On the second Tuesday of each month we feature a Top 10 list of some of the best online resources for information on topics including: real-estate, moving, home repair, home decor, house-hunting, finance, budgeting and much, much more. Each list covers blogger topics that are helpful to new or veteran home owners, and those who are considering buying a property.
In the spirit of passing the winter milestone of Groundhog’s Day last week (with conflicting results from groundhogs all around North America) we all know that spring is coming, eventually! To help get everyone poised for spring (AKA when the housing market really heats up) this month’s topic will be the Top 10 Blogs & Websites on The Canadian and Canadian city focused Real Estate Market.
- Real Estate Geeks
Real Estate Geeks is a consolidated resource for mortgage and real estate news with a focus on Toronto, Ontario, but don’t let the Toronto location fool you! In addition to highlighting local real estate listings there are plenty of provincial, national, and international features posted on a regular basis, along with articles and videos covering topics like tips when searching for a home, selling a home, or securing your down payment.
- Buzzbuzzhome (Twitter: @BuzzBuzzHome)
Buzzbuzzhome features the world’s hottest real estate stories that you can customize based on many available Canadian regions (with some select US areas covered). Get the news you want on trends in your area, along with tips on design, decoration and style.
- CREA Cafe
This is the official blog of The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). Going with the café theme, this site offers a “Weekly Blend” of a blog entry that highlights the biggest news in the Canadian real estate market complete with embedded links for those who want to learn a little more.
- Huffington Post Canada Housing (Twitter: @HuffPostCanada)
For big stories on Canadian markets, this section of the Huffington Post Canada is updated several times monthly, covering topics like Canadian mortgage rules, saving on your home purchase, and much more.
- Narcity (Twitter: @NarcityToronto @NarcityMontreal @NarcityVancity @NarcityCalgary)
Living or looking for a home or hot area to hang out in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver or Calgary? Narcity has you covered. Narcity is an entertainment site providing insight on the best your city has to offer in terms of food and entertainment. Want to live by some of the coolest and newest places a city has to offer? Check out Narcity for what’s trending around you.
This is a one stop site featuring Canadian real estate listing, alongside articles on market trends, home improvement, interior design, and tips for those who are buying and selling. Site also provides “Local Scoop” insight on everything you want to know about a potential neighbourhood including: transportation, schools, crime rates, entertainment and overall feel/atmosphere.
- Urban Toronto (Twitter: @Urban_Toronto)
Step inside Toronto’s condo, urban development, and design community. A look at upcoming and current development projects within the GTA. Explore photos of housing within your local community, rejuvenation projects, and an interactive forum.
- Move Smartly (Twitter @Realosophy)
Move smartly has a focus on Toronto markets, but also provides news features on real estate matters that impact Canadians everywhere. The site provides Toronto based real estate statistics, commentary on trending neighbourhoods, market updates, and interest rate updates to keep readers moving “smartly” in the current market.
- Canadian Real Property Law Blog (Twitter @McCarthy_ca)
This site, hosted by law firm, McCarthy Tetrault, provides trending information and insights into the Canadian real estate sector from properties ranging from industrial to residential, and academic institutions and hospitals to resorts and sporting stadiums. Recent articles examine real estate integrity and how a landlord can (lawfully) seize a tenant’s property.
- Muddy York
This central Toronto based blog has one mission: to be the best source of real estate information on the core of Toronto’s real estate market. With a wide variety of contributors, Muddy York talks about condo owning and renting, Toronto sales trends, and showcases features from other city based publications.
What real estate blogs and sites give you the most value?