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Why and How to Construct a Genuine Belgian Price Index of House Sales

  • A. Decoster
  • K. De Swerdt

Assessing the price evolution of houses on the basis of average sales prices, as is current practice in Belgium, might be misleading due to changing characteristics of the houses sold in the periods observed. A hedonic index which takes into account changes in characteristics is more appropriate. We use the budget surveys of the Belgian Statistical Institute to illustrate how this applies for Belgium. The estimated hedonic price index for house sales on the secondary market is practically everywhere below the index based on average sales values. This demonstrates the need to collect more extensive data on the characteristics of the dwellings sold in Belgium.

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Article provided by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen in its journal Review of Business and Economics.

Volume (Year): LI (2006)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 309-330

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Handle: RePEc:ete:revbec:20060205
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