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Reexamining the Impact of Employee Relocation Assistance on Housing Prices



In this paper, we reexamine the issue of whether corporate relocation assistance programs for transferred employees significantly affect sale prices of single-family homes. We estimate a hedonic price equation that includes physical housing characteristics, location factors, occupancy status, and type of seller for a sample of 2,441 transactions. Seller types include (a) transferred employees who were given direct relocation assistance, (b) transferred employees who were not given direct relocation assistance, and (c) sellers who were not facing an employment transfer. After controlling for vacancy and tenant occupancy, we find that houses sold by transferred employees who receive direct relocation assistance exhibit no significant price differential, but that houses sold by transferred employees who do not receive direct relocation assistance sell at a discount of approximately 3%.

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  • Marcus T. Allen & Ronald C. Rutherford & Thomas M. Springer, 1997. "Reexamining the Impact of Employee Relocation Assistance on Housing Prices," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 13(1), pages 67-76.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:13:n:1:1997:p:67-76

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    1. Mark G. Dotzour & Donald R. Levi, 1992. "The Impact of Corporate Ownership on Residential Transaction Prices," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 7(2), pages 207-216.
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    1. Ken Johnson & Thomas Springer & Christopher Brockman, 2005. "Price Effects of Non-Traditionally Broker-Marketed Properties," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 31(3), pages 331-343, November.

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


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