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Updated 2020 Puerto Rico data now on Landgrid.com

By Sahana Murthy on April 28, 2020 · Announcements

Big Announcement: Updated Puerto Rico data from 2020, now available at Landgrid.com.

We are thrilled to announce that we now have the most recent, 2020 data available for Puerto Rico. 

Well, we’ve had Puerto Rico data for some years -- and helped develop a plan and budget for a community-driven island-wide property survey that could still come to life one day if the time is right -- however, since 2016, we were unable to get updated, refreshed data for the island.

Not anymore! We recently received the most recent & updated data for all of Puerto Rico for 2020. That’s right - straight from a PR source. 

We have added 38,635 additional parcels for Puerto Rico to our dataset: that brings us up to 1,523,802 parcels in total.

If you're looking for the latest data for all of Puerto Rico, and we know many of you are since we get asked for this a lot, you can see it on the site at https://landgrid.com/store/us/pr.

If you need to export the raw data for use outside the site, email us at parcels@landgrid.com. It’s available for download and via API. 

It is also available for self-serve download by the municipality on the Landgrid parcel data store: https://landgrid.com/store/us/pr

Loveland team members have made numerous visits to Puerto Rico and developed some good friendships on the island since Maria. We look forward to being back when the pandemic passes and it's safe to travel, and we hope to be helpful on more local projects in the future.

 

Below, find some notable improvements & updates between the data we had in 2016 and the data we have now:

Attribute/Column Name

Data from 2016 

NEW PR Data (2020)

Ll_uuid (total number of unique parcels)

1,485,221

1,523,802

Parcel number

1,473,852

1,467,502

Mailing Address

Didn’t exist.

715,569 (Woo Hoo)

Parcel Address

1,263,592

1,301,223

Owner

737,183

1,301,821

Last Sale Date

Didn’t exist.

824,960

Hurricane Maria - Brief Analysis:

Our latest data update for PR also gave us some key insights into the possible impact of Hurricane Maria on the island’s property landscape - since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, we have one dataset prior to the hurricane and one after.

Please bear in mind that the data we discuss below can NOT be directly a result or impact of Maria (although speculatively, they could very well be). It's also not possible for us to know the details of how the data is updated and maintained, and what might be missing that would add additional insight or otherwise impact the conclusions we draw below. We share some observations from the data here to help prompt further research and greater understanding of how things are changing over time.

 


Topo map, rainfall amounts, and Hurricane Maria’s path across Puerto Rico. Image from USGS. ^

 

Non-PR Ownership

A 'mailing address' is the place of record where an owner wants information (tax bills, other correspondence to property owners from the municipal government) to be sent. This makes it interesting data for analysis.


properties with non-Puerto Rico mailing addresses ^

  • About 9% of Puerto Rico’s parcels for which we have owner mailing info list a non-PR mailing address currently. There are a further 1,600 properties that list a P.O. Box as the mailing address, for which location is difficult to determine.

    It’s worth noting here that it’s not possible to break out how much of this ownership is former Puerto Rico residents who now live abroad, and how much represents external investment / non-Puerto Rican ownership.

    Top 5 states with non-PR mailing addresses:
    Florida: 9,162
    New York: 8,756
    New Jersey: 3,294
    Texas: 2,617
    Massachusetts: 1,448

  • There were 4,064 purchases in the 2.5 years since Maria (ie from Maria until March 2020) that list a non-PR owner mailing address. For context, there were 3,081 out-of-state purchases in the 2.5 years prior, showing a 24% increase since Hurricane Maria.


Sale Data (Pre & Post Maria)
In an attempt to compare apples to apples as much as possible within this quick analysis, we took Hurricane Maria as the inflection point. Since we’re just about 2.5 years after Maria as of this writing, we took a corresponding 2.5 years prior to Maria (March 2015). All post- and pre- Maria data below, unless otherwise noted, are working with this 2.5 year span on either side.

