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Foreclosure Delay and Consumer Credit Performance

Paul S. Calem, Julapa Jagtiani () and William W. Lang
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Paul S. Calem: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
William W. Lang: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Journal of Financial Services Research, 2017, vol. 52, issue 3, 225-251

Abstract: Abstract The deep housing market recession from 2008 through 2010 was characterized by a steep rise in number of foreclosures. The average length of time from onset of delinquency through the end of the foreclosure process also expanded dramatically. Although most individuals undergoing foreclosure were experiencing serious financial stress, the extended foreclosure timelines enabled them to live in their homes without making mortgage payments until the end of the foreclosure process, thus providing temporary income and liquidity benefits from lower housing costs. This paper investigates the impact of extended foreclosure timelines on borrower performance with credit card debt. Our results indicate that a longer period of nonpayment of mortgage expenses results in higher cure rates on delinquent credit cards and reduced credit card balances. Thus, foreclosure process delays may have mitigated the impact of the economic downturn on credit card default—suggesting that improvement in credit card performance during the post-crisis period would likely be slowed by the removal of the temporary liquidity benefits as foreclosures reach completion.

Keywords: Mortgage default; Foreclosure; Foreclosure delay; Credit card default (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G28 G21 G02 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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