Explaining Variation in Title Charges: A Study of Five Metropolitan Residential Real Estate Markets

Explaining Variation in Title Charges: A Study of Five Metropolitan Residential Real Estate Markets Title charges are costs that are related to establishing and insuring title in a real estate transaction. These charges vary considerably and include title insurance premiums and other fees involved in closing a mortgage loan. This study analyzes the variation in title charges using data from almost 3,000 FHA-insured, 30-year fixed-rate home purchase loans in five metropolitan areas. Even after controlling for cost-related and other characteristics, more than one-half of the variation in title charges remains unexplained in four of the five markets. Substantial differences in charges between settlement agents suggest that consumers would benefit by shopping for settlement services. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

Explaining Variation in Title Charges: A Study of Five Metropolitan Residential Real Estate Markets

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Publisher
Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Economics / Management Science; Industrial Organization; Microeconomics
ISSN
0889-938X
eISSN
1573-7160
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11151-014-9441-0
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Abstract

Title charges are costs that are related to establishing and insuring title in a real estate transaction. These charges vary considerably and include title insurance premiums and other fees involved in closing a mortgage loan. This study analyzes the variation in title charges using data from almost 3,000 FHA-insured, 30-year fixed-rate home purchase loans in five metropolitan areas. Even after controlling for cost-related and other characteristics, more than one-half of the variation in title charges remains unexplained in four of the five markets. Substantial differences in charges between settlement agents suggest that consumers would benefit by shopping for settlement services.

Journal

Review of Industrial OrganizationSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 20, 2014

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