A survey of policies that may increase access to home ownership for low income households
2009 (English)In: Housing, Theory and Society, ISSN 1403-6096, E-ISSN 1651-2278, Vol. 26, no 4, 248-270 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This review article presents a systematic overview of strategies that may make home ownership affordable to more low-income households. Home ownership has been regarded as the preferred choice of tenure by most OECD countries for many decades and has often been supported with a wide range of methods that make ownership economically attractive. There are four distinct time periods of a typical “housing career”: (1) down payment accumulation stage, (2) transaction stage, (3) ownership stage and (4) selling stage. Although home ownership rates have been on the increase globally since the Second World War, recent signs indicate that this trend has been halted. However, it is argued that little is known on the actual effectiveness of most of the described policies and that a set of policies, focusing on at least the first three stages above, is needed should a government wish to encourage home ownership. Moreover, direct subsidies and grants are probably not very interesting considering the weak financial situation of most governments. Thus, selected policies would probably focus on the ability of the households to signal their characteristics and on strengthening various insurance markets so that they become open to more households at a reasonable price.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 26, no 4, 248-270 p.
Government policies; Home equity; Home ownership; Low-income housing; Mortgages
Economics Civil Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-11235DOI: 10.1080/14036090802614479ScopusID: 2-s2.0-71649104929OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-11235DiVA: diva2:248740
QC 201008102009-10-092009-10-092010-11-30Bibliographically approved