Data Sources for a Single Property Type
(Source: Journal of Real Estate Literature, Vol. 9, Num. 2, 2001, pp. 202-224)

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Residential (Non-apartment Residences)
General Residential Surveys


Office Market Data book/North American Office Market Report International office markets includes rents, absorption statistics, vacancy statistics, construction statistics and operating costs.  It is available from independent member brokers.  Market size statistics.
BOMA Experience Exchange Report BOMA assembles a report that details income and expense statements for office buildings throughout North America based on members' responses to a standard survey.
Industry Research & Office Building Data IREM survey details income and expense statements for office buildings throughout North America based on members' responses to a standard survey.


Consumer Expenditure Surveys The Consumer Expenditure Survey consists of two components--the Diary survey and the Interview survey.
Consumer Price Index Consumer price index, annual and monthly change Three online sites for the business geography market analyst: 
1. and maps for analyzing markets, selecting site locations & better targeting consumers.
2. variables and reports for profiling of consumer and business markets.
3. mailing lists selected based on specific consumer product preferences.
Dollars & Cents of Shopping Centers and Dollars & Cents Special Reports ULI's Dollars & Cents of Shopping Centers reports more than 50 categories of center-wide operating income and expense data, including sales, rents, percentage rents and common area charges for all types of shopping centers by geographic location and age of center.
Income/Expense Analysis: Shopping Centers, Open and Enclosed Income/Expense Analysis Office Buildings--office building operating revenues and expenses by MSA and some submarkets, of the U.S. and Canada.  Operating data is presented by building age group, building size, building height and building rental range.
The Score: ICSC's Handbook on Shopping Center Operations, Revenues & Expenses Source of data on U.S. and Canadian shopping center revenues, retail sales, expenses and operating characteristics.
The Construction Analysis System (CAS) Tabulates retail construction starts in square feet by location and dollar value for two retail categories-free-standing stores and shopping centers, but this series omits specific property detail.
Directory of Shopping Centers Database available through several demographics forecasting services including ScanUS and Claritas.
Canadian Directory of Shopping Centers Canadian Directory of Shopping Centers
Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey Adjusted Estimated Monthly Sales and Inventories by SIC Codes 500 to 519.
Census of Wholesale Trade Establishment and Firm Size All wholesale trade establishments with payroll are included in survey.  
1992 Economic Census: Census of Retail Trade The 1992 Census of Retail Trade, part of the 1992 Economic Census, covered retail trade as defined in the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Manual (Standard Industrial Classification: 1987).It includes all establishments primarily engaged in selling merchandise for personal or household consumption and rendering services incidental to the sales of the goods.
Census of Service Industries Basic data obtained for all establishments include kind of business, federal income tax status, geographic location, taxable operating receipts, annual and first quarter payroll and employment for the pay period including March 12.
Shopping Centers Today Market trends in shopping center leasing.  It is available online.

Residential (Non-apartment Residences)

CensusCD+Maps GeoLytics provides low cost demographic data, housing data, TIGER boundary files, projections and consumer expenditures.
Construction Analysis System The F.W. Doge Company's Construction Analysis System tabulates single-family and multifamily construction starts in units by county and metropolitan area.
Housing Starts and Building Permits (The Builders Business News) A comprehensive monthly report of the latest U.S. Census Bureau's statistics on housing starts, building permits and manufactured home shipments.  Includes new housing starts indicator chart for the 1994-1999 period.
Building Permits Survey: Housing Starts and Building Permits To provide current data on new construction, additions and alterations to existing buildings and demolitions authorized by building permits.
American Housing Survey The American Housing Survey (AHS) collects data on the nation's housing, including apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, vacant housing units, household characteristics, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment and fuels, size of housing unit and recent movers.
Forecast of Housing Activity, Housing Economics, Housing Market Statistics NAHB's publications include: Forecast of Housing Activity: Housing Starts: by nine census regions and by state; by single-family and multifamily and by intended use and design.  Also includes housing sales and prices, MSA forecasts for top 70 markets, market profile of top 120 markets, "hot" market analysis, market profile of housing and the economy for all states, private nonresidential building construction, forecasts of residential remodeling and the economy.
Real Estate Outlook: Market Trends & Insights Existing homes sales volume: four U.S. census regions.


