Annette  Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ  (ReMax Realtec Group)

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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I am more interested in new/proposed commercial development in my County. I have a couple of pals in the bureaucracy who can tip me off as to recent permit applications, feasibility studies etc. I can also go into city/county websites and see permit apps/recently approved permits that give us an idea of where development is happening and in what direction it's moving.
** 17 glorious years ** (in AZ)

Nov 29, 2017 06:14 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

No time to do all this (busy enough lead generating and serving clients)... why would I compare mls sales records to tax records? Why would I spend much time to see if investors are "really" buying real estate? Local news keeps me well apprised of trends. What would I do with this data? I understand my clients' motivations as a result of the selling, buying process without having to do more market research on them. I've been in the business 25 years... what buyers and sellers want is someone who can negotiate, market, provide knowledge about specific neighborhoods. 

Nov 29, 2017 06:00 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I have an expert I hired on Upwork who does an economic and demographic report every six months.

Nov 29, 2017 05:53 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I work with investors, so I know they're buying real estate and how they're doing it.  Don't need to research that!  Only research I do is for more homes for my investors to buy.

 

30 years or so in the business, in some aspect or another (including wearing a house costume and marching in the city's parade back in the 80s with my parent's first brokerage... I was 8 or 9 at the time and the most handsome house you've ever seen!).

Nov 29, 2017 09:52 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

my favorite for tracking is PRODUCTION.... individuals and offices.... listings & market share...

Nov 29, 2017 07:18 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Most of my research involves trees and those creatures who live among them.

Nov 29, 2017 09:55 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

15 years. 

I perform .... can I say, a "crap ton" of research on most all transactions when I represent the buyer. It seems that in addition to being a broker, I must also be a detective to get to the truth about what the seller and the listing agent are hiding.  It's great fun ... and a real time suck. A girl has got to do what a girl has got to do to ensure her clients assets are well covered. The time to get to the truth is before we close ... not after! 

Nov 29, 2017 06:05 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The comps tell the story in our very active market.

Nov 29, 2017 11:26 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I am always comparing the current tax assessment to the past 9 years and seeing where each property falls -- depending upon it's condition.  Find it very interesting and use this information when doing CMAs and when working withg buyers to help them determine values.  I do many other things as well and have been in real estate 24 years.

Nov 29, 2017 08:58 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Careful listening brings some great rewards

Nov 29, 2017 07:31 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Trend Graphics does a great job.

31 years

Nov 29, 2017 07:16 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

As a mortgage broker I do a lot of research into lenders and my competitors. With my competitors, I check their rates and closing costs just to see how much better I am than theirs. With my lenders, I am always on the lookout for better rates, and programs and when I do find someone better, I sign up with them. I do not just stick with a couple of lenders and forget about others. Agents should always check for better resources, like lenders, to make sure they have the best, and not stay with them just because you think they are good. You need to do your research at least once a year and make sure there is no one better out there

Nov 29, 2017 06:06 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not as active as I used to be, so no research lately!

Nov 29, 2017 05:55 AM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

So many comparisons so little time.. I use many. including your suggestion

Jan 14, 2018 06:48 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I do stats on neighborhoods I like to work, other than that, just do real estate day in and day out.

Dec 01, 2017 12:47 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I do a mls search for 7 days but other then that I am doing other lead generation and phone calls.

 

Dec 01, 2017 10:22 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Whenever I do a post, I research the topic at hand, so it varies e.g. benefits of natural gas vs oil; benefits of coffee drinking and so on.

Nov 30, 2017 07:40 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've been doing this for 14 years and I try to let others do the research for me.

Nov 30, 2017 05:07 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

P.S. Since 2003

Nov 30, 2017 03:30 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm in business 10 years and in addition to what you mentioned I research other agents. I like to talk to agents what works for them and what does not. This is one of the reason I'm a member here, since so many agents share their strategies, approaches, marketing ideas and even... fails. 

Nov 29, 2017 08:48 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I've been in the business for 37 years and constantly talk with buyers and sellers to learn what they are thinking and how they make decisions. I check tax data and MLS and building permits to keep my thumb on the pulse.

Nov 29, 2017 07:36 PM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  I scroll the Property Appraiser site, Clerk of Court, and Tax Collector.  I may glance at NAR RPR, and yes even ZT and R.  And of course the MLS.  I want to know everything about a property or neighborhood that I am working for a client or customer!   Total time for that information-gathering session is maybe 30 minutes, over a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea.

   Active since January 1985.

 

Nov 29, 2017 07:22 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Not much .

Nov 29, 2017 05:48 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have been doing this for over 20 years.  Not a lot has changed in marketing

Nov 29, 2017 05:16 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

20 years,

Not only do we do research on stats and stuff, we do a lot of anecdotal research (actually talk to people)--not necessarily buyers and sellers only) which sometimes yields much more data than those stats.  A

Nov 29, 2017 02:29 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 I usually like to analyze Market Price vs. Tax Assessment value. This usually helps in establishing value when comps aren't available. I've been in the business 32 years.

Nov 29, 2017 01:51 PM