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New CoStar database looks to focus more on David, less on Goliath

By Amy Tennery | September 07, 2010 01:30PM

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From the New York September issue: While real estate research firm CoStar is perhaps best known for its large-scale commercial market analysis, the company’s latest database upgrade focuses on a different investor: the little guy. Norm Miller, vice president of analytics with CoStar, said that while nationwide investment-grade property buyers often attract more attention in the media, “average investors” — buyers who nab strip malls and small apartment buildings rather than skyscrapers — are a worthy set to follow.

“Seventy percent of the owners out there were being ignored, because they weren’t being represented by [these] institutional high-class property [reports],” Miller said.

So far, Miller said that CoStar’s tracking of that group, which began last month, has yielded some intriguing results. [more]