The Impacts of Remittances, Residency Status and Financial Attachment on Housing Tenure for Mexican-Heritage Americans: Inferences from a New Survey

28 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2007  

Donald Bradley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Richard K. Green

University of Southern California - Lusk Center for Real Estate

Brian J. Surette

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Immigration has and will continue to alter the composition of housing demand in the United Sates. In this article, we analyze results from a new survey of Mexican-heritage households to draw some inferences about tenure choice within that group. Some measures of attachment to the United States residency status and the amount of money sent to relatives and friends in Mexico suggest that, among Mexican immigrants, permanence is a key determinant of homeownership in the United States. More specifically, being a citizen increased the probability of ownership, whereas being undocumented reduces the probability. Surprisingly, after controlling for residency status, length of tenure in the United States does not predict tenure status, except that those who refused to report length of tenure were more likely to have higher tenure status. Those who sent remittances home to Mexico were less likely to become homeowners.

Suggested Citation

Bradley, Donald and Green, Richard K. and Surette, Brian J., The Impacts of Remittances, Residency Status and Financial Attachment on Housing Tenure for Mexican-Heritage Americans: Inferences from a New Survey. Real Estate Economics, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 451-478, Winter 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1030892 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6229.2007.00197.x

Donald Bradley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

12135 Preston Drive
Lusby, MD

Richard K. Green (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Lusk Center for Real Estate ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Brian J. Surette

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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