The three publicly available data sets on multifamily mortgage originations are examined and compared in an attempt to resolve the more than $20 billion discrepancy between the published estimates of the size of the conventional conforming multifamily lending market. The data are from the Survey of Mortgage Lending Activity, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data, and the 1991 Residential Finance Survey. The analyses show that all three data sets have substantial weaknesses, and that the primary source of the differences in estimates is due to differences in the populations covered. The 1993 multifamily mortgage originations volume is estimated to be about $30 billion.

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This paper is based upon research partially supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.


Metropolitan Studies Program Series


Helpful comments were received from Dixie Blackley, Harold Bunce, John Dickie, John Gardner, William Reeder, and Randy Scheessele.


Economic Policy | Economics | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy


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Metropolitan studies program series paper no.173


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