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Value indices of commercial real estate: A comparison of index construction methods

Value indices of commercial real estate: A comparison of index construction methods,10.1007/BF01099972,Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics,Je

Value indices of commercial real estate: A comparison of index construction methods   (Citations: 95)
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The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the history of commercial property values over the past decade, and to compare different methods of constructing commercial property value indices and returns series. We examine three types of indices: (i) Indices that attempt to reconstructproperty market values by “unsmoothing” the appraisal-based Russell-NCREIF Index; (ii) Indices that trace average ex posttransaction prices of commercial property over time; and (iii) an index based onunlevering REIT share prices. By comparing the different historical pictures that result from the various index construction methodologies, one gains insight into the nature of commercial property price and valuation behavior. The REIT-based values lead the other indices in time but display greater short-run volatility. The transactions-based indices lag behind the other series in time, and are consistent with the idea that institutional investors attempt to hold onto properties until they can sell them for a price at least equal to the current appraised value, in effect trading off liquidity for reduced volatility.
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