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Heterogeneous Homebuyers, Mortgage Choice and the use of Mortgage Brokers

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  • D. Duffy

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    (The Economic and Social Research Institute)

  • M.J. Roche

    (Economics, NUI Maynooth, Ireland)

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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.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n1520205.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n1520205

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