Helpful Links

Helpful links that assist in real estate research, which include, but are not limited to government agencies, housing resources and other useful websites.


Helpful with giving the name of all cities in a county or the county name for a city, and a lot of additional information

Scores the walkability of a given address and gives the location of various community services. Learn how Walkscore works.

Links to assessor/auditor web pages.

Senior Outlook

A search site for senior housing

QTC Sites is the only online listing database of hand-picked Qualified Census Tract (QCT) and Difficult to Develop Area (DDA) development opportunities for affordable housing developers. Our expert staff remains cognizant of any and all Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) updates to ensure the validity of each and every development opportunity. Each QAP has established site-specific requirements and selection criteria that dictate where the credits will be allocated. We exploit the often unforeseen transparency of the QAP in site identification.


Created in 2001, the National Council of Housing Market Analysts (NCHMA), formerly the National Council of Affordable Housing Market Analysts, is the only professional body dedicated exclusively to the field of residential rental real estate market analysis. NCHMA's members are comprised of professionals involved in performing and reviewing residential market studies.

The Council presents opportunities for market analysts to discuss current issues, network and gain state-of-the-art information. Since its formation in 2001, NCHMA has developed an extensive body of work including our Model Content Standards for Market Studies for Affordable Rental Housing, Market Study Terminology, Market Study Index, Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice, and a series of white papers on key market study related topics.

National Association of Home Builders

NAHB is a trade association that helps promote the policies that make housing a national priority. Since 1942, NAHB has been serving its members, the housing industry, and the public at large.

American Housing Survey

The American Housing Survey (AHS) collects data on the Nation's housing, including apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, vacant housing units, household characteristics, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment and fuels, size of housing unit, and recent movers. National data are collected in odd numbered years, and data for each of 47 selected Metropolitan Areas are collected currently about every six years. The national sample covers an average 55,000 housing units. Each metropolitan area sample covers 4,100 or more housing units

Urban Land Institute

ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among local, national, and international industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.


In 1978, PD&R established HUD USER, an information source for housing and community development researchers, academics, policymakers, and the American public. HUD USER is the primary source for federal government reports and information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and other housing-related topics.

Data Ferrett

DataFerrett is a unique data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements. (FERRETT stands for Federated Electronic Research, Review, Extraction, and Tabulation Tool.)

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

Bureau of Economic Analysis

BEA produces economic accounts statistics that enable government and business decision-makers, researchers, and the American public to follow and understand the performance of the Nation's economy. To do this, BEA collects source data, conducts research and analysis, develops and implements estimation methodologies, and disseminates statistics to the public.

BEA is one of the world's leading statistical agencies. Although it is a relatively small agency, BEA produces some of the most closely watched economic statistics that influence the decisions made by government officials, business people, households, and individuals. BEA's economic statistics, which provide a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the U.S. economy, are key ingredients in critical decisions affecting monetary policy, tax and budget projections, and business investment plans. The cornerstone of BEA's statistics is the national income and product accounts (NIPAs), which feature the estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) and related measures.

Free Demographics

FreeDemographicsTM, a product of Alteryx®, LLC, introduces novice and expert users of demographic data to a new and powerful way to view and act upon consumer and market insights, using instant interactive maps, detailed summary and comparison reports, and fast access to U.S. Census data sorted by geographies and demographic characteristics.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Data on rural housing

American Factfinder

Location of Census data

American Planning Association

APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. We measure our success by the successes of our members and the communities they serve.

Google Earth

Provides view of surrounding land uses/access to sites

Primary sources for demographic updates and projections:


State Agencies