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Property Assessments and Information Asymmetry in Residential Real Estate

  • Fathali Firoozi

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    (Department of Economics, University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78249-0633)

  • Daniel R. Hollas

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    (Department of Economics, University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78249-0633)

  • Ronald C. Rutherford

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    (Department of Economics, University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78249-0633)

  • Thomas A. Thomson

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    (Department of Economics, University of Texas at San Antonio, 6900 North Loop 1604 West, San Antonio, Texas, 78249-0633)

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    This paper presents a game theoretic model of property tax assessment that allows a tax appraiser to either choose a high or a low assessment. The owner either accepts or challenges this assessment. A ‘‘fixed effects’’ regression model is used to evaluate the differences in the assessed values of a sample of houses from Bexar County, Texas during 2000 and 2001. Where the owner of the house is identified as a state licensed property tax consultant, the assessed value, after adjusting for size, age, and other economic characteristics, ranged from a statistically robust 2.5% to 6.2% lower than neighboring houses.

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    Article provided by American Real Estate Society in its journal journal of Real Estate Research.

    Volume (Year): 28 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 275-292

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    1. Clapp, John M. & Tirtiroglu, Dogan, 1994. "Positive feedback trading and diffusion of asset price changes: Evidence from housing transactions," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 24(3), pages 337-355, August.
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    5. Mark J. Garmaise, 2004. "Confronting Information Asymmetries: Evidence from Real Estate Markets," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 17(2), pages 405-437.
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