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Contigent Price Contracts and the Efficiency of Housing Markets

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Frequently, the response of housing markets to a large negative demand shock is a period during which the liquidity of housing declines, but the price at which transactions take place changes little. In this paper we show that a decline in liquidity can result from the inabilities of sellers and buyers to insure against post-shock price uncertainty. We conclude, that the introduction of a risk-sharing contingent price contract may increase the post-shock liquidity of housing by providing insurance against post-shock price uncertainty. Finally, we show that a mutually agreeable contingent price contract will always exist, even when sellers are excessively optimistic. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • Stephen Day Cauley, 1994. "Contigent Price Contracts and the Efficiency of Housing Markets," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 22(4), pages 583-602.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:22:y:1994:i:4:p:583-602
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