Question for all real estate professionals: what are your top websites that you have to visit every morning over coffee for industry news?

Asked by David, Santa Clara County, CA Sat Nov 17, 2012

I'm curious to find out where the pros in the real estate industry, from agents to loan brokers to house flippers, get their news. Whether its about market trends, interest rates, homes for sale, etc, I'm interested in learning! Thanks ahead of time for sharing.

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Mon Nov 19, 2012
Google Alerts, I even monitor you Michelle, HAHAHA (she is a co-worker that checks in here from time to time and reads my answers.)

Jim Simms
NMLS # 6395
Financing Kentucky One Home at a Time
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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Mon Nov 19, 2012
As stated below, most of us rely on C.A.R. (California Association of Realtors) news feeds – since I write a real estate column that is featured in 2 Bay Area newspapers, I need current data from California, not the mid-west, east coast, etc. is also helpful. I sometimes source from

When writing a column dealing with a specific topic that needs external resources, I Google the topic and set the date range for the last few days. This brings up specific related info from any number of national news feeds, blogs, etc. I always crosscheck my information and then reference it. I don’t have time during any given day to monitor feeds from sources – I go looking for specific info when I need it. And I totally ignore real estate info that’s broadcast on TV or the radio – it’s always outdated info and, more likely than not, nationally based info, not locally.

In reality, current local data comes directly from the local MLS and is actually a live feed. Since I’m a member of a few MLSs, I get data from a large area. I also subscribe to – even though Alameda’s MLS comes with a relationship with Clarus MarketMetrics, I prefer TrendGraphix.

We also have subscriptions with, and more.

A fun to place to get info is - I go there if I’m totally out of other ideas. Lastly, for a humorous look on current topics, go to The National Real Estate Post (Think Big Work Small) at Good info AND funny all at the same time ...
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Juliana Lee, Agent, Palo Alto, CA
Sat Nov 17, 2012
My top source of information is people.

My top websites for information in order are:
1.) - provides sales data to siicon valley agents. Beyond the data, I generate my own graphs etc
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 (but people first)
4.) Local newspaper publishers:,,,, 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
Cell: 650-857-1000
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
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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Sat Nov 17, 2012
Our MLS,,
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Elena Talis, Broker, Palo Alto, CA
Sat Nov 17, 2012
Most of the sources I read are for professionals only. This is the only way to get the LATEST sales data. All other sources are lagging by at least a month. I do generate reports and share data with my clients.
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Jim Olive, Agent, Key West, FL
Sat Nov 17, 2012
I get most of my info from the Associations. NAR puts out a lot of good info in their magazine and the Florida Association sends daily newsletters with the hottest topics of the day. Between those and reviewing the MLS for the daily activity in sales and new listings, I keep pretty well informed...Jim
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