Even as multi-story apartment building development proposals in existing neighbourhoods represent a substantial component of policy debate at local planning boards, there is limited evidence for the impact of such residential developments on surrounding apartment values. This paper aims to address the void in knowledge, and the impact of multi-story apartment building developments on apartment values in residential high-rise areas located outside city and district centres is investigated in Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland.
Whether a multi-story apartment building development is followed by an increase in housing values depends on both positive and negative externalities. To specify valuation effects of proximate development projects, advanced research design combining matched sample methodology and hedonic-based difference-in-difference approach is used.
It appears from the analysis that completion of a single multi-story apartment building has an immediate positive impact on apartment values within 300 metre radius, while there is no statistically significant impact on price trend.
This paper studies apartment values only in Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Finland, and it is important to notice that local regulations and market conditions may have a notable impact on the outcomes.
This study is the first of its kind to provide with statistically significant evidence for positive impacts from multi-story apartment building development in Finnish residential high-rise areas and may have a crucial role in helping to dispel prejudices related to such developments.
This research was supported by the Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA) from the Development Programme for Residential Areas 2013-2015.
The authors would also like to show their gratitude to the following institutions for supporting first author’s doctoral research and visiting period at Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA, USA): Emil Aaltonen Foundation (Emil Aaltosen säätiö), TES – Foundation Promoting Finnish Technology (Tekniikan edistämissäätiö), Doctoral Programme in Built Environment (RYM-TO), KIINKO – Real Estate Education (Kiinteistöalan koulutussäätiö) and Support Foundation for Research from Tampere (Tamperelaisen tutkimustyön tukisäätiö).
Kurvinen, A. and Vihola, J. (2016), "The impact of residential development on nearby housing prices", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 671-690. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHMA-10-2015-0069Download as .RIS
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