With the heart- and record- breaking year almost over it is high time to update our annual list of favourite real estate blogs. Agents and teams had a lot of work these past 12 months as the market grew. Surging home prices and plummeting number of listings caused both distress and enthusiasm. What is more, a lot of explaining had to be done and a lot of advice given. So, who did the best job?
In past years this list featured the 50 best real estate blogs in the country, but we’ve combed through them all, and based on these criteria, boiled it down even further to the very best 30 blogs on the housing market. But this year, we narrowed it down to the top 20 blogs.
"Canada's fastest growing real estate blog". Better Dwelling is a blog that was not in our top list last year. Yet, it finds itself in the first place. The blog has done quite a job in 2016. Its data and writers were featured in Forbes, Vice News, The Globe and Mail and The Huffington Post. The frequency of updates is consistent and the social media channels are active as well.
Harvey Kalles stayed with the flow and ticked off everything on the modern on-line business model. The subtle updates in design of the home page and social media icons are like back-up singers - you don't really notice them, but if they weren't there you would miss them. All and all, the blog and the site are regularly updated with content and the user experience was great.
Zoocasa is down two places this year, but it doesn't mean its quality stumbled. On the opposite, Zoocasa's standard is very high and this year's ranking just means more websites are doing the same things for which we love Zoocasa. Its high quality design ensures that perusing the site’s articles is an enjoyable experience, while the amount of information available makes Zoocasa an essential visit for anyone entering the market. Readers can stay connected with Zoocasa through all of the major social networks.
Buzz Buzz Home is in the TOP 5 for several reasons. The content focused on cataloguing new residential developments both north and south of the border, insights into the market and the plethora of information available.
With more than 33 years of experience, as well as time spent as a long-term member and former president of the Toronto Real Estate Board, Richard Silver is well known among GTA realtors. This website reflects his years of expertise and experience. Torontoism team of real estate agents brings real estate expertise in almost every housing segment in Toronto. On top of which, the team has done quite a lot of travelling and boosted the production of content aimed at international real estate. If you’re looking for predictions about the Toronto real estate market, where to find the best pie in the city, which app to use, or how to penetrate international real estate market this is the blog to visit.
The modern design and interactivity make this one of the more unique websites in this listing, however loading times are sometimes slow and the blog is linked at the bottom which doesn't seems like the best solution. Most of the blog's content comes in the form of profiles on specific developments, but visitors can also find in-depth analysis of economic news and trends that affect the market. But the Red Pin’s presence on social media enhances the interactivity, and they can be followed on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Google+.
The most stunning aspect of this blog is the sheer amount of content produced. It’s updated multiple times a day with local news, listings, and a photo of the day, however it is a little too YIMBY, meaning it lacks content of depth and nation-wide scoop. The design has stayed the same throughout the year and feels a little outdated. But the number of fans the site has shows that what it offers is enough for people to keep coming back. The site is connected through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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. The quality of content is better this year which goes hand in hand with the improved design. Its online presence is strong, with active Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts. Welcome to the Top 10!
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 his team offer a unique perspective while staying connected through the usual social networks like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Adam Parson did not make the cut last year. His blog missed the 30th place by only a margin. However, we had to include him this year - numbers don't lie. Adam Parsons' website is nicely designed, responsive and overall much better than his previous effort at partnershiptoronto.com. When it comes to content the blog offers succinct posts regularly. One of the things we liked about the website is that it is connected to social media and the buttons are visible in the header. Nice touch!