Oct 28, 2011

Real Estate Blogs: Location, Location, Location

Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests.  And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day.

This week my focus is on real estate blogs. Truthfully, I don’t know that much about real estate. (I know the band, Real Estate. They’re great.) But as far as fixed mortgages and financing are concerned, I’m a little bit in the dark. So I was glad to take this on. After all, real estate is pretty important. Not only does it usually mark the largest investment people make in their entire lives, it’s also where you live, it’s where you spend the bulk of your time. So with that in mind, let’s call up our brokers and hit up the open house circuit in this brief roundup of some of the best real estate blogs I’ve seen lately.

Zillow Blog is a great real estate blog. But it’s also just a great blog. They have a good sense of humor here and know how to splice in some lighter fare to go with their business side of things. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d go with real estate stories, but I wouldn’t be afraid of anything light or funny. Check out the full review here.

BloodhoundBlog is a great blog. But be warned, they don’t sugar coat things here. And they use hyperbole like its oxygen. (Ok, that might be an exaggeration.) Throughout it all is a team of excellent writers writing tirelessly on real estate. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for stories that sit at the intersection of real estate and social media. Check out the full review here.

Brownstoner is a blog dedicated specifically to the Brooklyn, NY market. If there’s a new rental property, business opening or anything else that might affect this market, you’ll read about it here. This will make things tough if you want to pitch them. But the truth of the matter is that most real estate blogs are about their specific location. That’s what real estate is all about anyway, right? Location. Check out the full review here.

Curbed offers a look inside the high-profile dealings of the real estate world. It was originally started in New York, but now covers many large urban markets in the U.S. This is a great blog if you’re in the industry. But it’s also great just to have a look at celebrity homes, too. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d pitch them real estate news that’s entertaining. Check out the full review here.

Real Estate Cafe prides itself on having saved consumers up to 1 million annually in costs and fees during four of the last five years. They’re definitely trying to make the experience of buying or selling a home easier for the consumer. In fact, if there’s a way that people are looking to save money in the real estate game, you’ll probably read about it on here. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for anything to do with real estate and group buying or e-commerce. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations. And as you may have guessed, he has a twitter account.

9 Comments on Blog Post Title


alicegreen91 17:22 EST on Nov 23, 2011

You should also visit Biggerpockets ad activerain. They both have some great stuff related to real estate.


Try Before You Buy 15:53 EST on Dec 5, 2011

Hi Tom,

I like your blog reviews and I just wanted to add my two cents about blogs in general. Blogs are like movie and game review blogs/websites/magazines in the way that they each have their own style of reviewing and rating, just like each person has their own style of the movies and games they like. So my advice is to find a blog/magazine/website that reviews things similarly to yourself because anyone who reviews something is basing their review on their own opinion, so you should find someone/somewhere that shares your opinion for best results. For example, if you don’t like the drama movie genre, then you probably shouldn’t follow a resource that favors dramas.

Also, the way blogs are written (like you mentioned in each of your reviews) could have an impact on how much you like that blog. Some people like more of a personable sense of humor rather than more of a serious news report, so keep that in mind.


Smyth 16:40 EST on Jan 22, 2012

Thanks so much for sharing all of this info on the types of info blogs that are available to us. As a full time realtor, it’s good to see the additional resources that we have out there.

Thanks again!


licensed real estate brokers 01:31 EST on Jan 27, 2012

Sharing personal stories does make for a more interesting post and I have found even as a newbie to blogging that is how I seem to be connecting with my visitors and other members of the blogging community.


Real estate Website 02:36 EST on Jan 30, 2012

In order to increase your knowledge about real estate, visit some great blogs like 360Digest, BloodHound Blog etc. They are of great help.


Sai Raajyam Realty 07:30 EST on Feb 10, 2012

nice post tomhynes..


James Simmons 00:22 EST on Feb 16, 2012

Location is king? In the only industry where there’s not as much content!


Peter Potylicki 11:35 EDT on Oct 24, 2012

Thanks for providing the reviews. Have not heard these. Active Rain is good too


Real Estate India 05:33 EST on Dec 6, 2012

Wonderful tips about real estate blogging. Looking forward to seek more fantastic tips.


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