Useful Websites Commercial Organizations Building Owners and Managers Association www.boma.org Shopping Centers www.icsc.org National Apartment Association www.naahq.org Certified Investment Commercial Member (CCIM) www.ccim.com Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) www.sior.com Real Estate Land Institute (RLI) www.rliland.com Land Listing Sites These Internet sites provide information about current listings. Most are searchable by specific criteria. Many also offer a place to list what type of property you are looking for so that others can match their property to your needs. Costar www.costar.com A robust site for comparable analyis. Free to list. LoopNet www.loopnet.com Extensive commercial and land-listing database, Free to search. MLS www.connectmls.com Listings within limited geographical boundaries. Gensburg Commercial and Industrial Services www.gensburgltd.com Free to list
Land Values There are many sites available on the Internet that provide information to help calculate land values. These include agricultural land surveys, State Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). REALTORS® Land Institute (RLI) www.rliland.com Many of the properties are rural Urban Development Information The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development www.hud.gov/states.html The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development site that lists executive summaries of consolidated plans for communities across America. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Community www.hud.gov/commut.html HUD connections to community topics, cities, and governments on the Internet, community maps, local plans, brown fields, and other community resources. Urban Land Institute (ULI) www.ULI.org ULI is a community of practice for those engaged in the entrepreneurial and collaboration process of real estate development and land use policymaking. Recreational Information Bureau of Land Management (BLM) www.blm.gov/nhp/index.htm The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior, administers 262 million acres of Americas public lands, located primarily in 12 Western States. Contact the local BLM office for additional information about local BLM recreation uses. Recreation on Public Lands www.recreation.gov/ Contains information on recreation sites for all Federal public lands. Gend l Systems GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Geographic Information Systems are computer-based tools for mapping and geographically analyzing objects and demographic patterns. These tools can help to determine the best locations for your client’s needs. Some examples include: Choosing the best site for restaurants, stores, warehouses, and corporate offices Proximity to suitable customers Location of potential competitors Crime rates Transportation infrastructure Local labor pool characteristics
Create your own maps. Street Atlas www.delorme.com DeLorme Home Page - Home page for Street Atlas 4.0 and other mapping products. MapBlast! www.maps.live.com Contains: maps, directions and 3D. Maps.com www.maps.com Contains driving directions, address finding, on-line Yellow Pages, weather, center & maps, geography, business traveler reference guide. Map Quest www.mapquest.com On-line mapping service. Get driving directions, locate specific areas, etc. The maps are downloadable to Palm OS devices so they can easily travel with you. Government and Statistics The Internet provides you with access to census data, crime rates, economic data, and comparisons of information from state to state or neighborhood to neighborhood. Some of the sites available on the Web that provide statistical information are listed below: Bureau of Labor Statistics www.stats.bls.gov/blshome.htm Fedstats www.fedstats.gov/regional.html Statistics by regional area, census data, agricultural information, crime statistics, energy, and environmental information. Stateline.org www.stateline.org Information on your state’s happenings, economic and demographic data for each state, comparison information, etc. Research Information In addition to the sites listed below, do not forget your local library and college or university. Many local libraries now have Web sites that will let you search their card catalog from your home or office to see what books are available before your trip there. In addition, many local libraries have many of their periodicals on-line. You can locate the article you need, and have it faxed or Emailed to you. If you are unsure how to access your local library, or how to use their services, contact your librarian for assistance. Some starting points for research on the Internet are listed below. ACNOdyssey www.ACNOdyssey.com Detailed profiles of every city, county and metropolitan area in the U.S. can be found at this economic and community development site.
All Experts www.allexperts.com Ask various experts questions about a wide range of topics. Refdesk.com www.refdesk.com A great starting point for research. Includes links to on-line dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc. National Trust for Historic Preservation www.nationaltrust.org National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center www.mainst.org Information and resources on downtown revitalization through preservation and economic development. International Economic Development Council www.iedcon-line.org/ International Economic Development Council Web site that contains links to resources for economic development of communities. MISC. Commercial News www.commercialpropertynews.com Commercial Education www.newcastlecre.com