The Top 20 Real Estate Investing Blogs—Updated!

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The Top 20 Real Estate Investing Blogs

Author’s Note: The original list, and a subsequent update, were compiled by Joshua Dorkin. The most recent update (as of May 2018) was compiled by G. Brian Davis

Just like our now-famous list of the top 35 real estate blogs (August 2006) — which has been seriously withered down over the years — some of the blogs here on our original Top 20 Real Estate Investing Blogs list simply died out, lost focus, or decreased in quality.

I thought it was high time that we updated this list by creating a new one — a live list that brings new blogs into the mix. Below you’ll find below our updated list of blogs about real estate investment — as well as the original top 20 list where you’ll see all those blogs that have faded or disappeared.

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The Top Real Estate Investing Blogs – Methodology

To put the original list together, we looked at close to 200 different blogs from both real estate investing–related companies and individual real estate investors. Here are a few things of note about the blogs selected:

  • Any blogs included in this list have been recommended by at least several people that I respect
  • They are updated on a regular basis
  • I generally have respect for the blogger/bloggers
  • Content is educational and informative

There are many other quality real estate investing blogs out there, but they couldn’t all make the list for one reason or another. Most didn’t make the cut for the following reasons:

  1. It’s no longer active or simply don’t post at a regular enough frequency.
  2. The blog spends too much time on topics other than real estate.
  3. It is primarily a corporate blog, promoting the services of the company rather than providing top quality content for investors to learn from.
  4. The blog spends too much time simply promoting products and services (affiliate or otherwise).
  5. It uses some other tactics that annoyed me upon repeated visits.

I recommend you check these out, add them to your reader, and participate by sharing your thoughts in the comments after reading articles. With all that in mind, let’s take a look first at our original top 20 blogs, then at our revamped list as of May 2018 (in alphabetical order, not by preference):

Original Entries in Our Top Real Estate Blogs List

You might notice there are 23 blogs listed here, not 20. That’s because some have rotated in and out over the years.

Here are the original top real estate blogs, most of which have fallen by the wayside:

Updating for Today’s Top 20 Real Estate Investing Blogs

Enough with the old war stories, Grandpa! What are the best real estate investing blogs of 2018?

A few of the blogs above have maintained consistent quality over the years and appear below. I added a few comments about the strengths of each blog, and what niche they excel in.

Related: Top 35 Real Estate Blogs

And look, no one is claiming this list is bias-free. I gave preference to independent bloggers over corporate blogs. I’m friendly with some of the bloggers below, and respect them as people, as real estate investors, and as writers. My own blog is (of course!) included.

Call me biased, but at the end of the day, these are the real estate blogs I personally find to have the most value.

I tried to choose the best examples across multiple real estate investing niches. Some contain podcasts or vlogs, as content consumption has evolved and diversified over time. All offer a tremendous amount of value for free.

Without further ado, here’s the list!

The Top 20 Real Estate Investing Blogs of 2018 (in alphabetical order)

1. A Student of the Real Estate Game

Niche: Commercial real estate

Joe Stampone started this blog in 2009, first as a personal journal of real estate investing thoughts and ideas, and later as a core commercial real estate blog.

It’s a must-read blog if you’re interested in starting your own commercial real estate investing firm.

2. Adventures in Mobile Homes

Niche: Mobile home investing for beginners

Interested in mobile home investing? While Adventures in Mobile Homes is not the slickest looking blog, it boasts easy-to-read tips and guides for beginners.

Rachel Hernandez offers an entire series of articles under the umbrella “Investing 101” for new mobile home investors. If you’re intrigued by this niche, give this blog a spin!

3. Afford Anything

Niche: Lifestyle design & financial independence through real estate

When Paula Pant appeared on the BiggerPockets podcast, Joshua and Brandon introduced her as “the most interesting woman alive.”

She doesn’t disappoint.

Her posts are thoughtful, insightful, honest, and spunky. Paula will push you to build more intentionality in your life — and to design your perfect life with purpose.

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4. BiggerPockets

Niche: All things real estate & personal finance

The leviathan of real estate investing blogs!

I did mention this list may be slightly biased, right?

But one of the great strengths of the BiggerPockets blog is its wealth of timely content. Every day, new articles go live, covering every niche in the real estate spectrum.

It’s been around for over a decade, and will still be here a decade from now.

5. Clever Investor

Niche: Marketing, lead generation & getting started in REI

While it’s among the more corporate blogs on this list, Cody Sperber’s well-oiled Clever Investor machine can’t be ignored.

Cody and his team at Clever Investor especially excel at marketing. Take a look at their articles on lead generation for some fresh ideas.

6. Coach Carson

Niche: House hacking, lifestyle design, early retirement, landlording

Chad Carson managed to move to Ecuador with his family for 17 months, based on his real estate income and blog.

