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The geography of subprime mortgage prepayment penalty patterns

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  • John Farris
  • Christopher Richardson

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Concern over abusive lending practices in the subprime mortgage market has grown in recent years. This article examines empirically the geographic variation in the use of prepayment penalties, a potentially abusive feature found in most subprime mortgage loans. While controlling for borrower and loan characteristics at the loan level, we use a comprehensive national database to estimate the effects of geography and minority concentration on the probability that subprime borrowers will receive mortgages with prepayment penalties of various lengths. Logistic regression model estimates indicate that, after controlling for a set of underwriting factors, loan type, and minority concentration, rural borrowers with subprime mortgage loans are generally more likely to receive prepayment penalties than their urban counterparts are. In addition, minority concentration shows a consistent, significantly positive correlation with the probability of receiving prepayment penalties. Our results call into question the use of such penalties in the subprime mortgage market.

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  • John Farris & Christopher Richardson, 2004. "The geography of subprime mortgage prepayment penalty patterns," Housing Policy Debate, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(3), pages 687-714.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:houspd:v:15:y:2004:i:3:p:687-714
    DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2004.9521517
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    1. Gary Gorton, 2008. "The panic of 2007," Proceedings - Economic Policy Symposium - Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, pages 131-262.
    2. Gary Gorton, 2009. "The Subprime Panic," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 15(1), pages 10-46, January.
    3. Stephen L. Ross, 2005. "The Continuing Practice and Impact of Discrimination," Working papers 2005-19, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics, revised Jul 2006.

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