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Cross-Tenure Differences in Home Maintenance and Appreciation

  • Dean H. Gatzlaff
  • Richard K. Green
  • David C. Ling

This paper investigates the relative maintenance levels of owner-and renter-occupied housing by examining their short- and long-run appreciation rates. We modify the standard repeat-sales estimation procedure to test whether owner-occupied housing appreciates faster than renter-occupied housing. This procedure holds constant all structural factors, except for aging; hence, appreciation is estimated net of physical depreciation (i.e., routine aging, deficient and deferred maintenance). We find only weak evidence to support the notion that long-term rates of appreciation (and maintenance levels) are substantially different between owner- and renter-occupied housing.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Land Economics.

Volume (Year): 73 (1997)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 328-342

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:73:y:1997:i:3:p:328-342
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