Though blogs started out as personal journals, there is no limit to what may be covered in a blog. It is customary for people to compose blogs to express their work, their hobbies, their social or political issues, and news or current events.
Real estate blogs have also become a trend in recent years, however, not as fast or abundant as one may expect. Nonetheless, blogs can be a very valuable source of up-to-date information on real estate, especially in a time when real estate value is very volatile and current information is what may make the difference between a successful transaction and a losing deal.
Blogs have the advantage of presenting the top stories and the latest news in a single place eliminating the need to surf the net and search for multiple sources.
Another advantage of using blogs is they have RSS feeds from other sources, such as newspaper articles published online, which are updated daily with the latest news. These feeds give the readers the ability to receive a variety of opinions based on which to construct a personal opinion.
In some cases, valuable tools are offered to the users, directing them to further sources to collect valuable information required to make an informed decision, such as crime rates, air quality by neighborhood and school ratings.
Here are a few ideas on how to use blogs to stay informed on real estate issues and trends:
– Search for relevant blogs. Google the name of your city along with the words “real estate blog”.
– A valuable blog has frequent updates.
– A nice, clean look will make it easier to read the articles relevant to you
– Ensure that it has RSS feeds to multiple sources
– It should have an impartial tone and not try to sell the services of a Realtor
Bookmark a couple of the best blogs according to the guidelines above and visit them daily. It will pay off in time saved from going to a single source and in money gained by making informed decisions.