Economic & Strategic Research Overview

Economic & Strategic Research Overview

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Fannie Mae Receives Top Honors for Most Accurate Forecastt

In 2015, Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group won the NABE Outlook Award presented annually for the most accurate GDP and Treasury note yield forecasts. In addition, the Group was awarded Pulsenomics’ best home price forecast. Also, the Zillow® Home Price Expectations Survey ranked the Fannie Mae team number one among more than 100 distinguished economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts.

Understanding the Housing Market

Fannie Mae’s free reports and analyses help our industry partners to better understand the views of homeowners and renters across the country, while helping us here at Fannie Mae to support the housing market today and contribute to a better, smarter, and safer housing finance system for the future. 

Our research includes timely information and insights as well as deep-dive analyses on the state of the housing and mortgage industries, consumer and demographic insights, economic and mortgage market analysis and trends, and forecasts.

Economic & Housing Outlook

The Economic & Housing Outlook provides input on mortgage and economic trends on a monthly and weekly basis. The monthly outlook includes the Economic Developments Commentary, Economic and Housing Forecasts, and Multifamily Market Commentary. Learn more

Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey

The Fannie Mae Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey™ is a quarterly industry attitudinal survey among senior executives, such as CEOs and CFOs, of Fannie Mae's lending institution partners. The survey is designed to provide insights into current lending activities and market expectations through regular tracking questions (such as consumer mortgage demand and lenders' credit standards and profit margin outlook) as well as topical questions that cover important and emerging industry topics. Learn more

Consumer Attitude Measures

Fannie Mae’s Monthly National Housing Survey™ (NHS) polls homeowners and renters to assess their sentiment toward owning and renting a home, the current state of their household finances, their views on the U.S. housing finance system, and overall confidence in the economy. The survey was designed to gain a better understanding of current attitudes toward housing and to track changes in these attitudes.

The innovative Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index™ (HPSI) distills data from six NHS questions into a single indicator designed to effectively and efficiently assess consumers’ outlook on the home purchase environment. This unique index is similar in spirit to two widely followed measures: the University of Michigan Index of Consumer Sentiment and Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index. But unlike general indices of consumer economic sentiment, the HPSI is devoted entirely to housing in order to provide distinct signals about current and future housing market outcomes. Learn more

Consumer Research & Analysis

In addition to the National Housing Survey (NHS) Monthly Indicators, Fannie Mae conducts and shares various types of research using our primary consumer data collected through the NHS and other methods to help support the housing market and lay the foundation for a better housing finance system. Learn more

Housing Insights Series

Fannie Mae's Housing Insights series examines the characteristics of key data sources and mines them for insights into recent market developments. Learn more