The homebuying process begins like many complicated and expensive processes do – with plenty of research. With so much information available on the web, however, it’s hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. Below are 30 homebuying blogs that feature insider information, local market tips, and no-nonsense advice to guide first-timers through what is often the biggest purchase (and largest debt!) of your life.
Centris’ real estate blog has a unique section of articles focusing on technology within the home as well as the oft-included advice and market information. Clicking through to their main site, you’ll find tools such as socio-demographic data and real estate market statistics that are specific to the same area(s) as any properties of interest.
Whether selling, buying, or just looking for investing tips, Zoocasa offers news and advice for any new home buyer. Zoocasa knows that buying a home is a complicated process, and their articles help make the steps easy to understand.
This blog is a one-stop-shop for those looking to buy a property in Edmonton. From market updates to specific property information, Edmonton Real Estate gives prospective buyers a well-rounded look at the city’s real estate market.
In addition to providing a search of available properties in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Yukon, RE/MAX of western Canada also gives homeowners-to-be handy tools for the house hunt, like the Buyers Report Card.
Everyone’s looking to save a buck (or several), and ComFree’s blog offers real estate advice to an audience interested in commission-free transactions. The blog has information on buying, selling, renovating, and industry news, and serves provinces and territories across Canada.
Newinhomes.com is Toronto Star’s real estate listing services blog, with articles and advice pertaining to many different housing types in the GTA, including condos, luxury living, and tips for first-time buyers. It has the largest selection of new home builders in the area and features condo developers as well as home builders.
Journalist, author, financial advisor, and former MP Garth Turner waxes lyrical on economics, real estate, and money, among other things. Unlike many of the dry voices out there, Turner dispenses advice with a sense of humour.
This popular magazine’s Life blog is a great resource for first-time buyers. Articles highlight ways to afford a new home purchase without sacrificing the lifestyle that you currently lead.
A spinoff of ComFree’s blog, this site focuses on buying and selling information particular to Quebec. In addition to a glossary of homebuying terms and home maintenance tips, DuProprio also has home décor tips with on-trend Québécois inspiration.
This blog posts market updates, home listings, and news for Edmonton. Thinking of renovating a property? Edmonton Real Estate Blog also has a section on home renovation topics.
Real estate agent Bo Kauffmann uses this blog to share his experience and outlook on the Winnipeg real estate market. He discusses a marketing plan for selling your property, what to do after closing on a new one, and ways in which to discover hidden issues in properties – all with some fun infographics thrown in for good measure.
In addition to the typical homebuyer-how-tos, Centum Mortgage Choice’s blog offers in-depth explanations of some confusing terms and policies that buyers and/or borrowers may come across during the process.
For a first-time homebuyer who is feeling overwhelmed by the process, Noble Mortage’s blog has them covered. With clear titles like ‘Help for First-Time Homebuyers’ and ‘The Mortgage Process Simplified’, property virgins will leave this site feeling like they’ve got it under control.
Homie is a peer-to-peer real estate marketplace, and their advice is for buyers and sellers who enjoy a hands-on approach to their property transactions. Homie’s site is clean, user-friendly, and although they’re based in Utah, their guidance pertains to buyers and sellers across the continent.
Serving people who want to live in Burlington, Ontario, Lori VanDinther acquaints readers with the city before they even become a resident. Using a friendly, conversational tone, VanDinther gives buyers the information they need to get into the area.
While buying a home can certainly be emotional, it is first and foremost a financial transaction. PenFed Credit Union’s blog gives buyers all the information necessary to protect their financial health and ensure that their purchase is a sound one.
Many new owners forget that they need insurance before getting keys to a property. Broker Link’s blog provides articles on topics ranging from seasonal protection to insurance renewals, and everything in between.
When it comes to home buying and selling in Toronto, you can move – or you can move smartly. Realosophy’s blog deciphers rules, regulations, and the finer details of buying a home that first-time buyers often miss.
Homebuilder and developer Previn Court has a unique perspective on the real estate market in the GTA, specifically in the areas of Alliston and Barrie. Their blog combines examples of their home designs with general market trends in the area.
As Tammy Samuels knows, getting an offer accepted on a property is often just the first hurdle in the race. This agent’s blog also includes posts on ways to mitigate the stress of moving.
Mortgage broker Bernie Klacer knows that buying your first home is no easy task. His blog caters to those new to the world of home ownership, helping them avoid pitfalls as they step onto the real estate ladder.
Loreck Homes specialises in custom properties in Alberta. Homebuyers can find a wealth of information pertaining to new builds on their blog, such as ways to maximise light, how to pick a great location, and making your home eco-friendly.
Once a home is purchased, protecting that investment becomes paramount. Homebuilder Country Homes provides homeowners with tips on maintaining their property throughout the year.
If anyone needs help navigating Victoria real estate, the Mortgage Designers’ blog will help. Their FAQ section addresses many basic questions and their resources include sections on debt consolidation and immigrants who would like to purchase a home in Canada.
First Foundations is a non-traditional financial services company, giving first-time buyers in Edmonton the expertise of mortgage brokers, insurance brokers, and financial planners all in one package. Their blog has information and answers to tough questions divided into those three categories so that it’s easy to find.
Broker Marleve Voisin offers news, tips, and practical advice on buying and selling real estate. Focusing on the Grey Bruce area in southern Ontario, Voisin lends her 25 years of expertise to buyers and sellers alike.
Toronto is one of the two hottest markets in the country, and realtor David Fleming brings an open, honest, an opinionated approach to help make sense of it. He’s been blogging for almost a decade, and his goal is to bring more transparency to the industry.
Serving the city of Ottawa and the surrounding communities, Kent Browne and the Royal LePage team answer some of the questions that are on everyone’s mind. Their blog touches on issues such as sustainability, in-law suites, walkable communities, and government incentive programs.
Vancouver is getting all of the real estate headlines, but BestHomesBC’s blog showcases a variety of properties for sale across British Columbia. Resources include a detailed explanation of the buying process in Canada.
You can’t talk about buying property without talking about money, and this blog is all about the money. It’s the place to go to read the nitty gritty details of budgeting, debt, and living frugally, as well as reader success stories.
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