Getting It Right or Getting It Cursed: Auction Prices in a Residential Real Estate Bubble

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Clare Branigan

University College Dublin

Cal B. Muckley

University College Dublin

Paul Ryan

University College Dublin - Department of Banking & Finance

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Date Written: August 7, 2018

Abstract

This is the first study to test for a winner’s curse in a bubble market. Our hand-collected sample comprises the sequence of bids and the experience of the winning bidder at Irish residential real estate auctions, prior to the collapse of the bubble. Portfolios of practitioner- and hedonic pricing model-selected self-similar properties provide benchmark property price estimates. We show neither real estate investors nor owner occupiers shade auction bids to avoid the winner’s curse but both raise bids in line with competition. Winning investor bidders pay more for properties, ride the wave of a property bubble and potentially exacerbate it.

Keywords: Bubbles, Winner’s Curse, Residential Real Estate, Professional Investor, Owner Occupier

JEL Classification: G00, G01, G02, G10, R31

Suggested Citation

Branigan, Clare and Muckley, Cal B. and Ryan, Paul, Getting It Right or Getting It Cursed: Auction Prices in a Residential Real Estate Bubble (August 7, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3227832 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3227832

Clare Branigan

University College Dublin ( email )

Belfield
Belfield, Dublin 4 4
Ireland

Cal B. Muckley (Contact Author)

University College Dublin ( email )

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Ireland
+353-1-716-8091 (Phone)

Paul Ryan

University College Dublin - Department of Banking & Finance ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4
Ireland
+353-1-716-4770 (Phone)

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