Special Issue "Real Estate Finance"

A special issue of International Journal of Financial Studies (ISSN 2227-7072).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nicholas Apergis

Department of Banking and Financial Management, University of Piraeus, Piraeus 18534, Greece
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Interests: macroeconomics, energy economics, domestic and international financial markets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The problems in financial markets that hit the global economy back in 2008 reflect a pulling back from what the literature calls ‘surrogate securitization’, where investors are willing to buy debt that has been assigned high credit ratings by the credit rating agencies, regardless of the underlying assets used in the securitization. Investors basically delegate due diligence to the rating agencies. Utilizing ratings to help evaluate the riskiness of securities is a normal part of the securitization process. When new securities arise, investors may need to exercise more caution as rating agencies themselves learn about the appropriate risk to attach to the new instruments.

The abovementioned risks concern many stakeholders, given that disruptions in the ability to securitize assets have the potential to affect a much broader set of assets and the whole economy, and increase the cost and reduce the availability of credit that consumers and businesses rely on. It is well known that financial institutions can play an important role in providing financing for many classes of borrowers. This critical issue is that financing that supports responsible subprime lending still has a major role to play. Moreover, the real estate market has an important bearing on both macroeconomic developments and financial stability. Therefore, the systematic monitoring of real estate market developments and prospects are very important for both a comprehensive analysis of the macroeconomic conditions and prospects of the global economy and the effective exercise of central banks’ supervisory tasks.

The themes expected to be covered focused mainly (but are not limited) to the following topics:

  • Financial and geopolitical challenges for real estate markets
  • Links between real estate and financial markets
  • Finance and housing market crises
  • New financial tools for real estate markets
  • Real estate markets and economic policy efficiency
  • Statistical methodologies and the nexus between financial and real estate markets
  • Evaluating private and public development and investment in real estate markets
  • Residential vs. commercial real estate finance
  • Financial and real estate cycles
  • Real estate bubbles
  • Financial and real estate risks
  • Real estate investment portfolios
  • Financial distress and real estate prices
  • The mathematics of real estate finance
  • The econometrics of real estate finance

Prof. Dr. Nicholas Apergis
Guest Editor

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  • real estate markets
  • financial markets
  • banks
  • financial stability
  • financial tools
  • mathematics and econometrics in real estate markets
  • economic policy
  • bubbles
  • real estate portfolios

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle Real Estate Risk Analysis: The Case of Caserma Garibaldi in Milan
Int. J. Financial Stud. 2018, 6(1), 7; doi:10.3390/ijfs6010007
Received: 26 October 2017 / Revised: 4 December 2017 / Accepted: 28 December 2017 / Published: 3 January 2018
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The global economic crisis and deep financialization processes recently suffered by the real estate market have exposed the latter to further and greater risks. Against this, the importance of real estate risk management has noticeably grown within the dynamics of both markets, real
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The global economic crisis and deep financialization processes recently suffered by the real estate market have exposed the latter to further and greater risks. Against this, the importance of real estate risk management has noticeably grown within the dynamics of both markets, real estate and finance. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to develop a comprehensive tool for the risk rating that will consider both the systematic and idiosyncratic risks possibly incurred during a real estate operation, in order to deliver their actual magnitude. It will be composed of 33 criteria whose weights are determined through the application of an analytic hierarchic process on a panel of market operators. This tool is primarily addressed to investors since it allows making strategic decisions while being supported by an analytical procedure that also ensures transparency of the conduct for the rating. An application of the presented tool within the decision-making procedure of the re-functionalization of a former barracks in Milan’s city center is then described; this case study will also constitute an opportunity to highlight the strong relationship that occurs between the profitability of an operation and the risk incurred. Full article
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