The Home Mortgage Preferences of Low-and-Moderate Income Households
39 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2007
Housing policy in the United States has long supported homeownership yet variation persists across income groups. This paper employs recent mortgage origination data to focus on the revealed preferences of low-and-moderate income (LMI) households in home purchase mortgage choice. We identify the factors associated with conventional conforming, FHA, Nonprime, and specially-targeted programs. Empirical results show that individual credit characteristics and financial factors, including pricing, generally drive product choice with some variation evident when loans are originated through brokers. Results also indicate that targeted conventional programs effectively compete with government-insured products in the LMI segment.
Keywords: housing finance, mortgage choice, low-and-moderate income
JEL Classification: D12, G18, G21, J10, L85, O18, R21
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