Top 10 blog posts of 2016
At this time of year, I like to look back and see which blog posts performed best. Every year, I like to do a top 10. As a real estate blogger it is important to me to know what sort of posts get the most eyeballs. It is important to give the people what they want.
They may not be the best, but they are the top
Prediction posts always do well. Everyone wants to peek into the future. This post said, ‘Things are solid here and are predicted to stay that way for the coming years.’
That was a bit of an understatement.
I’m surprised that this was the #2 post in terms of popularity last year. It was a fun post to write but the information is very general and hence not that useful. Here’s an example, “If you want to live the urban life with coffeeshops and nightlife we have that in Uptown, midtown and downtown. If you want a suburban life with kids on bicycles and a SUV in the driveway, we have that too.”
Neighbourhoods are more important than houses. You can change your house, but you cannot change your neighbourhood. This post was aimed at first time homebuyers with the thought of an investment component in their home. Here’s what I wrote, ‘I work with lots of first time home buyers who look at real estate as both an investment and a place to live. They are the fourth kind of investor.’
More about the importance of neighbourhoods. ‘I used to say that you can improve your home but you can’t improve your neighbourhood. That’s not exactly true. Neighbourhoods can be improved and they have been improving all over town often through neighbourhood associations.’
It is a list. Here is one of the points: ‘Our local real estate market is described as being stable with continued growth. Sales volumes are up year over year. Prices are up year over year. Our market isn’t crazy like Toronto or Vancouver.’
This post discusses a bunch of things that those who move here will need to know. ‘Visit the weekend farmer’s markets. Trust me on this.’
My efforts on line in 2016 were mostly around the new podcast. I launched it and did 46 weekly episodes in the first season.
The first line says it all: ‘Although their intentions are muddleheaded and based not on good information, Toronto investors are actually great for our local real estate market.’
This blog post was a reaction to a newspaper article that was highly erroneous.
This is another popular ‘prediction post’. The reasons are:
Supply and demand
Bubbles sell newspapers
This one is actually my favourite of the top ten. As a long time realtor, I see new realtors and home sellers make this mistake all the time. As it turns out, with the market we experienced this year, you had to work pretty hard to price your listing too high, but some still did.