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Reforming Housing Finance - Perspectives from Denmark

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  • Mikkel Svenstrup

    () (ScanRate Financial Systems, Denmark, Gustav Wieds Vej 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark)

  • Soren Willemann

    () (Aarhus School of Business, Department of Accounting, Finance & Logistics, Fuglesangs Alle 4, 8210 Aarhus V, Denmark)

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of adding a distinct feature of the Danish mortgage market to the market in the United States. This feature, a buyback option, enables mortgagors to buy back their share of the mortgage-backed security at market price. Extending a standard referenced pricing model, the findings indicate that the introduction of the buyback option reduces the credit spread required by the financial intermediary by 23%, potentially reducing the contingent liability of the U.S. government. Furthermore, the buyback option protects households against the risk of being locked in after an increase in interest rates. This could be of particular benefit to low-to-middle income households.

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  • Mikkel Svenstrup & Soren Willemann, 2006. "Reforming Housing Finance - Perspectives from Denmark," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 28(2), pages 105-130.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:28:n:2:2006:p:105-130
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    1. Maj-Britt Nordfang & Mogens Steffensen, 2017. "Portfolio Optimization and Mortgage Choice," Journal of Risk and Financial Management, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 10(1), pages 1-21, January.
    2. Karin Haldrup, 2017. "On security of collateral in Danish mortgage finance: a formula of property rights, incentives and market mechanisms," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 43(1), pages 1-29, February.
    3. Hancock Diana & Passmore Wayne, 2009. "Three Initiatives Enhancing the Mortgage Market and Promoting Financial Stability," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 9(3), pages 1-25, March.
    4. Kourosh Rasmussen & Claus Madsen & Rolf Poulsen, 2014. "Can home-owners benefit from stochastic programming models? A study of mortgage choice in Denmark," Computational Management Science, Springer, vol. 11(1), pages 5-23, January.

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    • L85 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Real Estate Services

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