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Adjustable- versus Fixed-Rate Mortgage Choice: The Role of Initial Rate Discounts

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This paper investigates relative pricing determinants of the fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) versus adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) decision. A probit model is estimated using data from a national sample of residential housing transactions for the 1986 and 1988 period. The results suggest that the probability of ARM choice is highly sensitive to ARM initial rate ("teaser") discounts and differences in the ratio of FRM to ARM points. In addition, the findings indicate that the level of local housing prices is an important determinant of ARM choice.

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  • Richard A. Phillips & James VanderHoff, 1991. "Adjustable- versus Fixed-Rate Mortgage Choice: The Role of Initial Rate Discounts," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 6(1), pages 39-52.
  • Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:6:n:1:1991:p:39-52
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    1. Templeton, William K. & Main, Robert S. & Orris, J. B., 1996. "A simulation approach to the choice between fixed and adjustable rate mortgages," Financial Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 5(2), pages 101-117.
    2. Yao-Min Chiang & Jarjisu Sa-Aadu, 2014. "Optimal Mortgage Contract Choice Decision in the Presence of Pay Option Adjustable Rate Mortgage and the Balloon Mortgage," The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Springer, vol. 48(4), pages 709-753, May.
    3. Stephen F. Thode & Richard J. Kish, 1994. "The Zero-Coupon/Interest-Only Fixed-Rate Mortgage: An Alternative for Funding Low-to-Moderate Income Housing," Journal of Real Estate Research, American Real Estate Society, vol. 9(2), pages 263-276.

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

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