National Real Estate Index market Monitor The index provides source of information on the apartment market.  The apartment properties of specific size and construction.
Survey of Income and Expense NAA provides economic rents for market-rate apartment buildings in 57 areas.
Apartment Research DVAR and primary collector of data relevant to apartment market analysis.
ReiSource America/ Updates ReiSource America offers accurate, pertinent metro- and submarket-level data in the top 50 U.S. metros.  Carries out annual rent, vacancy surveys and market analysis for major MSAs for the real estate product categories of apartments, office, industrial and retail.
MP/F Research, Inc. MP/F publishes current market conditions for multifamily rental units by metropolitan area, region and the U.S. as a whole as well as current and historical employment and multifamily building trends by metropolitan area and the nation.
Fair Market Rent Survey HUD gathers and publishes and annual Fair Market Rent Survey in the Federal Register.  Rents from 3000 metropolitan areas, non-metropolitan areas and counties represent the 45th percentile of rents paid by "new movers," excluding rents for new construction and substandard housing.
Viewpoint This annual compendium of market conditions includes inventory, vacancy, adsorption, new construction, discount rates, capitalization rates, market rent, expense growth rates and tenant finish allowances for 45 metropolitan areas divided into CBD multifamily and suburban multifamily segments.
American Housing Survey The Bureau of the Census, Housing and Household Economic Studies carries out an annual survey that tracks vacancies for all housing, including single-family units, offered for rent and for multifamily units in configurations of five or more units for the U.S., states, some major metropolitan areas and some cities.
Income/Expense Analysis: Conventional Apartments, and Income/Expense Analysis: Federally Assisted Apartments Trend reports that analyze changes in income, expenses, operating ratios, turnover, vacancies, and utility costs, metropolitan area reports; regional reports; national reports; age group reports; and special reports.
National Real Estate Index/market Monitor This index consists of publication samples: Quarterly Market Report, Market Monitor, Marketscore, Market History Reports, national overview, REIT Publications: REITSource Property Data disk, and REITSource Property Directory.
Korpacz Real Estate investor Survey The survey interviews a cross section of major institutional market participants regarding the cash flow assumptions-free-and-clear-equity IRRS, free-and-clear equity cap rates, market rents, expense growth rates and residual cap rates used to analyze various types of 'investment opportunities in the U.S. property types at the national level include regional malls, retail strip centers, CBD offices, suburban economy/limited-service hotels and luxury hotels.  

General Residential Surveys

ULI Market Profiles The profiles review single-family and multifamily residential property developments and conditions in about 80 markets in North America, Europe and the Pacific Rim.
ULI InfoPackets Information is available on affordable housing, apartments/rental housing, congregate/life care facilities, downtown housing, innovative attached housing, low-income housing, manufactured housing/mobile home parks, new towns/planned communities, retirement housing, single room occupancy housing and zero-lot-line housing.
Real Estate Analysis and Planning Service (REAPS) REAPS offers quarterly histories and forecasts for 56 major metropolitan areas for single-family housing and multifamily housing.
Clayton-Fillmore Reports Each monthly issue reports on the general economy and specific real estate conditions (for apartment, single-family, office, retail and industrial properties) in a single region encompassing several metropolitan areas.


Census of Manufactures-Industry Series Presents final figures for each of approximately 459 industries by groups of related industries (for example, the dairy products group includes butter, cheese, milk and related industries).  Information is provided on quantity and value of products shipped and materials consumed, cost of fuels and electric energy consumed, capital expenditures, assets, rents, inventories, employment, payrolls, payroll supplements, hours worked, value added by manufacturing, number of establishments and number of companies.
Census of Mineral Industries All domestic mining establishments that are classified in SIC Division B, Mining, and have at least one employee.  establishment coverage has been the same since 1967.

Census of Manufacturers

Presents final figures for each of approximately 459 industries by groups of related industries.
Comparative Statistics of Industrial & Office Real Estate Markets SIOR surveys its members in a written questionnaire on the condition of the local industrial market represented by each member.  The surveys are then computerized and presented in a written volume with text commentary prepared by analysts at Landauer Associates.
Industrial Outlook Report The report summaries the output of an econometric model that compares the performance of markets/MSAs.
Industrial Building Income and Expense Report The NAIOP report contains income and expense data for about 500 industrial properties.  Data obtained from over 100 NAIOP members.
Real Estate Analysis and Planning Service (REAPS) REAPS offers quarterly histories and forecasts for 56 major metropolitan areas for warehouses.  
Real Estate Planning Guide The report uses both narrative reviews and statistical charts, providing market highlights, trends, demographic and business profiles, rental rates, vacancy rates and land prices.

National real Estate Index/market Monitor

This index consists of publication samples: Quarterly Market Report, Market Monitor, Marketscore, Market History Reports, national overview, REIT Publications: REITSource Property Data disk, and REITSource Property Directory.
Market Source This report covers 126 markets, mostly in the U.S., for office, retail and industrial properties.
ULI Market Profiles ULI produces an annual compendium of market studies for about 74 metropolitan areas in North America and 32 international markets.  Under the industrial property market section, the text comments on development and investment activity, new projects, rents and lease terms, public policy issues and outlook.


Lodging Outlook/Host Smith Travel Research service reports monthly performance statistics, including occupancy and average daily rate of supply, and annual operating statistics, including revenues, expenses, and profitability.
Construction Analysis System (CAS) Summary database provides numbers on projects, contract value, square footage and number of dwelling units (for housing) for 209 structure types at the county level. 
Hotel & Motel Brokers of America Hospitality Valuation Services maintains and publishes a list of hotel transactions, including sale price, location, number of rooms, lists of buyers arid sellers and other data required for hospitality market studies, feasibility reports and valuations.
D.K. Shifflet and Associates D.K. Shifflet and Associates provides customized consumer research on lodging preferences and travel patterns, including such concepts as type of hotel, length of stay, trip purpose, destination and demographics characteristics of travelers.
Hospitality Directions Hospitality industry market trends
The CIA World Factbook Quantitative and qualitative information on countries.
International Price Indexes Price indexes are available for nearly all merchandise categories.  Price indexes using the SIC-based classification system are available prior to 1993.

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