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Leon Hess Business School

Real Estate Research Sources


  • American Housing Survey (AHS) – COMPS from the U.S. Census Bureau – National and metropolitan data on residential vacancies, number of rooms, rents, mobile homes, median value of home and occupancy demographics
  • Bluebook International – The Bluebook — Residential Cost Data URAR cost approach challenges.
  • Builder Online – Home sale predictions and information for the home building industry and vital economic statistics for the home building industry
  • CBRE – Partners with Torto Wheaton; free global commercial and industrial market info
  • Census of Housing – Includes Census and American Fact Finder – Housing characteristics including tables of the past 60 years
  • Colliers International Market Reports – Free quarterly reports on economic commercial property and includes city submarkets
  • Commercial Real Estate Outlook from NAR Research Division – Cap and vacancy rates for commercial properties
  • Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, US.: Housing and Urban Development: HUD – Regulations and forms for buying, renting, fair housing, and home improvements
  • Dodge Data & Analytics – Construction analysis, forecasts, trends and current cost estimate service for construction and improvements
  • Fannie Mae: FNMA – Online tools, rules, guidelines, and secondary mortgage services
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency: FEMA – Disaster information from the Department of Homeland Security
  • FEMA Resource and Document Library – Maps, publications, photographs, audio and video clips, and other information
  • FFIEC and – Census demographic, census income, census population, and census housing
  • Freddie Mac: Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation – Corporate services and information on residential secondary mortgage market information and earnings
  • Ginnie Mae: GNMA – Secondary mortgage-backed securities
  • Global Real Analytics – Historical data for prices, rents, and cap rates. For most markets, time series goes back to 1985. National Real Estate Index. NREI Value and rent monitor, market history report, metro market outlook, market score forecast, and custom data set.
  • Hanley-Wood Metrostudy – Free housing market information
  • Housing Topics – Includes vacancies, housing survey, and apartment market absorption
  • Institute of Real Estate Management: IREM – Income and expense analysis for conventional apartments, federally assisted apartments, condos, office buildings, and shopping centers
  • Integra Realty Resources: IRR – Commercial cap rate discussion in Viewpoint
  • Internal Revenue Service: IRS – Forms, statistics, and bulletins by topics, and other information for charities and other nonprofits, corporations, individuals, professionals, partnerships, and small business
  • Local Population Statistics and Maps: American FactFinder from the U.S. Census
  • LoopNet – Commercial leases and sales
  • Marcus & Millichap Group – Free local market reports for office, hotel, apartment, etc., and includes employment, construction, vacancy, and rent
  • Marshall and Swift: The Building Cost People – Residential and commercial appraisal solutions
  • Moody’s – Independent credit ratings, research, and financial information for capital markets
  • Mortgage 101 – Web site for different commercial classes that includes links to CoStar
  • National Appraisal Estimator – Online estimates for home construction and replacement costs that include materials, design, quality, size, shape, heating, cooling, and geographic area
  • NAR Research Division – Free housing information and statistics
  • National Association of Home Builders – New housing starts, prices, construction costs, financing, and economic forecasts
  • National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts: NAREIT – Free stats on individual REITS and industry as a whole
  • Real Capital Markets and Real Capital Analytics – Data on real estate investment markets for hotels, office, industrial, retail, and apartments
  • Real Estate – Online price and mortgage information for business and commercial properties
  • Realty – Quarterly publication of national mortgage and equity requirements, cap and discount rates, reserve requirements, and interim financing rates for income; Reed construction cost estimates and data
  • REIS – Property news and rent and sales comparisons for office, industrial, multifamily (134 market areas), and retail
  • SITUS RERC – One of the first firms dedicated to providing real estate valuation advisory services in the US and Europe.
  • Standard and Poors (S&P) – Indices\Case-Shiller Metro Area Home Price Indices and free neighborhood housing stock info, and average and aggregate values
  • Urban Land Institute – Income and expense data for commercial rental units and shopping centers
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Occupational Outlook Handbook