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Prices of Single Family Homes Since 1970: New Indexes for Four Cities

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  • Karl E. Case
  • Robert J. Shiller

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This paper uses data on nearly a million homes sold in four metropolitan areas -- Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco -- to construct quarterly indexes of existing home prices between 1970 and 1986. We propose and apply a new method of constructing such indexes which we call the weighted repeat sales method (WRS). We believe the results give an accurate picture of the actual rate of appreciation in home prices in the four cities. The paper explains the construction of the index, discusses the results and compares them with the National Association of Realtors data on the median price of existing single family homes for the period 1981 - 1986.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2393.

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Date of creation: Sep 1987
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Publication status: published as New England Economic Review, pp. 45-56, Sept/Oct 1987
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2393

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