Buying or selling a home is always complicated. There's so much to consider—location, financing, choosing a real estate agent, how much you can afford, not to mention your list of needs and wants. This process can be even more daunting and confusing for first-time buyers or sellers. So where do you turn for the best information?

You could turn to internet, but be prepared to be bombarded with a never-ending supply of information on home buying and selling. There's just so much information and data floating out there that it can be hard to filter out quality advice from all of the noise. Although agents are ethically bound to have your best interests at heart, some may just be trying to sway you in a particular direction, especially if they really want to close a sale. But have you ever considered podcasts? These are digital audio series that you can listen after downloading. Below are some excellent podcasts by top experts to help you navigate the real estate world.

Key Takeaways

  • Forbes listed Real Estate Today as a top podcast in 2015.
  • Paul Sian's cincinkyrealestate.com podcast features guests who discuss topics ranging from financing to the appraisal process.
  • Consumerism Commentary has a great personal finance podcast that also delves into real estate.
  • For information and advice on debt management, mortgages, homes and man caves, choosing a real estate agent, give QuickenLoans' Zing! podcast and blog a try.
  • Although geared toward real estate investors, first-time home buyers can get some great tips from the Bigger Pockets podcast.

1. Real Estate Today

Forbes listed this as a top podcast in 2015 to listen to for buying or selling a home, and it’s easy to see why. Stephen Gasque hosts the podcast in association with the National Association of Realtors. The podcast discusses everything from home buying for millennials to the new closing rules, not to mention episodes geared to both first time buyers and first time sellers.

Forbes listed Real Estate Today as a top podcast for real estate news and information.

During a special segment called “The Winter Market," Gasque addresses issues that arise during the winter that can affect selling or buying a home. Sellers often take their homes off the market for the winter for a number of reasons. Many people do so because of the weather—it's just too cold. Who wants to move in the winter anyway? The holiday season also plays a lot into the equation. Other sellers have very low expectations. That low inventory of homes on the market is, in fact, an opportunity for a seller to find a buyer because of less competition. Gasque suggests that sellers see the winter months as a time to sell their home.

2. Cincinkyrealestate.com's Podcast

Paul Sian is a realtor at HER Realtors, and is based in Cincinnati. Sian has been a realtor for more than a decade and is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Ohio Board of Realtors (NAR), and the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors. In his podcasts, Sian brings in guests who discuss different aspects of the real estate industry from financing to the appraisal process.

In episode 7 of the podcast produced by Cincinkyrealestate.com, Paul Sian talks about the importance of staging and decoration when selling your home. He brings in Jo Potvin, owner of the staging company Design to Market Home Staging, who discusses design trends and how little tweaks can attract more buyers. She advises that something simple and overlooked like curtains can negatively affect a seller’s chances of finding a buyer. The idea is that staged homes with quality curtains and furnishings look polished and put the seller in a better position to negotiate the asking price. Listen to this podcast to hear advice on staging.

3. The Consumerism Commentary Podcast

The Consumerism Commentary Podcast is an excellent personal finance podcast, and is currently hosted by the site's founder Luke Landes. The podcast features conversations with various experts, company management, and industry leaders and cover an array of topics from income taxes to balancing a budget. Real estate is also a big topic of discussion on the show.

Podcast Episode 136 deals specifically with becoming a landlord and is a good listen for anyone considering buying a home as an investment property to rent. In episode 136, Paula Pant, founder of “Afford Anything," is featured and discusses what exactly to look for when buying these types of properties, issues to watch out for, and what to consider when renting.

4. Zing! By QuickenLoans

Many know QuickenLoans as the online platform to apply for mortgages. Zing! is the company's podcast site which offers impressive educational resources for the mortgage market. If you're looking for some great information and advice on debt management, mortgages, homes and man caves, and how to choose a real estate agent, you may want to give Zing! a try. The site's webpage also has some great blogs under its home section.

Episode 6 titled “Buying a Home, Understanding Mortgage Rates, and Learning Online” is a comprehensive starting point for anyone who does not have any experience in either direction for home buying or selling. The first twenty minutes of the podcast outlines common issues when buying and selling a home and offers advice on what to do with home inspections as well.

5. Bigger Pockets

The Bigger Pockets podcast touts itself as offering “real estate investing knowledge for investors by investors.” Newer episodes are hosted by real estate investor Brandon Turner and author and real estate agent David Greene, and are released every Thursday. Older episodes are hosted by Joshua Dorkin, the creator of real estate website biggerpockets.com. The hosts offer a step-by-step guide to buying your first real-estate investment. While the podcast is focused on real estate investors, first-time home buyers can gain a lot of useful insights on how to save for a home and when to buy versus when to sell.