There's a lot of great reporting being done about the real estate industry, and savvy investors make sure they keep up to date on the latest headlines. What publications are on your reading list these days? If you're looking to grow your investment portfolio or expand it in a new direction this year, here are some top real estate publications that make investors become subscribers.
Note that while these publications typically offer free content on their websites, readers can upgrade to paid subscriptions for premium content in digital or print format.
Grow your real estate wealth
REI Wealth Monthly is a great read for investors who want to grow their portfolio and build wealth through real estate. It's billed as the longest-running real estate magazine from the same publisher, Realty411, which also publishes a magazine with this name. Investors seeking financing for their next property will also want to check out PrivateMoney411.
Wealth Management Real Estate (formerly National Real Estate Investor) is offering the same top-notch reporting under its new name, WMRE. The name change reflects the publication's mission to bring together real estate investors with financial advisors and wealth managers to share insight and best practices for building wealth.
All about REITs
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit) bills itself as the "worldwide representative voice" for real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other real estate companies focused on the U.S. property and capital markets. It publishes a variety of digital and print publications that offer both a macro and micro view of the REIT industry. REIT Magazine is a bimonthly print/digital magazine that's the premier news source for the REIT world. REITWatch is a monthly pub that offers stats on the industry, while REITWay is Nareit's annual report.
Real estate development
Builder magazine has been around over 40 years, reporting on all aspects of homebuilding, including products and technology, construction techniques, innovation in design, and business practices. Homebuilders, architects, and other professionals in the land and construction industry read this magazine that also offers a daily newsletter called Builder Pulse. This publisher also produces Architect and Affordable Housing Finance.
Builder and Developer is a trade magazine that covers the latest trends in the housing industry with an emphasis on construction and development. For the eco-conscious builder and investor, there's Green Home Builder. Both are published by Peninsula Publishing, which produce a variety of digital and print media focused on homebuilding, residential construction, new housing, and affordable homes.
Urban Land is published bimonthly by the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ethical land use. The magazine features information about developments in sustainability in the construction industry and technology in the real estate world.
Commercial real estate news and trends
Industry Dive is a robust website with more than a dozen deep "dives" into the commercial real estate sector. Retail Dive particularly is an important read, especially in the wake of the pandemic's effects on brick-and-mortar stores. Other subsets of the main Dive include Banking, BioPharma, Construction, Education, Food, Grocery, Healthcare, MedTech, Restaurant, Retail, Smart Cities, Supply Chain, and more. Commercial real estate investors will likely subscribe to a number of these specific Dives, depending on their portfolios and interests.
Inside Self-Storage is a monthly magazine that has been a staple in the self-storage industry since 1991. Owners and operators, managers, and investors look to this publication for solutions and insight into this competitive industry. In addition to the magazine and weekly digital newsletter, Inside Self-Storage also produces the ISS World Expo, an annual conference and trade show touted as the largest in the industry.
Residential real estate news
Inman is one of the more well-known publications that cover trends in the real estate market. Its staff has won awards for reporting on many aspects of the real estate industry, including technology. The news source also sponsors educational opportunities and industry events for real estate professionals.
Multifamily Executive Magazine is produced by the same publisher as Builder. This online magazine covers news and trends in property management, design and development, business and finance, and technology.
The Real Deal is a digital and print publication covering the latest real estate news, primarily in New York and the tri-state area. But it also covers property news in LA, South Florida, and Chicago, and a national issue covers the top news in residential and commercial real estate across the country. No matter where you live, The Real Deal is an excellent way to stay informed about the key players and properties in major U.S. real estate hubs.
Real Estate Magazine bills itself as the only independent publication in the country to focus on residential real estate and relocation. It covers a variety of aspects of the real estate world, from sales trends to business development to technology.
Realtor Magazine is published by the National Association of Realtors and focuses on topics important to real estate agents and brokers, particularly those on the residential side. Though the focus is on sales and marketing, investors can rely on this source for data and surveys reporting the current trends in homebuying.
Home design and decor trends
Architectural Digest is touted as "The International Design Authority," and the magazine is well-known for its jaw-dropping interior designs as well as exterior architecture and landscapes. If you are a fix-and-flip investor, you might look to AD to stay on top of trends in home design.
HGTV Magazine, HGTV's print magazine, is positively thriving despite a shrinking print newsstand. While this isn't about the real estate industry specifically, residential real estate investors will want to stay on top of home trends to create spaces renters and homebuyers will love.
The bottom line
Keeping up with the latest trends and deals in real estate is something that should be on the agenda of every property investor. Depending on the focus of your portfolio, you'll want to make a number of these publications part of your required reading.