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Directed Search in the Housing Market

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  • Susan Vroman

    (Georgetown University)

  • Pieter Gautier

    (Free University of Amsterdam)

  • James Albrecht

    (Georgetown University)

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We consider a housing market with large numbers of buyers and sellers. Sellers differ in their reservation prices; buyers are ex ante identical. In the first stage of the game, each seller posts an asking price. Next, each buyer, after observing all asking prices, chooses a house to visit. Upon visiting a house, a buyer observes an idiosyncratic value, x, the maximum amount he would be willing to pay for the house. The buyer then decides whether to make a bid on the house and, if so, at what level. If only one buyer makes an offer on a house, the buyer and seller negotiate over the price with the seller’s asking price as a maximum. If more than one buyer makes an offer on a house, the buyers can engage in Bertrand competition. We analyze the equilibrium of this directed search game.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2007 Meeting Papers with number 372.

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Cited by:
  1. de Wit, Erik R. & van der Klaauw, Bas, 2013. "Asymmetric information and list-price reductions in the housing market," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(3), pages 507-520.
  2. Lisi, Gaetano, 2012. "Can the Mortensen-Pissarides model match the housing market facts?," MPRA Paper 36769, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Benjamin Lester (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia), Ludo Visschers (The University of Edinburgh & Universidad Carlos III, Madrid), Ronald Wolthoff (University of Toronto), 2014. "Meeting Technologies and Optimal Trading Mechanisms in Competitive Search Markets," ESE Discussion Papers 242, Edinburgh School of Economics, University of Edinburgh.
  4. James Albrecht, Pieter Gautier, Susan Vroman, 2013. "Efficient Entry in Competing Auctions," Working Papers gueconwpa~13-13-05, Georgetown University, Department of Economics.
  5. Lisi, Gaetano, 2012. "Home seekers in the housing market," MPRA Paper 37065, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Ronald Wolthoff & Ludo Visschers & Benjamin Lester, 2014. "Meeting Technologies and Optimal Trading Mechanisms in Competitive Search Marks," 2014 Meeting Papers 188, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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