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Inflation and Real Estate Investment Value



It is demonstrated that the inflation rate must be reflected in the anticipated benefit flows used in investment value models. When flows are left unadjusted, a biased value estimate results. It is also shown that the actual effects of the inflation rate on investment value will depend on the relationships of original cost, the debt/equity ratio, and the level of depreciation expense. Inflation has a fundamentally negative impact on value traceable to capital gains and depreciation effects. This can be offset by the use of debt financing. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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