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'We'll Always Have Paris': Out-of-Country Buyers in the Housing Market

Abstract : Previous research has shown that non-local household investors make sub-optimal asset selection and market timing decisions. However, in real estate markets, heterogeneity in returns can exist even with identical ex ante investment (timing) choices, given that transaction prices are the outcome of a complex search-and-bargaining process. Analyzing notarial data for the Paris housing market, we find that “out-of-country” buyers indeed buy at higher prices and resell at substantially lower prices than local investors, ceteris paribus. Furthermore, our evidence suggests that this pattern is not due to higher search costs and information asymmetries, but instead stems from wealth-related differences in bargaining intensity. Finally, we estimate the causal effect of out-of-country demand shocks on property prices in Paris to be positive but small.
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Submitted on : Friday, July 10, 2020 - 11:32:11 AM
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Dragana Cvijanovic, Christophe Spaenjers. 'We'll Always Have Paris': Out-of-Country Buyers in the Housing Market. 2020. ⟨hal-02895964⟩

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