Here’s where companies tell you how terrific they are. It’s not in our nature to do that. We’d just like to show you what our research can do so you can decide if you need it.
Jane Wells, a business news reporter for CNBC, recently suggested that instead of saying, "I'm a dynamic problem solver motivated by an entrepreneurial spirit to innovate, with a proven track record and extensive experience to thrive as a team player in a results-oriented environment," how about, "I have always worked really hard to produce a good product. Ask anyone."
So, in addition to letting you know that we always work really hard to produce good research, here are some things we’d like to add.
It’s just us… again and again
You can be sure of one thing. We did the research. We’re not saying that’s a good thing. There are lots of smart people in our industry. But there’s value in consistency and experience. And that’s what we deliver. You can make sense of trends when you have the same two people doing research for you year in and year out.
We recognize that time is money. So we turn around our research quickly. For example, we publish the results of our rent and vacancy survey within two days of completing the survey. We publish our annual expense report in early March. Most investors don’t get their year-end statements, which is what we use, until late January.
We update our research regularly. For example, our sale comparables database is updated for subscribers at least once a week. We update our development forecasts and project profiles at least monthly. Although spring and fall are the best times to check the status of rents and vacancies, we tell subscribers about emerging issues that impact rents and vacancies regularly during the year in our Apartment Advisor, and on our website.
Our research trends are meaningful because we always conduct the research at the same time of year, asking the same questions, the same way, by the same people.
Being consistent doesn’t mean we don’t come up with new ideas. Last year we added age-groups to our Vacancy Report, custom online reports to our Investment Report, an entirely new report, and we are working on new ideas to implement in 2011. We never stop innovating.
"Experienced" is an over-used term. But we still think it matters, if it is the right kind of experience. We’ve been doing this research for more than 30 years. And we are practical about it, given our background in consulting, appraisal, brokerage, investment in our own properties, and management of our own small portfolio.
Because we’ve been around for so long, we’ve built relationships with a lot of people. That connection makes it easier to quickly get to the best source for quality information that we can pass on to our subscribers.
People give us accurate data because they have seen how we use it. They know we will respect confidential information. They know we will use their data to benefit the industry, not to embarrass them.
June 19, 2013
Dave Schumacher: "When we prepare market data for investors, the first place we go for information is Dupre + Scott. You provide us with a trusted source of information. We may not always agree with your predictions but always find them thoughtful and informative, so we give your analyses a lot of attention and a tremendous amount of respect."
"Your new apartment sale comparable reports are well formatted, detailed, and timely. The Apartment Development Report and custom reports are extremely helpful in tracking the status of projected apartment developments and adding new supply to our data base. And of course, your semi-annual vacancy and rent reports are very valuable and provide an excellent source of historical trends."
"We refer to the Dupre + Scott online database on a weekly basis. We cannot imagine conducting our business without the valuable resource you provide." (Dave is Senior Vice President of the Seattle office of Colliers International and has been an active broker, developer, and investor in the region for 30 years.)