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Major Professor

Kevin Archer


Finance, Foreclosure, GIS, Neighborhoods, Sub-Prime, Urban Design


This study seeks to determine whether the process of mortgage finance liberalization, manifested in concurrent activities of securitization, deregulation, and neo-liberal policy, have resulted in changes to the tenure of residents in neighborhoods in Tampa Bay. It makes use of existing literature on gentrification and mortgage finance and compares those findings with three sample neighborhoods in and around the city of Tampa. To do so the thesis employs data collected from lenders pursuant to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, court records of sales and mortgages filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Hillsborough County, and interviews with stakeholders such as community leaders, activists, residents and those involved in the lending industry. It was discovered that the sample neighborhoods largely conform to expectations about the general pattern of investment of mortgage dollars in core, peripheral, and semi-peripheral neighborhoods. Close analysis indicates that the liberalization of the mortgage process clearly increased the frequency of resident turnover, thus reducing the tenure of residents in each neighborhood to varying degrees. Neighborhoods where traditional, deposit oriented, banks and thrifts dominated the lending market saw a lower tendency for the rapid churning of housing and thus can be expected to possess a lower turnover in residents, fewer examples of foreclosure, and a greater level of wealth accumulation for the homeowner.