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Mortgage product choice in Australia: The impact of market stress
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-18, 09:27 authored by Maria YanottiMaria Yanotti, Dungey, M
This paper presents evidence on the impact of the global financial crisis on the selection of mortgage products by borrowers. Using a sample of bank-originated mortgage applications between January 2003 and May 2009, we show that the advent of the crisis results in significant changes in the effects of a number of borrower characteristics on mortgage product choice. These changes are consistent with the hypothesis that risks are transferred to the borrower at a discounted price during the crisis period. ‘Honeymoon’ products became increasingly popular and more accessible during the crisis, offering the applicant higher discounts on the variable interest rate. Also, variable and fixed-rate mortgages are both taken up by relatively low-risk applicants. An earlier version of this paper was presented to the 2014 Australian Centre for Financial Studies’ Melbourne Money and Finance Conference.
PublisherFinancial Services Institute of Australasia (Finsia)
Place of publicationAustralia
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