Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Top Tweeters for Students Studying Real Estate

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I am really looking forward to taking over the undergraduate real estate Research Methods module next semester. As part of my preparations I want to create a list of property-related tweeters for students to follow. I'm doing this so that:

  • students can see how brilliant Twitter is for real estate research, and 
  • they can widen their focus of property beyond traditional commercial property to encompass retail, residential and niche property, as well as planning, urban design, and other related areas.

Putting to one side that you might 'expect' property students already to be following the property tweeters such as:
  • the 'big' property companies;
  • the trade publications;
  • professional bodies such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB),

... so the question is - who else should they follow and why?

Here is the beginning of my list of tweeters - any suggestions welcome! It definitely needs more retail representation, for example. I would love this to be a collaborative effort that could be shared with real estate students in other universities, so please help if you have a good suggestion. Note, I have not included any tweeters whose information or links are behind a pay wall/require a subscription.

UPDATE (September 2013) - thanks to those that suggested additions. I have added those that I think are directly relevant to students' learning.

Networking, career advice and employment opportunities:

@Sociable Surveyors
For the all expenses-paid internships with major firms for property students

Relaxed networking organisation for those new to the industry

UK focused tweeter/blog with APC advice

Online commercial property jobs board for Estates Gazette

Property Week board for senior and graduate surveying and related vacancies

Research focused:

Office of National Statistics in the UK. Updates on economic and demographic information.

News, research, data and reports on UK commercial property market

Real Estate Organisations:

British Property Federation - body representing interests of those involved in real estate ownership and investment in UK

The magazine of RICS, covering land, property, construction and the built environment.

Residential Real Estate:

UK residential focus

Comment on residential property


High Street individual retailers

Shopping centre owner's perspective of the market
(Suggested by Mark Robinson)
Real Estate and Property News (mainly UK):

Property news with UK focus

UK property news

London based property PR consultant - commercial and residential

News summary for property sector.

Property news and comments from the Telegraph


Global news network for residential commercial and holiday real estate

Global property news including UK

Professional Standards and Corporate Social Responsibility in Property:

Urban Land Institute - research/education organisation focusing on land use and sustainable communities
(Suggested by PRPTBLOG)

Group committed to raising professional standards in property and related sectors

Corporate responsibility tweeter


  1. here are a few you might like to add to your list if you are interested in land surveying

  2. This is so interesting blog. I am appreciating your effort. An excellent read. I will certainly be back. UK Property Advice Events

  3. Great list. As Estate Agents in Torquay we feel that any help that students can find in getting on the property ladder is invaluable!

  4. We are a firm of South Devon Builders and would suggest that any student estate agents should forge connections with local building companies. They complement one another very closely.