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The real estate industry can be divided in several different ways. One approach is to divide it by activities: development and construction, appraisal, sales and leasing, and property management. Another way is to divide by type of real estate, i.e., construction, residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Much of the online information focuses on real estate as an investment (REITs/real estate investment trusts).

General Sources of Industry Overviews


Dictionaries, Handbooks and Encyclopedias

  • Real Estate Finance & Investment Manual / Jack Cummings.  Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1997. (Business Reference HD1375.C8537 1997)
  • California Real Estate Law / William Pivar. 3rd ed. Chicago: Real Estate Education Co., 1994. (Business Reference KFC169.P58 1994)
  • Plunkett's Real Estate & Construction Industry Almanac. Plunkett Research, 2003 (Business Reference HD251 .P58) 

Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation Guides

  • Boekh General Estimate Manual. Milwaukee, WI: American Appraisal Associates. (Loose-leaf service.) (Business Circ Desk HD1387.G4)
  • McGraw-Hill Handbook of Financial Tables for Real Estate / Dennis Kelley. McGraw-Hill, 1992  (Business Reference HF5695.5 .R3K45 1992)
  • Marshall Evaluation Service. Los Angeles: Marshall and Stevens. (Loose-leaf service) (Business Circ Desk HD 1387.M3)
  • R.S. Means Custom Cost Estimator: a free online tool calculating construction costs for a variety of buildings

Statistics

All Sectors

Construction

Residential

  • U.S. Statistical Abstract: Construction & Housing
  • RAND California Statistics (USC subscription-based)
    Contains statistics on housing prices and transactions in California and new construction in California and the U.S.
  • DataQuick
    DataQuick is a fee-based major producer of housing sales figures. 
  • DataQuick figures from the L.A. Times
    A searchable database of individual home sales in Southern California. This does not provide aggregate numbers.
  • Real Estate Council of Southern California: Real Estate and Construction Report. Contains statistics for seven Southern California counties with comparative state and national data. Has time series and historical data for the region. (Business Library Periodical Stacks). 
  • National Association of Home Builders: Facts, Figures and Statistical Information about the Housing Market
    Contains statistics on home ownership and new home construction pulled from a variety of sources.
  • Case-Schiller Index: compiled by Standard & Poor's. Look under the "Data" tab for free monthly statistics on 20 major U.S. housing markets.
  • National Association of Realtors: Research
  • City-Data.com
    Lists U.S. city profiles that include real estate prices and trends and recent home sales.
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition: Research
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: U.S. Housing Market Conditions
    Contains statistics on residential real estate, construction, home buying trends, prices, rental and vacancy rates and more. Includes regional and national figures. Also links to historical housing data.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Data Sets
  • Manufactured Housing Institute: Industry Data
    Contains statistics on the production and purchase of manufactured housing.
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council: Home Mortgage Disclosure Act
    Contains data by company at the county level on demographic characteristics of borrowers and loan applicants.
  • Economic Real Estate Trends
    Quarterly reports issued by PMI Mortgage Insurance
  • Mortgage Fraud Program
    Monthly reports issued by eFannieMae.com
  • Quarterly Mortgage Fraud reports
    Issued under the auspices of Lexis/Nexis and the Mortgage Asset Research Institute

Commercial and Industrial

REITs and Income Property


Associations

Industry associations and organizations collect data for members, conduct research for the industry, sponsor educational activities, and often lobby legislators at the state and federal level.

