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Equity and Time to Sale in the Real Estate Market

  • Genesove, D.
  • Mayer, C.J.

Evidence from the Boston condominium market of the early 1990s reveals that an owner's equity position determines his experience as a seller. An owner of a property with a high loan-to-value ratio sets a higher asking price, has a higher expected time on the market and, if he sells, receives a higher price than an owner with proportionately less debt. The down payment requirement for purchasers, but not incumbent owners, provides a simple explanation for this phenomenon among owner-occupants. The results provide supporting evidence for equity-based aggregate theories of price- volume movements in the housing market. Copyright 1997 by American Economic Association.

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Paper provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 94-02.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 1994
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Handle: RePEc:mit:worpap:94-02
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