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  • James R. Follain
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    Mortgage choice refers to a set of problems faced by a homeowner that includes the choice of a loan-to-value ratio, the refinancing and default decisions, and the choice of mortgage instrument. This paper reviews much of the literature that has been written on the topic. It begins with a listing of the major stylized facts the literature seeks to explain. Models used to explain mortgage choice are categorized and discussed. It is argued that the relatively simple certainty model that incorporates liquidity constraints seems capable of explaining some of the stylized facts, but is unable to explain some others. The paper concludes with a discussion of three policy questions that require a better understanding of mortgage choice before they can be answered. The paper is based upon the author's Presidential Address to the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, which was delivered in Atlanta, Georgia on December 29, 1989. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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    Article provided by American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association in its journal Real Estate Economics.

    Volume (Year): 18 (1990)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 125-144

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:18:y:1990:i:2:p:125-144

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    1. Agarwal, Sumit & Ambrose, Brent W. & Chomsisengphet, Souphala & Liu, Chunlin, 2006. "An empirical analysis of home equity loan and line performance," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 15(4), pages 444-469, October.
    2. Hendershott, Patric H. & LaFayette, William C. & Haurin, Donald R., 1997. "Debt Usage and Mortgage Choice: The FHA-Conventional Decision," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 41(2), pages 202-217, March.
    3. Elaine Fortowsky & Michael LaCour-Little & Eric Rosenblatt & Vincent Yao, 2011. "Housing Tenure and Mortgage Choice," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 42(2), pages 162-180, February.
    4. Sophocles Brissimis & Thomas Vlassopoulos, 2009. "The Interaction between Mortgage Financing and Housing Prices in Greece," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 39(2), pages 146-164, August.
    5. Tuukka Saarimaa, 2005. "Taxation and Debt Financing of Home Acquisition: Evidence from the Finnish 1993 Tax Reform," Discussion Papers 366, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
    6. Ling, David C. & McGill, Gary A., 1998. "Evidence on the Demand for Mortgage Debt by Owner-Occupants," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 44(3), pages 391-414, November.

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