NRMLA Conference in NovemberArticle added by ROBERT GRIFFIN on October 14, 2009
Reversing the Trend

ROBERT GRIFFIN

FORT WORTH, TX

Joined: April 28, 2006

After having had a tremendous year last year, the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA) will be holding its Annual Meeting & Expo 2009 in San Diego, CA. The dates for the conference will be November 18-20.

The theme of the conference

The location for this year's conference is the elegant Manchester Grand Hyatt, which is located on the waterfront and provides a beautiful view of the whole area. The theme chosen for this year fits perfectly with both the view and the waterfront -- Navigating Change: Sailing Safely in a New Economy.

At the conference last year, 800 people had the privilege of learning how to grow their business and meet the challenges of the changing marketplace. This year promises to be even better, with a lineup of great speakers who have had many years in the reverse home mortgage industry.

This year's speakers

One speaker that knows reverse mortgages and the industry extremely well is David Stevens. He had the privilege of being selected to the position of Assistant Secretary for the Housing/Federal Housing Administration Commissioner. His background includes 26 years of industry experience working with mortgages, and with great companies like Freddie Mac, Long & Foster, World Savings and Wells Fargo.

Another speaker is Chuck Cross, who is with the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. He will be addressing the audience on the topic of issues relating to the SAFE Act. Cindy Fazio, who is presently serving as legal counsel in Washington State for the Division of Consumer Services at the Dept. of Financial Institutions, will be presenting information about the new reverse mortgage laws, and about how the new reverse mortgage exam guidelines are going to be implemented.

Other speakers will include Sandy Timmerman, who is with the Mature Market Institute, and Barb Stucki of the National Council on Aging (NCOA). These ladies will be presenting powerful information showing the role of how home equity can be used as part of the financial plan for seniors.

Special topics to be covered

Each year, the conference seeks to provide quality up-to-date information to help reverse mortgage brokers and lenders strengthen their businesses. Topics are selected that are of the greatest value to the industry, and always deal with current issues.

Each day of the conference focuses on a selected theme. On Wednesday, the theme is "Facing the Changes." On Thursday, the emphasis will be placed on "Improving Sales and Management," and on the last day, it will be on "A Time for Activism."

Altogether, there are many sessions available that cover a variety of the aspects of the day-to-day business of reverse mortgages and the industry. Here are some of the specific topics:
  • "Sweet Tweets: Finding Clients Utilizing the Internet"
  • "Coping With Change: What is Waiting in the Wings"
  • America, Sr.: How Will the Burgeoning Boomer Pool Change Our Country?"
  • "El Mercado Nuevo y Grande: Serving the Hispanic Population"
  • "State of the States: New Proposed and Adopted Regulations"
  • "Acceptable Advertising and the Language You Must Avoid"
  • "The Phone as Your Office: How the Next Generation Will Alter the Way You Conduct Business"
Work towards your CRMP certification at the conference

Many of the classes are approved for those working toward their Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP) certification. Those that attend this national reverse mortgage conference will be able to advance professionally, and get ahead with the latest and best industry information.

As you know, the NRMLA is setting the industry standards by creating the CRMP certification. With these approved classes, you can certainly get a jump on your competitors by having immediate access to this information and certification - and be safer with the latest legal information, too.

Create a new network of friends

It is always a good thing to have more friends in the HUD reverse mortgage industry. They can inform you of tips and trends, and provide you with new ideas. At the conference, there will be time to get away with others and make some new friends.

Build your reverse mortgage business next year

A conference like this only comes once a year. It is an opportunity that those in the reverse mortgage industry can look forward to, knowing that solid information will be given that can transform a business. By attending this year, you will gain the information you need to make a larger difference in your business next year.

Discounts are given in the price for early bird registration. Although tickets can be bought at the door of this event, a lot of money can be saved by registering early.

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