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The U.S. Housing Market and the Pricing of Risk: Fundamental Analysis and Market Sentiment


  • Changha Jin

    (Hanyang University ERICA campus)

  • Gokce Soydemir

    () (California State University One University Circle)

  • Alan Tidwell

    () (Columbus State University)


In this study, we explore the pricing patterns of the U.S. residential real estate market in the context of the recent housing bubble and subsequent deflation. We examine 10 consolidated metropolitan statistical areas and construct excess residential market return per risk measured by standard deviation, a standard Sharpe ratio measure. Then, using an error correction model, we regress excess residential market return per risk on fundamental market risk factors from a range of demand- and supply-side variables together with a non-fundamental based sentiment variable we calculated from the U.S. Conference Board Consumer Sentiment Index. Our long-run findings reveal that in addition to a fundamental-based model documenting pricing to be a function of both demand- and supply-side variables, non-fundamental based (irrational) consumer sentiment is a significant exogenous variable in the pricing pattern of U.S. residential real estate. The applicability of an irrational sentiment component implies that previously unexplained (arguably irrational) behaviors have a strong link to consumer's pricing of residential housing.

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  • Changha Jin & Gokce Soydemir & Alan Tidwell, 2014. "The U.S. Housing Market and the Pricing of Risk: Fundamental Analysis and Market Sentiment," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 36(2), pages 187-220.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:36:n:2:2014:p:187-220

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    1. Helen X. H. Bao & Steven Haotong Li, 2016. "Overconfidence And Real Estate Research: A Survey Of The Literature," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 61(04), pages 1-24, September.

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


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