He’s down-to-earth, honest, and knowledgeable — a great combination in a real estate blogger. Perhaps best of all, Chad brings some much-needed perspective to the real estate investing conversation. Buying real estate is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end, and only you know exactly what that end is for yourself.

7. Commercial Real Estate Show

Niche: Commercial real estate

Michael Bull hosts this high-gloss radio show, podcast, vlog, and blog, where he explores every angle of commercial real estate. Consistently strong guests and a diverse range of commercial real estate topics make Michael’s show a great weekly resource for anyone interested in the commercial side of the sector.

8. Epic Real Estate Podcast

Niche: Financial independence/early retirement through real estate

Host Matt Theriault has built an almost-daily podcast all about building wealth and income through real estate investments. His guests bring a fresh perspective, and shows range from snackable four-minute quickies to immersive 90-minute classes.

Worth a listen!

9. Flipping Junkie

Niche: Flipping

Danny Johnson knows flipping inside and out.

In addition to his blog, where his wife Melissa often contributes, Danny’s weekly podcast takes a deep dive into everything flippers need to succeed in an increasingly competitive market.

10. InvestFourMore

Niche: Residential investing & realtor-investors

Mark Ferguson brings plenty of personal stories and experience to his blog and podcast, illustrating investor lessons beautifully.

One area where Mark particularly shines is teaching others how to succeed as realtor-investors. Mark excels not only at each individually, but in synergizing the two to come out ahead on both fronts.

11. The Investor

Niche: Global market research, commercial real estate

If you’re looking for a global perspective and comprehensive market research on commercial real estate trends, The Investor is for you. As the news and media outlet for JLL Capital Markets, it’s corporate, glossy, and well-funded.

Just don’t expect mom-and-pop anecdotes or beginner advice here!

12. Joe Crump

Niche: Investing automation & real estate websites

Joe’s blog has evolved into a vlog, where he does a particularly good job of walking you through automating your investing business and building real estate-related websites.

Having spent five years working in Hollywood, Joe is right at home on video. Check out his vlog when you’re ready to scale from investing as a side gig to building a real estate business.

13. Just Ask Ben Why

Niche: Luxury house hacking, multifamily

Many of you recognize Ben Leybovich’s name from the BiggerPockets blog where he’s a regular contributor.

Ben is best known for teaching others how to house hack luxury single-family homes. If you’ve ever been drawn to the idea of house hacking, but don’t want to live in a duplex, you’ll find Ben’s blog a breath of fresh air.

14. Michael Blank

Niche: Apartment buildings, multifamily investing, private fundraising

Michael takes a lifestyle design view of multifamily investing, and is quick to ask readers and listeners what their monthly FI number looks like.

And then he’s quick to show them how easily they can reach that number with only one or two apartment buildings.

If you’re interested in apartment and multifamily investing, Michael Blank’s blog and podcast are a great place to start.

15. Mobile Home Investing

Niche: Mobile & manufactured homes

Corporate types tend to thumb their nose at the idea of investing in mobile homes… which spells opportunity for mom-and-pop investors. And because they’re inexpensive, they can be particularly attractive to new investors who don’t have much capital.

John Fedro is a 30-something who reached financial independence quickly through mobile homes, and he teaches others to do the same. He’ll show you exactly how to start building a portfolio of mobile homes, with starting capital of only $5,000 or so.

16. The Real Estate Guys Radio

Niche: Real estate as part of a financial strategy

Investor Robert Helms and financial strategist Russell Gray have been on the air since 1997, before blogs, podcasts, vlogs, or YouTube. Of course, now they do all of these.

But because they’ve been around so long, they’ve seen just about everything, and they cover it all on their podcast and blog. If you’re looking for broad-based exposure to investing ideas, and wondering how real estate could fit into your larger investing strategy, this show is a great place to start.

17. Real Estate in Your Twenties

Niche: Getting Started in Real Estate Investing

You already know Brandon Turner – he’s the co-host of the BiggerPockets podcast!

One area he excels is helping younger adults start building their real estate empire. Brandon keeps it fun and accessible, with a focus on building an entrepreneurial mindset, and his blog is a great starting place for new investors.

18. Real Estate Worldwide

Niche: Wholesaling, flipping, lead generation

Interested in wholesaling? Flipping homes? Or where to find the best deals on properties? Real Estate Worldwide has some great free education to help you score great deals.

Kent Clothier remains the primary writer behind the blog, and brings a wealth of real estate investing experience to it.

19. RETipster

Niche: Land investing, landlording, finding deals, real estate tech

Seth Williams boasts an astonishing breadth of real estate-related knowledge. Not only does Seth cover a wide range of real estate investing niches, but he goes into incredible depth in each.

