Four Places You Should Check Regularly for Market Analysis

By on March 6, 2012

It’s Real Estate Market Analysis Month on the Investor Insights. This month, we’ll bring you tips, tricks and ideas for finding the real value drivers in your target markets, realtor tips for analysis and sources to perform analysis.

Let’s start with a review of some places to check in with regularly.

Housing Wire – This site is all about real estate news. It’s a news wire, after all. The good thing about this site is that they give you information as it happens and provide analysis of breaking news from the Fed. You can access mortgage rates, housing price indexes, housing sales data, info on the economy and more.

This section of the National Association of Realtor’s website gives us a lot of data on both residential and commercial properties.  You can find answers to questions such as:

  • How are commercial rentals performing? Look to the Commercial Real Estate Outlook for the Second Quarter of 2012. You’ll learn multifamily housing is going in favor of the landlord with rents increasing. You’ll also learn that office space is still a tenant’s market. This research report has detailed info for you to use in your presentations and market analysis.
  • What are pending home sales looking like? Look to the Pending Home Sales Index for month reports of pending home sales for the previous month. This report also gives you the outlook for the coming quarter and breaks down the trends by region.
  • Who should I be targeting in a buyer? The Home Ownership by Age report can give you details on which buyer demographics are most likely to buy. While it doesn’t give you all you need, it could be a good cross reference tool.

The U.S. Housing & Urban Development Research Portal

The HUD Portal has rich research resources including a number of periodicals, including the U.S. Housing Market Conditions, which is produced quarterly. This report gives us data on housing production, marketing, affordability, foreclosures and trends. In addition to a national breakdown, you can find regional and historic data in the report. Each report also takes on a topical issue such as fair market rents. You can also find a number of infographics and other reports here.

Altos Research

This website requires a subscription for much of their localized info, but they have a fantastic blog and several free resources on real-time real estate data. Here are a few highlights:

  • Real-time city data – You can enter your city on the home page (larger cities) and receive data about average price trends, market conditions, median price per square foot, average number of days on the market and how competitive the market is (number of homes currently for sale).
  • Analysis blog – The How’s the Market? Blog is rich with information on the housing market. You can learn about different cities and national trends and news and how they are affecting the housing market. For instance, this gem of a post breaks down factors influencing the active market inventory.

This article is just the tip of the iceberg on finding market research information. This month, we’ll bring you a host of resources and a step-by-step guide to researching a market. Stay tuned!

About Susan Lassiter-Lyons

Susan is the Amazon #1 best-selling author of Getting the Money: The Simple System for Getting Private Money for Your Real Estate Deals and founder of the award-winning real estate blog, A real estate investor since 1994, Susan has raised $26.2 million in private money and participated in more than 600 transactions as an investor, broker, lender, syndicator and advisor. Susan is a dedicated trainer and her training, seminars and coaching programs have transformed the lives and businesses of thousands of real estate investors worldwide.


  1. Jee

    March 7, 2012 at 6:22 am


    I am starting to really have great respect for you. Even though your a guru you do deliver good quality information often!

    • Susan

      March 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Thanks Jee! I prefer expert over guru. :-)

  2. Lina

    March 7, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Great links! The Housing Wire is a new add to my daily reads now. This will be great help to my Real Estate business. Thanks!!

    • Susan

      March 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

      You bet, Lina

  3. William Scott

    March 7, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Thanks Susan! for the Great Websites, I really appreciate all the Great info you Send. William

    • Susan

      March 22, 2012 at 8:05 am

      My pleasure, William

  4. George

    March 7, 2012 at 11:27 am


    This is great information. It’s right on time for me especially being new to real estate.

    Thank you for all resources you provide.

    • Susan

      March 22, 2012 at 8:06 am

      You bet George! Glad they’re serving you.

  5. Rebecca Brinkmann

    March 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you Susan. I am new to real Estate investing and you are a blessing , your MLO training is giving me hope that I can do this
    without any money out of pocket to get started.

    • Susan

      March 22, 2012 at 8:06 am

      You can do it, Rebecca!

  6. Richard Haynes

    March 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Susan,how the heck do you find the time for everything you do and to keep up with all the email’s, blogs,research,deal’s etc. etc and so on? I still haven’t gotten a hold of organizing everthing,or anything!

    • Susan

      March 22, 2012 at 8:07 am

      Ha! I have an excellent productivity plan. I also only “work” 4 days a week. :-)

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