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Renovations and the Repeat-Sales House Price Index

  • James Bugden

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    (School Economics, La Trobe University)

In the standard repeat-sales method, the maintained assumption is that the quality does not change between a house?s two sale dates. This assumption has been called into question. In particular quality changes from renovations carried out between a house?s two sales are not accounted for in the repeat-sales method. In this paper, I construct a novel way to incorporate renovations into the repeat-sales regression that controls for changes in housing quality between sales. The attractiveness of the method I propose is that it is consistent with the underlying hedonic theory, yet maintains the parsimony and simplicity of the repeat-sales method. Moreover, I am able to specify the exact way that ren- ovations enter the repeat-sales regression thus avoiding econometric problems related to mis-speci?cation of the functional form.

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Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:trb:wpaper:2013.08
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