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January/February 2008, 
Vol. 90, No. 1
Posted 2008-01-01

A Primer on the Mortgage Market and Mortgage Finance

by Daniel J. McDonald and Daniel L. Thornton

This article is a primer on mortgage finance. It discusses the basics of the mortgage market and mortgage finance. In so doing, it provides useful information that can aid individuals in making better mortgage finance decisions. The discussion and the tools are presented within the context of mortgage finance; however, these same principles and tools can be applied to a wide range of financial decisions.