I’m online every day searching for properties and learning how to be a more profitable landlord. Here are my seven favorite real estate websites that I go to every day.
Before we get started, I should say that I also really love Landlordology (this blog!). Over the years, I’ve learned so much from Landlordology that I asked to contribute and give back on a regular basis. It’s my favorite, and I’ve written a lot of articles that have been featured here.
But since I thought it would be a little weird and self-serving to mention it in the list, here are my other favorites blogs:
BiggerPockets is a large social network for real estate investors. It’s also a marketplace, forum, podcast, and information hub.
Where Landlordology teaches mainly about buy and hold investments, BiggerPockets explores many of the other areas of investing, such as flipping, notes, commercial investing, lending, wholesale, and a dozen other topics.
- The BRRRR (Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat) Strategy: A Primer for Investors
- The Top 8 Mistakes Made by Rookie Landlords
- Rental Property Numbers so Easy You Can Calculate Them on a Napkin
REtipster, Seth Williams blog, is fun and educational to read. The blog is designed well, and all illustrations and pictures are clear.
The best part of this blog is the candid advice on it. Williams is quick to point out the mistakes he has made so that you don’t make the same ones.
- Everything You Need To Know About Getting Your County’s “Delinquent Tax List”
My all-time favorite post on REtipster. I love finding delinquent tax lists. You have to figure that owners are distressed when they aren’t paying their property taxes.
- How I Find Motivated Sellers (And Get Them Calling Me). Step 1: Getting the List
Whether you are a house flipper or long-term buy-and-hold investor, everyone benefits from finding motivated sellers.
Afford Anything, by Paula Pant, has a huge blog following. The site is well designed, educational, honest, and has no hidden agendas.
Pant posts income reports that show all of her real estate revenue and expenses. The most impressive part is that she truly is a four-hour workweek person (even less actually) and manages her property remotely.
- The 12 Essential Lessons You Must Learn About Money & Life
Paula’s perspectives for your life – to help you feel better, and be more productive.
- Renting is Throwing Money Away … Right?
Although there are many “rent vs. buy” posts out there, Pant included data behind all the opinions she offered, which made this post go viral.
I’m a huge data nerd and love the in-depth research John Burns puts on his site, Real Estate Consulting.
John Burns, a real estate consultant, was a vocal activist in calling the last bubble. This is extremely important, as most of his high-end consulting customers are institutional real estate investors.
John has two (of many) sections on his site which provide incredible value:
- Building Market Intelligence
John gives away a ton of free data and research
John also creates and uses top-notch infographics
- Americans Are Leaving Big Cities for More Affordable Cities in the South and Northwest
- High-Income Job Growth to Determine New Home Demand
Between lenders, tenants, subcontractors, agents, and title companies, real estate investing can be stressful. This new site, Lighter Side of Real Estate, is highly entertaining. The site also does a great job with high-quality photographs and visuals.
- Introducing “Shedquarters”: The Hot New Trend Home-Based Business Owners Are Drooling Over
Home-based businesses are a major new trend
- ‘Pub-Sheds’ Quickly Becoming Hot Trend in Backyard Entertainment
I’m currently looking at building an outdoor kitchen and found this inspirational
Zillow is the main website I use to research properties. It’s the easiest site I have found to find properties to buy. I even sold my last house using Zillow.
Zillow also runs the Rental Manager Blog which has great advice too.
- My Experience Building a New Construction Home
I’m currently building my first house, so this post was pretty interesting to me
- 500-Square-Foot Rentals: Good Things in Small Packages
I’m always looking for alternative rental property. This post was very interesting
My wife and I love Houzz because of how nice and picturesque everything is. However, everything on this site is over our budget.
I also use the forum on Houzz. There, you can post pictures and get feedback. This is extremely valuable to me because I am too cheap to hire an interior designer or landscape architect. The Houzz mobile app is extremely easy to use as well.
- Renovation Industry Surpasses Pre-Recession Peak
- Inside Houzz Tour: Tel Aviv!
Apparently, I need to work out of their Tel Aviv office
These are just my favorites. What about you? What are your favorite real estate sites? Let me know in the comments below!