Housing prices and credit constraints in competitive search Articles uri icon

publication date

  • July 2023

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-0133

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-0297


  • Wealthier, risk-averse buyers pay more to speed up transactions in competitive search markets. This result is established in a dynamic housing model where households save to smooth consumption and build a down payment. ‘Block recursivity" is ensured by the existence of risk-neutral housing intermediaries. In the long run, the calibrated benchmark features higher indebtedness and house prices than a Walrasian model, especially when housing supply elasticity is low. The long-run price effects of greater credit availability are much larger if rental and owner-occupied stocks are segmented, but even without segmentation they can be substantial when supply elasticity is low.


  • Economics


  • personal income; wealth; information and knowledge; communication; belief; unawareness; consumption; saving; housing demand