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Are you looking for an unfiltered, no-holds-barred place to learn about the world of real estate investing? As with any topic, you’re sure to find the most activity within Reddit’s real estate investing communities.
“The front page of the Internet,” as it proclaims, Reddit is also a veritable watering hole for real estate investors to share tips and trends or simply commiserate about the challenges of the 2022 market.
But with 2.8 million total ‘subreddits’, which discussion channels should you join for the best advice? We investigate the seven best subreddits for real estate investors to follow in 2022.
The 7 Best Reddit Real Investing Communities to Join in 2022
In a nutshell: A civil and well-moderated discussion hub for a wide range of real estate investing topics, including news, trends, dislikes, tips and more.
R/realestateinvesting is by far the largest real estate subreddit on Reddit. With 1.5 million followers, it surpasses even the more general r/RealEstate, which ranks second on this list, for sheer engagement and popularity.
According to the subreddit’s description, “/r/realestateinvesting is focused on sharing thoughts, experiences, tips, and encouraging questions, no matter your real estate investing niche!”
As such, the range of topics on r/realestateinvesting tends to be broad, but very informative. There are relevant news, trend discussions and advice requests. And sometimes, niche tips that can save you time and stress:
The subreddit’s ten moderators also deserve a shout-out for keeping things civil and friendly. They also do a good job of closing threads when the correct answer materializes.
All in all, if you’re interested in real estate investing, subscribing to ar/realestateinvesting is a no-brainer. It’s easily the largest subreddit on the topic, and with so many posts daily, you’re sure to learn something valuable.
2. r/Real Estate
In a nutshell: Saltier than a theme park pretzel, r/RealEstate is 50% rants and commiserations, but still very informative about the buying/selling process (and what mistakes to avoid).
If r/realestateinvesting is Reddit’s main hub for all things RE, where does that leave r/RealEstate?
The differences are subtle, but as a longtime lover of ar/RealEstate, I can confidently say that there are two things that separate it from r/realestateinvesting.
First, r/RealEstate is less concerned with the investing side of real estate and more focused on buying and selling. You’ll see dozens of posts each day from buyers asking for negotiation tips, realtors sharing trends in specific markets, and the occasional heartwarming “proud of myself and wanted to share” post:
The second thing I’ve noticed is that r/RealEstate has a different “vibe” than r/realestateinvesting.
r/realestateinvesting looks like an investment conference. Everyone is well dressed, shakes hands and acts professionally.
r/RealEstate, on the other hand, is like the bar everyone goes to after the conference. With shirts unbuttoned and alcohol flowing, r/RealEstate posters tend to be more profane and unfiltered, for better or worse.
Sometimes they’re just people sharing a hard-won victory, while other times, they’re an outlet for the eternal buyer-seller feud:
Now, this may be a function of our hard times. When interest rates were low, buyers flocked to ar/RealEstate to complain. When they shot again, salesmen and real estate agents came and drank their fill.
But if you can get past the general salinity of the subreddit, there is some genuine support and advice you’ll find on ar/RealEstate that can help you invest in the market more effectively. From how to deal with problematic tenants to handling difficult negotiations, there’s always something to learn from r/RealEstate.
And if you’re just looking for a place to commiserate with fellow investors, r/RealEstate will gladly pour you a glass.
Members: 95.0 k
In a nutshell: A place for landlords to share stories and advice, mostly about the trials and tribulations of problem tenants.
r/Landlord is a niche destination for landlords to ask each other for advice on property management, good investing and tenant management.
If you’re considering investing in your first property early, r/Landlord is an honest place to learn about the often harsh realities of managing tenants.
Of course, sometimes landlords and tenants live in perfect harmony. But other times, issues can affect your bottom line as an investor, ir/Landlord helps you prepare for these realities.
According to the US Census Bureau, 15% of households are behind on their rent payments. And the eviction process can take months or even years.
Also, tenants who are successfully evicted sometimes refuse to leave peacefully.
To be fair, r/Landlord only shows one side of the story. And a handful of top posts on Reddit aren’t necessarily indicative of the norm. Your home ownership experience can be easier.