  • In terms of overall sales numbers, we see a 10% decrease in volume:
    pre-Maria: 65,792
    post-Maria: 59,324


  • There was a corresponding decline in sales greater than $100,000:
    pre-Maria: 21,446
    post-Maria: 19,248



Sales pre-Maria over $100,000


Sales post-Maria over $100,000


  • In general, median sales prices fell in Puerto Rico after the hurricane. One exception was the San Juan area, which saw a rise in prices. While one might think that this market activity in San Juan might be related to outside investment, we found nothing to indicate that that was the case: sales in that area were no more likely to have non-PR addresses than on the island as a whole (right around 10%).




There's much more to be learned from this dataset. If our software or the data itself can be helpful to your work, research, or advocacy in Puerto Rico please email us at team@landgrid.com.

- The Landgrid Team

New Tax Foreclosure Report: Looking Back At the 2017 Tax Auction

By Jerry Paffendorf on March 24, 2020 · Announcements

Jerry from the Loveland team here with a post about a new report written by Greg Markus with Detroit Action Commonwealth, made with the assistance of our software and analysis by our team, and supported by a grant from The Sociological Initiatives Foundation

 

See the report here: Looking Back at the 2017 Tax Foreclosure Auction: 2020 Report

 

Those of you who have followed our work over time know that our headquarters is in Detroit, MI and that the intense property and land-use challenges of Detroit are more than close to our hearts. Over the years we have been involved in many projects to improve our shared understanding of the city and to advocate for better outcomes for Detroiters, Detroit neighborhoods, and Detroit property. The research isn’t always pretty, because the challenges aren’t pretty.

 

Chief among these challenges is an incredibly encumbered and fragile Detroit property tax base combined with Michigan’s incredibly aggressive and punitive tax foreclosure law that seizes and auctions properties that owe as little as $1 from 3 years ago. This combination has led to approximately 150,000 Detroit properties being foreclosed and auctioned since 2002 (that’s more than ⅓ of properties in the city), including more than 50,000 occupied homes, with the majority of tax foreclosures occurring since Detroit’s bankruptcy in 2013, though programs and payment plans have been chipping away at the auction numbers in recent years. 

 

This tax foreclosure policy is a beast that has proven largely impenetrable to holistic review and systematic change, with dire consequences for the city’s landgrid, neighborhoods, and the people directly affected. While the law’s original intent was to quickly return abandoned property to productive re-use, over time it became a force for separating people from their homes at scale and distributing property ownership to distant buyers.

 

As you’ll see on the first page of the report, tax foreclosure has not been impervious to the coronavirus, and Wayne County has announced a moratorium on tax foreclosures in 2020, which was announced on the same day we were finalizing the report. 

 

We hope that while things are on pause that the findings of this report — which include a look at how many properties in the 2017 auction were occupied and are occupied now; how many were occupied by renters who were not responsible for taxes but faced uncertainty and eviction after the property was sold; how many out-of-town buyers purchased the properties; how the new owners are keeping up on the taxes, and the impact on current occupancy — contribute to giving policymakers pause and help lead to changes that turn this annual ritual from an exercise in self-harm to a more thoughtful and humane process that consciously achieves shared goals for a better, happier, healthier city.

 

If our team or our software can be helpful to you in doing similar kinds of property research, whatever the issue you are exploring may be, contact us at team@landgrid.com.

 

Be healthy, be safe, everybody!

The Landgrid Data Store: Simplicity as a Service

By Sahana Murthy on March 11, 2020 · Announcements

It's not complicated: Everyone likes simplicity.

Hi everyone. Jerry from Landgrid here.

Last Thursday we rolled out the new Landgrid Data Store where you can download clean, standardized parcel data and property information for any county in the country, simply and at a great price.

Fields include addresses, ownership, land use, assessment info, property boundaries and lot sizes... even vacancy and building data. 

The store makes it easy to see exactly which fields are available for each county, when the data was last refreshed, and you can download a free sample before buying, so you’ll know exactly what you're getting. No mysteries here. And you get your file immediately.

We created the store because sometimes you just need to grab data for one or a few places that you can open and work with in your preferred software, whether that’s a spreadsheet program or a mapping tool.

