#11New in Homes
Another new entry this year, this Toronto Star-affiliated blog offers some fantastic insight into the GTA’s real estate market as well as listings, news and other "cool stuff." The main site is a bit of a jumble and unresponsive, but when you get down to the blog’s subdomain the design becomes much sleeker and easier to navigate. It’s hooked up to all the major social networks.
Laid out in the familiar Sotheby’s blue and white, I Love Toronto’s focal point is less on the in’s and out’s of the real estate market and more about how to turn a house or neighbourhood into a home. Many of their family-focused topics look at education and schools in Toronto, the best places to spend time with the family, and once a month a list of events is posted so everyone can get out and enjoy the city. Its online presence is strong, with active Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts.
Buzz Buzz Home has many cool features like then-and-now photographic comparisons of neighbourhood landmarks, along with the usual real estate news and market analysis. Their focus is on cataloguing new residential developments both north and south of the border. And if the site sometimes feels a little cluttered, that’s because of the plethora of information available.
The blue-on-white layout may not be the most exciting to look at, but when you dig a little deeper you’ll find the quality articles that make this blog worth checking out. Josie Stern’s articles bring her years of experience to forefront, while offering a personal touch. She’s unafraid to take a hard look at the realty profession and provide the insight anyone looking to buy or sell a home might need. The team is active on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
The responsive and clear design of this site makes it a pleasure to view. It can get bogged down from time to time while perusing the blog which is a shame because it contains some great content. The amount of featured listings and excellent photography makes this a great resource for any house hunter out there.
Don R. Campbell is the cofounder of REIN (Real Estate Investment Network) and Cutting Edge Research, as well as an author, investor, researcher and educator. In his personal blog, Don looks at everything from the economic realities of the housing market to mortgages, strategies, personal finance and trends. Readers can find information on workshops and his best selling books (from which Don donates 100% of his author royalties to Habitat for Humanity). Things would be vastly improved if some of the broken links were fixed and it’s too bad the design hasn’t been updated since last year because it offers some fantastic insight into the real estate market. Don is well connected on social media, so follow him on Twitter and Facebook to keep abreast of the latest research and news.
The usual real estate advice and services are enhanced by a local charm in this Calgary-based blog. Decorating advice, financial tips, and real estate news are given a hometown spin. The site is well-designed and easy to navigate, though the blog would be better served with a more prominent link. Justin Havre isn’t just active on social media through all the usual outlets, it’s also mobile-ready for viewing on your smartphone or tablet.
The responsiveness and excellent design serve well to highlight the abundance of content on Rate Hub. The blog is updated daily and works as a nice companion to the plethora of house hunting tools available on the site. The articles included look at personal finance and real estate news as well as review new apps. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ are all represented here.
The layout is somewhat cluttered and the red-on-white design can be draining on the eyes, but if you’re looking for in-depth analysis on the Toronto housing market this is the place to check out. Articles with titles like "Just How Crazy is Your ‘Crazy’ Neighbour?’" or "How to Evaluate a Reno-and-Flip Proposition" demonstrate that David Fleming and team offer a unique perspective while staying connected through the usual social networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
This beautifully designed site offers a lot of great insight and news. It’s frequently updated with a lot of useful content and on top of the blog the site includes a beautiful online magazine with all kinds of extra insight and some beautiful photography. All of the big social networks are represented.