The tilt and cash constraints

The discussion of mortgage demand presented in Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 briefly noted the importance of the so called tilt, that is the tilting of the real value of mortgage payments towards the early years of the debt. The presence of the tilt meant that borrowers might experience cash flow problems, and a case was made for using the nominal, rather than the real mortgage interest rate when estimating mortgage demand equations. The tilt is likely to be particularly problematic at times of high...