All Sectors

Residential

Commercial and Industrial

Real Estate Investors and REITs

Other Real Estate Professionals


Universities and Research Institutes


Government Agencies


Green Initiatives


Directories

  • Urban Land Institute: Research
    Accesses forecasting data and trends, case studies and periodical archives.
  • Reals.com 

Industry Surveys & Reports

USC Subscription Databases
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Internet Sources 


Finding Journal Articles

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  • Lexis-Nexis Academic contains articles on the real estate and construction industries in its "Sources" section. Click on the  "Industry" radio button, then select either "Construction" or "Real Estate" news folders to search for articles on the industry.
  • You may also find additional articles in Factiva. Use such search words or phrases as "banks," "building materials," "heavy construction," "home building" and "real estate investment firms."
  • For in-depth articles on real estate and related industries, try ProQuest.
  • For additional article databases, see our Web page "Find Articles"
  • The Los Angeles Business Journal annually compiles various lists on real estate-related companies (brokerages, contractors, developers). The LABJ Book of Lists, with this same informaton, is located at Crocker Library Reference Desk.
Journals USC Holdings ABI Full Text Text + Graphics

Journal of the American Planning Association

AFA Periodical Section, 1979 to present; Microfilm, 1935 to present

3/20/92 to present

1/1/88 to present

Appraisal Journal, The

Grand Depository, 1932 to present; Microfilm, 1972 to present

1/1/92 to present

1/1/88 to present

Builder

AFA Periodical Section, 1982 to present

12/1/97 to present

 

Building Design & Construction

 AFA Periodical Section, 1970 to 1991

6/1/96 to present

 

Buildings

 

11/1/97 to present

 

Construction Equipment

 

6/1/96 to present

6/1/96 to present

Construction Review

Doheny Book Stacks, 1955 to present (HD9715.U5C6);
current issues in Government Documents Book Stacks

3/1/91 to present

10/1/95 to present

Contractor

 

6/1/96 to present

6/1/96 to present

Housing Economics

 

9/1/97 to present

9/1/97 to present

Journal of Housing Economics

VKC Periodical Section, 1993 to present

 

 

Journal of Property Management

Grand Depository, 1970 to 1992

1/1/92 to present

1/1/88 to present

Journal of Real Estate Development

 

 

1/1/88 to 6/1/89

Journal of Real Estate Finance

VKC Periodical Section, 1994 to present

 

 

Journal of Real Estate Literature

VKC Periodical Section, 1995 to present

7/1/97 to present

7/1/97 to present

Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management

 

1/1/97 to present

1/1/97 to present

Journal of Real Estate Research

 

1/1/96 to present

1/1/96 to present

Journal of Real Estate Taxation

Accounting Periodical Section, 1973 to present

 

 

Land Economics

Doheny Book Stacks, 1948 to 1986

11/1/97 to present

11/1/87 to present

National Real Estate Investor

Business Periodical Section, 2002 to present; Grand Depository, 1978 to 2001; Microfilm, 1972 to present

1/1/92 to present

1/1/87 to present

Planning

VKC Periodical Section, 1969 to present

1/1/91 to present

12/1/87 to 4/30/96

Professional Builder

 

1/1/96 to present

1/1/96 to present

Property Tax Journal

Accounting Periodical Section, 1982 to 1993

6/1/92 to 12/1/93

 

Real Estate Appraiser

Grand Depository, 1976 to 1978, 1991 to 1992

4/1/92 to 12/1/92

6/1/87 to 12/1/92

Real Estate Appraiser and Analyst

Grand Depository, 1976 to 1990

 

 

Real Estate Economics

Business Periodical Section, 1999 to present; Grand Depository, 1995 to 1998

10/1/96 to present

1/1/87 to present

Real Estate Finance

 

1/1/92 to present

10/1/88 to present

Real Estate Issues

Grand Depository, 1976 to 1985

1/1/92 to present

4/1/88 to present

Real Estate Law Journal

Grand Depository, 1972 to 1996

 

 

Real Estate Newsletter

 

 

4/1/89 to 1/1/91

Real Estate Review

Grand Depository, 1971 to 1996; Microfilm 1971 to present

 

 

Real Estate Today

Grand Depository, 1979 to 1995

 

 

Shopping Center World

Business Periodical Section, 2002 to present; Grand Depository, 1973 - 2001; Microfilm, 1972 to 1995

 

 

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