Mortgage Default and Prepayment Risks Among Moderate and Low Income Households

Real Estate Economics, Forthcoming

Posted: 22 Feb 2012

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Roberto Quercia

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of City and Regional Planning

Anthony Pennington-Cross

Marquette University - Dept. of Finance

Chao Yue Tian

SWUFE

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Date Written: February 21, 2012

Abstract

Utilizing a unique sample of community reinvestment loans, we study the propensity of very low income households to terminate a mortgage and compare it to the outcomes for low income and moderate income households. The results indicate that, even within moderate and low income segments, lower or very low income is associated with higher default and lower prepayment probabilities. In addition, depending on how low the borrower’s income is, classic determinants of loan termination such as credit scores, the amount of equity in the home, and local labor market conditions can have different impacts on default and prepayment probabilities.

Keywords: mortgage, default, prepayment, low income, moderate income

Suggested Citation

Quercia, Roberto G. and Pennington-Cross, Anthony N. and Tian, Chao Yue, Mortgage Default and Prepayment Risks Among Moderate and Low Income Households (February 21, 2012). Real Estate Economics, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2008941

Roberto G. Quercia (Contact Author)

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Anthony N. Pennington-Cross

Marquette University - Dept. of Finance ( email )

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Chao Yue Tian

SWUFE ( email )

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