Rising Lumber Prices, Falling Homebuilder Sentiment in June

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)’s newly released NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for June 2018 shows a 2-point drop to 68 in homebuilder sentiment due to rising lumber prices—one of the factors affecting affordability of single-family housing construction.

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Happy Father’s Day 2018!

NAWRB wishes you and your family a wonderful Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17th, 2018. The holiday was established in 1966 with President Lyndon Johnson’s proclamation designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. The idea was influenced by a woman named Sonora Dodd in 1909, who wanted to honor her father, a widowed Civil War veteran. In honor of this special day, the Pew Research Center has released interesting facts about the way fatherhood is being redefined in America.

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Former IBM Fellow Dr. Chitra Dorai Joins NDILC

Women in the Housing and Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) proudly announces the addition of Dr. Chitra Dorai, Former IBM Fellow, Master Inventor, VP, CTO Cognitive Services, IBM Services, Member of IBM Industry Academy & Academy of Technology to its Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC). The Council, founded in 2015, helps raise the number of C-suite women, increase women’s employment at all levels and advance women’s economic growth across the housing and real estate ecosystem.

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Remembering Celebrity Chef, Author and Traveler Anthony Bourdain

It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, author, TV personality, artful storyteller, and father, beloved by many who shared in his love for travel and food. While the world mourns the abrupt loss of an influential figure, NAWRB remembers his life and the lasting impact he had in challenging our biases and encouraging us to embrace the unknown.

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Federal Reserve Releases 2017 Small Business Credit Survey

The Federal Reserve recently released their 2017 Small Business Credit Survey, a national collaboration among the 12 Federal Reserve Banks, providing prudential information on small businesses’ performance, debt and credit experiences from the third and fourth quarter of last year. Findings show an increase in reported revenue growth and profitability, as well as financial difficulties in some firm segments.

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She is Superpower: Women’s Pathways to Success Event

Join NAWRB and circles of influencers for half-day event in Dallas, Texas at Service First Mortgage on Thursday, May 24th, from 12 PM to 4 PM, CST. Attendees will explore unique opportunities for personal, professional, and economic growth, and discover strategies to create and increase balance, wealth, health, confidence, and homeownership.

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First Quarter 2018: MBA Releases Quarterly Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations Index

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has released their Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Mulitfamily Mortgage Bankers Association Originations Index for the first quarter of 2018. While this quarter’s originations were 33 percent lower than fourth quarter of 2017, there was a one percent increase in commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations compared to first quarter 2017.

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Amazon Will Include Women and Minorities in Board Search

Amazon recently announced a pledge to include women and minorities candidates for board positions to address the company’s lack of diversity—with only three female board members out of 10 total. The change is a response to shareholder complaints, after Amazon’s board of directors initially rejected suggested policy changes to its board nomination process.

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Happy Mother’s Day from NAWRB!

On Sunday, May 13th, Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day, a national holiday honoring mothers and motherhood. Mother’s Day was first organized by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, WV and Philadelphia, PA on May 10, 1908. As the annual celebration gained popularity, Jarvis requested that Congress officially recognize a day to honor mothers. In 1914 Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

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“We Are the Answer”: Michelle Obama Speaks at the 2018 United State of Women Summit

Last weekend, over 6,000 women, from international leaders and executive women, to celebrities and politicians, gathered at the 2018 United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles, California, to discuss women’s issues and gender equality. Following the inaugural, day-long event in 2016, this year’s multi-industry event was extended to two days chalk full of main stage and breakout sessions, networking opportunities, skills-based trainings and an interactive center with women-owned businesses and organizations.

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