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Fannie Mae 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 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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September 15, 2020

2020 U.S. Economic Forecast Upgraded Despite Heightened Risks

Despite continued downside risks, full-year 2020 real GDP is now forecast to contract by 2.6 percent, an improvement from the prior month’s forecast of a 3.1 percent contraction, according to the latest commentary from the Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTCQB) Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group.

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September 8, 2020

Housing Sentiment Regains Momentum After July Stumble

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index? (HPSI) increased 3.3 points in August to 77.5, recovering after falling slightly in July and continuing the rebound from May and June. Five of the six HPSI components increased month over month, with consumers reporting a more optimistic view of both homebuying and home-selling conditions, but a slightly more pessimistic view of expected home price growth.

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September 10, 2020

Mortgage Lenders' Profit Margin Outlook Improves on Reported Continued Strength of Consumer Mortgage Demand

Mortgage lenders' profit margin outlook for the next three months increased even further due to strong consumer demand, according to Fannie Mae's Q3 2020 Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey. According to the third quarter survey, 48% of lenders believe profit margins will increase compared to the prior quarter, building on an already strong profit margin outlook, while 37% believe profits will remain the same and 15% believe profits will decrease.

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More perspectives

September 10, 2020

Renee Schultz

Senior Vice President for Capital Markets

We recently completed the issuance of our sixth “green” single-family mortgage-backed security transaction backed by loans financing newly constructed, energy efficient homes.?

September 1, 2020

Jaclene Begley
Jaclene Begley

Economist, Fannie Mae

Xiaodi Li
Xiaodi Li

Doctoral Fellow, NYU Furman Center

In recent years, household income has not kept pace with housing demand. Housing costs as a share of income, or housing affordability, is a key concern for many households, particularly in urban areas.

August 19, 2020

Hugh Frater

Chief Executive Officer?

David Brickman, CEO Freddie Mac
David Brickman

CEO, Freddie Mac

Over the last week, there has been significant discussion about the two companies where we serve as CEOs, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the independent regulator and conservator that oversees us, the Federal Housing Finance Agency. The issues raised are too important for us not to address.

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