5 Real Estate Blogs to Visit

March 1, 2007

In a lively industry such as real estate, it’s no surprise there are dozens of blogs. Visit A Directory of Real Estate Blogs (www.real-estate-blogs.com) to see a sample offering opinions and insights on the latest housing market news. Here are a few worth visiting:

Matrix (http://matrix.millersamuel.com)
This often updated blog aims to be an independent resource on the real estate market, focusing on the latest local, national, and international industry news. Jonathan Miller, cofounder of two Manhattan real estate appraisal companies, said he created the blog in 2005 to feed the nation’s voracious appetite for all things real estate. He says he’s able to maintain an impartial tone in his blog thanks to his appraisal background.

Mortgage Fraud Blog (www.mortgagefraudblog.com)
Mortgage fraud is the fastest-growing white-collar crime in the United States, according to the FBI. This blog, run by Rachel Dollar, an attorney and certified mortgage banker in Santa Rosa, Calif., is a clearinghouse of information on recent mortgage fraud schemes, indictments, and prevention tips.

President’s Report (http://narblog1.realtors.org/mvtype/president)
Want an easy way to learn about NAR’s top priorities and member resources? Just subscribe to this blog and its accompanying twice monthly podcast. 2007 NAR President Pat Vredevoogd Combs uses the forum to let members know about important legislative activities, free business tools and resources, and housing market updates.

The Real Estate Bloggers (www.therealestatebloggers.com)
If you enjoy reading interesting news on all manner of real estate topics the sale of Dracula’s castle in Transylvania and Arizona State University’s new real estate MBA were two postings we found on a recent visit check out this blog by Tom Royce out of Atlanta. Royce says he’s always had a keen interest in real estate, though he’s never worked as a practitioner. His goal is to capture the mood of the real estate market by spotlighting compelling news articles and video clips.

The Real Estate Tomato (http://realestatetomato.typepad.com)
A blog about blogs. The Real Estate Tomato’s founder and author, Jim Cronin, delivers e-marketing news and tips geared to real estate salespeople. Cronin, based in Paradise, Calif., says his goal is to educate practitioners on how to embrace blogging as an effective marketing tool. Occasionally he’ll include juicy or unique real estate news snippets, but only when he feels they won’t be covered on other industry blogs.