How to use housing data on any beat

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: Skylar Olsen of Zillow
  • Date/Time: Sunday, Mar. 13 at 11:30am
  • Location: Colorado E
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Housing stories aren’t always about real estate. In this session, Zillow Senior Economist Skylar Olsen will introduce you to the sexiest dataset she’s ever met, and show you how to use it to tell stories about your community. You'll learn how to unlock stories about crime, culture, politics and much more with free housing metrics available online. It’s an election year, and Skylar will focus in particular on how to shed light on inequality in the towns and neighborhoods in your coverage area, and how to look at who is being left behind in the housing market recovery.


-About housing data available on Zillow and how to download it in a usable form, all the way down to the ZIP code or neighborhood level.

- How to mix publicly available data from Zillow, the Census, local government and various federal agencies to find and tell stories.

-How to think about affordability, inequality, and gentrification, and how to find data and build maps to illustrate the stories unfolding on your beat.

Read a recap of this session on the CAR Conference blog

Speaker Bios

  • Skylar joined Zillow in 2012. Her research is used by consumers, policy makers, and other researchers to understand the real estate markets and make better decisions. While authoring numerous research projects, she also creates many of Zillow’s real estate metrics, including the Buyer-Seller Index and Buy-Rent Breakeven Horizon. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Washington and specializes in the spatial patterns of housing and demographic change.

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