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Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Blogs for Individual Investors


Investing in commercial real estate can seem complicated and overwhelming. But for individuals willing to take the time and effort to learn how to navigate this market, it can be incredibly rewarding. At Origin, we’re dedicated to educating individuals so they can make smarter real estate investing decisions, and our blog has become a valuable industry resource with hundreds of articles to choose from. While we cover a lot of information, we don’t cover everything, so we’ve identified 10 additional regularly-updated blogs and websites that also help individual investors navigate real estate investing. These websites cover everything from commercial real estate investing concepts to the latest industry news and trends.

Here are the Top 10 Real Estate Resources:


Forbes Real Estate Council

Forbes Real Estate Council is a community of senior-level real estate executives who contribute educational articles about the latest trends in real estate. Origin Principals, Michael Episcope and David Scherer, are both members and are joined by approximately 130 other professional industry executives. Articles are frequently republished by other real estate news publications.

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The Spotlight

Green Street Advisors is an independent real estate research and advisory firm that employs over 40 research professionals who cover over 120 publicly-traded REITs and all major real estate sectors in North America and Europe. Green Street is the gold standard of the industry and their research is used by nearly every major institutional investor. Their blog, The Spotlight, publishes articles, webinars and research every month.

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National Real Estate Investor

National Real Estate Investor is a magazine that covers the commercial real estate industry. Their website provides their latest news articles and draws over 150,000 visitors each month.  They also aggregate the top must-read articles for the commercial real estate industry every weekday.

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Real Views

Real Views is a real estate blog from JLL, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the world. This site provides about four new articles each week and is ideal for the global real estate investor, as it covers world innovation, sustainability, workplace and urbanization trends.

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A Student of the Real Estate Game

A Student of the Real Estate Game is a personal blog produced by Joe Stampone, Vice President of Investments at Atlas Real Estate – a firm with over $700 million assets under management. Joe provides an independent view on real estate crowdfunding and is also a great resource for both beginner and expert investors. Joe posts new articles about once a month but his blog archive provides a wealth of resources about how to invest passively in commercial real estate. He also provides information for people interested in a career in commercial real estate.

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The MSCI Blog

MSCI has provided independent research for over 40 years to help investors build and manage investment portfolios. Their blog provides articles and reports for the more experienced investor to deepen their understanding of real estate investment performance, portfolio construction and risk. New content is published at least once a week and we find their blog archive and research archive to be valuable.

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BiggerPockets is an extensive community network of over 1 million individual real estate investors. It provides forums, articles, and investment calculators with the mission of providing members with the resources and support they need to succeed in real estate investing. The forums are especially valuable for people looking to actively invest in real estate.

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Mashvisor Knowledge Center

Mashvisor offers technology to help individual investors find investment properties and optimize their rental performance. Mashvisor Knowledge Center is a good place to get started to understand real estate investing fundamentals – whether you are interested in owning real estate property yourself or outsourcing to a professional real estate manager. New content is published every day, multiple times a day.

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Duke Long

Duke Long, a New York-based real estate broker, is one of the most well-known and controversial commercial real estate bloggers. Most of his articles are written for people who work in the industry, but we like to follow him for his unfiltered thoughts on real estate trends and “best of” lists. New content is published every week.

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