Age Restriction and Property Values
Karl L. Guntermann
affiliation not provided to SSRN
Arizona State University (ASU)
March 27, 2012
Journal of Real Estate Research, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2002
This study finds evidence of an age restriction premium that is maintained over time and across varying market conditions. Prior research has demonstrated that the reduced uncertainty associated with private covenants and deed restrictions can be capitalized into value. Age-restricted subdivisions provide a measure of certainty that future property owners must meet the same threshold age requirement satisfied by current owners. The evidence presented here is that this enhanced certainty is capitalized into property values, independent of the structural characteristics of individual units or subdivision amenities. Proposed federal regulations for age-restricted projects created uncertainty for several years in lower priced subdivisions that might not have met the new minimum quality standards. However, there is no evidence that this uncertainty impacted house prices.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: age restriction, property value, threshold age
JEL Classification: R31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 17, 2007 ; Last revised: March 28, 2012
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