DIY Research

For those who like to do their own market and neighborhood research, I have provided links to some very good resources below. However, I am always ready, willing and able to compliment this research with my own personal knowledge of our area.

Let me know if you have any questions. I am just a phone call away.

Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (GCAAR) sales statistics: A breakdown of sales by month for single-family homes and condos in Washington DC and Montgomery County, Maryland. Also DC Soil Maps.

Metropolitan Regional Information Service's (MRIS) market statistics: Monthly, quarterly, and year-end real estate trends and statistics by region, county and zip code for the entire DC and Baltimore area.

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR): Research.

Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® (NVAR):Research.

Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR): Research.

Realty Times Market Conditions Report: REALTOR® thoughts on the state of the housing market broken down by state, city and neighborhood. Reporting is sometimes spotty with hit or miss analysis.

Washington Post's neighborhood views: Explore local neighborhoods, and statistics through video and photos. 

Washington Post's property values and recent sales information: Get property values and tax assessments of residential and commercial properties.

Live Baltimore's neighborhood views: Explore this non-profit's take on local neighborhoods and sales data

ALTOS Research: A third-party, fee-based, service providing advanced, real-time, geographic statistical housing data. Can be overly complicated and pricey, but excellent.

US Census: Explore a wealth of housing demographics.

Zillow: Z-estimate, an Automated Value Model (AVM), or a "machine guess," so be careful.  Since an AVM estimate does not factor property upgrades or condition, Z values, for example, come within: five percent (5%) of the actual sales price approximately 39% of the time; while tax assessment data come within 5% of the sales price just 26% of the time. Therefore, just remember, more often than not, AVMs are likely to predict a value well below the actual sales price.

Walk-Score: Explore your neighborhood walkability. Explore your commuter transit times. We provide walk scores on all of our listings that have a somewhat walkable score.

Important area resource links: Find private and local school reviews, government services, resident and visitor information, more.