Journal Article

Is mortgage lending by savings associations special?

Abstract: In this paper, we investigate whether elimination of the savings association charter might reduce lending to \\"nontraditional\\" (e.g., low-income) mortgage borrowers. We present a theoretical model of lender portfolio choice, in which nontraditional lenders have some market power and traditional lenders are price-takers in the mortgage market. The comparative statics indicate differences between nontraditional and traditional lenders in terms of their asset allocation responses to changes in borrower income and house prices. Empirical tests indicate the absence of such differences between savings associations and commercial banks, suggesting that elimination of the savings association charter would not impair lending to nontraditional mortgage borrowers.

Keywords: Savings and loan associations; Mortgages;

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Part of Series: Economic Review

Publication Date: 1998

Pages: 30-46

Order Number: 2