An Examination of Housing Price Appreciation in California and the Impact of Alternative Mortgage Instruments
California State University, East Bay
University of San Diego - School of Business Administration
Journal of Housing Research, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2008
The median price of existing, single-family detached homes in California jumped from $241,350 in 2000 to $524,020 in 2005. This paper studies the phenomenal housing price appreciation in the state by examining the impact of the increasing popularity of alternative mortgage products on the changes in housing values. Using macroeconomic variables and characteristics of mortgage products, we investigate the driving forces behind this booming housing market and find that the extensive use of alternative mortgage products was one of the major factors causing the unprecedented pace of housing value appreciation in California.
Keywords: House price appreciation, alternative mortgage instruments, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs), causality analysis, macroeconomic model
JEL Classification: R21, R31, G2
Date posted: February 26, 2007 ; Last revised: April 21, 2009
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