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Heterogeneour Homebuyers, Mortage Choice and the Use of Mortage Brokers.

Roche, Maurice and Duffy, David (2005) Heterogeneour Homebuyers, Mortage Choice and the Use of Mortage Brokers. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Choosing a mortgage product in the face of labor income risk, interest rate risk and borrowing constraints is one of the most important decisions facing a household. This paper investigates the choice between a variety of fixed rate mortgages and adjustable rate mortgages. We find that households with a high loan-to-value ratio, risky income and high risk aversion are more likely to choose a fixed rate mortgage. Choosing a mortgage product relies market search and information. The paper finds that in general first-time homebuyers and those with a high loan-to-value ratio are more likely to use a mortgage broker.

Item Type: Other
Additional Information: Department of Economics Working Paper Series N152/02/05
Keywords: Mortgage choice, First-time homebuyer, Mortgage broker, Information, Predatory Lending
Subjects: Social Sciences > Economics
Item ID: 209
Depositing User: Ms Sandra Doherty
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2005
Refereed: No
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