I’m happy to say that on the very first day our very first customer sent us this testimonial:

"The convenience of being able to purchase data instantly from the Landgrid Parcel Data Store is unbeatable. The website was easy to use, and I was able to immediately download the data after submitting my payment. While everyone at Landgrid has always been very responsive to emails during purchase inquiries, this takes the convenience and speed of acquiring data to a new level."

- Bethany Berry, Landgrid Data Store Customer


Sometimes a breakthrough is just a change that makes things simpler. I think the new Landgrid Data Store is that kind of a breakthrough.

It perfectly compliments our parcel viewer, software, and state and nationwide data licenses to serve you parcel data however you need it, whenever you need it.

If you want to learn more about the store, how it works, and get instant answers to your questions, you can join me and my colleague Sahana for a short, 15-minute live demo webinar of the store at 3 PM ET today. Register here to save your spot: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/the-landgrid-parcel-data

Or just head to landgrid.com/store to check it out now.

All the best from the whole team!

 

Jerry Paffendorf
908-343-1981

CEO, LOVELAND Technologies
Landgrid.com

407 E Fort St, Suite 100
Detroit, MI 48226

Welcome to the Landgrid Parcel Data Store

By Sahana Murthy on March 4, 2020 · Announcements


Welcome to the Landgrid Data Store – Your One-Stop Shop for all things parcel data! 

Ever need to download data from Landgrid to use in another program?

You can now visit landgrid.com/store to purchase parcel data for any individual county in the country, either as a spreadsheet or as the full shapefile with parcel geometry, with the option to add premium fields including vacancy and building counts.

The process is very straightforward. You will see exactly which fields are available for a county and when it was last refreshed, you can download a data sample for that county, and all you have to do is pay by credit card to immediately download the data in your preferred format.

Here's a 30 second video tutorial on navigating & purchasing counties on the Landgrid data store -

 

With this launch, we have made it even easier for you to license our comprehensive parcel data from us - without any hassles or delays.

Here is the pricing:
CSV Data:

  • $100 for a spreadsheet of all Standard property information in any county
  • $200 for a county spreadsheet of all Premium property information, including vacancy and building counts

Shapefiles:

  • $200 for a shapefile of all Standard property information and parcel geometry in any county
  • $400 for a county shapefile of all Premium property information and parcel geometry, including vacancy and building counts

To take all of the mystery out of it, here’s exactly how the Landgrid Data Store experience works:

  1. Open the data storelandgrid.com/store. Here you will find our coverage map on the right. Green indicates places that we have data for and yellow indicates places that we are working on adding data for this year. You can also find our data dictionary of our standard schema and our coverage report for your review on the overview page. We encourage you to clearly assess the schema and the coverage report to ensure you know exactly what you would get from our data.
  2. On the overview tab, at the bottom you will find all the states listed. Based on the data you are looking for, you can select the state either here or from the coverage map.
  3. Once you select a state, you will find a list of all the counties in the state. When you are on the county page, make sure to download a “Sample” of the data for that county. We want to give you everything you need to make an informed decision before purchasing the data. 
  4. Once you are convinced that you are getting what you need, select the counties & the data format you want and simply “Add to Cart”.  Add a credit card and complete the transaction. Don’t worry. Our transactions are PCI compliant and your payment information remains secure. 
  5. You will instantly receive a confirmation email with your order details and a link to download your files. Follow the link and voila, your parcel data files at your door step in no time at all. Please note that this link stays active for a month, so be sure to download your files before the link expires.

Eezy Peezy! All this without any hassles or delays. 
A truly self-serve & seamless experience.  

We believe in transparency and making this process super easy for you. So at every step of the way you will have enough information so you know exactly what you are getting from us.

While the data store is amazing for downloading county data, if you are looking for the entire state or nationwide data access with timely data updates, then please write to us at parcels@landgrid.com and we will get you set up with it in no time.

Our bulk data prices are listed on our parcels page. We offer API access as well.

This was our March update. The team has worked so hard on this store and we are so happy & proud to be able to provide our standardized parcel data to more folks at a low price in a smooth interface. 

We will another update email coming to you soon about our nationwide land use code standardization and much more. Stay tuned with us!

Enjoy the data store and please give us your feedback on how we can improve your experience with it - team@landgrid.com

Happy Mapping!