i also agree about how this is great if you are pitching for millions of dollars of investment in a specific city, but i see users here over and over again trying to figure out what city to pick for remote investing. They dont need this much data, but instead comparisons similar to what the various local realtors post when someone is trying to pick (for example) dayton, columbus or cleveland. You see a lot of interesting graphs of things like population trends, cash flow vs appreciation, compairson of local govt behaviors towards rentals.. would also be interesting to see things like ratios of rentals to PMs (eg can you easily find a new PM), market competition for foreclosures/auctions, ratio of income vs rent for neighborhoods etc. Not for one city but instead a tool that lets you compare multiple side by side...
just my 2 cents
This is great data but a bit overwhelming due to the sheer volume. If I were analyzing an 8+ figure deal then I'd appreciate this degree of research because I could justify investing the time required to perform this level of due diligence. If I were analyzing a SFH or small multifamily then this would take me to too long to determine if the investment is right for me.
I think it's fine. I used to be an engineer, so lots of numbers are not a problem for me.
However, it is a lot of data, so think you should give ONE paragraph abstract for each section in the very front. Also, might be better if you could break it down by neighborhoods and a one page summary for each using the same metrics and comparing them individually to the area average.
Problem with a lot of data is like the quote: "A guy with one watch knows what time it is. A guy with two watches is never sure."
@Dave Meyer , as someone who used to publish very similar reports (albeit about the utility industry, not housing) I actually think this is a pretty decent report. I haven't done the survey yet, but I find they usually lack the granularity to really get a good picture of what you can do to improve.
First of all, what is the goal here? Are you releasing these reports as marketing towards your consulting services? Are you selling these to large organizations for a premium price? Going mid-level to brokers and other real estate professionals? Or, as most of the respondents seem to assume, are you selling to individual investors? If it's the latter, I'd agree that it's too long and too dense, but for any other group it seems like a report that could provide real value.
A few things that I would personally like to see:
A better explanation of your data sources and methodology. Right now your methodology page reads to me like a thinly veiled way of saying, "we pulled some random data off the internet and fed it through our opinion-based model." I'm not saying that's what you did, but that's how many people will interpret what you have there.
Access to the raw data. Back when I was doing what you're doing for a living, most of my clients were much more interested in our pivot tables and spreadsheets than our book (yes, we used to actually publish physical books of our reports). That would be true for me as well if you ever released such a report in my home market (Austin).
Muuuuuch more explanation of your projections. Projections are always suspect, because anyone who is a fully accurate prognosticator can make so much money that releasing forecasts simply isn't worth their time. However, if you can make a detailed and convincing case, I might still be able to justify your projections for myself and my clients. I'm not a developer or larger real estate organization, but I imagine anyone who is trying to find actionable information would also need more information in order to act upon what's outlined here.
Overall a very interesting read. I wasn't able to go through it in the detail I'd like to yet, but it's great bedtime reading.
Adding one more thing now that I've completed the survey. It only allowed an exact numerical answer to how much I would pay for the report, which I found frustrating. With a few caveats this report could be quite valuable, but as it stands it's not worth that much for my personal purposes. I ended up putting in 0 because I didn't want to deal with the parameter issues, but if the raw data and, say, an hours time with the analysts was offered it would be easily worth a few thousand dollars to someone in my situation. Even as is it's probably worth a bit of money to someone like me as an interesting read that would allow me to cherry-pick top-line numbers for clients.
I think the idea is right, but I would like to see more recommendations on the data. An example might be:
- Single-Family Permit Volume: C- we gave this rating because this means (X) so when investing here you should be mindful of (X)
Also, data is my day job, and static reports aren't my favorite. I would like to see this in an interactive database with filters.
Scott, Amazing report but it reminds me of the concept that "Less is more" Some things to consider.
Who is your audience? This feels like it shotguns data that many investment strategies would be interested but you leave it up to the reader to comb through 70 pages to find the nuggets that are meaningful to them.
You may get more mileage tuning the presentation to targeted investment strategies (realtors, wholesalers, multi-family, landlords, rehabbers, and builders etc...). By focusing on a sector or strategy, you can prioritize and organize the reporting so the reader doesn't have to work so hard finding what is important plus you could get this down to a size the reader could actually consume. This give you multiple products to market/sell as well using the exact same research/data.
As it is right now, I see this as a data dump but if you create targeted reporting, it gives you the opportunity to display your consulting chops and leadership by providing razor sharp analysis for that specific sector. Now that is value.
my 2 cents
I would Like to give me .02
“Access to the raw data. Back when I was doing what you're doing for a living”
Well this is 2021. Do you have any real world experience? Do you know what is tearing the local old navy?
I thought not.
Ppl please stop thinking this is the new normal.. find your own normal in your cities
once again my .02
I used Burns Research for nationwide research.
Hey awesome thanks for your hard work Man! I'm just looking at a mobile home sitting on 1 acre just outside of DFW, so my question is there a way to add value to a mobile home in the form of additions to turn it into a BRRRR or is it best to keep as a rental property?
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