The Dashboard Spy

August 28, 2006

Real Estate Investment Analysis Dashboard – using SAS/GRAPH to track hot markets

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 5:18 am

Competive dashboarder Robert Allison sends us this great real estate investment analysis dashboard. (Bet you didn’t know there are people who build enterprise dashboards competitively, did you? See below.)

As Robert explains:

Ok – here’s one of my latest dashboard creations…

This is a dashboard that might be useful to someone in the Real Estate business (or maybe even banking, construction,
home furnishings, landscaping, and other business that might like to know where the “hot” real estate markets are 🙂

One noteworthy feature is the consistent use of colors throughout all the plots (for example “Melancholy Acres” is
blue in all the graphs).  Also, I tried to organize & arrange the graphs so that the closely-related graphs are physically
close to one another.  I chose boxplots to summarize the data, and where the data was available I used a triangular marker to show the “previous year’s median”.

You can try out the web version of this dashboard (with html charttips & drilldown) on the following samples page (it’s
the bottom/right sample).  The actual sas code is provided there as well – feel free to re-use the code with your data!
I would be very interested in seeing what enhancements you will inevitably add 🙂
This example was prepared for question/scenario #3 in the recent b-eye-network contest, and was created using SAS/Graph…

Real Estate Dashboard

Homework: If you are new to SAS/GRAPH, of just not sure of what it is, check out these books on SAS/GRAPH.

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of enterprise dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books (or even screenshots of real business dashboards) and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a digital dashboard, balanced scorecard, or any business intelligence graphic to share, send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s books on enterprise dashboards. His current favorite is Enterprise Dashboards: Design and Best Practices for IT, the only book on actually implementing executive dashboards.

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