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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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February 18, 2021

U.S. Economy Expected to Expand at 6.7 Percent Clip in 2021

The U.S. economy is expected to grow 6.7 percent in 2021, an improvement not only from last year’s 2.5 percent contraction but up, too, compared to last month’s forecast of 5.3 percent, according to the February 2021 commentary from the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group.

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February 8, 2021

Housing Sentiment Edges Upward as Reported Conditions Favor Sellers

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) increased in January to 77.7, a 3.7 point improvement from December. Consumers reported a significantly more positive view of home-selling conditions month over month, with that particular component jumping 16 percentage points on net.

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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 28, 2021

Justin Bras
Justin Bras

President of Fannie Mae's Live Openly Employee Resource Group

I am proud to work for a company that for the seventh consecutive year has earned a 100% score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

January 12, 2021

Caroline Patane
Caroline Patane

Vice President, 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.

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