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Which factors determine transaction activity across US Metropolitan office markets?

Devaney, S. ORCID:, McAllister, P. and Nanda, A. (2017) Which factors determine transaction activity across US Metropolitan office markets? Journal of Portfolio Management, 43 (6). pp. 90-104. ISSN 0095-4918

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3905/jpm.2017.43.6.090


Variations in transaction activity between commercial real estate markets and over time are likely to have important implications for investment strategies and pricing. The authors investigate economic and real estate market factors that might drive such variations. Their paper draws upon data on trading volumes and turnover rates for 49 US MSA office markets. Panel models are employed to test which factors lead to higher or lower turnover over the period 2002-2015. The results indicate positive associations between turnover rates and market size, economic growth and occupancy rates. Meanwhile, higher capital market risks and transfer taxes are found to have a negative effect on turnover rates. The findings are economically plausible and are robust to a variety of specifications, including different measures of turnover rates. It is also found that private investor transaction activity is less strongly affected by market fundamentals than institutional investor activity.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:70491
Publisher:Institutional Investor Inc

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