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Examining Retirement Housing Preferences Among International Retiree Migrants


  • Karen M. Gibler

    () (Georgia State University)

  • Paloma Taltavull

    () (University of Alicante)

  • Jos?Manuel Casado-Dˆqaz

    () (University of Alicante)

  • Mari Angeles Casado-Dˆqaz

    () (University of West England)

  • Vicente Rodriguez

    () (Higher Council for Scientific Research)


Housing demand models based on individual consumers' utility function reflect preferences about the structure and lot, neighborhood, and location as related to socioeconomic characteristics of the occupants. As a growing proportion of aging residents in many countries are undertaking late life moves, their preferences will have an influence on destination housing markets. We examine the characteristics, attitudes and preferences about retirement housing among immigrant retirees currently living in traditional housing in a retirement destination in Alicante, Spain. Using results from a survey of German and British retirees living in the region, we find through logistic regression that preference for retirement housing is associated with aging and gaining access to in-home support services.

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  • Karen M. Gibler & Paloma Taltavull & Jos?Manuel Casado-Dˆqaz & Mari Angeles Casado-Dˆqaz & Vicente Rodriguez, 2009. "Examining Retirement Housing Preferences Among International Retiree Migrants," International Real Estate Review, Asian Real Estate Society, vol. 12(1), pages 2-22.
  • Handle: RePEc:ire:issued:v:12:n:01:2009:p:2-22

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    Housing preferences; Demographic trends; Seniors housing;

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services


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