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Dear WMBA Members:
FANTASTIC!!! What a great time to be a member of the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association.
Membership renewals and new memberships are coming in at a nice pace. I would like to take a moment to thank our members who are renewing, for your continued support, and appreciation of the value added from your industry association.
If you have not yet processed your renewal, please do so, or please confirm with your accounting that it has been paid, we can easily send you a new invoice if the renewal has been lost in your email. A big thank you to Joe Doyle and Randy Reese for taking the lead on following up on the renewals and promoting new membership.
We are seeing new members sign up individually as piggyback members of a company member. For only $50 per annum it is a great opportunity to connect with the great benefits available. We are very excited to see an increase in the number of new small branches with corporate headquarters outside Wisconsin looking memberships.
The WMBA offers a reasonable membership fee with limited memberships, there are many possibilities. It is always good to see the involvement, and comradery through attendance and networking, and there are many opportunities available.
I would like to give a shout out to members working behind the scenes to put together our events, driving our association to the forefront and the leadership positions we have earned: our Educational Committee Patti Katzban, Amy Lirette, Miguel Ocampo, Lee Turner, Sara Whitley, your efforts for our Educational Series has not gone unnoticed. Thank you for your time, the message you deliver, your ideas, and the excellent events you are creating for our membership. I am sure the Roundtable with Fannie Mae on October 4, 2018 will be well attended, as will the Mortgage Boot Camp in November.
John Walrath, Carl Pietraszwski, your drive on behalf of the Legislative Committee is welcomed. Your association thanks you and your volunteers, for “Spinning the Wheel” at the Golf Outing to increase our coffers for our PAC and Conduit. Every dollar helps us get the word out that the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association is a value add for information, opinions and assisting in the structuring of new legislation that impacts our business. Your presence working with our lobbyist and following new legislative that will have impact on our industry is so very important. It is important the membership knows it takes a village, and new members to the committee are welcomed. As you follow the E-signing legislation, the Safe Act changes, and now the Appraiser’s Association is looking to bring legislation to the forefront with regard to a time limitation of responsibility for the appraisal work. As a member you can use our website www.wimba.org and pledge your support to the PAC and CONDUIT.
Best in Business Committee. Rob Helvey, Steve Hansen, Rodney Weis, and Jean Daul, and the members of the State, Madison and Milwaukee Board of Directors. Thank you for your efforts, we had over 219 members nominated for the various award categories, it won’t be an easy decision to identify the finalists in the categories. Our Lifetime Achievement award will be reviewed by the committee and past Lifetime Achievement winners. It will be a wonderful evening to enjoy the networking, dinner and the ceremony. Sponsorships are open, and greatly appreciated. Mark your calendars for October 25, 2018.
State Golf Event Committee, Sensational!! Is what comes to mind. Matt Pierce, Craig Kouba, Bob Conley and Joe Doyle, what a team! The Fearless Foursome, along with our WMBA Administrative Group. Thank you for all your efforts. We could not have asked for a better day. The weather was great, the course was strong and challenging, the flow of the game went well, with several sponsors manning the holes to add some fun to the day. Unfortunately, no winner for the Ford Truck that was a sponsored prize, however there were many nice gifts presented and well received. Mark your calendars for next year, and certainly talk up the event.
Single Family Committee is growing. A big thank you to Leo Spanuello, for his efforts in recruiting help in Green Bay and Appleton, and organizing a Single Family Committee group in that region. Thank you Margaret for managing the kickoff in Milwaukee in September. It is always a great round table and open for anyone to attend.
The Milwaukee Chapter held their Social Networking event last week, had an appraiser stop by to talk about what is happening in the market, and how values are holding. A good conversation, and a nice exchange of information between those who attended. Madison is having their fall kickoff which is always a well-attended event, additionally they are teaming up with the WRA offering a LinkedIn training. Watch the website for these events.
Stay tuned as we continue to move forward with more news, educational, and networking events. Like the letter started FANTASTIC. What a great time to be a member of the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association.
Remember to talk up your Association, and get involved. Make your Mark.
WMBA President 2018-2019
National Mortgage Insurance Corp.
On Tuesday, September 25th, The Firm hosted an event for the SSDC (Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee). WMBA Executive Board members Rob Helvey and Leo Spanuello attended the event on behalf of the WMBA.
Best in Business Awards Event
Additionally, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be selected by the Nomination Committee. This committee consists of a large, diverse group of directors from the WMBA Board, Madison and Milwaukee Chapter board members, and a group of other members of record who will screen all nominations.
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Rebecca Stoner, Director of Development, said: “ACTS Housing is beyond grateful for the support of the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association. The contribution will go towards our programs to support families with limited incomes in purchasing their homes. Services include: real estate, homebuyer counseling, home rehab counseling, and loans and grants for home repair. To learn more about ACTS Housing visit www.actshousing.org.”
Below is the check presentation by Margaret Haagensen to Dorothy York, Associate Director. Rebecca Stoner is in the back, second from the left.
It was a great event at the Breakwater on Septebmer 26, 2018 for the 2018 WMBA Madison Chapter Fall Kick Off. We had over 70 people in attendance. We raised a lot of money for Ronelle Escher during the 50/50 raffle and all proceeds were given to her and her family to help them out. Madison Chapter President Chad Laipple recognized Pete Stebbins as the former President and announced who was on the current board.
The total commercial/multifamily debt outstanding rose to $3.27 trillion at the end of the second quarter, while multifamily mortgage debt outstanding was up by $1.3 trillion, a $20 billion, or 1.6 percent, increase from the first quarter. All four major investor groups—banks and thrifts; federal agency and government-sponsored enterprise portfolios and mortgage-backed securities; life insurance companies; and commercial mortgage backed securities, collateralized debt obligation and other asset-backed securities issues—reported increases.
"The balance of mortgage debt on commercial and multifamily properties grew faster during the first half of 2018 than during any other first half since 2007," said MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell. "The four major investor groups all increased their holdings, and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding topped $1.3 trillion for the first time. Strong property fundamentals and values, coupled with still-low mortgage rates and strong loan performance, are all supporting the market."
Fannie Mae launches challenge for healthy affordable housing solutions
The initiative is a two-year, $10 million commitment.
It's long been apparent, but it's now safe to say that the housing industry is becoming increasingly unaffordable. As more homeowners and renters struggle to afford homes, the quest to discover a solution is taking center field.
The Innovation Challenge will be a two-year, $10 million commitment to source new ideas, challenging public, private and nonprofit organizations to reimagine affordable housing as the prescription for a healthy life.
Fannie Mae’s Executive Vice President and Head of Multifamily Jeffery Hayward said Fannie Mae is committed to increasing access to healthy, affordable housing.
“The Innovation Challenge addresses the evolving needs of homebuyers, homeowners and renters where they overlap with health and wellness issue,” Hayward said. “Access to affordable homes that keep residents safe and healthy is a critical industry issue, and one that requires us to look at how housing and health impact each other in order to find the best solutions.”
According to Fannie Mae, too many people are forced to make trade-offs between the affordability of their housing and the health and safety of where they live.
The company cites research indicating poor-quality housing can have a direct, negative impact on a person’s health, especially in underserved communities where they are inextricably linked.
Fannie Mae Vice President of Sustainable Communities Maria Evans said the company recognizes the value in working with new partners to create comprehensive solutions.
“We are fostering sustainable communities by incubating innovative ideas that directly address our mission to bring affordability and stability to underserved areas and help ensure those residents have access to healthy, affordable, safe places to call home,” Evans said.
The application period is open from Sept. 26, 2018, until Nov. 1, 2018. You can read more about the challenge here.
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