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An analysis of the neighborhood impacts of a mortgage assistance program: a spatial hedonic model


  • Di, Wenhua

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

  • Ma, Jielai
  • Murdoch, James C.


Down-payment or closing-cost assistance is an effective program in addressing the wealth constraints of low- and moderate-income homebuyers. However, the spillover effect of such programs on the neighborhood is unknown. This paper estimates the impact of the City of Dallas Mortgage Assistance Program (MAP) on nearby home values using a hedonic model of home sales from 1990 to 2006. We define neighborhoods of 1,000 feet around each sale and estimate the average differences in sales prices between neighborhoods with various numbers of MAP properties before and after their appearance. We find that MAP properties tend to locate in neighborhoods with lower property values; however, unless a concentration of MAP properties forms, the infusion of MAP properties has little detrimental impact on neighboring property values. Moreover, low concentration of MAP properties has a modest positive impact on surrounding property values.

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  • Di, Wenhua & Ma, Jielai & Murdoch, James C., 2010. "An analysis of the neighborhood impacts of a mortgage assistance program: a spatial hedonic model," Working Papers 1001, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:feddwp:1001 Note: Published as: Di, Wenhua, Jielai Ma and James C. Murdoch (2010), "An Analysis of the Neighborhood Impacts of a Mortgage Assistance Program: A Spatial Hedonic Model," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 29 (4): 682-697.

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    Housing policy; Mortgage loans; Home ownership; Housing subsidies;

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