Monte Carlo Simulations for Real Estate Valuation
University of Geneva - Graduate School of Business (HEC-Geneva); University of Aberdeen - Business School; Swiss Finance Institute
University of Geneva - Graduate School of Business (HEC-Geneva)
University of Geneva - Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC-Genève)
FAME Research Paper No. 148
We use the Adjusted Present Value (APV) method with Monte Carlo simulations for real estate valuation purposes. Monte Carlo simulations make it possible to incorporate the uncertainty of valuation parameters, in particular of future cash flows, of discount rates and of terminal values. We use empirical data to extract information about the probability distributions of the various parameters and suggest a simple model to compute the discount rate. We forecast the term structure of interest rates using a Cox et al. (1985) model, and then add a premium that is related to both the real estate market and selected property-specific characteristics. Our empirical results suggest that the central values of our simulations are in most cases slightly less than the hedonic values. The confidence intervals are found to be most sensitive to the long-term equilibrium interest rate being used and to the expected growth rate of the terminal value.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: Real estate valuation; Monte Carlo simulations; Adjusted Present Value (APV)
JEL Classification: R32, G12, G23working papers series
Date posted: August 8, 2005
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