My top source of information is people.
My top websites for information in order are:
- provides sales data to siicon valley agents. Beyond the data, I generate my own graphs etc http://julianalee.com/santa-clara/santa-clara-statistics.htm
2.) CAR and NAR but both send emails to agents alerting them of issues they choose to follow, so usually I visit them as the result of an email.
3.) Interest rates: Freddie Mac http://julianalee.com/reinfo/mortgage.htm
(but people first)
4.) Local newspaper publishers: paloaltoonline.com, mv-voice.com/, mercurynews.com/, santaclaraweekly.com, etc
4.) Nation wide aggregators of broad information always seem to lag our market or don't match it. Although I follow the Wall Street Journal, Vanguard, etc for general economic information, I don't find them very useful for local real estate market information.
I mentioned people as my top source of information. There is nothing that is as immediate as talking with people who are trying to buy a house. Talking with other agents: my team, other agents at Keller Williams, other agents I do business with, provides additional information. Top agents have access to a lot of people. Most buyers make several offers before buying a house. I make or listen to well over 100 offers a year.
For interest rates, there are lendors who really hope I will recommend my clients to talk to them. They try to provide information that isn't widely publicized.
Juliana Lee, MBA LLB
Top 3 agent nationwide at Keller Williams Realty
Over 20 years experience
Over 1,000 home sales completed in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties