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The equilibrium effect of fundamentals on house prices and rents

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  • Sommer, Kamila
  • Sullivan, Paul
  • Verbrugge, Randal

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Using a dynamic equilibrium model of housing tenure choice with fully specified markets for homeownership and rental properties, and endogenous house prices and rents, this paper studies the effect of fundamentals on equilibrium house prices and rents. Lower interest rates, relaxed lending standards, and higher incomes are shown to account for approximately one-half of the increase in the U.S. house price–rent ratio between 1995 and 2006, and to generate the pattern of rapidly growing house prices, sluggish rents, increasing homeownership, and rising household indebtedness observed in the data.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Monetary Economics.

Volume (Year): 60 (2013)
Issue (Month): 7 ()
Pages: 854-870

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Handle: RePEc:eee:moneco:v:60:y:2013:i:7:p:854-870

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Cited by:
  1. Silvio Rendon & Nuria Quella, 2013. "Behind the Great Recession: Job Search and Housing Decisions," Department of Economics Working Papers 13-03, Stony Brook University, Department of Economics.
  2. Honglin Wang & Fan Yu & Yinggang Zhou, 2013. "Rental Rates under Housing Price Uncertainty: A Real Options Approach," Working Papers 242013, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.

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