Access to Mortgage Credit - Research

December 2, 2015

Presented by Spencer Cowan at the South Side Builders Association

November 6, 2015

Presented by Spencer Cowan at the Housing Action Illinois Annual Conference 

June 15, 2015

This study examines women’s access to mortgages in the Chicago six county region to determine whether female mortgage applicants may be disadvantaged in securing financing to either purchase a home or refinance one already owned. This research examines additional factors, beyond the race or ethnicity of the applicant, which may be contributing to the disparities in origination rates. Using HMDA data for the period 2011 to 2013, the research explores three factors that may be correlated with disparities in origination rates for female applicants: 1) the income level of the borrower; 2) the type of loan applied for; and 3) the geographic location of the property within the Chicago region. In addition, we analyzed data from all lenders that reported receiving at least one percent of all applications for the study period to see if there were differences in origination rates among the institutions.

March 20, 2013
Presentation for the 2013 National Community Reinvestment Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C. Spencer Cowan presented on Woodstock Institute's "Unequal Opportunity" report, which identified disparities in lending for women in the Chicago six-county region.
March 11, 2013
This fact sheet examines women’s access to mortgages following the collapse of the housing bubble.
July 18, 2012
This report finds evidence of a two-tiered mortgage market characterized by high rates of FHA and VA loans made both to borrowers in communities of color and to borrowers of color.
June 26, 2012
Presented by Woodstock president Dory Rand to the Metropolitan Housing Coalition in Louisville, KY. Covers the effect of the housing crisis on Chicago's communities of color and solutions to the resulting challenges.
Struggling to Stay Afloat
March 22, 2012
The following analysis examines patterns of negative equity in communities of different racial and ethnic compositions in the Chicago six county region. It combines 2011 data on negative equity in Chicago region ZIP codes with U.S. Census data on the racial/ethnic composition of ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTA).
Fostering Opportunity
June 21, 2011
In response to dramatic proposals to change the housing finance system in Washington, Woodstock Institute convened a panel discussion on May 12, 2011 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago with top housing decision-makers to explore the current challenges to mortgage finance and potential impacts on low-wealth communities and communities of color. This document summarizes critiques and proposals that arose from the discussion.
Paying More V
April 27, 2011
Paying More for the American Dream V examines changes in conventional refinance lending between 2008 and 2009 in seven metropolitan areas: Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York City, and Rochester, NY.
Paying More IV
May 12, 2010
This report, released by a national coalition of research, policy and advocacy organizations, examined mortgage lending patterns of banks in seven metropolitan areas and found a dramatic decrease in prime home purchase and refinance loans to communities of color. The report includes appendices for each metropolitan area and policy recommendations.
April 22, 2009
This report analyzes 2007 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data and finds that, in low- and moderate-income communities, depositories with CRA obligations originate a far smaller share of higher-cost loans than lenders not subject to CRA.  It also finds that lenders covered by CRA are much...
March 6, 2008
A joint report by: California Reinvestment Coalition, Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina, Empire Justice Center, Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project, Ohio Fair Lending Coalition, and Woodstock Institute
March 8, 2007
Jim Campen, Saara Nafici, Adam Rust, Geoff Smith, Kevin Stein, and Barbara van Kerkhove This report demonstrates that African-American and Latino borrowers are paying more than their white counterparts for home purchase loans in six geographic areas:  Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles,...