Churches; One study says that houses within a certain distance of place of worship sell for 4.8 percent more than others.
Call it the halo effect for real estate.
A study of the housing market in Hamburg, Germany, found that condos located between 100 to 200 meters, or 109 to 219 yards, away from a place of worship listed for an average 4.8 percent more than other homes. The effect was similar across all religious buildings studied, including churches, mosques and temples.
“It’s something we find for other amenities, as well,” said Wolfgang Maennig, a professor at the University of Hamburg Department of Economics and Social Sciences and co-author of the report. He likens the price bump to perks such as proximity to public.
But live too close to the religious building — within 100 meters — and the premium is erased, they found. Sounds associated with houses of worship are only part of the problem. The effect of bell ringing, for example, wasn’t statistically significant, he said.
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