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Do hurricanes matter? A case study of the residential real estate market in Brunswick County, North Carolina

Jesse Saginor (School of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)
Yue Ge (Department of Emergency Management, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 5 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to analyze a county’s housing market over 23 years to determine what impact, if any, multiple hurricanes have had on the residential real estate market.

Design/methodology/approach

This research uses a hedonic price model to determine the impacts that multiple hurricanes had on housing values.

Findings

There was a significant and negative countywide impact on housing sales values in the 1996, which can directly be attributed to three hurricanes impacting Brunswick County. Economic factors, rather than hurricanes and related storms, are more likely to impact sales values in all other years.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited only to single-family home sales in Brunswick County, North Carolina, from 1984 to 2007. The model does not include multi-family residential uses.

Practical implications

Unlike many other areas that have been studied regarding natural disasters, Brunswick County has been hit multiple times by hurricanes and related storms, providing some insight into the long-term implications of the impact of storms on housing values over an extended period of time. The practical implication is that despite the likelihood of hurricanes and proximity to the ocean, people are willing to pay to live in coastal areas, even an area with a history of repeated direct and indirect strikes by hurricanes.

Originality/value

Unlike much of the peer-reviewed research that looks at a single occurrence of a natural disaster, this research looks at the impacts of multiple hurricanes on a single county over 23 years to determine what impact, if any, these storms have on the overall housing market.

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Citation

Saginor, J. and Ge, Y. (2017), "Do hurricanes matter? A case study of the residential real estate market in Brunswick County, North Carolina", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 352-370. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-06-2016-0045

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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