10 Commercial Real Estate Blogs to Watch in 2010

1. The Llenrock Group Blog

Follow @LlenrockGroup

The Llenrock Group is a real estate advisory and investment banking firm based in my hometown, Philly. They offer a variety of services, including investment sales, direct investment and structured finance.

Their blog is updated daily and one of the few commercial real estate blogs that I read everyday. Topics range from news coverage and market updates to opinion pieces and interviews. The blog is run by the company’s Director Dave Jacobs, but content is often shared between the staff.

As great as their content is, I wish they spent more time interacting with the community through social media outlets and the comment section.I look forward to their blog continuing to grow in 2010.

2. The Daily Drach

The Daily Drach is run by John Drachman, a recent USC Lusk Center for Real Estate graduate, involved in commercial real estate in Southern California.  He was nice enough to review the program for my blog. His blog grew out of a tradition he started while in grad school, sending Daily Drach emails to classmates on stories, videos and personal commentaries on what was going on in real estate.

I hope I will be seeing a lot more of John in 2010.

3. The Dirt Lawyer

Follow @DirtLawyer

Dirt Lawyer is a blog run by attorney David Stejkowski based out of Chicago. Relative to most commercial real estate blogs, he’s been around for a while, starting all the way back in 2007. His site has been very influential to me. He recently wrote an article posing the question, Why do commercial real estate blogs die? And why the heck am I still here? where he discussed potentially shutting down his blog. I’m glad he decided to stick with it and take his blog to the next level. With some hard work, he can do big things.

4. Real Property Alpha

Follow @JohnReeder

John Reeder burst onto the blogging scene in 2009 with his site Real Property Alpha, which provides almost daily updates on the real estate investment market. Well, being a commercial real estate land broker, I guess John has some free time on his hands (maybe not). John was nice enough to feature me in his real estate twitter profile series. He provides great content and does an amazing job of marketing his posts, I look forward to seeing more of him in 2010.

More from John

5. Streetwise (Robert Knakal)

I’m a huge proponent of blogging and think everyone should be doing it, regardless of title or stage in your career. So I have great respect for Robert Knakal, co-founder of sales company Massey Knakal, who decided to start blogging. On Streetwise, Mr. Knakal looks primarily at macroeconomic issues effecting the commercial real estate industry with an emphasis on New York City. He has realized great success at a young age. What I love most is that he personally responds to every single comment left on his blog. I look forward to every new post he puts out and I hope he continues with the blog in the future.

More from Streetwise

6. San Francisco Bay Area Commercial Real Estate

Follow @BayAreaComRE

I just discovered this blog a few days ago, and I’m glad I did. It’s authored by Jon Dishotsky & Justin Bedecarré of Cushman & Wakefield and provides information and breaking topics from various sources including news outlets, online publications, inside deal makers and first-hand accounts of the Bay Area Real Estate Market. Looking through the past articles they also cover a range of topics from social media to green/sustainable building. As it’s a relatively new blog, I expect to see some major changes over the course of 2010, I look forward to seeing what these guys can do.

7. Deal Junkie

An exclusively commercial real estate blog that, in the blogging world, has been around for a long time. The blog provides little commentary and interaction, but passes along interesting videos, news stories and updates from the FED. This blog is established within the niche, however if given a true voice and community, it could be a great site. Another great source to learn about what’s currently happening in the market.

8. Commercial Real Estate Grand Rapids

Follow @ChipLaFleur

This blog is hyper-local based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but I thought it was worthy of a mention (it does throw some interviews and national stories in there). I was approached by Chip LaFluer less than a year ago when he was considering starting this blog and I strongly urged him to do it. He has since built a great site and utilized the power of social media. With his drive, determination, and understanding of the game, I’m excited to see where he can take this site in the future.

9. CRE Console Blog

CREConsole.com was built to serve the needs of commercial real estate investors and capital markets brokers. The blog section of the site is one of my favorite go to sources. It provides market updates and passes along interesting videos, articles, and interviews. I hope they continue to provide great content in 2010 and begin to promote community through comments and social media.

10. The Commercial Investor

The Commercial Investor is another exclusively CRE blog that I check often. The blog is focused on a tight niche, but discusses a variety of topics within that niche including property management, negotiation, and contracts. It’s well written and certainly one of my favorite sources, I just wished it was updated on a more regular basis. Hopefully post frequency will increase in 2010.

