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Real Estate Market: Data, Statistics, and Demographics

Use this guide to locate real estate industry information.

U.S. & CA Government Data Resources Real Estate & Construction (Free Resources)

The following sites provide government data and information related to U.S. and California real estate and construction:

Historic and Real-Time Commercial Listings Data

42Floors provides current and historical commercial real estate data in U.S. Urban Markets.

REIT Data from Bloomberg (Library Subscription Database - IN LIBRARY ONLY)

Bloomberg is one of the world's leading financial databases and contains a significant amount of information related to real estate. Use Bloomberg equities search to locate publicly traded REIT company profiles and obtain performance data.

Bloomberg terminals are on-site only workstations available on the Malibu campus at the Payson Library and Drescher Library. These workstations are limited to Pepperdine students, staff, and faculty and require an account. Students can set up the account the first time they use one of the terminals. Special assistance from a library worker is required to use the Bloomberg Terminals at the Drescher Campus Library. 

Bloomberg is a command driven system. Use Bloomberg commands to locate data and analysis specific to different ares in real estate such as data for specific REIT securities or trends in the Real Estate Industry. Some relevant real estate commands include: 

  • Real Estate Main Menu: BI REAL <Go>
  • Real Estate Prices & Statistics: ECST <Go> (Choose Country>Housing & Real Estate Category)
  • Top News on the Real Estate Market: TOP REL <Go>
  • REIT Indices: SECF <Go>
  • Ratios for a specific REIT: ticker symbol then type DES3 <Go>
  • Commercial Real Estate: CRE <Go>
  • US Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) Market: CMB <Go>
  • US CMBS Property Performance Trends, US Property Sales Trends, Loan & Property Composition for CAN, EUR, US, Annual Weighted Average Mortgage Ratios for Fixed and Floating Rate Loans by Type of Commercial Prpoerty: CRE2 <Go>
  • Special-Servicers and Delinquency Information for CMBS Market: CRE3 <Go>
  • Asset-backed securities issuance: MCAL <Go>
  • Commercial real estate delinquencies foreclosure data by MSA, state and countries: REDQ <Go>
  • Bloomberg Mortgage Research Insight for Reports, Historical Research, Model Projections, and White Papers: BMMI <Go>

REIT Data from WRDS - CRSP /Ziman Real Estate Data Series (Library Subscription Database)

S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices (Free Resource)

S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data includes current and historical (prior three years) home price values, sale pair counts, U.S. national values, tiered price indices, condominium values, and key housing indicators.

"The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices measures the residential housing market, tracking changes in the value of the residential real estate market in 20 metropolitan regions [including Los Angeles and San Francisco] across the United States. These indices use the repeat sales pricing technique to measure housing markets.

The[se] Indices are calculated monthly and published with a two month lag. New index levels are released at 9am Eastern Standard Time on the last Tuesday of every month.

In addition, the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index is a broader composite of single-family home price indices for the nine U.S. Census divisions and is calculated quarterly."  (selected description from site)

Historical Case-Shiller National Home Price Indices (broken down by year and city) are available from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Economic Research site.  This site also provides additional historical data for the Household Sector including Housing Units Authorized by Building Permits, Housing Units Authorized, But Not Yet Started, Housing Starts, Housing Units Under Construction, and Housing Units Completed.

Existing-Home Sales: Monthly Data for the U.S. and Regions (Free Resource)

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Existing-Home Sales Series is the premier measurement of the residential real estate market. On or about the 25th of each month, NAR releases statistics on sales and prices of existing single-family homes for the nation and the four regions. These figures include condos and co-ops, in addition to single-family homes.  Updated each month, these reports are available free of charge in two formats — PDF for easy viewing and printing and Excel for database work.

NAR also provides a broad range of housing statistics that include the Pending Home Sales Index, the Housing Affordability Index, Metropolitan Median Home Prices and Affordability data, and County Median Home Prices and Monthly Mortgage Payment.

Data Sets for Residential Real Estate (Free Resource)

Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) was established by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) and is responsible for the effective supervision, regulation, and housing mission oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) and the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which includes the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks) and the Office of Finance. Since 2008, FHFA has also served as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

Data sets and reports for all states provide the data and analysis about activity in the U.S. mortgage market for the related to House Price Index, Refinance, Foreclosure, and Performance.​

Demographics of Home Buyer Data Using Claritas 360 SRDS for Geographies (and Other Variables) (Library Subscription Databases)

Further Demographic Data on Home Buyers (Library Subscription Databases)

Additional Demographic Data (Free Resources)