Real Estate Investor Toolbox of Resources
REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY
AI – Appraisal Institute: Supports and advances its members as the choice for real estate solutions and upholds professional credentials, standards of professional practice and ethics consistent with the public good.
ASA – American Society of Appraisers: Committed to fostering professional excellence in its membership through education, accreditation, publication and other services.
ASHI – American Society of Home Inspectors: Builds customer awareness of the importance of a quality home inspection and enhances the professionalism of home inspectors.
ALTA – American Land Title Association: Searches, reviews and insures land titles to protect home buyers and mortgage lenders who invest in real estate.
BOMA – Building Owners and Managers Association: A primary source of information on office building development, leasing, building operating costs, energy consumption patterns, local and national building codes, legislation, occupancy statistics and technological developments.
CCIM – Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute: Recognized experts in the disciplines of commercial and investment real estate.
CREW – Commercial Real Estate Women: Dedicated to advancing the success of women in commercial real estate and achieving parity in opportunity, influence and power within the industry.
ICSC – International Council of Shopping Centers: Advances the development of the shopping center industry and establishes the individual shopping center as a major institution in the community.
IREM – Institute of Real Estate Management: The source for education, resources, information and membership for real estate management professionals for over 70 years.
MBAA – Mortgage Bankers Association of America: Invests in communities across the nation by ensuring the continued strength of the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets; expanding homeownership and extending access to affordable housing to all Americans and supporting financial literacy efforts.
NAHB – National Association of Home Builders: Represents the building industry by serving its members and affiliated state and local builders associations.
NAIOP – National Association of Industrial and Office Parks: The international association of developers, owners and professionals of commercial, industrial and mixed-use real estate. Our members promote responsible, sustainable development that creates jobs. NAIOP supports diversity within the industry, provides education and advocates for legislation that benefits the communities in which we work and live.
NAR – National Association of Realtors: Seeks to be the leading advocate of the right to own, use, and transfer real property; the acknowledged leader in developing standards for efficient, effective, and ethical real estate business practices; and valued by highly skilled real estate professionals and viewed by them as crucial to their success.
NAREIT – National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts: The representative voice for U.S. REITs and publicly traded real estate companies worldwide.
NARPM – National Association or Residential Property Managers: Supports the professional and ethical practices of rental home management through networking, education and certification.
NMHC – National Multi Housing Council: The apartment industry’s leading advocate and strategic consultant.
RECON – Real Estate Center Online News: The nation’s largest publicly funded organization devoted to real estate research.
ULI – Urban Land Institute: Represents the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise and public service.
U.S. Census Bureau – Housing Vacancies & Home Ownership: Provides current information on the rental and homeowner vacancy rates, and characteristics of units available for occupancy. These data are used extensively by public and private sector organizations to evaluate the need for new housing programs and initiatives.
In addition, the rental vacancy rate is a component of the index of leading economic indicators and is thereby used by the Federal Government and economic forecasters to gauge the current economic climate.
U.S. Census Bureau – Manufacturing, Mining & Construction: Statistical data regarding new residential construction & new residential sales
EPA – Government site where you can download EPA disclosure forms and pamphlets required for housing prior to 1978
KCI – Gives you information on cleaning up former methamphetamine labs and provides other useful links
Rentals – One of many sites available to list your vacant properties. We’ve found this site gets better results and is cheaper than our local newspaper
Postlets– A free site that allows you to create and save an attractive ad for each of your rental properties which can be updated and automatically be posted to multiple other sites when advertising the property for rent
Craigslist – A free site to advertise vacancies
Rentometer – Another free site that can help you establish rental comps
Military By Owner – An inexpensive site to list rentals to military
AHRN – The Automated Housing Referral Network is a free site maintained by the Department of Defense
Best Credit Report– Applicants can pull credit reports from all three reporting bureaus and give you access to their reports on-line
Annual Credit Report – This site allows you to receive a free credit report annually from Equifax, TransUnion and Experian
Family Watch Dog – Provides residence locations of registered sex offenders
REcyber– Resources, links and virtual real estate conventions
NAIOP – National Association of Industrial & Office Properties
ULI – Urban Land Institute
BIASC – Building Industry Association of Southern California
ICSC – International Council of Shopping Centers
Globest – Wide variety of current real estate business information
NAREIT – REIT information and data
Torto Wheat On Research– Topical real estate articles
BOMA – Building management information, links
NCREIF – Commercial real estate returns by segment/region
Argus Software – Real estate analysis software
Cb Richardellis – National/International commercial reporting
Loop Net – Commercial real estate news, data and property listings
Real Estate Journal – Wall Street Journal’s real estate information site
TRENDS AND DATA
Sites that are useful for demographic/socioeconomic/fundamentals data
Census – the U.S. Census site for demographic information
BLS – the Bureau of Labor Statistics site for economic data
BEA – the Bureau of Economic Activity site for economic data
Econo Magic – Economic and finance data series
Housing Ecomomics – Housing data
Biz Journals – List of business journals for various cities
REO & FORECLOSURE SITES
OCWEN– Foreclosure Listings
Home Sales– Homes for sale by US Government
Foreclosures – Foreclosure listings
USDA Resales – USDA Homes For Sale
Buy Bank Homes – Foreclosure Listings, Subscription Based
First Preston – Asset Management company that markets HUD homes
HUD – HUD Foreclosures
Home Steps – Freddie Macs searchable database
Mortgage Content – Fannie Mae
HOUSING DATA & RESEARCH
First Amres – Real Estate Data and Research Site
HPAPTS – Hendricks and Partners Sales & Research Firm
Data Quick – Real Estate Information & Research
Netronline – A portal to assessors’ offices and county recorder nationwide
Zanatec – National County Recorders Directory
SOURCES FOR COMPS
Cyber Homes – Fidelity National Information Services Valuation Site
Zillow – Free Instant Nationwide Home valuations
Home Radar – Free Nationwide Home valuations
Zip Realty – Free Nationwide Home Valuations
CONTACTS & PUBLIC RECORDS
The Ultimates – The Ultimate Yellow Pages
Switch Board – Lookup Telephone Number Search
Reverse Phone Directory – Reverse Lookup Directory
Reverse Phone Directory – Public Data Searches
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