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Investigating the Effect of Train Proximity on Apartment Prices: Haifa, Israel as a Case Study

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  • Boris A. Portnov

    () (University of Haifa, Mount Carmel)

  • Bella Genkin

    () (University of Haifa, Mount Carmel)

  • Boaz Barzilay

    () (University of Haifa, Mount Carmel)

Abstract

The present study investigates the effect of urban rail on the market prices of residential properties, considering train proximity as both a source of improved access and a local disamenity. For the analysis, 926 housing sales in the city of Haifa, Israel were used. The analysis indicates a relatively narrow buffer zone near train tracks (about 50–100-meters wide) that ‘‘absorbs’’ about 13% of price decline. Beyond this zone, apartment prices rise to their ‘‘peaks’’ at approximately 100–150 meters from the train tracks, and then decline by an average of 0.7% for each additional 100-meter increase in the train line distance.

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  • Boris A. Portnov & Bella Genkin & Boaz Barzilay, 2009. "Investigating the Effect of Train Proximity on Apartment Prices: Haifa, Israel as a Case Study," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 31(4), pages 371-396.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:31:n:4:2009:p:371-396
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    1. Sidorovykh, Aleksandra, 2015. "Estimation of effects of transport accessibility on housing prices," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 37(1), pages 43-56.

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

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