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Evidence of Information Asymmetries in the Market for Residential Condominiums

  • Ronald Rutherford
  • Thomas Springer
  • Abdullah Yavas


Previous research (Rutherford et al. 2005 ; Levitt and Syverson 2005 ) identify and quantify agency problems in the brokerage of single-family houses. Real estate agents are found to receive a premium when selling their own houses in comparison to similar client-owned houses. Given the homogeneity of the condominium market in comparison to the single-family house market, we use a large sample of condominium transactions to examine if agency problems exist in the condominium market. Controlling for sample selection and endogeneity bias of the data, we find evidence for a similar price premium for agent-owned condominiums. In contrast to the results for single-family houses in the same geographic market, we find that agent-owned condominiums must stay on the market longer to receive a higher price. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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Volume (Year): 35 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 23-38

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jrefec:v:35:y:2007:i:1:p:23-38
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