As a real estate professional, your life is pretty hectic. Maybe you’re a residential real estate agent busy showing houses to prospective buyers or a property manager trying to deal with various tenant difficulties. Either way, your job requires dedication and communication with other parties, making free time a thing of the past.
The problem with this is that you end up missing out on the latest trends and practices that are influencing your industry. While real estate continues to change and fluctuate, you remain stagnant, missing out on the latest updates, including what real estate management software has to offer.
But not to worry. I can help you stay on top of what’s happening in the real estate world.
Below, I’ve outlined 27 essential real estate management resources, covering blogs, publications, associations, conferences, podcasts, and tools that can help transform your career and move you closer to the next level of success.
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With an easy-to-read interface, this blog’s clean design and crisp writing offer property managers marketing advice on how to make the most out of social tools and email campaigns as well as how to adjust your property’s website design to convert visitors to buyers.
Blog of real estate and property management software provider Yardi, the Balance Sheet provides news, advice, and insight into the importance of naming apartment complexes correctly, installing technology in senior-living facilities, and how Google Home is changing home life.
Inman covers general real estate news, including headlines about market trends and specific happenings in highlighted regions, like New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Other articles touch on the reliability of online listings and the importance of utilizing technology or unplugging altogether.
Being a property manager can be a complex job, but, with PropertyManager.com, you can stay on top of the latest in summer safety measure for apartments, how divorce rates impact multifamily properties, and how to keep model apartments clean and updated. Other recent posts tackle resident retention and how to handle resident complaints.
Another online real estate listing site, Redfin also hosts an informative blog that covers the industry as a whole as well as more localized real estate news. One standout aspect is its data center, which allows you to download market data from zipcodes around the nation to analyze home prices, sales, and inventory. Be sure to check out Redfin’s other blog sections that cover home living, tips, and advice, in addition to informative and entertaining videos.
Trulia’s blog contains posts that tackle four key subject areas, including the basics of real estate, financial aspects of real estate, home hacks, and celebrity homeowner news. Deceptively simple, Trulia offers great insight into common problems faced by buyers and homeowners as well as solutions to these issues.
Run by the popular online real estate database company, Zillow Porchlight delves into topical real estate trends and even how to maximize a property’s listing on their site. Recent articles cover moving tips, laundry room renovations, and real estate buying advice.
A journal from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), this bi-monthly publication captures the latest news and insight into the evolving world of real estate. The most recent issue delves into urban regeneration, the differences between asset managers and property managers, and the importance of the Myers-Briggs personality test when it comes to understanding employees and colleagues. Subscriptions for one year cost $62.95
Official magazine of the National Association of Realtors, Realtor Magazine covers topical headlines, sales and marketing, design, technology, and laws and ethics in the real estate space. Current highlights include whether you should rent or buy, the growing size of homes, and remodeling spending, broken down by state. Non-member subscriptions in the U.S. are $56.
Published through the Urban Land Institute, Urban Land Magazine addresses sustainable practices and how the combination of real estate and technology can work for a more sustainable future. Six print editions are published each year, with online content posted daily. Recent online headlines touch on how property owners are implementing free Wi-Fi and charging stations, how energy adds to the cost of housing, and the issue of affordable housing. Urban Land Magazine is available for download on iPad and Android.
This international property professionals convention covers new technologies, sustainable initiatives, and opportunities to hone leadership skills and network with others in your industry. This year’s conference offers a variety of sessions, such as how property managers can make use of asset management, leveraging emotional intelligence, and the importance of monitoring water consumption at your properties.
Organized by the largest trade association in North America, this year’s conference and expo will have sessions that cover commercial economic issues and trends, the importance of cultural intelligence, and the conversation around real estate data storage and transmission. Guest speakers for the 2016 event range from College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz to Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution, LLC.
Inman Connect celebrates its 20th anniversary of hosting this comprehensive conference on the latest in real estate technology. This year’s sessions touch on what technologies real estate agents should be making use of, how to dominate Zillow and realtor.com, as well as the advantages that bots have to offer the industry. Speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk (angel investor and founder of VaynerMedia), Robert Thomson (CEO of News Corp), and John Thornton (Partner Lead at Google).
