RateHub is a web page devoted to mortgage in Canada. Nothing more, nothing less. And that's the sole purpose of its blog as well — to provide useful information concerning the newest trends, changes, rates, programs, and comparisons in the mortgage business. Green-white-blue austere design fits perfectly the theme of this routinely updated blog.
#32 Chestnut Park
Chestnut Park may not be as striking and unique as some of the websites on our list, but in its genuine and clear form and design, it facilitates interesting and useful information regarding housing, life, and art in Toronto. It's active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
#33 Justin Havre
The Calgary real estate blog written by Justin Havre features some of the classic real estate advice regarding buying and selling condos and homes, plus monthly market statistics. But that's not all. The uniqueness of Justin Havre's content lies in more specific and locally aimed articles such as recommendations of local wineries, bakeries, ice cream parlours, and more. All of that is presented on an easy-to-navigate website. Justin Havre is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
More of thegeneric red and white look, although definitely not the worst we've seen. Articles should be added more regularly too — otherwise the blog offers deeper analysis of both national and Vancouver real estate markets as well as investment advice. Real Estate West Coast is active on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.
#35 OREA Blog
I would say that the blog of the Ontario Real Estate Association should get more love from its creators and caretakers. The design of the site is vague with some minor defects and even blog posts are visually too plain. The generic overused font and black text on a white background won't thrill anyone. The quality of the content itself is better, but usually too short to delve deeper into one of the discussed categories such as real estate news, government relations, leadership, and tips on social media. Speaking of social media, OREA is active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, and YouTube.
#36 Realty Queen TO
Under the moniker of Realty Queen is the Toronto realtor Aleksandra Oleksak. From a designer's point of view, she keeps her blog clear and simple — and not unpleasant to look at. However, small bugs and issues appear from time to time — like the stray testimonials button, for example. When it comes to content, she writes about Toronto neighbourhoods and events plus interesting homes from all around the world and she makes her own Toronto Real Estate Market Watch videos. She's also active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.
The first problem that you would encounter when visiting this blog is that it loads really slowly. The website itself doesn't look bad. The categories and navigation is clear. But to tell the truth, we would expect more from a website with such an honourable name and logo as Torontonian Online. The articles are interesting enough and accompanied by a lots of photos. The stumbling block is the regularity of updates — or the irregularity. The blog was attended to until the end of July, but there's only one post afterwards, which makes it a bit outdated. Addy Saeed of Torontonian Online is active on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
#38 Harvey Kalles
The website looks like just another WordPress blog with its nonspecific design, but once again, as we found while making this list, most real estate blogs are far more focused on content and oblivious to some advanced web design. This is the case here. Toronto realtor Harvey Kalles writes about Toronto events, nearby ski resorts, green technology for your home, and the obligatory must-have analysis on buying and selling your home. Kalles actively uses Facebook and Twitter to promote his articles.
#39 Team Realty
What's slightly confusing about the website is the division of the articles into a blog and a news and events section. At first sight, it seems that the news and events sections solely serves the purpose of reporting on Royal Lepage news, but that's not strictly true. Most of the posts could be posted within the blog. The covered themes include home improvement, advice on protection from pests and ailments, and Ottawa real estate news. The coverage is usually good, the issues explained, and the solutions and alternatives provided. However, the last article on the blog is one year old, which throws a bad light on the site. Articles in the news and events section are more fresh, though, yet still two months behind. The design is functional but also average. Team Realty actively participates in social media through Facebook and Twitter.
#40 Toronto Livings
One of the first things you'll notice when the site loads is how tiny the scrollbar in your browser is. To put it simply, there are too many blog posts on a single page. Otherwise, Toronto Livings has a wide range of well-illustrated articles about urban Toronto, restaurant reviews, infographics, and the latest developments. Toronto Livings is also active on most social media networks, like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Yelp, and YouTube.