Web Sites for Your Commercial Toolbox

Clients look to you for the latest industry trends and market moves.

April 1, 2009

Here are some sites where you can get information fast, says commercial sales coach Jim Gillespie.


Get a jump on going green by comparing your building’s energy consumption with that of buildings in the EPA’s EnergyStar program. Even if you’re not ready to go totally green, you can save money and improve the environment.

Plain Vanilla Shell

Get leads on those increasingly rare retail tenants. A free, basic membership to this site gives you the latest retail news and lets you search a tenant database. Full access is $995 a year.

American Industrial Real Estate Association

Find a form for any function. The Los Angeles-based "AIR" offers some 40 downloadable real estate forms for commercial transactions.

FPL Advisory Group

Are you getting paid what you should? Get the latest on commercial real estate compensation trends and what commercial niches are paying best.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Track data on employment trends—a critical predictor of commercial real estate demand—by geographic area or industry.

Sonoran Institute

Land professionals will find this site, which focuses on water and other resources in the American West, useful, especially the downloadable reports such as "Measuring Change in Rural Communities: A Workbook for Determining Demographic, Economic, and Fiscal Trends."

The Center for Commercial Real Estate

Have a question about leasing? You might find the answer here. Sign up for a free leasing newsletter and get lease negotiation advice, tips for tenants, and a glossary of terms. Although the site’s ultimate goal is to sell training products and forms, you’ll find plenty of free information that will build your leasing knowledge.

CCIM’s Site To Do Business

Get everything from demographic mapping tools to marketing templates. You must be a subscriber to access all of the reports and maps. There are many levels of subscriptions, from $99 to $1,095 per year.

Commercial Real Estate Outlook

Get free quarterly updates on projected performance by property type or in 54 major metro markets from this publication, a collaboration of NAR’s Research Department and the REALTORS® Commercial Alliance.

Mariwyn Evans

Mariwyn Evans is a former REALTOR® Magazine writer and editor, covering both residential brokerage and commercial real estate topics.