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In our rapidly shifting housing industry, expertise, and insight are critical.

Fannie Mae’s market intelligence helps you understand changes in the housing and economic environment today and what it might signal for tomorrow. Our expert economists, analysts, and strategists study every major aspect of housing and the economy and publish their research findings in timely forecasts, analyses, and detailed reports.​


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Our Economic and Strategic Research team of economists, analysts, and strategists study every major aspect of housing and the economy. Get to know the experts behind our forecasts, analyses, and detailed reports.

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January 15, 2021

Economic Growth Expected to Accelerate as Vaccine Deployment Quickens and Warmer Weather Approaches

The U.S. economy is expected to grow 5.3 percent in 2021, a substantial improvement from the currently projected 2.7 percent contraction in 2020, with a strong pick-up in growth projected to commence over the spring months, according to the latest commentary from the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group.

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January 7, 2021

Consumer Confidence in Housing Falls Again as COVID-19 Pandemic Surges

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) fell for the second straight month in December to 74.0, a 6.0 point decline from November. Five of the six HPSI components decreased month over month, and consumers reported a substantially more pessimistic view of homebuying and home-selling conditions, which drove the relatively large monthly change.

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December 9, 2020

Mortgage Lenders Approach 2021 with Cautious Profit Margin Outlook

Mortgage lenders' profitability outlook for the next three months declined from last quarter, with a greater share of lenders now expecting profit margins to decrease, according to Fannie Mae's Q4 2020 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey. According to the fourth quarter survey, only 19% of lenders believe profit margins will increase compared to 48% in the prior quarter, while 33% believe profits will remain the same and 48% believe profits will decrease.

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January 12, 2021

Caroline Patane
Caroline Patane

VP, Single-Family Counterparty Risk Oversight

Servicers report challenges faced in offering assistance to impacted homeowners via forbearance programs and in communicating post-forbearance repayment plan options.

December 21, 2020

Lindsay Bhandari
Lindsay Bhandari

Vice President, Capital Markets Technology

As a leader in the mortgage finance industry, Fannie Mae embraces innovation and invests in technology that makes us more efficient, improves our service to the market, and provides exceptional value to our customers.

December 18, 2020

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Douglas Duncan

Senior Vice President and Chief Economist

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a particularly severe impact on renters, minorities, and lower-income households according to the third quarter National Housing Survey®, as the overall results indicate broad financial and employment repercussions due to the virus.

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