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New Study Confirms Racial Bias In Mortgage Approval Algorithms
A new analysis of data from over 2 million mortgage applications confirm that racial bias is baked in to the approval algorithms. While all minorities are affected, the bias most heavily impacts the black community. According to the study, black people were 80% more likely to be rejected for a home loan than white people with a similar financial profile.
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Minorities have frequently complained that they are denied for mortgages that their white friends and colleagues easily qualify for. The mortgage industry has long denied those claims, stating that their underwriting is fair and unbiased. A new study takes the complaint from incidental reports to hard numbers. According to the analysis, minorities are 40 to 80% more like to be rejected for financing than their white counterparts.
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