Guides to Business Subjects

No. 16 Real Estate

This is a guide to information sources related to the real estate industry. Most materials listed are located in the Business Library Reference collection unless indicated otherwise.

For a wealth of information on urban planning, design, and other related areas, please see the Environmental Design Library's extensive subject guides.

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Last updated 06/2010.

Guides and Handbooks Search the UCB library catalog, OskiCat, for reports, books, journals in the library that cover real estate.

Barron's real estate handbook
Jack P. Friedman, Jack C. Harris, Barry A. Diskin
Reference HD1375.H349 2005

Other real estate handbooks in library collection

Encyclopedia of real estate terms
Abbott, Damien
HD1365.A23 2000 Reference

Encyclopedia of mortgage & real estate finance
Newell, James E.
HD1365.N425 1991 - Book stacks (lower level)

Analyst Reports * Business Source Complete
database for articles on all aspects of real estate in trade publications , business newspapers and magazines, and research journals.

Emerging Trends in Real Estate
Real Estate Research Corp.
Analyzes outlook for real estate in the U.S.
HD251 .E47; Latest in Reference

Emerging trends in real estate. Europe.
Urban Land Institute : PriceWaterhouseCoopers
HD581.A1 E44 Reference;

Emerging trends in real estate. Asia Pacific.
Urban Land Institute ; PricewaterhouseCoopers
BUSI: HD841 .E44; in Book stacks

* Factiva
See Subject - Editor's Choice - Construction/Real Estate for judiciously selected real estate articles.

Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics (FCREUE) at UC Berkeley
Research reports and working papers on real estate markets, financial institutions, the California Economy, and other urban and regional economy topics.

HUD User
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research publishes research reports, articles, books, monographs and data sources in housing policy, buildiing technology, economic development, urban planning, etc., including the quarterly, U.S. Housing Market Conditions

National Association of Realtors
Reports, trends, news in commercial and residential real estate, housing and economic indicators.

National Real Estate Investor
Commercial real estate, major industry news, leading trends and market profiles of key markets.

Statistics * Lexis/Nexis Statistical
References to statistics from international to place level.
SRI microfiche are shelved in the cabinets across from the Reference Desk.

* RAND California
The Rand Corporation database includes statistics on California real estate including prices, vacancy, and construction.

U.S. Census Housing Data
Statistics and reports on construction, building permit activity, housing, demographics at the national, regional, and metropolitan levels.


Building Permits and Construction Activity
U.S. Census Bureau, Manufacturing, Mining and Construction Statistics
Monthly data on national, state, country, and place building permits issued and construction activity.

Construction Statistics
U.S. Census Bureau. Monthly.
Starts, completions, sales, permits, and value.

Construction Indices - national annual data

* Engineering News Record (ENR)
Annual historical construction costs are published in the March issue.
Covers the construction of buildings and other support infrastructure. News from Washington and the federal government's impact on construction. Coverage of costs, materials and equipment, wage rates and the costs of borrowing money.
Print journal in Engineering Library
TA1 .E61 Reserves - Unbound issues

Real Estate Finance Federal Housing Finance Board
Monthly interest survey
Interest rates, loan terms, and house prices by property type, by loan type, and by lender type, as well as information on 15- and 30-year fixed-rate loans. Quarterly information on conventional loans by metro area.

* Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics

* Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management
Portfolio construction techniques, risk analysis, identifying buy/sell decisions, portfolio revision, past real estate investment studies, asset allocations for mixed-asset portfolios etc.

Loan amortization calculator

McGraw-Hill's compound interest and annuity tables
Jack C. Estes, Dennis R. Kelley.
HG1626.E82 1993 Reference

* Mortgage Banking
Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Monthly

Mortgage servicing news : MSN

National Delinquency Survey
Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Quarterly.
Delinquency and foreclosure measures by loan type (prime, subprime, VA and FHA) and fixed and adjustable rate products. Other details. About NDS
SRI microfiche A6450-1

* National Mortgage News

Real Estate Economics Journal
American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.
Research and studies in real estate, mortgages, contracts, etc.

Real Estate Finance Journal
Current issue in Current Periodicals Stacks; older issues in Book Stacks
HD251 .R325

Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics


Bureau of Labor Statistics
Wages & employment. National, state, metro areas

California Employment Development Department
California economy and employment conditions

Census of Population and Housing

Cost of Living
- Bay Area CPI
- National, regional and metropolitan areas

County Business Patterns


Colliers International
real estate market reports for cities and countries

Commercial Property News
News and analysis - investment, development, lending, management and brokerage opportunities in commercial properties. Lists and rankings of top companies.

Grubb & Ellis reports
Commercial real estate market research report summaries

Economic Census - Real Estate Rental and Leasing
2002 is latest, the next detailed one will be from 2007, available in 2009.

Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO)
Housing market indicators, house price indices, and reports on housing markets

Studley and SERI Reports
Studley Report - office and industrial leasing statistics and investment and development trends for major US markets
SERI Report or the Studley Effective Rental Index - effective rental rates for prime Class A office properties in the U.S.


Trends in California Real Estate
California Association of Realtors. Monthly.
Statewide and regional housing prices and sales, housing market indicators, median home sales price, housing supply, unsold inventory index, affordability index.
HD7285 .C345 Reference

Real Estate and Construction Report
Real Estate Research Council of Southern California at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Quarterly.
Statistical data for Southern California counties. Construction costs, historical data, housing prices, price changes, market prices, building permits, and construction.
HD266 .C2L63 Reference

Northern California Real Estate Report
Real Estate Research Council of Southern California at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Quarterly.
Housing, mortgate lending, construction, home prices, changes, building permits, construction activity for Northern California.
HD266 .C225 Reference

Income/Expenses Expense Analysis, Condominiums, Cooperatives, & Planned Unit Developments
Chicago, Institute of Real Estate Management, National Association of Realtors
Expenses and financial facts involved in operating various types of condominiums.
HD7287.67.U5 E96

Income/Expense Analysis: Conventional Apartments
Institute of Real Estate Management of the National Association of Realtors. Annual.
Expenses and financial facts involved in operating various types of apartment buildings.
HD7287.6 .U5I622 2006 Reference

Income/Expense Analysis: Office Buildings
Institute of Real Estate Management.
Financial facts of property operation by metropolitan area and region. Data by building size, type, age group and rental range. For figuring out income streams by location, revenues expected, market conditions, etc.
HD1394 .I523 2006 Reference

BOMA Experience Exchange Report. Income/Expense Analysis for Office Buildings
Building Owners and Managers Association International. Annual.
Provides operating costs and expenses for office buildings, broken down by metropolitian areas.
TX980 .O3 2006 Reference

Trade Associations National Association of Realtors - housing affordability index

California Department of Real Estate
Information for the consumer and the professional in California. Includes Real Estate Bulletin and Reference Book, a Real Estate Guide. Real estate law and license status of salesperson, broker, corporation.

Society of Office and Industrial Realtors
Comparative Statistics of Industrial and Office Real Estate Markets was discontinued in 2005. Available on SRI microfiche A8916-1.

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
Links to US and international real estate information. NAIOP Foundation has research reports.