The impact of auctions on residential property prices

Alex Frino*, Maurice Peat, Danika Wright

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study assesses whether the sale method in residential real estate markets - auction versus private treaty - is a determinant of sale price. Utilising a larger and richer dataset than previous research, we test for a price effect in auction sales in Sydney and Christchurch. When self-selection biases are corrected for, using two-stage hedonic regression analysis and a matched sampling procedure, we find no significant difference between prices of properties sold at auction to those sold by private treaty. This conflicts with the conclusions of previous research in the Australian and New Zealand housing markets, which have documented a price premium associated with auction sales.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)815-830
Number of pages16
JournalAccounting and Finance
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012


  • Auctions
  • C19
  • D44
  • Hedonic regression
  • Housing markets
  • R31
  • Sample selection


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