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Risk Management of Real Estate: The Case of Real Estate Swaps

Tae H Park and Lorne Switzer ()

The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 1995, vol. 11, issue 3, 219-33

Abstract: Real estate swaps are a recent financial innovation based upon the principle of comparative advantage. A real estate swap is a useful tool for real estate risk management and for participating in real estate investment without the high costs associated with real estate. Potential economic benefits and costs associated with real estate swaps are considered and real estate swaps are compared to alternative tools for real estate risk management. The expected utility and effectiveness of risk management with a swap in a multiperiod framework are analyzed. The analysis finds that the subject property's return and its risk characteristics (as reflected in its correlation with interest rate and property index returns) delimit the risk management potential of a given swap position. Optimal swap positions are shown for various regions and property types based on historical return series, from the period between 1983 and 1992, and the parameters of the dynamic model developed. Copyright 1995 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

Date: 1995
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