Reinventing Homeownership: A Compendium of Concepts to Consider
51 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2012
Date Written: June 2012
This policy brief presents a compendium of innovative mortgage products that challenge the dominant mortgage product of the 20th Century, the high down payment, thirty year amortization, fixed interest rate mortgage. These innovative products do not, however, go to the other extreme like the subprime and Alt-A mortgages of the early 21st Century with attributes such as low down payments, balloon payments and quick to adjust interest rates. Rather, they take into account demographic trends, changes in the workplace and existing barriers to homeownership to structure new products for contemporary households. These innovative products take on the big questions in residential mortgage finance. What is the future of the FRM? What is the fate of the low-down-payment mortgage? And what does homeownership mean today?
Keywords: credit unions, lock-in, 30 year, homeownership, ARMs, adjustable rate mortgage, fixed rate mortgage, low down payment
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