Black Mortgage Applicants Denied Substantially More in Atlanta

by Peter Thomas Ricci

Mortgage markets have improved, but the inequities are still pronounced


Black mortgage applicants in Metro Atlanta are denied at more than twice the rate of all applicants, according to new research from Zillow.

All Applicants (2013) Black Applicants (2013) All Applicants (2014) Black Applicants (2014)
Atlanta 12.30% 25.30% 10.20% 19.70%
Boston 8.20% 22.80% 7.90% 19.90%
Chicago 12.60% 32.10% 11.30% 26.90%
Houston 10.20% 19.60% 10.00% 17.30%
Miami 21.20% 29.20% 19.50% 30.30%

In 2014, 19.7 percent of black mortgage applicants in Metro Atlanta were denied, compared to 10.2 percent of all applicants in the area. Although an improvement – in 2013, the difference was 12.3 percent of all applicants, 25.3 percent of black applicants – the disparity is still pronounced, and consistent with the national rate of 11.2 percent for all applicants and 23.5 percent for black applicants.

Disparities in Mortgage Lending

Other details from Zillow’s report included:

  • African Americans comprise 12 percent of the U.S. population, but in 2014, they accounted for only 3 percent of conventional loan applicants, and only 2.5 percent of those approved for a conventional loan.
  • Similarly, Hispanics make up 17.3 percent of the population, but represent only 6.1 percent of applicants and 5.5 percent of approved applicants.
  • Finally, Whites make up 62 percent of the population but 69.5 percent of conventional loan applicants, and are 71.9 percent of those approved.

This infographic compares Metro Atlanta’s denial rates to those of other metro areas:

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