One less common niche where he particularly shines is land investing — a niche not well represented elsewhere on this list.

It’s worth mentioning, in the spirit of disclosure (or bragging?), that I’m a regular contributor on RETipster myself.

20. SparkRental

Niche: Rentals, landlording, passive income, financial independence

Interested in building passive income from rentals to reach financial independence and retire young?

That’s where SparkRental shines.

We cover landlord and property management issues, cash flow analysis, and automating rental management for maximum passive income. I say “we” because, once again with the full disclosure, I’m one of the co-founders!

Takeaways from the Top 20

Whether you’re interested in wholesaling or landlording, residential or commercial, land or mobile homes, there’s at least one blog for you on this list.

That’s the beauty of real estate investing — you have so many diverse options to choose from. You can invest for passive income, for quick profits, or for long-term appreciation. These represent the best blogs in the biz, in helping you with whatever your specific real estate goals may be.

Without a doubt, there are other excellent real estate blogs in the blogosphere. But these are my favorites for each niche. If you have other favorites, well… share them in the comments below!

What are your favorite real estate investing blogs?

Why do you love them? Share your thoughts below!

About Author

Joshua Dorkin

Joshua Dorkin (@jrdorkin, Google+) founded BiggerPockets.com when he saw a need for free, trustworthy information about real estate investing online. Over the past 12 years, Josh has grown the site from self-funded hobby to full-time job and passion. Today, BiggerPockets brings together over 850,000 members, housing the world’s largest library of real estate content, iTunes’ #1 real estate podcast, and an array of analysis tools, all geared toward helping users succeed.

62 Comments

  1. What an awesome list. Thanks for the honorable mention! Honored to be included with these really solid REI blogs.

  2. Jeff Brown

    Very much appreciated — I’m humbled, and honored. I also see my reader will be having some new sources — thanks for that too.

    • Jeff – You’re the grandpappy of this list . . . no one here with more time in the game than you. I’m honored to have you on the list and as one of our regular contributors!

  3. Josh –

    Thanks so much for the mention…I’m honored! I also found a few new blogs to add to my reading list… 🙂

    J

    • Keep flipping and teaching the rest of us, Jason. Your blog and your contributions on BiggerPockets are top notch! Now . . . if we can only keep you out of the political forums 😉 j/k

  4. Thanks Josh! What an absolute honour to make the top 10 from a list of 200 to start with. Thank you for creating Bigger Pockets. It’s such a great place to meet like minded folks, exchange great ideas and grow as investors and bloggers. I appreciate all that you do and really appreciate the big shout out in the Top 10 list!!

  5. Wow! Thanks so much for the mention, Josh! There are a few on the list I am unfamiliar with so I’m looking forward to following them! What an honor, thanks again 🙂

    • I’m glad to expose some new blogs to you and the others, Shae. Now that you’re retired from the real world, I look forward to reading more about the real estate exploits in the blog.

  6. Woooooohooo- I made it, I made it!!

    Thanks so much for adding me to the list Josh- it’s an honor to be a part of it!

    And congrats to all my fellow bloggers who made the list, too- keep up the great work everybody! 🙂

  7. I love blogs like this. It always gives me a chance to discover new reading and I love to read. Looks like I need to go out and find some new subscriptions! Thanks Joshua!!

  8. What a great list Joshua. Congrats to all that made it. I’m still a baby in the bloggosphere. Hopefully, I’ll make the list next time 🙂 Very well deserved guys, keep up the good work.

    • Work hard, do deals, share insight, be proactive, and people will look at your blog in a similar light, Esi. See you around the net and BiggerPockets!

    • Thanks Tom. That means a lot coming from you. You do an incredible job and are certainly one of the most respected REI bloggers out there. Keep it up.

  9. This is a great list and quite a few that we were not familiar with. As a NEW Kid on the Block we hope to be mentioned one day. Now to go and check out the blogs listed.

  10. Thanks Josh! I’m excited to be part of such an accomplished list. Keeps me motivated to continue to keep blogging.

    Bigger Pockets is a great place, I just wish I had more hours in the day.

  11. Wow Joshua….awesome list of blogs here, many of which I read religiously.

    And thanks so much for the honorable mention….I must admit that I do have to read my blog more than the others lol just a lil blogging humor (I sure hope at least one person lol’d 🙂

    Thanks again! I’ll have to crank it up a lil so I can make the OFFICIAL list next time 😉

  12. Wow…. thanks Josh!!!!

    I can’t believe we made the list out of close to 200 blogs reviewed. Much appreciated.

    I love coming to Biggerpockets to read and share what I can!!!!

    • Matt – I only recently found your blog, and enjoyed flipping through all of your deals. Thanks for sharing with everyone.

      Hopefully we’ll see a little more of you on the forums and elsewhere on BP when you’ve got some time!

