No doubt about it, we’re in the era of blogs. Any property expert, whether self-declared or accredited by others, can publish their real estate expert advice online.
Trawling through the masses to find the relevant (and reliable) real estate blog for you can take precious time, so we've done it for you (you're welcome!)
Below are some of our favourite property investing experts and property research newsletters in Australia - suitable whether you're brand new to the property investing game or a seasoned professional.
5 Property experts to follow
Let's kick things off with the property experts and property blogs in Australia you should be following.
1. Michael Yardney
Michael Yardney’s Property Update blog has been around since back in 2001 and was voted the world’s most popular property blog on Feedspot for four years.
It covers a bunch of topics suitable for novice and seasoned investors alike, so it's a great blog for you to frequent.
Michael also has 9 published books, runs a property investment podcast, and regularly contributes columns to magazines such as Smart Company and the New Zealand Property Investor Magazine - a true all-rounder!
2. Helen Collier-Kogtevs
After Helen and her partner, Ed, were able to retire with an impressive property portfolio, they decided to share their newfound expertise with others - and so was born Real Wealth Australia.
If you’ve decided to take the plunge and invest in property but aren’t sure where to start, Helen’s Property Portfolio Formula Course has some great real estate expert advice.
3. Doron Peleg
With over 20 years’ experience in the property investment game, Doron Peleg is worth a follow.
His company, BuyersBuyers is a great resource for developing risk assessments for your potential investments.
You can follow Doron on Linkedin where he shares lots of insights with a strong focus on data and risk assessment - experienced investors may find these particularly useful.
4. Margaret Lomas
Margaret Lomas is a superstar of the property investment world - a best-selling author, TV host, and the founder of Destiny Financial Solutions.
Her book, “20 Must Ask Questions for Every Property Investor” is a must-read if this is your first foray into the investment world and you’re after some expert advice.
5. Dymphna Boholt
Dymphna Boholt’s multi-million dollar international property portfolio is a testament to her expertise in the field.
She provides a number of programs ideal for beginner investors and her I Love Real Estate blog is worth a read to keep on top of current property news in Australia.
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If you want other newsletters delivered directly to your email as a supplement, there are some useful newsletters out there - an ideal way to keep on top of the investment game.
Here are some of our favourites:
1. SQM Research
SQM is your go-to if you’re looking for detailed property data.
They provide a broad range of both free and paid premium data including auction results, rental yields, demographics, and sold records.
They also have an option for a custom data request if you’re after something super specific for your new rental property.
SQM's free weekly newsletter gives you updates on their current data results, as well as market commentary from real estate analyst Louis Christoper.
Get a CoreLogic subscription if you’re after insights into a property’s estimated yield, cash flow, and to keep an eye on current investment hotspots. Similar to SQM, CoreLogic provides great data that aims to help you make the smartest decisions possible.
CoreLogic’s data packs require you to pay a premium membership fee - there are options ranging from one week up to 12 months membership.
This would be particularly helpful for any property investment newbies out there, as the pack includes a comprehensive list of pros and cons for your prospective property.
They also have a free weekly newsletter called Property Pulse that sends you updates on property news and CoreLogic’s latest residential property research. We definitely recommend you grab that.
3. Australian Property Investor
While they also provide access to a bunch of data and analytics, Australian Property Investor covers a lot more news, case studies, and interviews with industry experts than our previous two sites. Their weekly newsletter is run by property investment connoisseurs and is great for keeping you in the loop of the Australian property world.
API’s (free!) membership also gives you access to some great tools including tax and finance calculators, as well as invites to events, workshops, programs, and property expos - definitely a winner in our eyes.
But are real estate “experts” really trustworthy?
The short answer is yes and no. Those who are well-known in their industry are bound to have a proven track record. But, experts always take a very general view and cannot possibly give you the level of research that is necessary to make a good investment in your specific circumstances.
You always need to supplement expert advice with your own research. Real estate experts are a great avenue for staying on top of recent news and trends, but should not be followed blindly.
Always supplement expert advice with your own research and deep dives. Never follow their hand blindly.
The internet is inundated with real estate experts - both a blessing and a curse! It can be difficult to know where to start, so hopefully our list has helped clear out your tabs.
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