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Focus On Facts: 4/15/2019

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Home Purchase Loans are Denied More Often for African American Applicants than White Applicants in Northeast Ohio by Dr. Mark Salling


Housing condition and neighborhood vitality depend on investments by institutions that make purchase loans to home buyers. Without access to such credit prospective homebuyers are fewer and the value of property declines.

The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) provides census tract level data on the number of loan applications that are submitted and the number of home purchase loans that are finalized. Data are reported by the race (and gender) of individual applicants. HMDA data on denials for conventional (1-4 unit) loan applications in 2016 are analyzed here for White and African American applicants in the 12-county Northeast Ohio area.

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