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Credit Availability and the Structure of the Homebuilding Industry

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  • Brent W. Ambrose
  • Joe Peek

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We investigate the role of disruptions to the structure of the homebuilding industry due to fluctuations in the availability of bank credit. We find a sustained decline in the large private homebuilder market share series over the period from 1988 to 1993 when many banks with deteriorated health reduced their lending in order to raise capital ratios. Regression analysis at the metropolitan statistical area level supports the hypothesis that, in areas where banks were less well capitalized and had more problem construction loans, the market shares of large private homebuilders that relied primarily on bank credit to finance their production suffered at the expense of the public homebuilders that had better access to external funds, in large part due to their direct access to public capital markets. Copyright 2008 American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association

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Article provided by American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association in its journal Real Estate Economics.

Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 659-692

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Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:36:y:2008:i:4:p:659-692

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Cited by:
  1. Ball, Michael & Meen, Geoffrey & Nygaard, Christian, 2010. "Housing supply price elasticities revisited: Evidence from international, national, local and company data," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 255-268, December.
  2. Michael Ball, 2010. "Critical Commentary. Cities and Housing Markets: Changes and Continuities in the Aftermath of the 2007—08 World Financial Crisis," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 47(5), pages 931-944, May.
  3. Andrew Haughwout & Richard W. Peach & John Sporn & Joseph Tracy, 2012. "The supply side of the housing boom and bust of the 2000s," Staff Reports 556, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

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