Asset-Level Risk and Return in Real Estate Investments

77 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2015 Last revised: 16 Mar 2017

Jacob S. Sagi

University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

Date Written: March 2017

Abstract

In stark contrast with liquid asset returns, commercial real estate idiosyncratic return means and variances do not scale with the holding period. This puzzling phenomenon survives a variety of controls for vintage effects, systematic risk heterogeneity, and sample selection biases. To explain these findings, I derive an equilibrium search-based illiquid asset-pricing model which, when calibrated, provides an excellent fit to the data. Thus a structural model of transaction risk seems crucial to understanding real estate investment returns. Recent empirical literature suggests that these insights can be extended to other illiquid asset classes such as private equity and residential real estate.

Keywords: Real estate, illiquid assets, holding period returns, search, idiosyncratic risk, transaction risk.

JEL Classification: G12

Suggested Citation

Sagi, Jacob S., Asset-Level Risk and Return in Real Estate Investments (March 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2596156 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2596156

Jacob Sagi (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School ( email )

Kenan-Flagler Business School
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490
United States

HOME PAGE: http://public.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/faculty/sagij/

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