Top Real Estate Articles in 2018

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My Top Real Estate Articles in 2018

Top Real Estate Articles in 2018

It has been a busy year on several fronts and I have been tardy on posting these periodic top real estate article posts. Consider this a catch-up article that provides a variety of information for both buyers and sellers.

All the content is long-form. It matches my goal of providing as much useful information to consumers as possible so they can make informed real estate decisions about the topic they are doing research on. 

Here are 10 top real estate articles created/updated this year for consumers to peruse. 

  • Ultimate She Shed Guide - I may be biased but IMHO this is the best content on the Web about this topic. If you are thinking about putting in your own she shed, or just want to learn more abut these hideaways for women, check out the details in this article. I had fun creating this 4K+ word article...I hope you find it informative!
  • Pros and Cons of Buying a Historic Home - This is definitely not something many of us will ever undertake, but for those that are interested in owning a historic home or just want to learn more about the process, this article covers both the advantages and disadvantages of this type of purchase. 
  • Key Tips When Grading Your Yard - If you have ever lived in a home where the yard has not been properly graded, you know the struggles. For the rest, this article provides plenty of practical advice on what to look for and how to combat yard grading issues.  
  • Home Additions Worth Considering - I have been through several and my experiences have been both tremendous and miserable. There are many things to consider before you even begin the addition and this article covers them. Which home additions make the most sense to you?
  • Advice On How To Deal With Pests - Bugs and critters are not welcome in many homes (definitely not in mine!). This comprehensive guide steps consumers through what do do if they find they have pests (non-human/pet kind) living in or invading their home.
  • 20 Tips To Save Money When Decorating Your Home -  This one was fun because I know many people who look to refurbish, rehab, or find for free long before they consider buying new. How many of these tips have you tried?
  • Buying A Home In a Gated Community -  Full transparency...this is a guest article done by Elyse Berman. She did a great job on this and will benefit from a strong back-link going back to her site. This is an incredibly easy way to drive quality links to your own site. Interested?
  • Virtual Staging Tips - This can be a controversial topic but I wanted my readers to know the pros and cons of what virtual staging will and will not do to help them sell their home. Should sellers use it? It depends on their situation and their comfort level with this type of marketing.
  • Military PCS Moves - While this is definitely a hyper-local article, I included it to show new real estate bloggers how they can define a local niche and develop something that consumers who are looking online can relate to.
  • Halloween Events - This is another type of article that may help those who are looking to drive more local residents to their site. This article is updated every year with the latest information and re-shared via social media. It is an example of local evergreen information that once created just requires a quick update to continue driving traffic to your site. 

If you find something you like or believe your readers will enjoy in one or more of these articles, please socially share them directly from the original site. Pinterest pins would be especially appreciated. ;-)

Happy Blogging!

~ Anita ~ 

Comments (22)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Anita... I missed some of these so will need to come back and read a few of these.

Oct 30, 2018 03:50 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Great collection of varied topics that will be remembered this year as "stand out advice".

Oct 30, 2018 03:51 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You always provide good information about real estate . I will bookmark this post

Oct 30, 2018 04:16 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Thanks Elyse. Trying to get caught up myself.

Debbie: Yes, Jamie mentioned she saw the pin recently.

I hope you find them interesting, Nina.

Thanks Sally. Much appreciated.

Pleased you think so. Have a blessed day, Gita.

Oct 30, 2018 04:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Anita. What a source to a plethora of information. A definite consideration for Carol Williams. Enjoy your day!

Oct 30, 2018 04:33 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, Anita.  These are all great posts with tons of information.

Oct 30, 2018 04:49 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Thanks so much Wayne. They were fun putting together.

Glad you enjoyed them, Gabe. ;-)

Oct 30, 2018 04:57 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Not only are you busy listing and selling, but you have been busy with your Real Estate articles too!

Oct 30, 2018 07:30 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Great article on Gated Communities.  Recently I heard that a homeowner in one of these boutique 'architecturally correct' gated communities sued the Design Review Board for months of lallygagging and preventing them from building on a timely schedule.  Unfortunately, my experience has been rather negative with these review boards who are staffed by a few architects, landscape architects, a homeowner, the developer's rep, a builder sometimes and who knows who else.

The Design Covenants are rigid and variances are few to be had, especially height restrictions - which in other older neighborhoods allow a variety of style and rooflines.  Very often the realtors and builders suggest using the architect on the Review Board in order to expedite the process.  Often these professionals lack design skills (but not always!) and this tends to result in monotonous streets with similarly designed houses~!  oh well, time to get off my soapbox!

Oct 31, 2018 12:09 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Many of our gated communities do not allow you to bring in your own architect, John.  They have x number of models with x number of elevations to choose from.  There are a few such communities with individual homes such as you describe, but not many.

Nov 04, 2018 10:13 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Keeping the quiver full, Sheila.

Excellent insight, John. You are right, many of these communities lack originality. We have a 55+ community in town that fits your description.

Oct 31, 2018 03:22 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Anita, for sharing links for your articles.

Nov 04, 2018 09:43 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

I never heard of a She Shed before, Anita.  This is a new one for me.

Nov 04, 2018 10:14 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

You bet Roy. Happy to provide the information.

They have received a lot of TV attention the past couple of years, Elyse. 

Nov 04, 2018 10:16 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

This is a fabulous collection of posts Anita Clark and I am so glad that I caught this post on Roy Kelley 's reblog.

And, the "she shed" always cracks me up when I see that insurance commercial of the gal's shed on fire and how she's going to rebuild a bigger one!

Nov 10, 2018 07:58 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

I laugh as well at that one Lisa. Her husband seems unamused.

Nov 11, 2018 03:34 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Anita Clark,

I'm so glad that Carol Williams featured your post in her Second Chance Saturday post as I missed it and this is a phenomenal post with some stellar posts for the year! Thank you for the marking this post.

Nov 17, 2018 01:45 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Thanks Dorie. I have worked hard on long-form articles this year.

Nov 17, 2018 05:06 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Anita

What a terrific resource of information. I remember a couple of these but now I have some reading to catch up on. Bookmarked so I won't forget.


Nov 18, 2018 09:59 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow!  That's some content you have there!  I had never heard of a she shed until the commercial.  Your description really helps me to understand, as I'm sure it does others, what a she shed is and the need for it.  Interesting.  I like the chandelier in the commercial!    And the depth of content in your historic home post is AMAZING!  You have defined key elements in owning a historic home.  We have some great historic neighborhoods here, not nearly as some on the east coast but they have their own distinction and descriptions. A key disadvantage is hazardous materials, as you mention in Sudden Surprises,  which can go unnoticed to the naked eye.  There are federal guidelines as to how to handle those items but there is no manageent currently in place on a Federal level. 

Nov 20, 2018 09:50 AM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Thanks Jeff. Feel free to share with your local readers.

Much appreciated Jan. I have made a committed effort to produce long-form content on my WP blog the last couple of years and it is paying off nicely.

Nov 20, 2018 03:11 PM