Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem?

The Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) is the most visible women’s trade association specializing in the housing economy. It is the only trade association exclusively representing and voicing the needs of women business owners in housing. NAWRB is the only third-party, industry-specific certifier of Women-Owned Businesses (WOB) and Minority Women-Owned Businesses (MWOB) specializing in the housing economy.

What are the core benefits of NAWRB membership?

Projecting your voice to the national level is difficult for any single business to do. NAWRB speaks at the industry level on behalf of women in the housing economy and women-owned businesses and connects to the federal government for direct access to institutions involved in housing finance and all other industry-related issues. NAWRB focuses on three core member services:
Direct priority referrals for certified businesses.
Industry and national representation for women-owned businesses.
Access to other women business owners and the institutions eager to do business with them.

How does NAWRB give me an exceptional membership experience?

NAWRB aims for an exceptional relationship with each member and understands that our members are busy.
We email. Our marketing emails, press releases and weekly newsletters will be waiting in your inbox covering breaking news, association updates, business leads, discounts and other important information.
We converse. NAWRB staff calls every member to ensure you’re receiving our emails, that your questions are being answered and that you are connecting with us at events.
We connect. NAWRB hosts events and mixers throughout the year as well as at major industry conferences. These events give women exclusive networking opportunities.
We advocate. Each month NAWRB advocates for professional women in the housing economy by speaking and attending various industry events. NAWRB also writes about important issues facing women business owners in the housing economy in our blog and magazine.

Who does NAWRB promote my business to?

NAWRB has direct ties to REO outsourcers, servicers, financial institutions and government entities involved in the disposition and short sale of REO. NAWRB regularly uses federal and state initiatives to monitor current usage and advocates for increased utilization of women-owned businesses. Many institutions respond with requests for access to our network of member businesses, providing a consistent flow of referrals to our members.

I hear NAWRB talk a lot about federal contracting. What exactly does NAWRB do regarding federal contracts?

NAWRB is the housing economy’s leading resource for women business owners accessing the federal marketplace. VisitNAWRB’s press section to see our expansive body of literature on topics such as Dodd-Frank financial reform, women-owned business certification, diversity initiatives for disadvantaged businesses and REO disposition management.

NAWRB pursues federal contracts with the intent to distribute assets in a wide market area strictly using a women-owned business network. NAWRB does not bid on contracts or write proposals for individual members, although we do connect interested members to local, state and federal opportunities.

What are the differences between NAWRB and other associations?

NAWRB is the only housing economy trade association exclusively representing professional women and women-owned businesses. Other groups focus on specific minorities, individual women or allow general memberships. NAWRB maintains a focus for its membership base for all women in the real estate industry. Diverse employee demographics of a given business are a positive indicator a business’s commitment to women and minorities and is in itself a noble goal that NAWRB supports. However, to qualify for set-asides or be certified, a company must be women-owned and operated. Therefore, NAWRB’s certified businesses must meet this criteria.

Do you assign listings?

To date, NAWRB does not assign listings directly to its members. However, NAWRB works in conjunction with major outsourcers and other REO and short sale businesses to provide no-cost referrals to our members. Our referral system takes several different forms each dependent on the needs of asset management firms; however, members always receive notification when their contact information was provided to a firm looking to list and REO or short sale with a women-owned firm in their market area.

Once your information is provided, selection criteria varies per the discretion of individual asset management firms. We provide the initial introduction with asset management firms but selection is based on their criteria and your overall business performance.