29 Real Estate Blogs Every Realtor Should Read in 2018

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Realtors, you know you can’t be good at your jobs if you’re not plugged into the industry. But you also can’t start a real estate business -- or grow the one you have -- if you’re stuck behind a computer spending hours each week reading. It’s important to get the industry news, trends, and marketing advice you need quickly, so you can get back to what real estate is all about -- helping your clients.

So, I’ve put together a carefully curated list of the best real estate blogs to follow in 2018. Pick five of your favorites and commit to following them each week. You’ll feel more connected to your industry and have the ability to offer more value to your clients. Happy reading!

Real Estate Blogs Every Realtor Should Read in 2018

1. Zillow Porchlight

Best for: Homebuyers

This consumer-focused blog gives clients a great pulse on what’s hot in housing and rental markets, how to build home equity, and what they should know about new legislation affecting homeowners.

Must-read post: What You Need to Know About the Fair Housing Act

2. CRE Online Blog

Best for: Real estate investors

Have an ear to the ground on what real estate investors are acting on in the current market. CRE Online offers tips on avoiding common real estate mistakes, mastering rental properties, and choosing an investment strategy that’s right for you.

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3. McKissock

Best for: Real estate agents, real estate appraisers

Want to grow your appraisal skills and real estate career? McKissock is a great place to start. Learn about real estate tax laws, appraisals of specific home types like senior housing, and even how to balance parenting with a real estate career.

Must-read post: Terrifying Encounters from Real-Life Appraisers

4. Keller Williams

Best for: Real estate agents

Gathering leads, real estate marketing and personal branding, and even training opportunities -- Keller Williams’ Blog has it all. Get inspired with hand-curated TED Talks, learn about the latest in real estate regulation, and find out how to grow your business on this comprehensive blog.

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5. Fundrise Education

Best for: Real estate investors

Whether you’re making your first or your 15th real estate investment, Fundrise has helpful how-to articles and opinion pieces to help you make the right choices for now and tomorrow.

Must-read post: The Most Important Questions to Ask Before You Invest in Real Estate

6. Housing Wire

Best for: Real estate agents, real estate investors

Your one-stop-shop for industry news, Housing Wire will feed you the latest trends in interest rates, finance, and regulation. Impress your clients with valuable information that will help them make educated decisions about the market.

Must-read post: What Realtors Need to Know about Millennials

7. The BiggerPockets Blog

Best for: Homeowners, real estate agents

Get authoritative articles on real estate investing, personal finance, real estate marketing, and more. Landlords, first-time homebuyers, and agents will all find helpful resources on the BiggerPockets Blog.

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8. Speaking of Real Estate

Best for: Real estate agents

The official blog of the National Association of Realtors®, this destination offers fresh insights on real estate policy, possible violations, and home equity loans. Their no-frills approach is refreshing and trustworthy in today’s crowded internet landscape.

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9. Inman

Best for: Real estate agents

Are you a tech-obsessed realtor? You’ll love the Inman Blog. Find out what’s new in real estate technology and what the biggest agencies in the U.S. are doing. This is a resource for the modern realtor, so if you’re keen to learn the latest trends in homebuying you’ll feel right at home.

Must-read post: Why Real Estate APIs are the Future

10. Redfin Blog

Best for: Real estate agents, homebuyers

Redfin has a huge database of homebuyer information they share regularly on their signature blog. From local news to national real estate analysis, realtors and homebuyers will find something interesting here.

Must-read post: Redfin Survey: 36% of Millennial Homebuyers Took a Second Job to Save for Down Payment; 10% Sold Cryptocurrency

11. Information Services Blog

Best for: Real estate agents

Don’t have time to scour dozens of websites for the latest realtor-relevant news? This National Association of Realtors® Blog offers weekly roundups of the most important articles you need to read. If you only choose one of the blogs from this list to follow, this should be the one.

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12. Real Estate - The New York Times

Best for: Real estate agents, homebuyers

Sure, it’s New York-centric, but you’ll also get interesting insights into the global market, think-pieces on where the industry’s headed, and helpful articles on trends the Times’ experts are spotting.

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13. Realest Blog

Best for: Real estate agents, homebuyers, landlords

Learn the ins and outs of real estate -- whether you’re buying, selling, renting, or already own. Realest has articles everyone can learn from along with helpful, local-specific news and information.

Must-read post: Mistakes Homebuyers Maker by Generation

14. Forbes Real Estate

Best for: Homebuyers, owners, real estate investors

Offering unique peeks into the global real estate market, financial advice for homebuyers and sellers, and deep-dives into local markets, the Forbes Blog offers something for agents and buyers alike.

