Do Borrowers Make Rational Choices on Points and Refinancing?
24 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2009
Utilizing individual mortgage data, we find that borrowers with points are less likely to refinance, and when they do, they take longer to refinance. This finding supports the separating equilibrium prediction of earlier studies that borrowers with higher (lower) refinancing costs self-select into mortgages with higher-point/lower-rate (lower-point/higher-rate) loans.
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