Who Withdraws Housing Equity and Why?

20 Pages Posted: 2 Jan 2009


The decision to extract home equity is examined using household-level data for the UK over 1993-2003. At its peak during the period, around 1-in-10 homeowners withdraw equity per year. Little is known about this financial decision. I find that the equity withdrawal decision conforms to predictions from the standard life-cycle framework and models that predict its use as a financial buffer. The paper also estimates responses to the large house price appreciation and significant reductions in mortgage rates seen during the period.

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Benito, Andrew, Who Withdraws Housing Equity and Why?. Economica, Vol. 76, Issue 301, pp. 51-70, February 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1320001 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2008.00693.x

Andrew Benito (Contact Author)

Bank of England ( email )

Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
United Kingdom

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