Best Business Web Sites: Real Estate

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A government sponsored enterprise charged by Congress, FannieMae is a secondary mortgage lender. Offers industry news, pricing on mortgage backed securities and debt instruments as well at market for FannieMae owned homes.


Congressionally chartered Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation charged with increasing the availability of funds to mortgage lenders through mortgage purchases, guarantees and securitization. Offers consumer guidance on investing in a home and facilitates loan originations and workouts.


Federal Housing Finance Board

Regulates the Federal Home Loan Banks. Conducts interest rate surveys. Provides information on the Federal Home Loan Banks.

Federal Institutions Examination Council

Offers data and reports on Community Reinvestment Act, Private Mortgage Insurance Companies disclosure and aggregate reports and the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.


Government agency that guarantees mortgages to facilitate their sale in secondary mortgage markets. Provides resources for prospective homeowners, issues of GinneaMae mortgage backed securities and investors in REMICs and Multiclass securities.

Housing and Urban Development

Cabinet level agency charged with promoting homeownership, community development and combating housing discrimination. Offers consumer information of buying, selling and financing homes. Source for research and data in reports, periodicals and spreadsheets on rental and ownership housing markets, policy, homelessness, construction techniques, taxes and assisted housing to name a few.

U.S. Bureau of the Census: Economic Census: Construction

Data on single dwelling, multi-family, industrial and commercial building, civil engineering construction and the specialty building trades such as masonry, glazing, siding, electrical and plumbing contractors.

U.S. Bureau of the Census: Housing Topics

Access to the American Housing Survey, Decennial Census of Housing, Housing Vacancy Survey and Residential Finance Survey.


The Global Real Estate Project

Compiled by the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver, this site offers a synopsis of the legal, regulatory and business practices impacting leasing, selling, financing and acquiring residential, industrial, retail and commercial property in over 80 countries. Pricing and vacancy trends are also provided as are links to general country profiles and business etiquette sources.

United Nations Environment Housing and Land Management Division

Access time series on housing and building and pricing statistics for European countries.


National Real Estate Investor

Search and brows industry news with archive.

Real Estate Listing Services


Residential real estate locator offering neighborhood mapping and pricing data.


An online real estate market that facilitates discovering, buying and selling residential MLS listed properties, for sale by owner, auction foreclosure and bank foreclosure properties.


Residential real estate portal supporting listing homes for sale, searching, estimating values and finance shopping.

Trade & Professional Associations

Mortgage Bankers Association

Industry and association news with outstanding data offerings on mortgage originations and defaults as well as forecasts.

National Association of Home Builders

Economic and housing data on sales, remodeling and materials as well as industry news releases and reports.

National Association of Realtors

This association web site offers a robust range of content from field guides for doing business to breaking industry news and executive summaries of market research available for purchase.

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

Provides industry, sector and company current and historical performance statistics. Also provides industry news and materials promoting investment in REITS for institutional and individual investors.


National Real Estate Investor

Search and brows industry news with archive.

Blue Book of Building & Construction

Construction industry directory. Requires registration.

Last updated: 12/20/08
List originally compiled by Joseph Straw, University of Akron
Steve Cramer, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

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