House Age, Price and Rent: Implications from Land-Structure Decomposition
24 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2015
Date Written: September 23, 2015
Big cities often witness land price outgrowing structure price. For such cities this paper derives two predictions regarding the dynamics between house price, rent and structure age. First, older houses have a higher price growth rate than younger ones, even after controlling for location and other attributes; second, the age depreciation of house price, defined as the decline of house price with respect to house age, is slower than the similarly-defined age depreciation of rent. These hypotheses are supported by the micro-data on housing market in Beijing. These two inferences have implications for both real estate valuation and house price index construction.
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