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Price signals in illiquid markets:The case of residential property in Ireland, 2006-2012

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  • Ronan C. Lyons

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

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How do list and sale prices relate to each other over the market cycle? Using a dataset of over 650,000 Irish property listings and transactions between 2006 and 2012, this research examines the relationship between list and sale prices. It applies hedonic methods and exploits information on time-to-sell and time-to-drawdown to decompose the gap between list and sale prices into four spreads: the selection spread, capturing the price difference between properties that sell and all listings; the matching spread, which reflects time-to-sell and is countercyclical; the drawdown spread, reflecting administrative costs; and the counteroffer spread, which is the closest counterpart to a bid-ask spread in the housing market and is procyclical.

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  • Ronan C. Lyons, 2013. "Price signals in illiquid markets:The case of residential property in Ireland, 2006-2012," Trinity Economics Papers tep0613, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Housing markets; Search and match; Valuation accuracy;
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    JEL classification:

    • R3 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness

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