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House Price Changes and Idiosyncratic Risk: The Impact of Property Characteristics

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  • Steven Bourassa

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    (School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville)

  • Donald Haurin

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    (Department of Economics, Ohio State University)

  • Jessica Haurin

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    (Center for Real Estate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

  • Martin Hoesli

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    (University of Geneva)

  • Jian Sun

    ()
    (School of Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville)

Abstract

While the average change in house prices is related to changes in fundamentals or perhaps market-wide bubbles, not all houses in a market appreciate at the same rate. The primary focus of our study is to investigate the reasons for these variations in price changes among houses within a market. We draw on two theories for guidance, one related to the optimal search strategy for sellers of atypical dwellings and the other focusing on the bargaining process between a seller and potential buyers. We hypothesize that houses will appreciate at different rates depending on the characteristics of the property and the change in the strength of the housing market. These hypotheses are supported using data from three New Zealand housing markets.

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Paper provided by Ohio State University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 07-03.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Handle: RePEc:osu:osuewp:07-03

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Keywords: Atypicality; Bargaining; Housing Risk; House Price Appreciation; Search Models;

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