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Data & Statistics Resources
RealtyRates - - Obtain essential information on cap rates discount rates, mortgage and equity requirements for dozens of property types in local markets across the US. Their quarterly report is a must-have for appraisers, investors and developers. A comprehensive resource of real estate investment and development news, trends, analytics and market research.

NETROnline - - Free access to available online public records as well as contact information for Records offices that don't have sites. Property Data Store gives access to more comprehensive information; before logging in to this page, click on the Help/FAQ button to see what's available (Documents, Maps, Comps) and at what cost. If this site doesn't have the record you're looking for, consider KnowX, which charges up to $15 for most searches.

Portico - - Many city and county tax assessors make their data available online. This page from the University of Virginia provides a listing of links to local sites around the country and in Canada that provide online assessment data. The buttons on the left link to additional pages with further related links. Navigate easily through this no-frills web site and get just what you need.

FDIC Survey of RealEstate Trends (1995-2002)- - The FDIC published a biannual (Feb and Aug) report on trend analysis for the commercial and residential real estate market in the US. This report is available from October 1995 to July 2002. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader software (freeware) for online viewing and printing.(See our General Resources page.)

Danter Company - - Specializes in market feasibility research for residential and commercial real estate development. They have conducted over 16,000 market feasibility studies since 1970 in all 50 states. Danter's no-nonsense web site offers a variety of metropolitan, regional and national data including building permits, rental vacancy rates, home ownership rates, etc. Download statistics directly from their site as MS Excel files or with Adobe Acrobat reader (Use the Data links on the left). They no longer have a free newsletter, but they have an archive and will email new articles if you give them your address.

TortoWheaton Research - - Offers bi-annual world office space rental data for free, along with a weekly article and occasional reports. Click on Free Research in left frame of home page. Their Benchmark Analysis lets you compare a target investment to competitive properties using the metropolitan area, a submarket or a user-defined set of properties. Test it for free before signing up.

CoStar - - A one-stop resource for: commercial comparable sales data, commercial property listing service, and tenant search. You must register to use their services (On Demand reports cost $35-66/day as of this writing). They also have several subscription-based services.

International Council of Shopping Centers - - Statistics and information on shopping centers for the US and Canada. This site contains a wealth of reference information, most available for a fee (reduced for members, who first pay $800/yr). Click on the Research link when you get there - From the Research Home page you can view the Press Kit, which will give you an idea of the type and quality of information available.

U.S. Census Bureau - Construction Statistics - - This is the gateway page for US Census data on housing permits, dollar value of construction in progress, residential construction in 20 metropolitan areas in the US and sales of single-family houses. Also tabulated are residential improvements and repairs in dollars spent. Commercial construction data are not included. Data are available at no charge as .html tables, Microsoft® Excel files or .pdf (Acrobat®) files.

MapQuest - - This is an excellent resource for maps for presentations or directions. You can zoom all the way down to street level, and there are aerial photos available for many locations (registration required). You can also customize the map with icons (see the link directly below the map). This site has many useful features.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - - Need to know more about the CPI, or simply want to calculate how inflation has affected a holding? This site will tell you everything you never wanted to know. But click on Inflation Calculator under Get Detailed Statistics to pop up a handy little calculator that uses the CPI to compute the increase in value of an item between any two years from 1913 to the present. There's plenty of data here as well.

FedWorld Information Network - - A search engine for Federal Government web sites, information, published reports and other resources. One stop shopping for the Federal Government online.

FFIEC Geocoding System - - This simple search engine finds the MSA, state, county and tract/BNA codes for a property address. It is primarily intended to assist financial institutions covered by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to meet their reporting obligations. However, you'll probably find it useful if you are interested in demographic information. A few clicks of your mouse gets you population, housing and income data for the address. Quick and easy.

FedWorld Information Network - - Free membership allows for tenant and Mall searches; there is also a free market data sheet for the top 50 DMAs. They also publish tenant and mall directories, a comprehensive demographics directory and a weekly newsletter.

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