Real estate these days in Toronto isn’t just on the tip of everyone’s tongues, but evidently their fingers too. Only it’s not the newspapers exclusively covering the facts anymore, but also an independent variety of regularly updated websites or pages, mostly run by informed individuals or small groups. Written in an informal or conversational style, they’ve quickly established themselves as must-read content for those chugging along in this crazy market.
Here are a few of our favourites…
Better Dwelling is Canada’s largest independent housing blog, a distinction the’ve acquired in a very short time. They provide a balanced, data-driven perspective to help millennials understand complex issues surrounding housing—a topic that impacts mostly everything these days. Although Better Dwelling is fairly young, their readership has grown quickly, proving that there’s a need for data driven journalism in Canada.
The MASH was started in 2011 for a single purpose: to gossip about real estate listings in Toronto and Canada, just as one would tittle-tattle with family and friends in their living room. In the years since, it’s become a place to express opinions about all those listings out there—the good, the bad and the ugly. They do it in a fun manner, too. And since the editor of The MASH is not an agent, all opinions written by the MASH are unbiased, and are just that… Opinions!
Well, this one is a no brainer, right? Seriously though, besides the brazen bit of self promotion—which is the name of the game in real estate—our blog is truly the cat’s pyjamas. Monthly market reports, our highly popular PSR Digital Handshake series designed to introduce you to (or “e-meet”) our rockstar team, routine tips to successfully navigating the Toronto real estate industry (whether you are a buyer, seller or agent yourself), compelling op-ed on the regular, our trusted Ask A Realtor series, listicles galore and much, much more—we’ve got it all!
Realty Drama is a relatively new blog, designed as a social interactive network for real estate issues and stories. The site was created for buyers and sellers to gain experience in the purchase and sale of their next property. Additionally, Realty Drama doesn’t aim to be limited to just the purchase or sale of your property, but all that comes with it too. Other prime discussion points centre around agents, lawyers, bankers, contractors, inspectors, renovators, designers, etc. This is where you come to discuss concerns, share stories and get advice!
In case you didn’t already know, Toronto Life is a monthly publication covering daily news, current events, social issues, trends, lifestyle, listings of Toronto’s top restaurants, shopping, culture and realty. For that reason, it might be fair to say the outlet is a little too expansive and mainstream to be dubbed a ‘blog’. But really, we’re trying to give you a selection of the best online resources in this city, and Toronto Life’s longstanding real estate section is as good as it gets. Come for the city’s top houses, condos and sales of the week, but stay for the investigative journalism on its biggest real estate stories and scandals.
In the interest of pointing you towards impartial opinion, we’ve avoided including outlets too overtly connected to real estate agents or teams—besides ourselves of course, but that’s why it’s our list! However we’d be remiss not to include David Fleming’s venerable Toronto Realty Blog. The Bosley agent started it back in 2007, well before the word “blog” was in the average person’s vernacular, and prior to real estate websites having ever become even remotely useful. The mission behind Toronto Realty Blog has remained to bring more transparency to the industry. Fleming is also one of the most opinionated people you’ll ever meet, and prides himself on being brutally honest and professional. This makes every read as memorable as it is insightful.
Toronto Storeys prides itself on being “the home for the city’s real estate industry.” And from looking into the foundations of the city’s market to the spotlighting views from its penthouse suites and opens doors, this blog takes readers inside to see the sites—and meet the people—behind Toronto’s red-hot real estate sector.