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Longitudinal analysis of the formation and realisation of preferences to move into homeownership in the Netherlands

de Groot, C., Manting, D. & Mulder, C. H., Sep-2013, In : Journal of Housing and the Built Environment. 28, 3, p. 469-488 20 p.

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This study investigates how life course characteristics and housing market circumstances affect the formation and realisation of preferences to move into homeownership. Using a data set from the Netherlands in which data from three cross-sectional housing surveys are enriched with longitudinal register data for the period 1998-2008, we follow aspiring homeowners regarding their actual residential behaviour. We find that only 31 % of the aspiring homeowners became homeowners within 2 years, approximately 13 % moved to rental homes, and the vast majority did not move at all. Insufficient socioeconomic resources and a high house price-to-rent ratio hamper the realisation of preferences to move into homeownership. However, these hampering factors are at least as important as the extent to which individuals prefer to move into homeownership. This last finding suggests that housing tenure preferences cannot be viewed as 'pure' preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-488
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Housing and the Built Environment
Volume28
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2013

    Keywords

  • Homeownership, Tenure preferences, Actual tenure choice, Housing market, Longitudinal research, HOUSING TENURE CHOICE, RESIDENTIAL-MOBILITY, HOME OWNERSHIP, ETHNIC-GROUPS, AFFORDABILITY, BEHAVIOR, STRATIFICATION, TRANSITIONS, DECISIONS, BRITAIN

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