5 Leading Online Commercial Real Estate Resources

You can’t make bread without yeast, you can’t drive without a vehicle, and you can’t make an investment in commercial real estate without information. Well, at least you shouldn’t. In the world of commercial real estate (CRE), having the right information is often the difference between a good investment and a bad one, between striking it hot and striking it very, very cold. Although there is a lot of useful information on the internet to be had, it can be difficult to find. To make life easier for you, we’ve put together five of the web’s best CRE resources (in no particular order).

GlobeSt
www.globest.com
GlobeSt

GlobeSt

GlobeSt might be the best free CRE resource the internet has to offer. Providing market coverage news and analysis at both the national and local levels, GlobeSt is packed with articles and opinion pieces from some of the leading thinkers in the CRE industry.

And if/when your ready to take the step from spectating to investing, GlobeSt can help you through the process by recommending providers for the services you need.

RetailTraffic
www.retailtrafficmag.com
RealTraffic

RealTraffic

You can think of RetailTraffic as a mini GlobeSt for the retail sector of the CRE community. Beyond offering the latest news from the intersection of retail and real estate, RetailTraffic also provides analysis of the national retail market and daily blog posts about the retail industry as a whole–from design to development to retailing to management and marketing, finance and investment.
CCIM Institute
www.ccim.com
CCIM Institute

CCIM Institute

CCIM is the Oxford of CRE websites–the online real estate resource for the intellectual set. The publisher of the award-winning magazine Commercial Investment Real Estate (CIRE), CCIM is less your typical website than an online school, and if you want to reap the benefits of their knowledge you can expect to pay tuition. Indeed, CCIM offers a number of paid online courses for CRE investors and/or enthusiasts, including courses in financial analysis, market analysis, business ethics and negotiation tactics.
REIS
www.reis.com
REIS

REIS

Reis is the nation’s leading provider of CRE market information and analysis, supplying market reports, property comparisons, transaction analytics, valuations, and all the real estate news you could ask for–for a fee. Indeed, if you want full access to the market data provided on Reis’s sleek and interactive website, you’ll need to subscribe.
BiggerPockets
www.biggerpockets.com
BiggerPockets

BiggerPockets

More “fun” than nitty-gritty sites like REIS, BiggerPockets integrates commercial real estate with social media, allowing users to sign up and communicate with one another ala Facebook and Twitter. While not strictly a CRE website, BiggerPockets forums provide a space to ask questions and advertise your properties, while its articles and blogs often provide a host of CRE news and analysis.

As mentioned, finding the information you need can be the difference between a successful CRE transaction and one that you’d rather forget. With these websites, you should be able to acquire all the information you need to make astute commercial real estate decisions.

 

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