My article this month is really geared toward those individuals who have already taken the voluntary steps of validating the knowledge, skills and abilities they possess beyond the regular scope of our jobs. We have the attitude that our professions are worth the extra effort to become certified and proudly display those certifications. We realize the growing statistics that consumers are looking for those individuals who set themselves apart and are able to demonstrate their willingness to excel. It has been increasingly difficult for mortgage brokers and loan originators to show that the media accounts of the minority in our industry are no different than bad actors in other industries. Being certified and showing your commitment to honesty and lending integrity are key ways to promote our passion and ability to provide for families in our communities. Those of us still surviving and fighting for the rights of our customers show these very aspects every time we help someone in need. The National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) is proud of every person who has taken the time and effort to reach the goals of certification they earned through education, experience and hard work. This is nothing new to those of us who are diligent in what we have done for homeowners and will continue to do. Share the benefits you have received from certification with someone today. Let them know that this is a great way to promote and take pride in a profession that is extremely important and represents our united dream … the American dream of homeownership. Those who are not certified may already have the education and criteria to meet the requirements. Check out the “Certification” section of NAMB’s Web site, apply today to broaden your horizons and become certified. Pava J. Leyrer, CMC, CRMS, is president and owner of Heritage National Mortgage Corporation in Grandville, Mich., and Certifications Committee chair for the National Association of Mortgage Brokers.
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