Fannie Mae conducts and shares various types of research to help industry partners and market participants target our collective efforts to support the housing recovery.

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Featured Consumer Research & Analyses

Fannie Mae conducts and shares various types of research using our primary consumer data collected through the National Housing Survey and other methods to help support the housing market and lay the foundation for a better housing finance system.


Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) Conducts Own-Rent Decision Research Using Fannie Mae National Housing Survey Data
May 2014
In May 2014, the Harvard University JCHS published a research paper that analyzes the role behavioral factors play in individual decisions about owning and renting a home in the United States. To produce the paper, the author leveraged data from Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey and was assisted by the company's Economic & Strategic Research Group.
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What Younger Renters Want and the Financial Constraints They See
May 6, 2014
Based on research from Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey, this study investigates what housing choices younger renters prefer and the financial constraints they see when deciding whether to own or rent.
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Why Haven't Nearly Half of Mortgage Borrowers Refinanced?
February 6, 2014
In this study, data from Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey provide insights into mortgage borrowers’ past refinancing behavior and future refinancing intent.
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Technology Use in Mortgage Shopping: Practices and Opportunities
January 2, 2014
This study was highlighted in a feature article by Steve Deggendorf in the March 2014 issue of the MBA's Mortgage Banking Magazine

Data from Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey on mortgage shopping behaviors suggest that using online tools could help mortgage borrowers obtain better outcomes -- including lower costs, fewer surprises at the loan closing table, and higher long-term satisfaction with their choices -- by improving their understanding of mortgage terms and costs and enhancing their ability to make simultaneous comparisons of loan terms from multiple lenders.
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Delinquent Mortgage Borrowers Grow More Favorable Toward Homeownership
October 2013
In this study, data from Fannie Mae's National Housing Survey show that delinquent mortgage borrowers' attitudes toward the housing market have become more favorable in 2013 compared to 2012, with the majority believing in the benefits of homeownership.
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