Authors: Niku Määttänen
Published: February, 2018

We study how changes in household borrowing constraints influence housing market liquidity. To this end, we develop a housing market model with both matching and credit frictions. In the model, risk-averse households may save or borrow in order to smooth consumption over time and finance owner housing. Prospective sellers and buyers meet randomly and bargain over the price. In the model, housing market liquidity is very sensitive to changes in household credit conditions. In particular, a moderate tightening of household borrowing constraints increases the average time-on-the-market and idiosyncratic price dispersion substantially.

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