Surveys - Special Topics

In our Special Topics series, we look closely at data collected through our National Housing Survey®, Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey®, and customized research to explore specific trends, challenges, and opportunities facing consumers and mortgage lenders in today’s housing market.


Renters Report Future Home Buying Optimism, While Family Financial Assistance Is Most Available to Populations with Higher Homeownership Rates
September 28, 2017
According to our Q3 2016 National Housing Survey® special topic results, the vast majority of renters reported an expectation to buy a home someday, but nearly half saw the down payment as one of the biggest obstacles to getting a mortgage. We set out to better understand these results, as well as the role of family financial assistance in first-time home buying.
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Mortgage Lenders Shift Focus to Enhancing the Consumer Experience
August 23, 2017
In our June Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey® results, lenders reported subdued mortgage demand growth, a pessimistic profit margin outlook, and strong concerns about increased competition. Against this challenging backdrop, we simultaneously surveyed lenders to understand their 2017 business priorities as well as their risk concerns.
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APIs Are Reshaping Business Strategy
May 18, 2017
Businesses are increasingly using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), and distributed ledger technology (also known as “blockchain”) to reduce errors and costs, speed up transactions, and drive richer and better customer service. We surveyed senior mortgage executives to learn about lenders' views on data strategy and technological innovation in general, and, specifically, to understand their experience with APIs and Chatbots.
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Integration: Key to Future Mortgage Technology Success
March 13, 2017
A new generation of companies has emerged over the past few years to transform mortgage origination and servicing by digitizing transactions and removing manual steps. Their goal is to more closely align the consumer and lender experience with current online leaders, such as Amazon and Uber. We surveyed senior mortgage executives through our unique quarterly Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey® to understand lenders’ views of and experiences with next-gen technology service providers in the housing and mortgage space. We found that lenders do see new technology as the key to improving the customer experience but many face significant barriers in adopting and integrating these tools.
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Recent homebuyers are flocking to mobile mortgage resources and may encourage new mortgage market entrants
December 5, 2016
Consumers’ mobile experiences with leaders such as Amazon are reshaping their expectations in all aspects of their lives, including their financial and mortgage activities. To better understand the impact of mobile technology on the consumer mortgage experience, we surveyed 1,200 low- and moderate-income homebuyers about their recent mortgage shopping and origination activities.
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