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Home Equity Insurance

  • Robert J. Shiller
  • Allan N. Weiss

Home equity insurance policies, policies insuring homeowners against declines in the price of their homes, would bear some resemblance both to ordinary insurance and to financial hedging vehicles. A menu of choices for the design of such policies is presented here, and conceptual issues are discussed. Choices include pass-through futures and options, in which the insurance company in effect serves as a retailer to homeowners of short positions in real estate futures markets or of put options on real estate. Another choice is a life-event-triggered insurance policy, in which the homeowner pays regular fixed insurance premia and is entitled to a claim if both there is a sufficient decline in the real estate price index and a specified life event (such as a move beyond a certain geographical distance) occurs. Pricing of the premia to cover loss experience is derived, and tables of break-even policy premia are shown, based on estimated models of Los Angeles housing prices 1971- 91.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 4830.

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Date of creation: Aug 1994
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Publication status: published as The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Vol. 19, no. 1 (July 1999): pp. 21-47.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:4830
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