  13. I was just happy to know to know that I already have several of these set bookmarked, plus tons of new stuff to read.

  14. Josh, thanks for including my blog as part of the list. As a relative newcomer to the real estate game, it’s an honor to be recognized among such an elite group. The blog is only going to grow and improve over time.

    Congrats to my fellow bloggers who made the list, I’ve learned about a number of new blogs that I’ll begin to follow.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Keep it up, Joe. I think others can learn from the blog of a newbie just as they can from someone at it for a long time. It is all about how you present your words, IMO. Keep doing what you do, and we’ll see you around.

  15. Oh, wow! Thanks for including me on this list, Josh. I am truly honored and humbled for the Honorable Mention among this list of heavy hitters. I’m surprised to have been on this list, I had no idea how much of an impact my blog has had especially since it’s such a small area and niche of real estate investing. Thank you Josh, BP rocks!

    • Rachel – It isn’t the size of the niche or area that matters; what matters here is that you’re sharing top quality information that others can learn from. You’re one of the bloggers that doubles as a social butterfly, and it is always nice when you’re in our neck of the woods. Congrats and keep it up!

  16. Wow what a great list. Where will I find the time to get all this content? Thanks so much for sharing these resources. Maybe I can get my blog on the list next time? 😉

  17. Hey Joshua,

    You should make a little icon we can all display on our blogs. Be a great way to thankyou with a little backlink love. What do you think?

  18. Josh,

    I’m simply stunned. I just got done razzing Scott for having such a good blog and getting mentioned. Now I feel like a pinto next to these Ferrari blogs. I really appreciate the mention. It means a great deal.

    Jason

    • You were mentioned for a reason, Jason. Like I said in the post, you guys “beat out” hundreds of others, so you’re definitely doing something right. Keep it up. Oh, and feel free to keep razzing Scott. 😉

  19. Josh – Don’t know how you found us, but I’m glad you did. We’re glad to be a part of this list and contribute knowledge from the commercial side of things. Keep up the good work.

    – The Llenrock Team

    • Hey Dave –
      You guys do a nice job, and represent the commercial side of things quite well, in my opinion. I don’t recall where I found you, but I’m glad we did.

  20. Hey, man – I just discovered I made the list…THANKS SO MUCH. I’m humbled…and it’s great to have my hard work over on the blog rewarded. 🙂 And to be surrounded by so many of my well-deserving colleagues in the REI blogosphere…thank you. Much obliged, my friend.

    …jp moses

  21. Oofta… our blog didn’t make it 🙁

    Well one thing about exclusive top lists is that it discriminates the good from the bad. Looks like we’re going to have to hit the blog harder, but now at least it gives me a good goal to shoot for! I’m really surprised Duncan Wierman didn’t make the cut…

    In the pursuit of this goal is this list going to be updated on a regular basis at all or just a one up kind of thing?

    Thanks Josh,
    Ryan

    • Ryan – The post explains our selection criteria. After briefly looking at yours, I can say that the lack of regular updates would have been an immediate reason for non-inclusion. For now, there are no updates planned, but I’m sure we will in the future.

  22. Wow a bunch of great sites. I wish I had more time to read every ones blog more frequently but have really enjoyed the blogs I have checked out.

    It makes me realize what a piece of crap site I have.

    The blog tag idea from Scott is a great idea.

  23. Hey josh nice blog.. It helps me allot on finding real estate/investment property blogs, I’m currently on this business and looking for blogs that may help me on gaining more knowledge or might be an optional investment for me thank you very much. Im looking for IP blogs that may help me improve my abilities on my properties in Queensland property investments.

    Thank You
    Mark Uden

  24. Thanks a lot for this post Joshua. Very timely for me, I’ve been searching for some of the top real estate blogs to expand my “online exposure” much faster. This list will come in handy now I’m certain, thanks again and I’d love to see some of your “Top 20” lists for other industries Josh 🙂

  25. Wow this is a HUGE and unexpected honor to be newly included in the top 20. I guess we’re not really on a lonely rock out here in Hawaii 🙂 Thanks to Joshua, everyone else at BP and the entire BP readership. I guess I really have my work cut out for me now! Aloooooha……

    • Hey Michael – We do add and remove from the list as we feel it is warranted. Just keep putting out good quality content on a regular basis and we’ll be sure to keep you on the list. Good to have you.

  26. wow, didn’t realize Flip This Wholesaler was dust. Guess the REO flipping business model wasn’t built to last : ) Inventories are drying up everywhere, #gamechanger

    Keep up the good work Josh!

  27. Nice list! Yes, the REO market has definitely been drying up, but my partner and I closed over 450 REOs last year. We primarily worked with investors and banks though. But overall it does look like the volume has disappeared for most agents. If you’re good though, you’ll still get what is out there.