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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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Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan and the ESR Group recently won the prestigious Lawrence R. Klein Award for Blue Chip Forecast Accuracy. Click here to be notified when new research is published.

March 24, 2023

Banking System Instability May Prove Catalyst for Recession

Due to stronger-than-expected economic data, Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group revised upward its first quarter 2023 GDP forecast, which it finalized prior to the recent financial turmoil, and now projects a modest recession to begin in the second half of 2023, compared to the previously forecasted second quarter of 2023.

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March 7, 2023

Housing Sentiment Returns to Near-Survey Low Amid Affordability Constraints and Job Security Concerns

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) decreased 3.6 points in February to 58.0, breaking a streak of three consecutive monthly increases and returning the index closer to its all-time survey low set in October 2022.

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January 17, 2023

Annual Home Price Growth Decelerates in Q4 to 9.2 Percent

Single-family home prices increased at a non-seasonally adjusted annual rate of 9.2 percent in Q4 2022, compared to Q4 2021, down from the previous quarter's revised annual growth rate of 13.1 percent, according to Fannie Mae's latest Home Price Index reading.

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More perspectives

February 9, 2023

Kevin Tillmann
Kevin Tillmann

Market Research Senior Associate, National Housing Survey

Eric Brescia
Eric Brescia

Economist, Economic & Strategic Research Group

With wage growth failing to keep up with the pace of inflation over the past year, many households feel increasingly burdened paying for necessities such as gas, food, medical bills, and housing payments.

November 18, 2022

John Thibaudeau
John Thibaudeau

Vice President, Single-Family Real Estate Asset Management

Rachel Zimmerman
Rachel Zimmerman

Market Research Advisor, National Housing Survey Lead

For potential homebuyers, obtaining multiple mortgage quotes may not be as exciting as searching for the physical home itself, but research has shown that "shopping around" with different lenders for the best possible mortgage terms can result in significant savings.

November 1, 2022

Sonja Beaubien
Sonja Beaubien

Vice President – Investor Relations & Marketing

In 1992, Fannie Mae launched a pioneering effort to expand the involvement of minority- and women-owned broker-dealer firms in our business.

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