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Publication Date

5-1-2012

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In our inaugural issue of the Cornell Hotel Index series, we introduced three new quarterly metrics to monitor real estate activity in the hotel market. These are a large hotel index (hotel transactions of $10 million or more), a small hotel index (hotels under $10 million), and a repeat sales index (RSI) that tracks actual hotel transactions. These indices are constructed using the CoStar and RCA commercial real estate databases. The large and small hotel indices are similar in nature and construction to the consumer price index (CPI), while the repeat sale hotel index is analogous to the retail concept of same store sales. Using a similar logic process for hotels, we compare the sales and resales of the same hotel over time for that index. All three measures provide a more accurate representation of the current hotel real estate market conditions than does reporting the average transaction prices, because the average-price index doesn’t account for differences in the quality of the hotels, which also is averaged. A more detailed description of these indices is found in the first edition of this series, “Cornell Real Estate Market Indices,” which is available at no charge from the Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance. In this issue, we present updates and revisions to our three hotel indices along with commentary and supporting evidence from the real estate market.

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