Listen Up! Podcasts REALTORS® Can Tune in to This Summer

Earlier this year, we launched REAL TIME: a podcast for REALTORS® (followed by its French counterpart, EN DIRECT in June).

Our goal is to connect and engage with, inspire and empower REALTORS® through conversations with exciting guests about things impacting our industry, profession and community. Hosted by motivational keynote speaker and best-selling author Erin Davis, REAL TIME has tackled topics like real estate and the environment, building trust and COVID-19. Our newest podcast voice, well-known public figure and host Mitsou Gélinas, launched EN DIRECT with a discussion on the importance of home design.

Our debut episode of REAL TIME, featuring Canadian broadcast personality Terry O’Reilly, performed on par with the top 20% of all podcasts.

We hope you’ve had a chance to listen to each of the episodes. You can tune in on or download episodes wherever you listen to podcasts.

If you’re caught up and looking for something else to listen to, you’re in luck! For the past two summers we’ve curated a list of perfect binge-worthy podcasts, recommended to you by CREA staff. Check out this year’s suggestions below:

Armchair Expert:

While celebrity interview podcasts may be a dime a dozen, this podcast stands out for its relaxed-fit. Host Dax Shepard, a celebrity in his own right, makes the podcast sound more like a conversation between friends, while still being engaging and informative. Shepard interviews celebrities, academics and other “experts.”

This American Life:

This storytelling podcast was a popular radio program before podcasts existed, so it’s no wonder why it continues to attract listeners. Host Ira Glass guides you through themed episodes featuring fascinating stories from everyday Americans. It’s also spawned two popular spinoff series: SerialandS-Town, so there’s plenty of content to listen to.

The Daily:

If you’re a news buff, check out this podcast from The New York Times where host Michael Barbaro breaks down the biggest news of the day. The twenty-minute episodes are released five days a week.

The Jay and Dan Podcast:

Canadian sports fans will already be familiar with host Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole’s commentary. The pair have appeared together as co-anchors on several popular sports programs on various television channels. Their weekly podcast has been covering sports and pop culture since 2009.

How to Fail:

Journalist Elizabeth Day chats with seemingly successful people about the times they failed and how they were able to recover on this podcast. The conversations are an honest look at disappointment, disasters and personal crises. Guests are typically U.K.-based female celebrities.

Home Cooking:

Raise your hand if you started baking bread during the COVID-19 pandemic? Chef Samin Nosrat (who stars in the Neflix series Salt Fat Acid Heat and has a cookbook by the same name) and podcaster Hrishikesh Hirway have teamed up to answer all your quarantine-cooking questions. They’ll help you figure out what to make with what you have in your pantry.

Phoebe Reads a Mystery:

If you’re a true crime fan, you’ll recognize Phoebe Judge as the voice from the popular true crime podcast Criminal. Judge uses her famous soothing inflection (I can hear her saying, “I’m Phoebe Judge, and this is Criminal,” in my head right now) to her advantage in this new podcast series, reading chapters from classic mystery novels. This is the perfect podcast to lull you to sleep or ease some anxiety.

TED Radio Hour:

You’re probably already aware of motivational TED Talks from industry experts, politicians and celebrities. The annual TED Conference began in California 25 years ago. NPR has taken that magic and transformed it into a podcast answering some of life’s biggest questions with host Manoush Zomorodi.

We hope you find something that piques your interest and leaves you pressing “play” on the next episode.

Did we miss your favourite podcast? Tell us about it in the Comments below.

Sarah Doktor brings her experience as a small-town journalist and national online editor to the Canadian Real Estate Association as a Communications Advisor. Sarah helps facilitate conversations between CREA and our members, boards, associations and the public via our online communities. She also helps coordinate the content presented to you here on the CREA Café. In her spare time, Sarah can be found at the gym, running on a trail or watching Netflix with her cat, Libby.

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