CRE is such a vast field and there is an array of blogs covering each niche. It’s exciting to see the number of young guys getting involved in the space and utilizing social media sites. That being said, there is a lot of opportunity within this space and those who work hard, spend the time, and get in the trenches, are going to be successful. There’s so much opportunity in the blogging world because most people aren’t willing to put in the time and effort it takes. The opportunity is there, you just got to go out and grab it.

A Few Others to Watch

Are there any CRE blogs that I left out that you think should be included or that you’re watching in 2010?

  • http://www.llenrock.com/blog Dave Jacobs

    Joe, thanks for the love. We appreciate your often and insightful commentary on our blog, and we take our ranking with pride, and as a challenge to provoke more thought, and more conversation in the industry.

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    You're welcome David, it's certainly deserving. You run the only CRE blog that I know which provides great content on a daily basis, I hope it's reflecting on your business. I'm glad you take my comment about interaction as a challenge. It was in no way an insult, I just know your with the brains behind your blog, it has so much potential.

    Have you realized any business as a direct result of the blog?

  • http://jansenmultifamilyteam.com/ Matt Wilson

    Hi Joe, Matt Wilson here. I did an interview with you for the MSRE program at the University of Florida a few months back. Good work on the blog, lists like this are great. I'd be remiss if I didn't get in a plug for my own blog, jansenmultifamilyteam.com. We try to make informative posts on the apartment market in the Seattle area, although a lot of the finance talk is linked to the capital markets on a national level. Keep up the good work.

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    Matt, thanks for your comment and thank you again for your review of the Florida Program. I wasn't even aware of this blog. I'll have to spend some time going back through all the old posts, but after a quick glance it looks great. I'll add it to the list and the blogroll. Thanks again for your continued support. How is everything going?

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    I just discovered this blog for the first time – worth a look http://www.cre-advice.com/blog/

  • http://www.cre-advice.com/ CRE-Advice.com

    Thanks for this list. Take a look at http://www.cre-advice.com/blog. This is a blog with multiple Commercial Real Estate Advisors contributing. It is always great to see other commercial real estate professionals blog. Seems like so many don't. Thanks again.

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    Thanks for your comment, I actually just noticed the site. I'll have to take some time to go back and scan with some of the older posts. There are more sites out there than i realized!

  • http://jansenmultifamilyteam.com/ Matt Wilson

    Everything is going well since moving out to the Northwest from Florida. We've been lucky enough to have some success in 2009 despite the declining market. A big part of it is definitely attributed to approaching brokerage as a team — the synergies can't even be calculated. We've just gotten started with social media over the past few months, getting up the blog, Twitter, and everything linked together through LinkedIn and Facebook. It's been an interesting experience thus far. Thanks for adding us to the roll; we will be getting a blogroll up soon and I'll make sure you're on it.

  • http://twitter.com/CREConsole CRE Console

    Thanks Joe, we are honored to make it on this list. We appreciate the recognition and look forward to reading all your posts in 2010. Keep up the good work.

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    You're welcome, thanks for continually providing great content!

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  • http://www.ReCapNW.com/ Erik Swanson

    Great post Joe! Your list highlights some great blogs that are a tremendous resource for the CRE community. We've just begun our blog ReCapNW.com that focuses on commercial investment real estate issues in the Pacific Northwest as well as macro/national issues. Check us out…

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    Thanks for your comment Erik. I just checked out the blog, it looks great. Stick with it and let me know if there's any way I can help. Are you familiar with the RE company Urban Vision out in Seattle?

  • Erik Swanson

    Joe-
    Yes. I know of Urban Visions. Greg Smith is a a well known Seattle developer. Do you have a connection there?

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    Through a connection I was put in touch with his son, Broderick Smith. I'm working on an interview for the blog. Looks like a great company with a really progressive vision.

  • Erik Swanson

    Joe-
    Yes. I know of Urban Visions. Greg Smith is a a well known Seattle developer. Do you have a connection there?

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    Through a connection I was put in touch with his son, Broderick Smith. I'm working on an interview for the blog. Looks like a great company with a really progressive vision.

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  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    Hey Erick,

    I just wanted to let you know that the interview with Broderick from Urban Visions is live. Check it out, he did a great job – http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/?p=2345

    Seems like a really awesome company.

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  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    I have to add Coy Davidson's (@CoyDavidson) blog, The Tenant Advisor. I wasn't aware of this blog when I made the initial list, but I've since followed and really enjoyed his insight into office space. http://www.coydavidson.com

  • http://astudentoftherealestategame.com/ Joe Stampone

    A couple other great CRE blogs I've come across. Also check out the forum to see a master list.
    -http://www.greenbuildingsnyc.com/blog
    - http://www.streetsblog.org/

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