10 Real Estate Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2021 and 2022
Whether you’re a seasoned investor or are just acquiring your first property, real estate investment blogs are an excellent source of information. From rental properties to fix-and-flips to REITs, there’s a blog — and usually a partner podcast — that will give you the scoop on all things real estate investing.
There’s a universe of knowledge about real estate out there, and just being willing to seek it out can accelerate your expertise far beyond your years of experience. The best place to start is the internet’s most prominent real estate investor blogs. What we are reading at REI Capital Resources and recommend you do too! Take a look at our top 10 picks for blogs to follow:
Blogger: Paula Pant
Focus: Rental properties
A former journalist, Paula Pant achieved financial freedom through real estate, and now she teaches others how to do it through her blog and podcast. Her philosophy? You can afford anything, but not everything, so you’ll need to take control of your money to build the life you want most. Whether you read her blog or listen to the podcast, you’ll get great advice on how to set a course toward financial freedom with real estate investing.
Blogger: Joe Fairless
Focus: Multifamily investing, apartment syndication
Joe Fairless is a bit of a Renaissance man — he’s taught preschool, done standup, and worked as an ad exec. He also controls more than $900 million in real estate. So if you’re an investor looking to up your game, you’ll want to read Joe’s blog and his long-running daily podcast, “Best Ever Show.”
Blogger: Peter Adeney
Focus: Real estate investing for beginners, rentals, and REITs
“Financial freedom through badassity” is the tagline of Peter Adeney’s blog, so right away you know you’re in for a no-holds barred perspective on real estate investing. Adeney was able to retire in his 30s by cutting expenses in half and investing the savings in Vanguard index funds and rental homes. His blog is great for beginners, as many of the posts offer great advice on how to stash away more money by slashing food bill costs and other lifestyle expenses.
Blogger: Mark Ferguson
Focus: Real estate investing, wholesaling, BRRRR strategy
Mark Ferguson built $3.7 million in equity through real estate investing. He’s got info for everyone, from advanced investors to those who are just getting their feet wet. Ferguson blogs and has a regular e-newsletter that discusses flipping houses, financing, finding deals, wholesaling, and BRRR strategy.
Focus: All aspects of real estate investing and personal finance
BiggerPockets is the single largest real estate investing platform in the world.
BP is an empire of knowledge that spans podcasts, a growing library of books, and a vast website with all the information and resources an investor could want. Half educational, half social network, it brings together both new and experienced investors in all phases of real estate.
Seth Williams is the founder of REtipster, a real estate investing blog that talks a lot about investing in raw land and some pretty cool land-investing strategies. I’ve always enjoyed talking with Seth at conferences, and he is a knowledgeable and transparent investor. Seth’s website is easy to navigate and very user-friendly. He talks about more than just investing in land on his platform, so don’t write off this awesome resource just because you don’t buy land (yet).
7. Short Term Sage
Julian Sage of Short Term Sage is the short-term rental (STR) guy. I have had the pleasure of knowing Julian for a couple of years now, and he is in a mastermind group we host for service members. Julian is on active duty in the Coast Guard and has become an expert in the short-term rental space, hosting not one, but two, of the top short-term rental podcasts on iTunes.
Not only does Julian talk about traditional short-term rental strategies, but he also talks about rental arbitrage, STR property management, and even multifamily STR opportunities with apartment buildings.
Inman is a leading source of real estate information used by investors, realtors, brokers, and other professionals. It’s often one of the first sites to post major stories that affect the housing market. Frequent visitors will find news about:
- The most recent mortgage rates
- Statistics such as mortgage delinquency rates
- New tools and tech platforms for real estate searches and transactions
- Real estate firm mergers
- Real estate crime and legislation
While the site focuses on the latest news, that isn’t the only kind of content you’ll find here. A decent amount of the content covers tips, secrets, and industry advice. Inman is for real estate investors who rely on up-to-date information about the industry. That may include large-scale investors who are looking to break into local markets. Most of the advice is meant for people who are actively investing in property rather than new investors.
9. Realty Times
Realty Times is a real estate news and advice site that serves both investors and homebuyers with stories about:
- The definitions of critical real estate terms
- Legal challenges and new legislation
- Changes in consumer behavior and trends
- Shifts in the housing market
- Home selling advice
It regularly publishes market outlook reports for specific housing markets. These reports are detailed with information about average home prices, the best time to sell, and other data. Anyone who can make use of the reports can benefit from this blog. It’s a good resource for both buyers and sellers. If you’re going to focus on selling, what you learn here may help you understand buyers’ mindsets better.
Activity in the commercial real estate market matters, even if your focus is residential real estate. That’s because the local job market and economy have a dramatic effect on the performance of residential rental properties.
Start learning from the best
Your education as a real estate investor never stops — especially if you want to keep growing your holdings. Blogs and podcasts are a great way to hear what’s working/not working for other investors. Find a few you like and commit to reading them to get new ideas and fresh perspectives for your real estate investing business. Reading blogs is one way that you can significantly increase your expertise with only a little effort. Use your downtime to do some reading, and you may be able to catch up on years of experience. All of us at REI Capital Resources recommend checking out each of these blogs to find out which one can offer you the most.
If you’re planning to buy a distressed property, now may be a good time to buy. Just make sure you’re aware of the risks and understand what you’re getting into. Distressed homes offer a unique buying opportunity for real investors, but the average home buyer should probably look elsewhere.
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