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Keywords:

  • Housing markets;
  • Auctions;
  • Hedonic regression;
  • Sample selection
  • R31;
  • D44;
  • C19

Abstract

This study assesses whether the sale method in residential real estate markets – auction versus private treaty – is a determinant of sale price. Utilising a larger and richer dataset than previous research, we test for a price effect in auction sales in Sydney and Christchurch. When self-selection biases are corrected for, using two-stage hedonic regression analysis and a matched sampling procedure, we find no significant difference between prices of properties sold at auction to those sold by private treaty. This conflicts with the conclusions of previous research in the Australian and New Zealand housing markets, which have documented a price premium associated with auction sales.