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Quality-Adjusted Repeat-Sale House Price Indices

James Bugden

No 2014.01, Working Papers from School of Economics, La Trobe University

Abstract: 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 consider four simple adjustments to the standard repeat- sales method that attempt to control for quality changes between sales: in- cluding an intercept term; including a set of neighbourhood indicators as independent variables; de?ating the dependent variable appreciation rates by an estimate of renovations between sales; and dropping short-hold repeat- sales. I fi?nd that the neighbourhood and renovations methods work best and that the standard repeat-sales house price index signi?cantly over-estimates housing in?ation by over twenty percentage points over a a decade

Keywords: Price Indices; Repeat-Sales; Renovations; Housing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R31 C43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2014
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-sog and nep-ure
Note: ISSN-1837-2198
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