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From Credit Denial To Predatory Lending: The Challenge Of Sustaining Minority Homeownership Dec 2007

From Credit Denial To Predatory Lending: The Challenge Of Sustaining Minority Homeownership

Patricia A. McCoy

Years of discriminatory behavior against minority households have damaged their ability to build wealth. One of the most financially destructive practices endured by minority households is the excessive overpayment to finance a home purchase or access accumulated equity in a home. The market conditions that position blacks, and to a lesser extent, Latino households, to be the principal targets of predatory mortgage lending have their roots in decades of legally sanctioned housing market discrimination. Some minority households lack the financial knowledge or awareness to protect themselves. In other cases, years of discriminatory financial practices have contributed to rendering them ineligible ...