|Title:||Demand for residential mortgage loans and house prices in the euro area|
Vol. 13, No 1, 2020
Published date: 03-2020 (print) / 03-2020 (online)
Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
|Keywords:||mortgage loans, house prices, interest rates, subprime crisis|
|JEL classification:||E14, G21|
This paper explores the determinants of demand for residential mortgage loans in the euro area, with a focus on the house prices–demand for loans nexus. We firstly identify the demand for residential mortgage loans and then empirically assess a model for an unbalanced panel of 13 euro area countries, covering the period 2003Q1–2016Q3. Our results show that the growth of house prices is positively associated with changes in demand for residential mortgage loans. A positive association was also found between GDP growth and changes in demand for mortgage loans. Growth in residential mortgage interest rates and changes in bank credit standards for residential mortgage loans are negatively associated with changes in demand for residential mortgage loans. We found that these associations generally became more significant after the start of the subprime mortgage crisis in the U.S. rather than before the crisis.
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