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Austin Focus Study: Austin Subprime Lending Patterns, 1997-2000

Rapid growth and a hot housing market resulted in rapidly increased lending since 1997—but thousands of Austin families now carry the heavy burden of high cost home debt as subprime lenders filled the gaps left by the prime market.