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 topics that are helpful to new or veteran home owners, and those who are considering buying a property.  This month, we’ll focus on the top 10 types of Twitter accounts you should be following to help improve your home hunting and financial savvy.  A person looking for a new home needs to know a lot about the areas they may select to live in as well as keeping up to date on important financial and real estate news items that may impact them, their search or their future as a homeowner.  By following some of these essential Twitter accounts you can become a real estate and neighbourhood insider, even before you move onto the block, or keep in the “know” about where you live.

  1. Relevant BIAs i.e.  (Twitter: @RoncesVillage)
    BIA stands for Business Improvement Areas and 40 years ago Toronto introduced the world’s very first BIA.  Since that time over 80 BIAs have formed across the city to help the city build businesses, improve area safety, plan special events and create a sense of community.  By following the BIA in the area(s) you are targeting for your home shopping  or live you can have your finger on the pulse of business openings, farmers markets and, festivals.
  2. Now Magazine (Twitter: @nowtoronto)
    Now Magazine is Toronto’s Alternative news, entertainment and restaurant resource.  If you miss out on your weekly copy (released on Thursdays), check them out online to find entertaining ways to search events in the city around you.  You might just discover your new favourite store in an area you’ve never explored before or something just around the corner.
  3. Huffington Post Canada (Twitter: @HuffPostCanada)
    Not every article is going to be internet gold, however there is a lot of valuable information posted care of their business section, specifically related to news and trends in the Canadian Real Estate market that all homeowners and aspiring home owners should scan every now and then.
  4. MoneySense (Twitter: @MoneySenseMag)
    MoneySense just came out with their comprehensive list of the best places to live in Canada that is broken down by both province and life stage.  Want to know the best place to find a job, raise a family, or retire, MoneySense has you covered.  MoneySense offers practical news for everything money from a distinctly Canadian perspective they are worth a follow.
  5. Kids in T.O. (Twitter: @reneeinTO)
    This site is the ultimate guide of things to do with kids in Toronto, whether you’re looking for a listing on great parks near your current local or sourcing a summer break outing this site will help you explore your city from a parental perspective.  Find out just how kid friendly is your neighbourhood is!
  6. Crave TO (Twitter: @CraveTO)
    Find out the best places to eat and drink in the city of Toronto including all the skinny on food related events and festivals coming near you!
  7. HomeStars (Twitter: @homestars)
    Canada’s largest and trusted resource for connecting new and veteran homeowners with professionals. Homeowner reviews, photos, projects and over 2 million company profiles to help you get the renovations, repairs and services you need, with honest critiques you can trust.
  8. Toronto Life (Twitter: @torontolife)
    This is another great resource for people who care about the city they live in.  From entertainment news around the six to hot real estate listings you can find out what’s on and going on around you.
  9. Mayor of Toronto (Twitter: @JohnTory)
    Get news on Toronto right from this personal source of Toronto’s Mayor as he Tweets about the city we live in from his perspective.
  10. City of Toronto (Twitter: @TorontoComms)
    Find out what is going on in your city including important information on elections, bills, causes and how they’ll impact you and your family. The more you know about the area around you the better you can build your role in your community.