African American and Hispanic households make up a smaller share of new home purchase loans than they did before the recession, write Laurie Goodman, Jun Zhu, and Taz George. This is despite steady growth in both groups between 2001 and 2005.
What happened? Many non-white households signed on to the predatory mortgages that helped lead to the housing collapse. They thus defaulted in higher numbers, and are now being kept out of the housing market by stringent lending practices. “Today’s credit inaccessibility is locking out African American and Hispanic borrowers disproportionately—at exactly the point in the economic cycle that favors new homeownership,” write Goodman, Zhu, and George.