Pockets of risk in European housing markets: then and now
Julia Le Blanc and
No 87, ESRB Working Paper Series from European Systemic Risk Board
Using household survey data, we document evidence of a loosening of credit standards in Euro area countries that experienced a property price boom-and-bust cycle. Borrowers in these countries exhibited significantly higher loan-to-value (LTV) and loan-to-income (LTI) ratios in the run up to the financial crisis, and an increasing tendency towards longer-term loans compared to borrowers in other countries. In recent years, despite the long period of historically low interest rates and substantial house price increases in some countries, we do not find similar credit easing as before the crisis. Instead, we find evidence of a considerable change in borrower characteristics since 2010: new borrowers are older and have higher incomes than before the crisis. JEL Classification: E5, G01, G17, G28, R39
Keywords: bubbles; financial crises; financial regulation; financial stability indicators; macroprudential policy; real estate markets; systemic risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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