Housing Options: For Sale by Owner
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December 18, 2009
In this paper I describe a methodology for pricing a set of contingent claims on the value of residential real estate. At least two such contracts are currently offered on owner-occupied single family homes and others have been proposed. I describe how to price these particular contracts, which are essentially call options written by the homeowner on the house value that come into existence when the home is sold. I use this pricing methodology to evaluate the fairness of these agreements for the homeowners writing the contracts. Furthermore, I discuss applications of these contracts related both to idiosyncratic housing price mitigation and well as restructuring mortgages affected by the current housing crisis.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: Mortgages, Options, Derivatives, Fractional Brownian Motion
JEL Classification: G13, G21working papers series
Date posted: December 27, 2009 ; Last revised: March 28, 2010
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