Friday, May 6, 2011

Candy #2 - Beyond the transaction: Depository Institutions and Reduced Mortgage Default for Low-Income Homebuyers

Two scholars, Emre Ergungor and Stephanie Moulton, told us that previous research finds that borrowers who receive mortgages from banks (depository intsitutions) are less likely to become delinquent or default on their mortgages than borrowers who receive mortgages from nonbank mortgage companies.

So the two scholars analyzed whether such differences are due to banks' ability to select less risky borrowers (information effect), or due to bank regulatory structures that make them more cautious lenders (institution effect).

Their findings suggest that moving forward, mortgage policies and programs targeting low-income borrowers may benefit from considering the extent to which they (or impede) localized bank-borrower relationships, as well as other alternatives that facilitate the collection and use of soft information and prepurchase screening, as a complement to more traditional regulatory mechanisms.

Isn't this interesting? What do you have to say about this!?!?

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