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Urban Studies & Planning: Real Estate & Housing

Real estate and Housing Data

Resource Geographic Levels Type Time Period Format Information
Zillow neighborhood to nation residential, rental 1996-present .csv
Trulia zip code to nation residential, rental 2014-present .csv  
American Community Survey block group to nation residential, rental 2005-present varies by source
  • self-reported
  • includes information on condo fees, rent, housing value, property tax, insurance, mortgage & home equity loans
  • older data available via the decennial census
Assessor Parcel Data address/parcel residential, commercial varies by source varies by source
  • look for data in city and state data repositories or on city assessor sites
American Housing Survey metro area to nation residential 1973-present .csv
  • includes housing costs and characteristics
Building Permits Survey metro area to nation residential 1960-present .csv
  • includes information on number of permits issued in an area
  • city data repositories may have detailed information about all permits pulled
ZTRAX address level residential, commercial 1996-present  
  • Zillow's address-level research data; must apply for access
HUD datasets varies by source housing varies by source varies by source
  • a table of a variety of housing datasets for the US
HUD-eGIS Storefront varies by source housing varies by source varies by source
  • The HUD-eGIS Storefront provides a one-stop shop where users can search for and discover HUD's geospatial datasets, web-based mapping tools, and application programming interfaces (APIs). 

Search tips:

  • Looking for information on commercial real estate prices? Search for area reports from large real estate firms. Some will provide data tables or maps about specific neighborhoods.
  • Search for real estate programs in your area of interest. Many post data and reports published by the school.
  • Do you need more granular data and have funding? Companies such as CoreLogic sell customized real estate data.
  • It can be difficult to find address-level rental price information. Someone has pulled this information for Boston from padmapper. Click details to see the data and find a link to the code.

Massachusetts data sources

Real estate reports

Click the Research or Reports links to access reports.