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Fire Sales In Housing Market: Is The House-searching Process Similar To A Theme Park Visit?

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Executive Summary

Three striking empirical regularities have been repeatedly reported: the positive correlation between housing prices and trading volume, between housing price and the Time?]On?]The?]Market (TOM), and the existence of price dispersion. This paper provides perhaps the first unifying framework which mimics these phenomena in a simple competitive search framework. In the equilibrium, sellers with heterogeneous waiting cost and buyers are endogenously segregated into different submarkets, each with distinct market tightness and prices. With endogenous search effort, the model also reproduces the well?]documented price volume correlation. Directions for future research are also discussed.

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