Fannie Mae's November 2015 Housing Survey Data Decreases - Economy Drags Housing Upward

    - Katie Penote - Fannie Mae



12/7/2015 - Fannie Mae Housing Index Decreases - Economy Continues to Drag Housing Upward Despite Lackluster Consumer Financial Sentiment

WASHINGTON, DC – Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index™ (HPSI) decreased 2.4 points to 80.8 in November, with more Americans reporting lower income prospects. The challenge of housing affordability coupled with tight supply may be preventing overall housing sentiment from gaining momentum as income growth isn’t keeping pace with the cost of housing. Consumers’ net attitudes about the direction of their household income relative to a year ago fell 5 points during the month, setting this HPSI component back to just below its March 2015 level. The HPSI Good Time to Sell component fell 6 points on net this month while Good Time to Buy was the only component to improve, increasing 1 point on net.may mean prospective first-time homebuyers could face affordability constraints.

“The latest reading of the Home Purchase Sentiment Index remains near the survey’s high witnessed in June, exemplifying the theme we laid out at the beginning of the year: the economy drags housing upward,” said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “While aggregate income growth has gradually picked up with a continually improving labor market, consumers’ assessment of their income over the past year has not yet shown sustained improvement, partially weighing on overall sentiment. This year’s housing market is poised to be the best since 2007; however, consumers’ ability and willingness to purchase a home is likely to remain an is
For the rest of the Highlights -

More info - 

At you can learn about the mortgage process at, calculate all the options and payments you want at, and review today's rates and receive electronic rate updates at

Click here for all News

Click here to learn more in Mortgage School