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Residential Real Estate Market: Industry Overviews & Market Analysis

Use this guide to locate real estate industry information.

Key Databases for Industry Overviews

Library databases listed below are available only to current Bentley students, faculty and staff.

IBISWorld Business Environment Reports

Search Tip: Some relevant reports specific to residential real estate include: Existing Home Sales, Housing Starts, Rental Vacancy Rates, Private Fixed Investment - Residential, Mortgage Interest Rates, Private New Residential Building Permits, Property Yields - REIT Dividend Yields, Residential Buildings - Value of Construction, and House Price Index.

  1. The above-noted reports can be found under the following categories listed on the Business Environment Research Reports page: [Domestic Economy & External Accounts], [Financial Market], and [Goods and Services].  Select one of these categories. 
  2. Locate the report(s) of interest.


Plunkett's Industry Almanacs

Search Tip: Locate the Real Estate and Construction report from the alphabetical list of industry research centers.


Standard & Poor's Net Advantage

Search Tip: Home Building and REIT (Real Estate Investment Trusts) are the relevant industry reports.

  1. Locate the "S&P Publication" box on the main page. 
  2. Under "Industry Surveys" select either "Homebuilding" or "Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS)".

Current Market Analysis

The resource listed below is freely available and provides analysis of current market conditions.


 U.S. Housing Market Conditions Quarterly Publication

 Available freely from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, this quarterly publication dates back to 1994 online and details national and regional market trends and predictions.

Joint Center for Housing Studies image

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University is a resource for scholars, public and private sector leaders, housing practitioners and policymakers on issues that illuminate housing's critical role in the economy and in communities.