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Housing Return and Construction Cycles


  • Matthew Spiegel


This paper presents a general equilibrium model of the residential housing market. Within the model housing returns, housing construction, mortgage loan terms, and household maintenance behavior are all endogenous. These interacting elements tie expected housing returns to expected changes in family wealth. As a result: (1) families are credit constrained; (2) mortgage loan‐to‐value ratios can be used to forecast future housing returns; (3) developers acquire land when expected housing returns lie above the rate of interest and then develop when housing returns lie below. Thus, their holdings and construction decisions also forecast housing returns.

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  • Matthew Spiegel, 2001. "Housing Return and Construction Cycles," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 29(4), pages 521-551, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:29:y:2001:i:4:p:521-551
    DOI: 10.1111/1080-8620.00021

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    3. Clapp, John M. & Bardos, Katsiaryna Salavei & Wong, S.K., 2012. "Empirical estimation of the option premium for residential redevelopment," Regional Science and Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 42(1-2), pages 240-256.
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    5. Tang, Edward Chi Ho & Leung, Charles Ka Yui & Ng, Joe Cho Yiu, 2018. "Does an Oligopolistic Primary Market Matter? The Case of an Asian Housing Market," MPRA Paper 93680, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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