We get it done: Research & Technology

MBA Research offers an industry-leading suite of tailored reports and tools, including economic forecasting and analysis for all real estate finance business areas. Economists, legislators, the general public, the media and MBA members look to us for critical measurements of our industry and its impact on the economy.

Because of you and your participation in our surveys and roundtables, we can collect industry data to deliver insights and analysis that are critical to your business decisions and help inform key policymakers.

– Michael Fratantoni, Ph.D., Chief Economist and Senior Vice President, Research & Technology

MBA Members are Equipped with Research & Technology

2020 Highlights

  1. Initiated a weekly survey of forbearance and call center activity the week of April 1 - the first-of-its-kind for the industry in response to COVID-19 and its impact on mortgage servicers. The survey contains data on about 38.3 million loans serviced, representing over 75% of the first-mortgage servicing market. Results are shared each week with policymakers, the media, and participating members. 

  2. Transitioned our in-person survey programs to virtual platforms, conducting seven virtual peer group roundtable meetings, one virtual servicing forum and a home equity lending forum. The virtual platforms generated record attendance, as more company representatives were able to participate. Through programs such as these, we can keep our entire membership informed about trends in the mortgage industry. 

  3. Subscriptions to MBA's Weekly Applications Survey-the industry's most widely recognized and relied upon high-frequency indicator of housing market activity-increased by 60 percent over the first six months of 2020. An established member of the media posted "I continue to believe this is the most important and timely indicator in the housing market today."

  4. MBA CREF Research initiated a weekly CREF Market Dynamics Survey to gauge supply of and demand for commercial/multifamily mortgage debt. The survey collects information from leaders of origination firms on Fridays and returns the results Sunday afternoons.

  5. Working with servicers, we also initiated a monthly CREF Loan Performance and Forbearance Survey that collects information across property type and capital source and provides the only comprehensive look at how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting commercial and multifamily mortgage loans. The results of these surveys have been key tools for MBA in educating and communicating with policymakers, including the Federal Reserve, FHFA, and more.

  6. MISMO kicked off several new initiatives to facilitate a more digital mortgage process during the COVID-19 crisis, including: Digital Mortgage Resource Center to assist organizations with the transition to digital; Remote Online Notarization certification program to further adoption of RON-enabled digital mortgage closings and increase confidence in RON platform providers' capabilities; and new industry loan application dataset (iLAD), allowing for seamless exchanges of loan application data.

The research capabilities of the association provide members with data that enables better decision making and strategy.

– Brian Stoffers, Global President - Debt & Structured Finance, CBRE


"The entire MBA team has been unbelievably relevant during COVID-19. The webinars, weekly calls, research, insights, advocacy. I tell everyone that I am a proud MBA member." - Jennifer Whip, CMB, Principal, Cambridge One, LLC

"We appreciate all that you and the entire MBA team are doing while we all work through these dynamic times in our industry. As a member of RESBOG, I'm proud and honored to be a part of the MBA." - John W. Hummel, Executive VP, Correspondent & HFA Lending, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage

Following a Market Outlook webinar, a member CEO shared, "We really appreciate your support! This is incredibly helpful to us as a company and to our industry. Thank you!!"