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A Message From MBA-NJ Executive Director E. Robert Levy, Esq.

E. Robert Levy
Jan 26, 2018
The 35th Emerald Anniversary Regional Conference of MBAs, at Harrah’s Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ, is offering a great program to celebrate 35 years

Residential Lending Program, Tuesday-Thursday, March 27-29
The 35th Emerald Anniversary Regional Conference of MBAs, at Harrah’s Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ, is offering a great program to celebrate 35 years of providing programs and networking opportunities that continue to be “simply the best” offered to the mortgage finance industry!
The Residential Lending Program, Tuesday-Thursday, March 27-29, features our highly regarded Industry Leaders Panel that our attendees look forward to each year. This year, Stan Middleman (Freedom Mortgage Corporation), Peter Norden (HomeBridge Financial Services Inc.), Rick Thornberry (Radian Group Inc.), Joseph Murin (JJAM Financial Services LLC and former President of Ginnie Mae), and J. David Motley, CMB (Colonial Companies and Chairman of the MBA) will exchange their insights on how they see loan origination, rate volatility, servicing values, and counterparty risk along with capital and liquidity over the next 12-18 months. 
Barry Habib (MBS Highway) will give his views on the New Tax Code’s impact on mortgage originations. He will also address how mortgage lenders can remain relevant in the evolving marketplace. As Barry puts it, he will show you “how to avoid extinction!”
The False Claims Act has been the subject of law suits against FHA lenders. If you don’t understand why this can be a serious danger even for smaller lenders, you need to hear renowned attorney Mitchel H. Kider (Weiner Brodsky Kider PC) discuss these cases. He will present a plain language explanation of what the False Claims Act is and how it is used to obtain big penalties for often minor, technical errors in underwriting and processing government-related loans. Learn how you can avoid False Claims Act violations!
There is something new at the Regional Conference this year, a Reception/Luncheon and a great speaker during the Residential Conference who will provide the kind of information that only a Washington, D.C. insider can provide on key issues that Mortgage Bankers need to know about. What do our Senators and Representatives really have in mind concerning the regulatory authority of the CFPB? And what direction will the Administration be moving in with regard to the elimination of regulations impacting mortgage finance? These issues and more will be discussed by Duane Duncan, Senior Vice President for Government & Industry Affairs for Genworth Financial, who spends his time on the Hill and with those in D.C. who speak differently to a regular like Duane, the former Chief of Staff and Counsel to Congressman Richard H. Baker (R-LA).
This is an opportunity to complete a great Conference with a speaker who will provide insights not readily available that will help attendees in making key planning decisions in 2018 and beyond. Attendees will also enjoy the interplay with colleagues over a cocktail and a delicious luncheon, sponsored by Genworth.
And don’t forget the Regional’s great Exhibit Hall, with lunch provided in the Hall. Make your deals with our exhibitors, and then meet with them and your colleagues over lunch. If that networking is not enough for you, there is more to come with two receptions, one in the Exhibit Hall and the other at Harrah’s beautiful pool, sponsored by Absolute Home Mortgage Corp.
And all of the foregoing and much more (check the full program at at no extra charge … it is all included in the single fee you will pay (and no increase since last year).
Commercial Lending Program, Sunday-Tuesday, March 25-27
The Commercial Lending Program features the Lenders Panel, where attendees will hear insights and perspectives on structuring commercial loan transactions. Representatives from Emigrant Mortgage, Sussex Bank, M&T Bank, Republic Bank, UCEDC, Key Bank Real Estate Capital, Community Preservation Corp. and Money 360 will each discuss the lending programs their company has to offer. Ronald M. Shapiro from Rutgers University, will moderate.
The “State of the Commercial Market” will be presented by Jim Hughes, Professor, Rutgers University.
Enjoy lunch with our speaker, Ryan Severino, CFA, Chief Economist for JLL, followed by an afternoon panel moderated by Richard T. Carr, Senior Director at Silverthread Capital. Details to follow shortly.
The “State of the Retail Market” will be addressed by Lawrence J. Longua, Chairman of the Industry Outreach Committee of the newly formed Fordham Real Estate Institute at Lincoln, Baruch College, NYC; and Shari D. Linnick, VP of Client Services at Trepp LLC. They will provide a review and analysis of the current state of the retail market and the impact of store closings, as well as the effect of the Internet on the traditional business of retailers.
A second lunch will be served in the Commercial Exhibit Hall to end the Conference. Commercial Lending Conference attendees are invited to attend the Cocktail Reception that evening, which opens the Residential Conference. There are also two Cocktail Receptions, on March 25 and March 26 for commercial attendees, as well as two breakfasts on March 26 and 27. Lots of networking opportunities and it is all included in the single fee paid for the Commercial Lending Program! 
E. Robert Levy Esq. is Executive Director of the Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey E. Robert Levy Esq. is Executive Director of the Mortgage Bankers Association of New Jersey. He may be reached by phone at (732) 218-1801 or e-mail

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