From left to right – Don Burton from Evergreen Home Loans, Axia Home Loans President & CEO, Gellert Dornay, Executive VP of Homestreet, Rich Bennion, Kit Bias from Mortgage Coach, President of the WMBA Annemarie Bachman, Mike Olden from American Reporting Company (arc), Executive VP of Banner Bank, Ken Larsen, Axia’s Counsel, Ryan McKenna, all attended the MBA’s National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC from April 12-13. 

The Washington Mortgage Bankers Association (WMBA) took part, and had a strong presence at the National Advocacy Conference in Washington DC this week. It is the one event during the year that Congress gets direct insight from mortgage professionals into just how impactful and sometimes damaging proposed legislation can be, and the effects it has on businesses, consumers and the economy.

Representatives from Washington State (pictured above) enthusiastically responded to the challenge set forth by the Mortgage Bankers Association to attend this conference and show commitment to positive industry change. This commitment includes actively advocating for a truly consumer-focused lending environment creating greater access to homeownership in America.

The MBA remains the most influential and powerful presence on real estate finance issues in the country. Their message for 2016 has been made clear. “We need to be even louder. A loud and cohesive voice is critical as we seek to shift the tone in our Nation's capital from one of distrust to one of confidence in our industry. Speak up and make a difference.”