Competing for Deal Flow in Local Mortgage Markets

54 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2017 Last revised: 23 May 2019

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Darren Aiello

Brigham Young University - Marriott School

Mark J. Garmaise

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management

Gabriel Natividad

Universidad de Piura

Date Written: May 21, 2019

Abstract

The U.S. mortgage market exhibits competitive instability in which some lenders emerge rapidly from the fringe to substantial market shares. Using inferred discontinuities in application acceptance models to generate local lending shocks, we link this instability to strong positive and convex feedback effects in mortgage financing: future applicants are especially attracted to the current fastest growing lenders. We show that the quickest-growing (not the largest) competitors divert applications and originations from other lenders. Facing a quickly-growing competitor, banks charge higher interest rates, partially due to the increased risk of their loans.

JEL Classification: R31, G21, D40

Suggested Citation

Aiello, Darren and Garmaise, Mark J. and Natividad, Gabriel, Competing for Deal Flow in Local Mortgage Markets (May 21, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3032669 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3032669

Darren Aiello (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - Marriott School ( email )

United States

HOME PAGE: http://darrenaiello.com

Mark J. Garmaise

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Anderson School of Management ( email )

110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States

Gabriel Natividad

Universidad de Piura ( email )

Calle Martir Olaya 162
Lima, Lima L18
Peru

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