The online publishing world is a vast and sometimes intimidating ecosystem of sources. But, even given the overwhelming numbers of results that the internet can produce, some online news outlets still manage to rise above the fray.
Whether you’re a broker, investor, economist or just an avid reader with a passion for all things real estate, here are some online publications you can follow to keep you up with the latest deals, industry-specific events and expert insights. In no particular order, these are your most reliable commercial real estate (CRE) resources.
Looking for straightforward stories on the latest CRE transactions, development projects and market trends in a highly digestible format? GlobeSt – part of the ALM Real Estate Media Group, which publishes 33 national and regional magazines and newspapers – has its eyes on macro issues, such as emerging technologies and major political decisions and their influence on real estate markets. The company also organizes conferences and tradeshows for real estate, business and legal professionals.
The Business Journals – also known as the Bizjournals – are part of the American City Business Journals newspaper chain, based in Charlotte, N.C. The site publishes both national and regional news on a daily basis, covering 43 markets and attracting millions of visitors. Furthermore, Bizjournals hosts an impressive archive of more than 5 million business news articles dating back to 1996.
Founded in 2003 by publisher and film producer Amir Korangy, The Real Deal is a go-to publication for readers interested in the latest scoops in both the commercial and residential real estate industries. It currently covers New York and the tri-state area, as well as Los Angeles, South Florida and Chicago, and its reports include exclusive interviews and relevant statistics on topics ranging from construction, lending and finance to architecture and property management.
Furthermore, the company publishes a yearly Data Book, which contains current and historical information on the state of New York City’s real estate market. Additionally, for more than a decade, The Real Deal has also hosted annual real estate forums, where panels of industry professionals and experts discuss the latest trends and issues within the industry.
Part of the Observer Media family of companies, Commercial Observer began publishing 2009, at the height of the financial crisis. It has been going strong ever since, offering crucial details on the latest sales, leases and financing deals. The site’s content is divided into several categories, including politics, business and technology, arts and entertainment, and style and design.
If you want your CRE news with an extra serving of personality, Bisnow is – as its motto quite accurately states – “Almost Never Boring.” The publication inherits some of its charm from its founder, lawyer and talk show host, Mark Bisnow, who wanted to create an upbeat site with an irreverent, Buzzfeed-like tone. Over the years, a number of highly regarded editors and reporters – such as Catie Dixon, Jarred Schenke, Jon Banister and Cameron Sperance – have shifted the tone of the publication to a more hard-hitting real estate news source. But, as stated in the site’s description, this publication still aims to please those with a nerdy passion for all things real estate.
The publication currently covers 27 metropolitan areas across the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and is also a prolific organizer of real estate events. Its invite-only conferences attract roughly 70,000 attendees yearly and feature various networking activities and forums.
When in doubt, just ask the professionals, and what better place to turn than REALTOR Magazine, the official publication of the National Association of REALTORS® and the business tool for real estate professionals nationwide. This is the place to go if you need practical advice on sales, law and management, or want to learn more about the latest regulations or state or federal laws that might affect the industry.
Commercial Property Executive – CPE for short – keeps you in the loop with authoritative analysis on financing, property management, legal and regulatory issues, sustainability and technology. Its coverage extends across all major property types and business sectors, documenting both U.S. and foreign investments. What’s more, the site’s newsletters provide weekly news roundups and biweekly coverage of capital market areas, including investment, finance, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and leases.