Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/60955
Authors: 
Tracy, Joseph
Wright, Joshua
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Staff Report, Federal Reserve Bank of New York 562
Abstract: 
This paper analyzes the relationship between changes in borrowers' monthly mortgage payments and future credit performance. This relationship is important for the design of an internal refinance program such as the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP). We use a competing risk model to estimate the sensitivity of default risk to downward adjustments of borrowers' monthly mortgage payments for a large sample of prime adjustable-rate mortgages. Applying a 26 percent average monthly payment reduction that we estimate would result from refinancing under HARP, we find that the cumulative five-year default rate on prime conforming adjustable-rate mortgages with loan-to-value ratios above 80 percent declines by 3.8 percentage points. If we assume an average loss given default of 35.2 percent, this lower default risk implies reduced credit losses of 134 basis points per dollar of balance for mortgages that refinance under HARP.
Subjects: 
refinancing
default
JEL: 
G21
G18
R51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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