Valuing the Mortgage Borrower's Prepayment Option
This paper investigates the value of the prepayment option that normally accompanies a fixed-rate mortgage. Using the two-state option-pricing model developed by Bartter and Rendleman, the paper presents simulations of prepayment option values using several sets of interest rate parameters. The sensitivity of the value of the option to changes in various aspects of the mortgage contract is assessed. Prepayments are not priced separately in the market from the underlying mortgage, so the paper investigates how the inclusion of a prepayment option affects the contract interest rate. Finally, there is reason to believe that any option-pricing model will overestimate the value of a mortgage prepayment option. The size of this bias is assessed indirectly and is found to be rather small. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.
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Volume (Year): 13 (1985)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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