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The Margin of Safety and Turning Points in House Prices: Observations from Three Developed Markets

Alternative title The Margin of Safety and House Price Turning Points: Observations from the US, the UK and Japan

Citation
Mizuno M & Tabner I (2011) The Margin of Safety and Turning Points in House Prices: Observations from Three Developed Markets [The Margin of Safety and House Price Turning Points: Observations from the US, the UK and Japan]. Financial Analysts Journal, 67 (3), pp. 76-93. https://doi.org/10.2469/faj.v67.n3.6

Abstract
Using quarterly data from 1960 (UK), 1963 (US) and 1977 (Japan) through Q2 2010 (all three markets) we examine long run mean reverting relationships between house prices and: inflation, disposable income, GDP and rents. After adjusting for estimated drift and trend coefficients; we find that at the end of Q2 2010, US prices are below their mean reverting levels and at the lower end of their historic range. In contrast, equivalent UK and Japanese prices are at, or slightly above, their mean reverting levels. Furthermore, the expansion in Japanese prices during the late 1980s and early 1990s far surpassed any expansions observed in the US or the UK, over the observation period.

Keywords
Household Finance; House Prices; Yield Index; Housing Prices; Inflation (Finance); Disposable income

Journal
Financial Analysts Journal: Volume 67, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Author(s)Mizuno, Mitsuru; Tabner, Isaac
Publication date31/05/2011
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/3112
PublisherCFA Institute
ISSN0015-198X
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