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Richard M. Bettencourt Jr, CMHS, CRMS, a branch manager for Danvers, Mass.-based Mortgage Network, has been elected vice chairperson of the Greater Boston Association of Realtors (GBAR) Industry Affiliates Committee for 2016. As a GBAR committee leader, Bettencourt is responsible for ensuring that the committee meets its programming goals and business initiatives as set forth in the association’s strategic plan. Specifically, he will help administer the activities of the Industry Affiliates Committee, facilitate discussion at committee meetings, and provide regular reports and present committee action items to the GBAR Board of Directors.
A federally-licensed mortgage originator since 2003, Bettencourt currently serves as secretary of the executive board for NAMB—The National Association of Mortgage Professionals and is the chairperson for their National VA Home Loan Committee. Bettencourt is also the immediate past chairperson for the National Association of Mortgage Professionals Government Affairs Committee. In addition to his national responsibilities, he also served on the on the Eastern Middlesex Association of Realtors (EMAR) Government Affairs and Industry Affiliate Committee from 2013 to 2015. He has earned his Certified Military Housing Specialist (CMHS) and Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist (CRMS) professional designations.
The Greater Boston Association of Realtors is one of five real estate specialty divisions of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014. The GBAR membership currently totals more than 7,800 residential real estate agents and brokers working in over800 offices throughout Metropolitan Boston and Eastern Massachusetts. A local chapter of the Massachusetts and National Associations of Realtors, GBAR is the largest local REALTOR association in New England.
“I consider it a great privilege to serve the Greater Boston Association of Realtors Industry Affiliates Committee as a vice chairperson,” said Bettencourt. “It is critical for lenders, industry partners and real estate professionals to ensure that our working relationships are strong and our objectives aligned in order to serve our mutual customers with the highest possible levels of effectiveness and professionalism. We at Mortgage Network take great pride in our consumer-focused approach to mortgage lending, and it is a pleasure to work with the GBAR, an organization renowned for its unshakeable dedication to high customer satisfaction.