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The effect of self-financed property buyers on local house prices


  • Fischer, Andreas M
  • Zachmann, Lucca


This paper tests the hypothesis whether self-financed property buyers, such as insurance and pension funds, have a larger effect on local house prices than bank-financed property buyers, such as homeowners. Self-financed property buyers of new residential housing are not dependent on mortgage credit and operate independently of the macro-prudential environment. This is not so for bank-financed property buyers. We examine the response of Swiss house prices to new housing investments by self- and bank-financed property buyers at the municipality level between 2008 and 2015: a period when interest rates were at the zero lower bound and macro-prudential regulation became more restrictive. Despite being a small investor class for new residential housing, self-financed property buyers have a disproportionate effect on local house prices.

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  • Fischer, Andreas M & Zachmann, Lucca, 2020. "The effect of self-financed property buyers on local house prices," CEPR Discussion Papers 14632, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:14632

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    1. Raphael Auer & Steven Ongena, 2016. "The countercyclical capital buffer and the composition of bank lending," BIS Working Papers 593, Bank for International Settlements.

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    macro-prudential regulation; self-financed investors; zero lower bound;
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    • E59 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Other
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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