self serving for sure, but how about a local blog loaded with analytics for real estate consumers?

    • Joe Manausa July 9, 2014, 8:58 pm

      Sorry, I left out the address http://manausa.com/blog

    • Seth Williams July 10, 2014, 8:30 am

      Not a bad idea Joe. I thought about adding a section for local blogs, though I wasn’t sure how much value a local blog would bring to the ENTIRE real estate blogosphere – even if it was well done (since it only applies to a small demographic). Perhaps I’ll add a section of local blogs if there seems to be more interest in them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Adam July 9, 2014, 11:02 pm

    What about video blogs? With YouTube being the 2nd largest search engine in the world (so I’ve heard) video blogs are just as powerful. What are the best real estate video blogs?

    • Seth Williams July 10, 2014, 8:27 am

      That’s a valid question Adam. Most of the popular blogs I know integrate their YouTube channel right into their blog in some way (though I know there are some vlogs that basically exist as a YouTube channel and not much else). Did you have a particular YouTube channel or blogger in mind?

  • Anita July 11, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Here’s one for your Realtor / Local Blogs list: http://sellingwarnerrobins.com

  • Mark Ferguson July 12, 2014, 1:18 am

    Hi Seth, nice list you have accumulated. I heard http://www.investfourmore.com is really awesome. :). Self serving comment, but you did ask for it.

    • Seth Williams July 15, 2014, 3:58 pm

      Alright Mark – I spent some time on your blog and you’ve officially won me over. Welcome to the list!

      • Mark Ferguson July 15, 2014, 5:15 pm

        Thanks Seth! If I ever make a best RE blog list I will be sure to include your site. Love your inspirational posts on G+

  • Ryan Lundquist July 12, 2014, 4:00 pm

    I’m honored to be included here, Seth. Thank you so much. I’ll be sure to dig through your list to check out a few of the other blogs I’ve not yet encountered. Nice job.

    • Seth Williams July 13, 2014, 11:39 am

      Thanks so much Ryan. Your blog is awesome and I’ve appreciated the interaction we’ve had over the past year. Keep up the great work!

  • Lolly July 14, 2014, 6:45 pm

    We didn’t make the cut? :(

    • Seth Williams July 15, 2014, 3:56 pm

      Thanks for the heads up Lolly – see above!

      • Lolly July 15, 2014, 4:14 pm

        Thanks Seth! Let us know if you’d ever like to do a guest blog swap!

  • Roxane Colner July 20, 2014, 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the great list Seth. Here is one for Real Estate Appraisers about the appraisal industry, http://appraisersblogs.com

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