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Nearly 50 Mortgage Conferences in March

Mortgage-related conventions and events

Feb. 18, 2012

By SAM GARCIA Mortgage Daily


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The premier event for the mortgage servicing industry starts on Tuesday and includes presentations by the commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration and the president of the Government National Mortgage Association. The former chairmen of both major political parties were speakers at a recent commercial mortgage event. A look at the Mortgage Daily conference calendar indicates that nearly 50 mortgage-related events are being held next month alone -- though more than 70 conferences and meetings have been identified so far for the second quarter.

One of my favorite radio shows is This American Life. The public radio broadcast has stories each week about a variety of subjects. The speakers are each excellent storytellers.

Episode #74, Conventions, dealt with the psychology of conventions. While mortgage conferences weren't discussed, the stories provided a timeless look inside social interaction at conventions and offered stories that were humorous, serious and flat-out wacky. The episode, which is dated Feb. 6, can be streamed online at ThisLife.org or downloaded for free from iTunes.

On Tuesday, the Mortgage Bankers Association kicks off its National Servicing Conference & Expo 2012 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla. The convention, which runs through Friday, costs $1,205 for MBA members and $2,170 for non-members.

In addition to MBA's chief economist and chairman, speakers include FHA Commissioner Carol Galante, Ginnie Mae President Theodore Tozer and CNN Political Analyst Paul Begala. Among numerous topics to be covered are business strategy and operations, regulatory reform and home-retention and foreclosure alternatives. MBA also promises to provide "critical insight" to the servicing settlement.

From Feb. 27 through Feb. 29, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has scheduled a workshop for directors of nationally chartered community banks and federal savings associations at the Westin Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The event, A Director's Challenge: Mastering the Basics, costs $99 and is targeted at directors of nationally chartered community banks and federal savings associations with no more than $5 billion in assets.

The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas is the location of the 2012 LeadsCon lead generation conference on Feb. 28 and Feb. 29. The meeting, which promises to help lead buyers boost conversions and develop long-term networking opportunities, costs $645 to attend. Among the sponsors are Mortgage Daily advertiser Mortech Inc.

Provident Funding is the exclusive sponsor of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers' 2012 Legislative & Regulatory Conference. The $200 event takes place from March 18 through March 20 at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Sessions during the first two days of the broker conference include the opening reception and
Ten things you should know before you get examined by the CFPB. The third day includes meetings with legislators.

The OCC scheduled another workshop for bank directors from March 19 through March 21 in Wilmington, Del., at the Hotel DuPont.

The American Bankers Association is sponsoring the Women's Leadership Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on March 21. Panelists participating in the event include Kiplinger Editor Janet Bodnar and Harvard professor Bridgitte C. Madrian. The forum is part of ABA's annual Government Relations Summit being held from March 19 through March 21 at the same venue.

On March 21, American IRA is holding the National Hard Money Seminar at the Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The $595 event is directed at investors seeking higher yields and greater success than they can find elsewhere.

The following week, on March 26 and March 27, the Eastern Regional Meeting & Reverse Mortgage Securitization Forum will be held by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association at the Grand Hyatt New York. The convention will focus on the continued evolution of reverse mortgages and examine the emergence of home-equity conversion mortgage mortgage-backed securities and the secondary market.

NRMLA said that attendees will be updated on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau study on reverse mortgages that is required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Loan officer compensation will also be reviewed, as will reports on successful selling of the HECM Saver and HECM for Purchase.

The OCC will host two workshops for bank directors on March 27 and March 28. The $99 workshops, to be held at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick in New Jersey, will provide practical information that expands bank directors' skills and understanding of issues facing their banks.

From June 4 through June 6, the 2012 Predictive Methods Conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif. The conference costs between $400 and $1,295 depending on when purchased and by whom. It is being sponsored by Veros Real Estate Solutions and "promises to provide intense discussions on relevant topics affecting the housing market, as well as exclusive exposure to individuals at the helm of the mortgage industry," promotional material says.

The MERS 2012 User Conference is being held on June 26 and June 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Va.

Security National Mortgage Co. held its 2012 convention this past week at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The event started on Wednesday and wrapped up on Saturday.

Last Thursday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. hosted The Future of Community Banking at the Virginia Square Metro Station in Arlington, Va. The conference was the first in a series of FDIC initiatives address community bank challenges. Among speakers at the event were Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke, FDIC Director Thomas J. Curr and FDIC Acting Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg. A webcast of the event is online at
www.vodium.com.

The Double Tree Paradise Valley in Scottsdale, Ariz., was the site of the NMLS Ombudsman Meeting on Feb. 6. The meeting was held in conjunction with the organization's annual event.

MBA held its 22nd Annual Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo earlier this month at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The conference included presentations by former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe and Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Associate Director of Research Dr. Thomas J. Cunningham.


Sam Garcia founded Mortgage Daily in 1998 and became its full-time publisher in 2000. Before that, he worked in mortgage lending for two decades.

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