Abstract: Paper No. 171

Using Recurrence Probabilities to Estimate the Volume of Multifamily Mortgage Originations

Robert M. Dunsky, James R. Follain, and Jan Ondrich

November 1995 

This study uses recurrence probabilities to generate forecasts of the volume of multifamily mortgage originations for the period 1992-2002. The approach concentrates on predicting the volume of property sales using the baseline of a multifamily prepayment hazard estimation to generate the predicted cohort-specific proportion of calendar sales in a given year. The forecast for the volume of originations depends strongly on the definition of the relevant mortgage population. A definition that excludes assumptions but otherwise includes all properties selling between 1971 and 1991 in which a first mortgage was used in its acquisition yields a forecast of $47.2 billion for 1997. A more restrictive definition that approximates the pool of loans covered by HMDA leads to a forecast of $23.5 billion for 1997.

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