Growth in home loans to minorities outstrips whites in most areas

Study of government loan data identifies fastest-growing areas

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Immigration and lower home-ownership rates among African Americans and Hispanics make minority buyers the fastest-growing segment of new home-purchase mortgages, according to a study of government loan data.

The study, “2005 Minority Home Buying Surge,” found the percentage increase for all minority loans in high-volume areas was three times greater than for white households. Minority borrowers had a greater percent change in mortgages originated in 320 of 388 metro areas analyzed.