Risk-Neutral Valuation of Real Estate Derivatives

ORTEC Technical Paper No. 2009-02

32 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2010 Last revised: 26 Oct 2010

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David van Bragt

Ortec Finance

Marc Francke

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); Ortec Finance

Bodine Kramer

University of Amsterdam

Antoon Pelsser

Maastricht University; Netspar

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Date Written: October 25, 2010


We propose a new and intuitive risk-neutral valuation model for real estate derivatives which are linked to autocorrelated indices. We model the observed index with an autoregressive model which can be estimated using standard econometric techniques. The resulting index behavior can easily be analyzed and closed-form pricing solutions are derived for forwards, swaps and European put and call options. We demonstrate the application of the model by valuing a put option on a house price index. Autocorrelation in the index returns appears to have a large impact on the option value. We also study the effect of an over- or undervalued real estate market. The observed effects are significant and as expected.

Keywords: Real estate derivatives, Option pricing, Incomplete markets, Price discovery, Autoregressive models, Seasonality, Stochastic volatility

JEL Classification: C51, D52, G13

Suggested Citation

Bragt, David van and Francke, Marc and Kramer, Bodine and Pelsser, Antoon A. J., Risk-Neutral Valuation of Real Estate Derivatives (October 25, 2010). ORTEC Technical Paper No. 2009-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1536394 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1536394

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