HUD Seeking Comments on Proposed Amendments to AFFH Rule

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a statement announcing that it intends to “streamline” the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule by changing the regulatory requirements it believes are inhibiting states and local communities from increasing affordable housing. HUD is accepting public comments on its proposed amendments for the next two months.

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Dr. Chitra Dorai Talks Reimagining AI in Evolve ETFs Podcast

Interested in learning about the latest developments happening in Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Listen to Dr. Chitra Dorai, Former IBM Fellow, Master Inventor, VP of CTO Cognitive Services, Member of IBM Industry Academy & Academy of Technology, speak with Evolve ETFs about how her work is reimagining A.I. and her experience as a female IBM Fellow. NAWRB is proud to have Dr. Dorai as a member of NAWRB’s Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDILC), sheCENTER(FOLD) of NAWRB Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 2, The Strength of Business Ownership, and winner of The Visionary Award.

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NAWRB & mPower: Collaborating for Women’s Economic Growth and Career Opportunities

Collaborating for Women’s Economic Growth and Career Opportunities

An MOU between MBA: mPower® & Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB)

Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) and mPower®, MBA Promoting Opportunities for Women to Extend their Reach, a network exclusively for women in the real estate finance industry by the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), announce that they will join forces in a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Together, the organizations will help each other achieve the individual missions and shared goals of realizing women’s economic growth and increasing diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the housing ecosystem.

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2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference “Year of Women” Recap

On July 29th-31st, the Women in the Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem (NAWRB) hosted the 2018 NAWRB 5th Annual Conference, “Year of Women,” in Chicago, Illinois at The Standard Club, featuring incredible discussions, presentations and new connections at this diverse, high-profile gathering of thought leaders and industry experts.

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2018 California Fires: Resources for Safety Preparedness and Financial Recovery

California has dealt with an onslaught of fires in the past few weeks. The Mendocino Complex Fire, Carr Fire, Ferguson Fire and Holy Fire are some of the largest that have been ravaging the state from North to South. While Cal Fire firefighters still work hard to contain these fires and affected homeowners plan their next steps, it is important to know about the available resources for financial and physical damage recovery.

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2018 NAWRB Conference: Women’s Homeownership – Women Buyers & How to Serve Them

The penultimate panel of the 2018 NAWRB Conference was our Women’s Homeownership Panel focused on women buyers and how best to serve them. The panel featured a diverse speaker list of experienced real estate professionals, including Moderator Lenny McNeill, SVP, Managing Director of National Strategic Markets and Specialized Sales, U.S. Bank Home Mortgage; Adenike “Nike” Fasanya, Osilaja Owner, Marvel Ventures Mortgage, Inc.; Carmen Chong, CC Legacy Financial Corp. President, Broker and Life Insurance Agent; and Nelly DeLourdes Mitford, MP Global Real Estate Group, Commercial, International Investment and Residential Real Estate Services.

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2018 NAWRB Conference: Knowing Your Partners — Financial Support and Legal Community

Following the “Freddie Mac Today” Panel at the 2018 NAWRB Conference, which offered valuable information on opportunities for homebuyers and businesses, the “Knowing Your Partners, Financial Support and Legal Community” Panel, including Sarah Goldfrank, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Fannie Mae; Alexander Almazan, Attorney, Almazan Law; Mark Ferguson, Deputy District Director, Illinois District Office, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); and Desiree Patno, CEO & President, NAWRB, continued to educate our audience about the power of knowing your customers, market and legal community for ensuring the success of their business.

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2018 NAWRB Conference: Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) Panel

After the excitement of our morning SHETalks by Tami Bonnell, CEO of EXIT Realty, and Rebecca Steele, President & CEO of National Foundation for Credit Counseling, our attendees heard from our Women in the Housing Ecosystem Report (WHER) Panel, featuring Dr. Chitra Dorai, Former IBM Fellow, Master Inventor, VP, CTO Cognitive Services, IBM Services, Member of IBM Industry Academy & Academy of Technology; Teresa Palacios Smith, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, HSF Affiliates LLC; Burgandy Basulto, Content Writer, NAWRB; and Moderator Desiree Patno, CEO & President, NAWRB.

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U.S. Small Business Administration Celebrates 65th Anniversary

Monday, July 30th, marked 65 years that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has been in service for millions of entrepreneurs and small businesses. Founded on July 30, 1953, the SBA has provided small businesses “with access to funding, mentoring, counseling, and when disaster strikes, support to recover and get back to business,” their press release states.

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