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DOI: 10.1108/jdqs-05-2022-0013
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A comparative study on determinants of housing mortgage prepayment of individual borrowers

Sang Won Lee,Su Bok Ryu,Tae Young Kim,Jin Q. Jeon

Prepayment of loan
Maturity (psychological)
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Lee, S. W., Ryu, S. B., Kim, T. Y., & Jeon, J. Q. (2022). A comparative study on determinants of housing mortgage prepayment of individual borrowers. Seonmul Yeon’gu.
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This paper examines how the macroeconomic environment affects the determinants of prepayment of mortgage loans from October 2004 to February 2020. For more accurate analysis, the authors define the timing of prepayment not only before the loan maturity but also at the time when 50% or more of the loan principal is repaid. The results show that, during the global financial crisis as well as the recent period of low interest rates, macroeconomic variables such as interest rate spreads and housing prices have a different effect compared to the normal situation. Also, significant explanatory variables, such as debt to income (DTI) ratio, loan amount ratio and poor credit score, have different effects depending on the macroenvironment. On the other hand, in all periods, the possibility of prepayment increases as comprehensive loan to value (CLTV) increases, and the younger the age, the shorter the loan maturity. The results suggest that, in the case of ultralong (40 years) mortgage loans recently introduced to support young people purchasing houses, the prepayment risk can be, at least partially, migrated by offsetting the increase in prepayment by young people and the decrease in prepayment due to long loan maturity. In addition, this study confirms that the accelerated time failure model compared to the logit model and COX proportional risk model has the potential to be more appropriate as a prepayment model for individual borrower analysis in terms of the explanatory power.