Design

Architecture

This guide by the Frances Loeb Library has an extensive list of resources on the business/development side of design.

Great Buildings Collection

Browse for images of buildings by building type (e.g., factories, air ports, commercial buildings) or styles (e.g., art nouveau, high-tech, post modern). Gives brief information about the building, and resources for further study.

Whole Building Design Guide

This Web site from the National Institute of Building Sciences has a wealth of information on design criteria, as well as tools and references from public and private sources. The tour of the site is highly recommended.

Investment, Finance and Capital Markets

PwC Real Estate Investor Survey

Quarterly analysis of various sectors of the real estate market (e.g., retail, warehouse, apartment) and markets in major U.S. cities based on investor surveys.

Real Estate Finance & Investment

Weekly coverage of breaking news on all aspects of the US commercial real estate property and capital markets. Exclusive coverage of the biggest property sales, acquisitions nation-wide, plus industry's equity, debt and CMBS offerings.

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Detailed descriptions of companies, industries, and mutual funds.

S&P's REIT Industry Survey provides a good overview of real estate investment trusts.

Mortgage Market Statistical Annual

Ref. HG 4655.M67 in the Stamps Reading Room.
Statistical data on the mortgage and asset securities marketplace. Volume I covers the primary market on originations, purchases, and sales. Volume II covers mortgage-related securities markets.

CRE Finance Council (CREFC)

Site includes industry statistics, research and news. Much of the site requires membership to view, but some research reports and industry statistics are available.

Mortgage Bankers Association

Includes research, reports and insight on the real estate finance industry. Although some information is for members only, most of their Research and Forecasts section is available to the public.

National Real Estate Investor

Covers office, industrial, retail, multi-family, hotel, mixed-use and senior sectors as well as brokerage, property management, the environment and international. The website has full text of articles and current news.

National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries

Produces the NCREIF Property Index (NPI), used as an industry benchmark to compare an investor's own returns against the industry average. Includes indexes of returns by region and property type.

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

Produces the global and domestic indices for publicly-owned real estate, the national trade association for REITs, and publicly-traded real estate companies.

See also:

Where do I find information on real estate investment trusts (REITs)?

Construction and Development

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The tools section has data on land and property values, property taxation, and university development. Also includes information on land trusts, and visual tools for planning population density.

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Publishes reports on emerging land use trends and issues. Many of the reports are available at Harvard.

Buildings.com

Online magazine of trends, transactions, and people in the construction industry.

Market Conditions

Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Asia Pacific

Ref. HD841 .E44 in the Stamps Reading Room.
Annual publication that assesses real estate conditions. The current editions are available online from the Urban Land Institute (in the page of the specific edition).

Emerging Trends in Real Estate: Europe

Ref. HD581.A1 E44 in the Stamps Reading Room.
Annual publications that assess real estate conditions. The current editions are available online from the Urban Land Institute (in the page for the specific edition).

Emerging Trends in Real Estate: North America

Ref. HD1361 .E44 in the Stamps Reading Room.
Annual publicaton that assesses real estate conditions. The current editions are available online from the Urban Land Institute (in the page of the specific edition).

JLL:Worldwide Research

Brief reports on market conditions around the globe.

Knight Frank Research

Reports on specific residential and commercial markets as well as some global reports

Cushman & Wakefield Reports

Reports on sub-sector market conditions, often at the city level. Strong international coverage.

Commercial and Industrial

Income/Expense Analysis: Office Buildings

Ref. HD7287.6.U5 I623 in the Stamps Reading Room.
Analyses of office building operating revenues and expenses for major metropolitan areas and regions in both the United States and Canada. The income and expense data is presented in dollars per square foot for over fifty specific categories, broken out by building size, building height, and building rental range.

Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR)

National organization of realtors specializing in industrial and office real estate. Includes a Commercial Real Estate Index with quarterly trends in the commercial real estate market.

National Association of Industrial and Office Properties

For developers and owners of industrial, office, and related commercial real estate throughout North America. The Research Foundation features reports on topics such as the economy, immigration, and green building.

Residential

Expense Analysis, Condominiums, Cooperatives, & Planned Unit Developments

Ref. HD7287.67.U5 E96 in the Stamps Reading Room

Income/expense analysis: Conventional apartments
Check Harvard availability
Ref. HD7287.6.U5 I62 in the Stamps Reading Room
Each of these volumes tracks utility, maintenance, insurance, tax, and amenity expenses. Metropolitan, regional and national statistics are grouped according to association, apartment and building type (high-rise, low-rise, or townhouse).

HUD User

Extensive data and reports including local U.S. residential real estate market conditions.

Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

Studies and data on domestic housing.

See also:

How do I find data on existing home sales and prices?

Careers, Associations and Events

REALTORS Conference & Expo

Annual meeting of the National Association of Realtors

American Real Estate Society (ARES)

For real estate professionals, researchers, and academics. Includes a jobs page geared to academics.

BOMA International Career Center

From the Building Owners and Managers Association. Search for jobs by keyword and/or location.

CRE Finance Council Events

Hosts events in the U.S. and abroad.

McGraw-Hill Construction Career Center

A place where job seekers can post resumes and search for jobs.

National Association of Realtors

Topical sections include government affairs, research, law and policy, technology, and education. The Researchsection has data and reports on commercial, residential, international sectors as well as on the business and technology of realtors.

News and Journals

Real Estate Finance Journal

Focuses on financing, liability, investments, taxes, and asset management.

Real Estate Issues

Semi-annual publication of the Counselors of Real Estate examines issues and trends in the current real estate environment.