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Risk and Predictability of Singapore’s Direct Residential Real Estate Market

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  • Qin Xiao

    (Division of Economics,School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

  • Weihong Huang

    (Division of Economics,School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

This study explores the topic of the predictability of direct real estate prices in the short-run and the risks facing investors via a case study. Two models are estimated using heteroscedastic and autocorrelation robust ML method. Possible structural shifts of the models are examined. The one assuming that the model captures all the economic influences produces slightly better in-sample fitting. The other model assumes that there could be some important information which is not publicly available. Such information can nevertheless be extracted using Kalman filter. The latter has smaller forecast error in general. We found that a rational speculative bubble is an important predictor of short-run price movement, especially when the market is volatile and noisy. Rental is the only fundamental variable which has any important role to play in the short-run price generating process. Further more, the influence of rental is significant only when the market is inactive. Based on the study, we argue that the risk facing market participants comes not from the rational speculative bubble given its predictability, but primarily from unpredictable local policy shifts.

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Paper provided by Nanyang Technological University, School of Social Sciences, Economic Growth Centre in its series Economic Growth Centre Working Paper Series with number 0702.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
Handle: RePEc:nan:wpaper:0702
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