Competition in Mortgage Markets: The Effect of Lender Type on Loan Characteristics

20 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2011

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Richard J. Rosen

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Economic Research

Date Written: February 9, 2011

Abstract

This article examines how competition among lenders affects mortgage loan characteristics. The author finds that, on average, banks issue safer mortgages than independent mortgage banks. Further, mortgages from banks with a branch in the local market where the property is tend to be safer than mortgages from banks without a local branch. Changes in market shares among lender types (local bank, nonlocal bank, or independent mortgage bank) that lead to higher loan risk also are associated with better borrower quality. Increasing the local market share of a lender type raises loan risk and borrower quality at that lender type.

Keywords: Mortgages, Housing Boom, Mortgage Origination, Mortgage Characteristics, Banks, Other Depository Institutions, Micro Finance Institutions, Mortgages, Real Estate Services

Suggested Citation

Rosen, Richard J., Competition in Mortgage Markets: The Effect of Lender Type on Loan Characteristics (February 9, 2011). Economic Perspectives, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1758754

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