MBA Promotes Joel Kan to Vice President, Deputy Chief Economist

October 13, 2022 Press Release


Falen Taylor

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The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) today announced that Joel Kan has been promoted to Vice President, Deputy Chief Economist. In this role, Kan will be responsible for leading MBA’s economic and mortgage market forecasting and will continue his responsibilities of analyzing key data trends in the real estate finance industry.

“Over the past several years, Joel has taken on an increased role at MBA conferences and other industry events, providing instrumental analysis and commentary to members and consumers on real-time data and trends. His keen sense on what’s happening in the mortgage market has made him an invaluable asset to our research team,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. “Furthermore, Joel has been a go-to source for national and real estate trade media, regularly sharing trusted insights on what’s happening in the industry and the broader economy.”

In his new role, Kan will continue to lead all of MBA's macroeconomic and housing market forecasts and oversee the production of MBA's industry surveys, including the Weekly Applications Survey, Builder Application Survey, and the Mortgage Credit Availability Index. Kan presents regularly on the economy and housing market at MBA and industry events, and is interviewed and quoted frequently in national, local, and industry media outlets including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Axios, HousingWire, and National Mortgage News.

Kan has held various ascending roles since joining MBA, starting as a Survey Specialist in 2006 to most recently in 2015, when he was promoted to Associate Vice President of Economic and Industry Forecasting. Kan holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.