Fannie Mae’s May 2020 Housing Data, Survey – plus, Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

DowJones6.08.2020ManufacturedHomeStockUpdatesBroaderMarketSnapshotWhat do buyer’s and sellers think about market conditions?

Tonight’s report will look at that topic, based on the most recent research.

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) increased 4.5 points in May to 67.5, building slightly after nearing its all-time survey low in April.” So said Fannie Mae in a release to MHProNews today.

The data from Fannie Mae is mixed but not surprising. It examines both seller and buyer vantagepoints.

On a day when most, but not all manufactured housing connected tracked stocks rose, the Fannie Mae research data will be our focus report this evening.

As is customary – the evening manufactured housing connected equities snapshot follows the featured focus, the related reports, and other market data at today’s closing bell.

Additionally, readers old and new alike will see our left-right media headline bullets and thought-provoking quotable quotes that follow tonight.  As a bonus, check out this video, as the Federal Reserve is planning to modify its COVID19 related lending program to make loans as small as $250,000 available soon.

Quotes That Shed Light – American Social, Industry, National Issues…



The quote by President Obama is often agreed to by people on either side of that left-right media divide. Not only in politics, but also with respect to manufactured housing, there is a need to challenge the narrative spun by the so-called Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis and their allies. Not only must the prevailing narrative be challenged, it must be repeatedly challenged, because efforts at manipulation and propaganda are arguably ongoing too.


Understanding media bias is useful to sifting through possibly hidden agendas.







Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business

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  • Why brands like Oreo are cutting back on wacky flavors right now
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  • New infections are still the biggest threat to the US economy
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In a release today to MHProNews is the following from Fannie Mae’s research.

Home Purchase Sentiment Index Rises Slightly, Remains Near Survey Low

Only 32 Percent of Americans Believe It’s a Good Time to Sell a Home, While 52 Percent Believe It’s a Good Time to Buy a Home

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) increased 4.5 points in May to 67.5, building slightly after nearing its all-time survey low in April. Four of the six HPSI components increased month over month, with consumers reporting a somewhat more optimistic view of homebuying conditions and, to a lesser extent, home-selling conditions. Moreover, fewer consumers reported expectations that mortgage rates will go up over the next 12 months. Year over year, the HPSI is down 24.5 points.


“Although the HPSI’s precipitous declines of March and April did not continue in May, Americans’ financial, economic, and housing market concerns remain substantially elevated compared to survey history,” said Doug Duncan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. “Low mortgage rates have helped cushion some of the impact of the pandemic on consumer sentiment regarding whether it’s a good time to buy a home, which picked back up this month to late-2018 levels. Although weakened income perceptions and continuing job loss concerns, particularly among renters, are likely weighing on many would-be buyers, purchase mortgage applications have returned to mid-March levels when pandemic response measures began ramping up. Home-selling sentiment remains severely dampened due primarily to economic concerns, though increased purchase activity may improve the confidence of some potential sellers. As lockdown restrictions begin to ease across the country, we expect economic recovery to be largely shaped by consumers’ decisions regarding when and how to reengage in the economy. We believe this month’s HPSI results and Friday’s unexpectedly favorable labor market report to be encouraging signs for the months ahead.”


Home Purchase Sentiment Index – Component Highlights


Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) increased in May by 4.5 points to 67.5. The HPSI is down 24.5 points compared to the same time last year. Read the full research report for additional information.

  • Good/Bad Time to Buy: The percentage of Americans who say it is a good time to buy a home increased from 48% to 52%, while the percentage who say it is a bad time to buy decreased from 46% to 39%. As a result, the net share of Americans who say it is a good time to buy increased 11 percentage points.
  • Good/Bad Time to Sell: The percentage of Americans who say it is a good time to sell a home increased from 29% to 32%, while the percentage who say it’s a bad time to sell decreased from 65% to 62%. As a result, the net share of those who say it is a good time to sell increased 6 percentage points.
  • Home Price Expectations: The percentage of Americans who say home prices will go up in the next 12 months increased this month from 23% to 26%, while the percentage who said home prices will go down increased from 34% to 35%. The share who think home prices will stay the same decreased from 36% to 30%. As a result, the net share of Americans who say home prices will go up increased 2 percentage points.
  • Mortgage Rate Expectations: The percentage of Americans who say mortgage rates will go down in the next 12 months increased this month from 23% to 25%, while the percentage who expect mortgage rates to go up decreased from 33% to 25%. The share who think mortgage rates will stay the same increased from 35% to 43%. As a result, the net share of Americans who say mortgage rates will go down over the next 12 months increased 10 percentage points.
  • Job Concerns: The percentage of Americans who say they are not concerned about losing their job in the next 12 months decreased from 76% to 75%, while the percentage who say they are concerned increased from 23% to 24%. As a result, the net share of Americans who say they are not concerned about losing their job decreased 2 percentage points.
  • Household Income: The percentage of Americans who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago decreased from 20% to 18%, while the percentage who say their household income is significantly lower decreased from 21% to 19%. The percentage who say their household income is about the same increased from 58% to 61%. As a result, the net share of those who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago remained unchanged.


The information mirrors in some respects data from AEI.

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