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Demand for residential mortgage loans and house prices in the euro area

Vol. 13, No 1, 2020

Silvo Dajcman

 

University of Maribor,

Maribor, Slovenia

E-mail: silvo.dajcman@um.si

Demand for residential mortgage loans and house prices in the euro area

 

 

 

Abstract. 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.

 

Received: September, 2019

1st Revision: December, 2019

Accepted: February, 2020

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2020/13-1/3

JEL ClassificationE4, G21, G51

Keywords: mortgage loans, house prices, interest rates, subprime crisis