Predicting Housing Prices with Google Searches in Finland
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ETLA Report 63
This report examines whether Google search queries can be used to predict the present and the near future house prices in Finland. Compared to a simple benchmark model, Google searches improve the prediction of the present house price index by 7.5 % measured by mean absolute error. In addition, search queries improve the forecast of near future house prices. Predicting the present and near future house prices is relevant information to many agents, such as realtors and political decision makers.
Google Trends Internet Nowcasting Forecasting Housing market Time series