6 Resources For Anyone Interested In Real Estate

Real estate is a notoriously lucrative business, but knowing where to start and how to get a foothold in the rapidly changing market can be a difficult task. If you're looking for information and tips on the industry, consider the resources here, which offer investment tools as well as consulting, appraisal, and marketing services for both residential and commercial realty. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

6 Real Estate Resources

Name About
BiggerPockets Offers content, tools, and a community of over 1.3 million members to help people avoid mistakes, learn valuable tips, find partners, deals, and financing, and make the best investing decisions possible
The Sacramento Appraisal Blog Blog run by Certified Residential Appraiser Ryan Lundquist, it illuminates the local housing market in the greater Sacramento area, and helps the real estate community and general public understand the appraisal process and better work with appraisers
Dunn & Hobbes Seattle-based real estate developer of mixed-use projects in urban village neighborhoods, specializing in the adaptation of older buildings to creative new uses, as well as the construction of new urban infill projects
ArborCrowd Provides investors with exclusive institutional commercial real estate opportunities via a crowdfunding platform
Sotheby's International Realty Canada Offers service and marketing to homes across every price range, with real estate listings including houses, condos and townhomes, and luxury estates and vacation homes for sale
Miller Samuel Family-owned independent residential real estate appraisal and consulting company covering the New York City metro area

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Home Ownership in the United States By Year

Year Home Ownership Rate
2018 64.8%
2017 64.2%
2016 63.7%
2015 63.8%
2014 64.0%
2013 65.2%
2012 65.4%
2011 66.0%
2010 66.5%

American Cities With the Highest Rent

Rank City State Median Rent For 1-Bedroom Apartment In 2019
1 San Francisco CA $3,500
2 New York NY $2,750
3 San Jose CA $2,490
4 Boston MA $2,450
5 Los Angeles CA $2,420
6 Oakland CA $2,350
7 Washington, DC N/A $2,100
8 San Diego CA $1,950
9 Seattle WA $1,900
10 Miami FL $1,800

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In Depth

Whether you want to buy or sell a home, or are interested in building wealth through real estate, there is an abundance of information available to guide you. From tips on obtaining rental properties to engaging appraisal experts, here, in no particular order, are sources ready to help you navigate this exciting industry.

At #1 is BiggerPockets, which offers advice on real estate investing. Among its educational tools are calculators for mortgages and Airbnb hosting. Its library of complimentary articles covers such topics as how to analyze new markets and tips for owning low income rentals. The company also hosts an annual conference with networking opportunities and information sessions.

The Marketplace allows investors to list and search for investor centric real estate deals. In addition, its bookstore features published materials on investment techniques and strategies for beginners and experts. Among its bestsellers are Set for Life, written by CEO Scott Trench, and How to Sell Your Home. BiggerPockets has been featured in Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and Money.

BiggerPockets has been featured in Forbes, Inc.

In the #2 spot is The Sacramento Appraisal Blog. Founder Ryan Lundquist, a certified residential appraiser, offers real estate evaluations for a wide array of circumstances including loans and pre-listings. Through the site, he gives insight and advice on trends in architecture, tips on choosing comps, and how to handle disasters such as fires.

In addition to teaching appraisal related classes, Lundquist speaks to real estate offices regarding the market. He sits on the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee of the Sacramento Association of Realtors, and is a recipient of the Outstanding Service to Youth award from the Cordova Community Council.

Coming in at #3 is Dunn & Hobbes, a Seattle-based real estate developer of mixed use projects in urban village neighborhoods. It specializes in the adaptation of older buildings to new uses. Its Chophouse Row development in the Capitol Hill neighborhood features office space, a retail marketplace, and residential penthouses.

It specializes in the adaptation of older buildings to new uses.

One of the company's signature venues is the Cloud Room, a shared workspace and social club. In addition, it houses a band practice facility and podcast recording studio. Owner Liz Dunn is an Affiliate Fellow, Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. The firm has appeared in such media outlets as Seattle Times, ArchDaily, and CommercialCafe.

Entering the list at #4 is ArborCrowd, which provides individuals with the opportunity to invest in commercial real estate. As a crowdfunding platform, it leverages its institutional network of industry relationships in order to secure proprietary deals with experienced sponsors. The company's investments include properties in Miami, New York City, and Mobile, Alabama.

Its Learning Center provides educational articles and videos featuring tips and tricks on such topics as investing in multifamily buildings, the role of underwriting, and the importance of market comps. Co-founder and COO, Adam Kaufman, regularly speaks on industry panels, and has presented at Harvard and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Its Learning Center provides educational articles and videos featuring tips and tricks on such topics as investing in multifamily buildings, the role of underwriting, and the importance of market comps.

At #5 is Sotheby's International Realty Canada. Named the number one most trusted brand in residential real estate by Lifestory Research, the company specializes in the luxury home market. Its agents have exclusive access to Folio, a bespoke digital platform that gives an immediate overview of the sales and marketing activity for your home. Features include property photos and videos and marketing brochures.

Through its magazine, INSIGHT The Art Of Living, the firm offers expert advice on such subjects as the best renovations for return on investment, vacation home checklists, and how to choose the best contractor. It also provides market updates, trend reports, and profiles of up and coming neighborhoods.

Wrapping up the list at #6 is Miller Samuel, an independent residential real estate appraisal and consulting company covering the New York City metro area. Co-founder Jonathan Miller authors a series of popular reports for Douglas Elliman on residential housing markets in Boston, South Florida, Los Angeles, and Aspen.

Co-founder Jonathan Miller authors a series of popular reports for Douglas Elliman on residential housing markets in Boston, South Florida, Los Angeles, and Aspen.

The firm provides consulting services for various multiple listing systems, government entities, and real estate developers across the United States. Miller's articles and research papers encompass such topics as luxury development in New York, down payments, and trends in Manhattan's housing market. He has also appeared on CNBC and in Vanity Fair.