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Housing Tenure and Informational Asymmetries

Kopsch, Fredrik LU and Donner, Herman (2018) In Journal of Real Estate Research
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The paradigm shift of focus from rental apartments to owner occupied units on the Swedish property market has led to a substantial number of rental apartments being converted to cooperative apartments. Such conversions are typically done at prices below market value. This provides a setting with strong financial incentives for tenants involved in such a conversion to take advantage of their informational advantage regarding the financial management of a cooperative, compared to less informed neighbors and buyers on the general market. This setting also provides a reliable way of estimating the persistence and effects of such an informational asymmetry through nearly 200,000 apartment transactions in Stockholm, Sweden, during the period of... (More)
The paradigm shift of focus from rental apartments to owner occupied units on the Swedish property market has led to a substantial number of rental apartments being converted to cooperative apartments. Such conversions are typically done at prices below market value. This provides a setting with strong financial incentives for tenants involved in such a conversion to take advantage of their informational advantage regarding the financial management of a cooperative, compared to less informed neighbors and buyers on the general market. This setting also provides a reliable way of estimating the persistence and effects of such an informational asymmetry through nearly 200,000 apartment transactions in Stockholm, Sweden, during the period of 2005 through mid-2014. We find evidence supporting that insiders take advantage of an informational asymmetry; as newly formed cooperatives set monthly fees artificially low in order to increase the probability of a conversion as well as apartment values. However, market participants seem to discount this informational asymmetry as recently converted apartments sell at lower prices. (Less)
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  abstract     = {The paradigm shift of focus from rental apartments to owner occupied units on the Swedish property market has led to a substantial number of rental apartments being converted to cooperative apartments. Such conversions are typically done at prices below market value. This provides a setting with strong financial incentives for tenants involved in such a conversion to take advantage of their informational advantage regarding the financial management of a cooperative, compared to less informed neighbors and buyers on the general market. This setting also provides a reliable way of estimating the persistence and effects of such an informational asymmetry through nearly 200,000 apartment transactions in Stockholm, Sweden, during the period of 2005 through mid-2014. We find evidence supporting that insiders take advantage of an informational asymmetry; as newly formed cooperatives set monthly fees artificially low in order to increase the probability of a conversion as well as apartment values. However, market participants seem to discount this informational asymmetry as recently converted apartments sell at lower prices.},
  author       = {Kopsch, Fredrik and Donner, Herman},
  language     = {eng},
  series       = {Journal of Real Estate Research},
  title        = {Housing Tenure and Informational Asymmetries},
  year         = {2018},
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