Using neural network model to estimate the rental price of residential properties

Olalekan Shamsideen Oshodi, Wellington Didibhuku Thwala, Tawakalitu Bisola Odubiyi, Rotimi Boluwatife Abidoye, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa

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Purpose: Estimation of the rental price of a residential property is important to real estate investors, financial institutions, buyers and the government. These estimates provide information for assessing the economic viability and the tax accruable, respectively. The purpose of this study is to develop a neural network model for estimating the rental prices of residential properties in Cape Town, South Africa. Design/methodology/approach: Data were collected on 14 property attributes and the rental prices were collected from relevant sources. The neural network algorithm was used for model estimation and validation. The data relating to 286 residential properties were collected in 2018. Findings: The results show that the predictive accuracy of the developed neural network model is 78.95 per cent. Based on the sensitivity analysis of the model, it was revealed that balcony and floor area have the most significant impact on the rental price of residential properties. However, parking type and swimming pool had the least impact on rental price. Also, the availability of garden and proximity of police station had a low impact on rental price when compared to balcony. Practical implications: In the light of these results, the developed neural network model could be used to estimate rental price for taxation. Also, the significant variables identified need to be included in the designs of new residential homes and this would ensure optimal returns to the investors. Originality/value: A number of studies have shown that crime influences the value of residential properties. However, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, there is limited research investigating this relationship within the South African context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-230
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Financial Management of Property and Construction
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2019


  • Artificial neural networks
  • Property valuation
  • Real estate
  • Real estate appraisal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Accounting
  • Building and Construction
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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