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The Effect of Foreclosures on Nearby Housing Prices: Supply or Disamenity


A number of studies have measured negative price effects of foreclosed residential properties on nearby property sales. However, only one other study addresses which mechanism is responsible for these effects. I measure separate effects for different types of foreclosed properties and use these estimates to decompose the effects of foreclosures on nearby home prices into a component that is due to additional available housing supply and a component that is due to disamenity stemming from deferred maintenance or vacancy. I estimate that each extra unit of supply decreases prices within 0.05 miles by about 1.2 percent while the disamenity stemming from a foreclosed property is near zero.

Key words: foreclosure, housing prices, neighborhood effects.

JEL codes: H23, R20, R30.


Suggested citation: Hartley, Daniel, 2010. “The Effect of Foreclosures on Nearby Housing Prices: Supply or Disamenity,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Working Paper No. 10-11R

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