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Investigating Seriously Delinquent Mortgages in Hispanic/Latino Neighborhoods in Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the United States

Authors: Katrin Anacker*, George Mason University
Topics: Urban Geography, Ethnicity and Race, United States
Keywords: housing, foreclosure, ethnicity
Session Type: Paper
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While many scholars have discussed geographic, demographic, socioeconomic, housing, and foreclosure characteristics by race and ethnicity, not many have focused on Hispanic/Latino subgroups. This manuscript analyzes publicly available NSP 3 data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and 2005/2009 American Community Survey (ACS) data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census for Census tracts in all Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the U. S. Descriptive statistics and Weighted Least Squares (WLS) regressions show that Census tracts with more than 30 percent Mexican households were scattered across the U.S., that tracts with Puerto Rican households were primarily in the Northeast, and that tracts with Cuban households were almost all in Florida. Results also show that all analyzed ethnic subgroups live in ethnic neighborhoods with a challenged housing stock. While rates of seriously delinquent mortgages vary among states and ethnic subgroups, they are often relatively high. Factors that explain rates of seriously delinquent mortgages are consistent with the literature.

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