But just in case it doesn’t, r/Landlord can help you learn from the best so you can prepare for the worst.
4. r/real estate agents
Members: 64.7 k
In a nutshell: A place for real estate agents on Reddit to share tips, advice, and memes. It can help investors find the right real estate agent themselves.
Real estate investors can learn a lot from real estate agents. Because while the first group often collects their information second-hand or part-time, the second group is on the front line every day.
As such, r/realtors offers a fascinating insight into the day-to-day life of buying, selling and trading properties in a hot market.
I’d say about 50% of the posts are asking other realtors for advice, and a good 20% are rants against Opendoor or Zillow, the apparent banes of a realtor’s existence:
And there’s a nice streak of memes thrown in for good measure:
r/realtor also accepts questions from non-realtors. So, if you’re not sure if you’re currently working with a good real estate agent to find your first investment property, you can turn to them for some (potentially invaluable) perspective.
Members: 55.8 k
In a nutshell: A quiet, low-traffic subreddit that still maintains a good catalog of tips, interviews, and startup advice for CRE investors.
As the name suggests, r/CommercialRealEstate is a place to talk about investing in industrial, hotel, multi-family and other non-residential properties.
Not the most active Reddit real estate investing channel. It has just over 55,000 members and less than 50 users online at a time. But his back catalog of posts and commentary can help new investors get into the CRE world.
Here is the most important post of all time:
Spending an evening reading the top 50 posts on the subreddit can serve as a strong and unconventional introduction to the world of CRE. The 2020 COVID-19 predictions thread is particularly enlightening:
Interestingly, REITs aren’t really an ar/CommercialRealEstate topic. But they have their own subreddit. It wasn’t big enough to make this list with only 7.3k members, but if you’re interested in checking it out, go to ar/REITs.
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Members: 52.8 k
In a nutshell: A Hub for Funny Real Estate Listing Photos – An essential real estate investing subreddit for fun and levity.
Finally, something just for fun.
r/zillowgonewild is a place to post “house listings that make you wonder,” which is a delicate euphemism for weird and ugly houses.
Even if it comes at the expense of someone’s pride and joy, r/zillowgonewild offers a happy, fun escape from the daily challenges of real estate investing:
While you won’t get a lot of investment advice from r/zillowgonewild, I’d call it essential. And if you see a property you’re considering investing in, you better make sure it’s not listed here first.
Members: 38.4 k
In a nutshell: A place where users can discuss theories, news and more related to the US housing bubble.
Finally, with just under 39,000 members, r/REBubble may not have the membership base of r/RealEstate or even r/CommercialRealEstate: but don’t be fooled because this sub is positively dense with data for investors.
For example, r/REBubble is full of trending insights and news that might otherwise have flown under the radar. From the latest Fed comments to falling home prices in specific markets, there’s plenty here to help you take advantage of opportunities (and avoid mistakes).
r/REBubble features plenty of insightful speculation, inviting you to share your own craziest theories in the comments.
If you plan to turn an investment into an Airbnb, don’t mention it. (r/REBubble treats AirBnB investors like a rival sports team.)
Should You Trust Reddit’s Real Estate Investment Advice?
Now that you know where to find real estate investment advice on Reddit, should you trust what you read?
Reddit uses a voting system to rank responses. If the highest-rated comment on a post has more than 100 “upvotes,” it means the community mostly agrees with it.
That said, the advice you read on Reddit isn’t always specific to your situation: general questions get general answers.
Overall, I’d say Reddit is a great place to get general guidance. Commenters have no fiduciary duty to you, nor is it always possible to verify their credentials. But after being here for ten years, I can say that most Redditors, especially on real estate subreddits, are sincere in their efforts to help.
The bottom line:
While Reddit’s real estate investment advice isn’t always 100% accurate, it’s definitely the most active and engaging place to learn from knee-deep people every day. From successful homeowners to seasoned real estate agents, there’s always someone to learn from Reddit’s real estate investing communities.
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