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Reverse Mortgages and Interest Rate Risk

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  • Thomas P. Boehm
  • Michael C. Ehrhardt

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We develop and apply a valuation model that quantifies the interest rate risk inherent in fixed-rate reverse mortgages. Consistent with intuition, our results show that the interest rate risk of a reverse mortgage is greater than that of either a typical coupon bond or a regular mortgage. Somewhat surprisingly, we find that this difference in interest rate risk is extremely large. In fact, the interest rate risk of a reverse mortgage often is several orders of magnitude greater than the interest rate risk of other fixed-income securities. Copyright American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

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  • Thomas P. Boehm & Michael C. Ehrhardt, 1994. "Reverse Mortgages and Interest Rate Risk," Real Estate Economics, American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, vol. 22(2), pages 387-408.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:22:y:1994:i:2:p:387-408
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    1. Mitchell, Olivia S. & Piggott, John, 2004. "Unlocking housing equity in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, pages 466-505.
    2. Chen, Hua & Cox, Samuel H. & Wang, Shaun S., 2010. "Is the Home Equity Conversion Mortgage in the United States sustainable? Evidence from pricing mortgage insurance premiums and non-recourse provisions using the conditional Esscher transform," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, pages 371-384.
    3. Tsay, Jing-Tang & Lin, Che-Chun & Prather, Larry J. & Buttimer, Richard J., 2014. "An approximation approach for valuing reverse mortgages," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(C), pages 39-52.
    4. Seungryul Ma & Yongheng Deng, 2006. "Insurance Premium Structure of Reverse Mortgage Loans in Korea," Working Paper 8568, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.
    5. Mitchell, Olivia S. & Piggott, John, 2004. "Unlocking housing equity in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, pages 466-505.

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