Alternative Lending Channels and the Crisis in U.S. Housing Markets

Real Estate Economics, Forthcoming

Posted: 22 Feb 2012

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James A. Berkovec

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC)

Yan Chang

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC)

Douglas A. McManus

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC)

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Date Written: February 21, 2012

Abstract

To what degree has the development of alternative mortgage funding channels promoted the recent boom and bust in U.S. housing markets? Past research examined whether Alt-A and subprime market shares are correlated with the housing bubble. This paper expands the analysis to include the share of specific 'alternative' lending terms and finds that the shares of interest-only and negative amortization loans are important factors in explaining the housing bubble. This result suggests that research on the housing market bubble should focus on the impacts of loan contract terms rather than loan channel.

Keywords: House prices, Credit cycles, Asset bubbles

Suggested Citation

Berkovec, James A. and Chang, Yan and McManus, Douglas A., Alternative Lending Channels and the Crisis in U.S. Housing Markets (February 21, 2012). Real Estate Economics, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2008939

James A. Berkovec

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Yan Chang

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) ( email )

8200 Jones Branch Road
McLean, VA 22101
United States

Douglas A. McManus (Contact Author)

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC) ( email )

8200 Jones Branch Road
McLean, VA 22101
United States
703-903-2953 (Phone)

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