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Forecasting Sales and Price for Existing Single-Family Homes: A VAR Model with Error Correction

Author: Zhong-guo Zhou

Start Page: 155
End Page: 168
Volume: 14
Issue Number: 2
Year: 1997
Publication: Journal of Real Estate Research

Abstract: In this paper we forecast demand for existing single-family housing in the United States. We first find that sales volume (sales) and median sales price (price) have unit roots. We then find that sales and price are cointegrated. We develop a vector autoregressive (VAR) model with error correction to further examine the causality between sales and price. We find that there exists a bidirectional causality relationship between sales and price. Price affects sales significantly and sales affects price weakly. With the VAR model we then forecast sales and price for existing single-family housing during the period 1991 to 1994 by using a recursive method. We find that our predictions for sales and price fit the actual data well.

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