NAWRB Joins Chapman University’s 7th Annual OC Home Fair on January 19th

If you are looking to buy or sell a home or investment property, you don’t want to miss the 7th Annual OC Home Fair on January 19th at Chapman University from 10 AM to 1PM. Attendees will have access to a variety of free educational classes from industry experts, including Desiree Patno, CEO & President of NAWRB, and NAWRB Member Angie Weeks, Realtor, First Time Buyer & Move Up Specialist.

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HUD Releases National Housing Market Indicators for 3rd Quarter of 2018

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently released the National Housing Market Indicators (NHMI) for the third quarter of 2018. This quarterly publication gives a review of sales transactions through the third quarter and house price trends through November 2018. Read on for some of the key highlights of the report, including housing trends to look out for in the future.

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Current Impact of the Government Shutdown: How Have You Been Affected?

Today marks the 17th day of the partial government shutdown that started on December 22nd, 2018, which is now the third longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Many, but not all, government agencies have been affected, causing federal employees to either be furloughed or to work without pay, national parks to close and affordable housing funding to come to a halt, among other effects.

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Historically Diverse 116th Congress Convenes Today

On January 3rd at noon at Washington, D.C., the sworn in 116th Congress has officially convened. This historical congress has a Democratic majority, the first time in eight years, and comprises a record number of women and minorities. Nancy Pelosi, who was re-elected as House Speaker  and remains the first woman to serve in the position, remarked that this Congress “will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying.”

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New House D&I Office and Subcommittee Will Address Workforce and Financial Services Industry

The 116th Congress has released new rules and select committees for the new year. Of these changes include the establishment of a new Office of Diversity and Inclusion that will report on its workforce and produce a diversity plan. House Democrats are also pushing for more diversity among the corporate executives and board members, an initiative led by California Democrat Maxine Waters, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, who is determined to use her influence to increase the number of women and minorities in the top positions in the nation’s corporate sphere.

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Renters in the U.S. Spent $504 Billion on Housing in 2018

According to a new report from HotPads, renters in the United States spent a total of $504 billion in rent this year, an increase of $12.6 billion, or 2.6 percent, from 2017, despite there being fewer renter households in 2018. The current median rent for the nation is $1,475, a 3 percent increase from last year.

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Gender Differences in Networking Might Negatively Affect Women

A new study published by the academic journal Human Relations shows that there are significant differences in the way women and men build and use their networks. While women see their networks in terms of close social relationships, men see their connections as mostly transactional. Due to these and other factors, women are missing out on opportunities to leverage their networks to advance their careers as their male counterparts are likely to do.

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2018 Recap: Top NAWRB Stories & Achievements

As 2018 comes to a close, NAWRB looks back at the tremendous change and growth we have had, and the new projects we have started to help the advancement of gender equality, women’s leadership and the health of communities by sharing resources for natural disaster recovery, elder financial abuse, small business sustainability, technology human balance Ⓡ, access to capital and opportunity zones. See below for the top stories and achievements that we have seen over the year.

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SBA Approves $214 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans for California Wildfires

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West Director Tanya N. Garfield announced on December 20th, 2018, that the Agency has approved over $214 million in federal disaster loans for California businesses and residents who have been affected by the recent wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties in November.

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Happy Holidays from NAWRB!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We hope that 2018 has been a year of new friendships, accomplishments, learning, growth and self-discovery. At NAWRB, we are incredibly grateful for our members, partners and collaborators who have joined us in facilitating the vision with natural disaster recovery, elder financial abuse, small business sustainability, technology human balance Ⓡ, gender equality, access to capital and opportunity zones.

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