Affordability and the Value of Seller Financing
29 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2004 Last revised: 19 Feb 2021
Date Written: September 1985
The typical methodology in valuing seller financing consists of calculating a discount -- the present value of the after-tax interest savings due to the creative financing --and including this variable, along with other characteristics of the purchased house, in an hedonic price equation explaining the house price actually paid. Resulting from this equation is a set of marginal prices corresponding to each characteristic of the house, including the quantity (discount) of creative finance accompanying the house. The central question usually addressed is whether the discount is fully capitalized in the value of the house -- whether the price of creative finance is unity. In our view, one should not ask what the price of creative finance is because this price, like that of other housing attributes, likely depends upon supply and demand conditions. We develop and estimate a model incorporating this dependency.
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