Must-read post: Here’s How to Buy a House When You Have Student Loan Debt

15. Invest Four More

Best for: Real estate investors

This straightforward blog is packed with real-life advice and hard-learned lessons about house flipping and investment. Whether you’re entering the rental world or considering your first flip, this blog has the unvarnished information you need.

Must-read post: How to Scale a House-Flipping Business

16. The Business Journals Residential Real Estate News

Best for: Real estate agents, homebuyers

This is your hub for interesting real estate stories, global viewpoints, and financial advice. You won’t find depth on any one subject here, but you will find interesting pieces on national real estate projects, struggles homebuyers are currently facing, and news on huge real estate deals.

Must-read post: What a $148.7 Million Multifamily Sale Says About Sacramento’s Housing Market

17. The Close

Best for: Real estate agents

This site is designed to give agents, teams, and brokerages actionable, strategic insights from industry professionals they can trust. Learn about real estate marketing, lead generation, the latest technology available, and team-building strategies.

Must-read post: 15 Open House Ideas That Will Actually Get You Leads

18. Century 21® Real Estate Blog

Best for: Homebuyers, sellers

Whether you’re wondering what home project will give you the most return on your investment, how to combat clutter in your current home, or how to throw a great party, this blog has the inspiration you need to turn your current house into a beautiful home or lucrative investment.

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19. REtipster

Best for: Real estate investors

Want to be a part-time real estate investor while still having plenty of time and space to live your life the way you want? This blog aims to help you do just that.

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20. Jason Fox

Best for: Real estate agents

Fox’s self-titled blog offers cutting-edge marketing tips, practical advice on how to manage homebuyer expectations, and tips on how to reach younger homebuyers. The depth of advice and practical marketing tips you’ll find here are both valuable and authentic.

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21. The RE/MAX Blog

Best for: Homebuyers, sellers, owners

Send your buyers and sellers here for practical tips on preparing for an open house, budgeting for a first home, or the perks and challenges of living in a tiny home.

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22. Cornerstone Home Lending Blog

Best for: Real estate agents

This glossy site offers realtors advice on how to approach uncomfortable conversations, news about mortgage rates, and practical articles on how to make the most of your time as a busy realtor. If you need a quick, feel-good read that will give you immediate, actionable step, this is a great place to start.

Must-read post: 11 Awkward Mortgage Questions You’re Way Too Embarrassed to Ask

23. Sotheby’s International Realty

Best for: Luxury real estate agents, window shoppers

Sotheby’s luxury living blog is as aspirational as its clientele. Head here for luxury real estate headlines, posh destination roundups, and development spotlights on high-end global sales.

Must-read post: 7 Properties with Incredible Guest Houses

24. Trulia’s Blog

Best for: Homebuyers, sellers

Trulia’s blog is a treasure trove for homebuyers and sellers. With a separate “Money Matters” section to help buyers obtain good credit scores and save for their first home, and other subsections on housing market analysis, the economy, and affordable homebuying -- Trulia has interest pieces and expert insights you won’t find anywhere else.

Must-read post: Sneaky Things That Can Ruin Your Credit Score

25. Keeping Current Matters

Best for: Homebuyers

This is another all-around resource for homebuyers and owners. You’ll find information on VA loans, advice on what to do in a bidding war, and information on which states have the most affordable homes.

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26. Rentonomics

Best for: Homeowners, real estate investors, renters

Rentonomics offers important perspective on residential segregation, the affordability crisis, and multifamily construction. If you’re considering moving into a rental property or putting one on the market, this blog is where you should start.

Must-read post: The Persistent Effects of Residential Segregation

27. Geek Estate Blog

Best for: Real estate investors, real estate agents

If you’re interested in learning from some of the biggest names in the real estate industry, Geek Estate is where you should go. Sean Harper, Marc Rutzen, and Steven Wynands are just a few of the giants featured on this site.

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28. Norada Real Estate Investments

Best for: Real estate investors

Learn how to be successful in real estate investment with tips from Norada. Whether you’re interested in condominium investment, rental properties, or national investment opportunities, there’s something for you on this blog.

Must-read post: How to Be Successful in Real Estate Investment

29. The Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Blog

Best for: Homebuyers, owners, and sellers

This lifestyle resource offers tips for staging your home, throwing a great party, and even planning an outdoor oasis. They also have professions Q&A which offers the advice you need before listing your home.

Must-read post: How to Spot a Good Real Estate Agent

Blogs like this can help realtors feel connected to their peers, the industry, and their consumers. Find your favorites to follow and share some with your prospects or clients to establish value and authority.

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