If you’re interested in connecting with other commercial real estate professionals, NAIOP has been offering networking opportunities to the commercial sector since 1967, launching first as the National Association of Industrial Parks. Benefits of membership include national forums to grow your knowledge on industry topics and connect with other professionals, corporate awards to recognize movers and shakers in the space, an international perspective on markets in both the U.S. and Canada, as well as access to research on the evolving commercial real estate sector. Membership dues vary based on your level of membership, though you can estimate the cost with NAIOP’s dues calculator located on their site.
Since 1947, NAREB has been dedicated to fostering the careers of minority professionals in the real estate industry. With goals to ensure the fair treatment of minority neighborhoods throughout the development of urban policies, NAREB aims to preserve and restore African-American communities across the United States. Benefits of NAREB membership include legislative and policy updates on housing issues, advocacy for fair housing and sustainable homeownership, and educational opportunities available through its NAREB University program.
NAR is the nation’s largest trade organization with more than 1.1. million members across the country. Members range from brokers and property managers to salespeople and appraisers. Membership perks cover access to the latest in electronics and mobile technologies at discounted prices, educational tools like a library of more than 12,000 books, reports, and guides, as well as its Realtors Property Resource, a national database on every property in the United States. Dues for the 2016-2017 year are $120.
Tim and Julie Harris have over two decades of experience in the real estate business, and are now offering their insights to professionals wishing to further their careers as brokers. The duo offer four different coaching programs, ascending in both education and price, that range from covering real estate basics to a one-on-one program to help you reach the next level of your career. Designation classes are also available and touch on short sales, REO and BPO training, and property management. For those with smaller budgets and a desire to learn, a student loan program is available.
Craig Proctor offers free half-day seminars, where professionals can learn about mistakes to avoid, how to advertise their services better, and how to deliver listing and buyer presentations with ease. Those who sign up will also receive a free copy of How To Generate TONS of High Quality Buyer and Seller Leads Using Facebook. For those more interested in attending face-to-face seminars, Proctor also offers local classes, free to the first 200 who sign up.
This international coaching program offers both one-on-one coaching as well as an intensive boot camp, including six weeks of one-on-one calls with your own real estate coach and five weeks of personalized actions, costing less than $100/week. For those unable to afford these events, Robertson’s site also hosts education videos on how to structure teams, throwing client appreciation parties, and even how to work with your spouse.
Named for the woman with over 30 years of real estate experience, Julie Youngblood now offers skills coaching for professionals in the industry, working with Serriah Toste and Jerome Johnson, who offer accountability coaching. Also located on Youngblood’s site are free scripts and tools ranging from a door knocking script to advice on hosting a fantastic open house for buyers. A free 30-minute consultation is available for those interested.
Rated as the number one real estate show on iTunes with more than 1.2 million listeners, this podcast is hosted by Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner and covers real estate topics for both beginner brokers and more seasoned professionals. Recent shows touch on managing fixer-upper rentals, closing 100+ deals in 18 months, and flipping houses in competitive and expensive markets.
If you’re looking for a podcast more attuned to corporate real estate, Michael Bull, who’s licensed in nine states, uses his 30 years of experience to provide insight into the latest trends and practices happening in this sector. A great show if you’re interested in topics about retail markets, multifamily properties, medical offices, and senior housing.
Interested in property investing? This Australian podcast promises tips and tricks for those new to the space and experienced professionals. Taking a more down-to-earth approach, Everyday Property Investing offers practical advice concerning renovation dilemmas, networking strategies, and how to find positive cashflow properties.
If your interest aligns more with flipping houses, House Flipping HQ provides information and education on how to start and maintain your own house flipping business as well as how to become an informed real estate investor. This podcast offers advice on how to wholesale houses remotely, building a buyers list, and how some flippers manage to hold a full-time job and flip houses on the side.
Browse through more than 200 real estate management software solutions where you can also filter your results based on number of users, deployment, and notable features. Find software that can facilitate billing and invoicing, rent tracking, and vacancy tracking, with management components like contact management, lease management, and maintenance management.
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