Online forums and discussion boards are common ground for people to talk about their issues, problems, successes, hints and tips. The same goes for those in the world of property.
People use property forums and discussion boards to find and share information on investment opportunities, mortgage rates, buy-to-let questions, contract issues, questions to issues they may be having with their property and to also ask for and find recommendations for companies and estate agents to use. Forums are a unique form of social media. They give users a more personal approach to doing business and finding out information when it’s needed the most without the enquiries having to step out into the dark, it gives them insight beforehand.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top property forums and discussion boards to help with your property questions.
There are many places you can discuss your property issues, address questions on how to get started and to also help others in need and make friends in the business along the way.
Moneysavingexpert.com is an online portal for consumer information. They have a huge section on mortgages, property information and money-saving tips as well as an active forum where you can ask questions and seek advice.
They have a range of discussion boards. A great example is the MSE forum for house buying, renting and selling.
Reddit is a huge site that claims to be ‘the front page of the internet” it’s a platform where users come together to discuss topics and subjects they know about or want to know about. Property is no exception and the site has some great discussion boards.
Property Investing – https://www.reddit.com/r/propertyinvesting/
Homeowners and investors – https://www.reddit.com/r/RealEstate/
Real Estate Technology – https://www.reddit.com/r/RealEstateTechnology/
Real Estate Advice – https://www.reddit.com/r/RealEstateAdvice/
In recent years individuals have started advertising their properties for sale and to let on facebook’s marketplace. Popular social media stars host their own pages and groups and there are also general interest groups that you can join if you want to network with like-minded investors.
Property investment with Samuel Leeds – https://www.facebook.com/groups/778613042238071/
Northwest UK Property Investment Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/North-West-UK-Property-Investors-Group-302039780165343/
Smart Property Investment – https://www.facebook.com/SmartPropertyHQ/
There are of course many Facebook groups for property developers and investors and you can even start up your own if you can’t find what you need and build your own network. Use the search facility to see if there are already groups for what you need or even groups that have a network of like-minded people in your area.
Landlord zone is one of the most used lettings forum online. The site covers topics from legal issues to viewings. It’s a place where people come for help and advice and sometimes to have a moan about a mishap!
Most forum threads are getting upwards of 10k views per thread which proves its an active forum site with active users.
Landlords right of access for inspection or viewing – https://forums.landlordzone.co.uk/forum/residential-letting-questions/27235-l-s-right-of-access-for-inspection-or-viewing
Tenants not willing to pay when things go back to normal after covid19 lockdown – https://forums.landlordzone.co.uk/forum/residential-letting-questions/1101822-tenants-not-willing-to-pay-once-back-to-normal
The site shows trending conversations and topics, promotes new content, news and property investor education. It’s a pretty easy site to navigate and its easy to find useful forms and start new topics and discussions.
This is one of the best property forum sites I have come across so far. There are so many helpful pages and discussion boards to guide you through the sector and there are some really interesting forums about buying a property in Europe and around the world. Here are some of the most useful forum and discussion pages on the site:
The site also has pages of information and help with mortgages and property financing.
They claim that landlords spend a combined average of 270 hours a day on their website using the forums and finding the information they need. This site is modern and fresh and looks extremely inviting, especially to the Millenials of the property world.
The site has a lot of great content which covers a wide range of current property issues as well as news about political and worldwide factors affecting the property markets.
The discussion/forum boards are well organised and easy to search and the site even has a youtube video section with advice and podcasts from property investors.
Managing and starting a property portfolio is a challenge and to help you overcome those challenges, you’re probably going to need to reach out to people and get some hands-on knowledge and advice from those who have already been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
Although there is a lot of content online about the housing markets and there is an abundance of property listings websites where you can search for bargain and investment properties all day long – speaking with others and checking out the topics on other peoples minds will give you a better feel of things and could ultimately encourage or dismiss your potential purchasing decisions.
It’s always important to be aware of spam content and be careful when purchasing properties from people you don’t know! There are online scammers everywhere these days and you have to keep your wits about you.
Also, be aware that some people do like to talk the talk but can’t necessarily walk the walk so always fact check and double-check any advice that’s given to you for your specific situation. What works for some may not work for all either.
You can use all of the above forums and guidance to your benefit, especially if you are a property investor or looking to build a property portfolio. They are all free to join and will certainly help to build your network and contact list with industry professionals. Be sure to connect with the right people, double-check the advice you’re given, always do your research and avoid spammy boards. You will be sure to find the answers to even your trickiest of situations or questions and you could even start to help others when you’ve built up your own knowledge.
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