As per a new report from LendingTree, the home loan denial rate for Black borrowers is two times that of the general populace of borrowers in the biggest 50 metropolitan regions in the U.S.
However, a few cities fared better in restricting the disparity between dismissal rates for Black borrowers and the general populace.
In the interim, an expert says:
“Black homebuyers shouldn’t lose faith that they’ll never be able to become homeowners,”
The LendingTree report further details that owning a house is one of the critical ways of creating financial stability. Yet, for hopeful Black property holders, that can be a difficult achievement to reach.
With regards to applying for a home loan, 18% of Black borrowers are denied on normal contrasted with a 9% dismissal rate for the general populace.
LendingTree’s investigation is based on data from the 2020 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
“The problem does exist,” said Jacob Channel, senior economist at LendingTree. “We have data that backs that up.
“But there are solutions, and Black homebuyers shouldn’t lose faith that they’ll never be able to become homeowners,” he said.
As indicated by LendingTree, the city with the biggest spread between mortgage denial rates for Black borrowers and the overall population was St. Louis, where the rate for Blacks was 20.73% versus 7.33% for the overall population, a total spread of 13.40 percentage points.
Boston and Jacksonville, Florida, tied for second place, as each had a spread of 13.34 percentage points between the mortgage denial rates for Blacks and the overall population. In Boston, the rate for Blacks homebuyers was 20.85% compared to 7.51%; in Jacksonville, it was 25.01% versus 11.67%.
Peculiarly, a home loan company, which is owned by one of the world’s richest men Warren Buffett discriminated against Black and Latino homebuyers.
Three West Coast metropolitan regions fared best for Black homebuyers: Seattle, San Francisco and Sacramento, California.
San Francisco came in first, with a spread of just 2.35 percentage points; at 11.79% for Blacks versus 9.44% for the overall population.
Sacramento was next, with a spread of 4.64 percentage points: 13.12% vs. 8.48% overall. And Seattle was No. 3, with a spread of 4.83 percentage points: 12.74% vs. 7.91%.
While progress has been made to give aspiring Black homebuyers more equal footing compared to the overall population, it has been slow and incremental, as per reports.
A recent national survey of racial and ethnic minorities found 45% of Black respondents said the home they currently live in is owned versus 55% who said it is rented.
That is lower than 65% of total respondents who said they live in a home that is owned, and the lowest rate compared to that of whites and minorities such as Latinos, Asians and Native Americans, the survey from NPR, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found.
“There’s a lot of subconscious bias, and I don’t think that people necessarily always realize that bias exists or how to spot it in the first place and how to prevent it,” Channel said.
For Blacks who run into barriers, it’s important to remember that that are millions of Black homeowners in the U.S. who have been able to obtain loans and secure homeownership, he said.
“The first thing is to just don’t let this completely discourage you,” Channel said.
If you feel you have been a victim of discrimination, you can report it to your state’s attorney general or the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
As for all homebuyers, having a strong financial profile will help improve your chances of being approved for a loan. That includes a strong credit score, stable income and few missed bill payments.
There are programs that may help borrowers with lower credit scores such as loans through the Federal Housing Administration, as well as programs at the state and federal level.
The key is to remember that one rejection is not indicative of all lenders, according to Channel.