May 27, 2015

The Voice for Hispanic Real Estate® and proud champions of homeownership for the Hispanic community.

In this edition:

State of the Association
NAHREP to release annual Top 250 Awards
Nuevo Latino Tour wraps up Texas shows
Experience the Nuevo Latino Tour
Save with National Convention Early Bird pricing
Out and About
Gary Acosta speaks on affordable housing
Chapter Insider

NAHREP Event Calendar

Sep 20 - 22, 2015
2015 NAHREP National Convention & Latin Music Festival
Chicago Hilton, Chicago, IL

2015 NAHREP Housing Policy & Hispanic Lending Conference
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State of the Association

2015 Policy Conference wraps up in DC

The 2015 NAHREP Housing Policy & Hispanic Lending Conference wrapped up three days of advocacy, discussions on housing policy and lending issues, and unveiling of the association's newest ventures. The event kicked off with an Icons Mastermind meeting, where top producing agents met and exchanged business tactics with their peers. ABC News Correspondent John Quiñones moved audiences with his powerful keynote address about overcoming extreme socioeconomic barriers, eventually becoming ABC's first Latino correspondent. See his remarks on NAHREP's State of Hispanic Homeownership Report here.

The 2014 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report was released at a private session, where the report's authors discussed its findings and future implications. Download a copy of the report here. The conference was also the site of the encore performance of NAHREP's original stage production, "53 Million & One." Audiences were enraptured by the story of one man's journey from a humble beginning in Mexico, to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the land of opportunity. Catch a performance of 53 Million & One in your city as a part of the 2015 Nuevo Latino Tour.

The conference closed with the Presidential Installation Gala, where 2015 President Teresa Palacios Smith and 2015 President Elect Joe Nery were installed at the helm of the association. Watch the moving keynote address by Teresa here.

Attendees collaborate with other top producing agents at the Icons Mastermind session.

Keynote speaker John Quiñones gives a talk-back with NAHREP Board Member, Helen Archer at the annual Keynote Luncheon.

State of Hispanic Homeownership Report release: The report's authors (from right) Alejandro Becerra and Marisa Calderon discuss its findings with NAHREP CEO, Gary Acosta, and 2015 President Elect, Joe Nery.

2015 President Teresa Palacios Smith takes her position at the head of the association.

With over two-hundred meetings scheduled on Capitol Hill, conference attendees met with lawmakers to advocate for the association's 2015 Policy Positions.

Relive the conference

Catch the sights and sounds from the 2015 Housing Policy & Hispanic Lending Conference! If you missed this year's event or want to relive its amazing moments, visit NAHREP's photo gallery or watch sessions from the conference on NAHREP TV.

Credit access symposium brings together HUD Secretary Castro, NAHREP, NAR

The National Association of REALTORS® hosted a credit access summit on April 1, 2015, bringing to the table key players in housing, including HUD Secretary Julián Castro, 2012 NAHREP President Jerry Ascencio, 2015 NAHREP President Elect Joe Nery, Jim Wehmann of Fair Isaac Corp., and Barrett Burns of VantageScore Solutions, among others.

Broader access to credit and exploring alternative credit scoring models are of critical importance to NAHREP, and part of the policy priorities of the association in 2015. Narrow definitions of creditworthiness make it difficult for non-traditional, minority, and first-time borrowers to qualify for and obtain mortgages. As was the consensus view at the symposium, the way credit scores are calculated must be changed to fit how prospective homebuyers live their lives today.

Hispanic Wealth Project calls for fifty-percent Hispanic homeownership rate

The NAHREP Foundation unveiled the Hispanic Wealth Project Blueprint, its strategy to triple U.S. Hispanic household wealth in the next ten years. The Blueprint offers tactics that aim to rally individuals, corporations, government, and other organizations to take action in supporting Hispanic wealth and growth as a demographic. "Wealth creation is right at the core of what we consider fundamental to the middle class and Latinos," said Henry Cisneros, former HUD Secretary and chairman of the advisory board of the Hispanic Wealth Project, at the private release of the Blueprint. Learn about the project and the Blueprint here.

NAHREP Launches 2015 Nuevo Latino Tour

The association is bringing highly anticipated theater production, 53 Million & One, to a theater near you! With the launch of the 2015 Nuevo Latino Tour, the production will show in 25 cities across the country. 2012 NAHREP President Jerry Ascencio takes audiences on a journey through the most pivotal times in his life. Featuring the talents of producer and writer Rick Najera, 53 Million & One highlights the common challenges, experiences, and aspirations that bind the 53 million Latinos that call America home. Find a showing of the performance that audiences are calling inspirational, entertaining and enlightening in your city here.

Housing finance panel deliberates challenges & opportunities for homebuyers

2015 NAHREP President Elect Joe Nery participated in an April 21st panel co-hosted by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Association of REALTORS®. The event featured a keynote address by American Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Shiller. Nery was joined by a distinguished panel who discussed what could be done to responsibly increase access to credit for non-traditional, qualified borrowers being left behind. Among those on the panel were Bill Emerson (Quicken Loans), Julia Gordon (Center for American Progress), Ron Haynie (ICBA Mortgage Services), Brad Shuster (National MI), and Jon Prior (Politico).

Industry Update

Latino candidates pursue White House

April presented important milestones in national politics. Marco Rubio became the second Hispanic to declare his candidacy for President of the United States this month. NAHREP prides itself on being issue-driven, and non-partisan, but as a Hispanic business organization it is exciting to see major candidates that come from the community. In the coming months, NAHREP expects to meet with many of the candidates to educate them on the issues that affect our members and are relevant to the Hispanic business community. This is a strategy that must be executed very carefully. Candidates who support NAHREP's policy positions will likely receive the support of our members. Click here to see NAHREP's State of Hispanic Homeownership Report and Policy Positions for 2015.

Chapter Insider

March and April brought an outstanding number Chapter of events across country. Here is a taste of what the month held:

At its 1st Annual Business Rally on April 7, NAHREP Fresno/Madera rallied attendees around educational seminars, a business expo, and keynote addresses by 2015 President Teresa Palacios Smith, and Hollywood writer/producer, Rick Najera.

The festive 3rd Annual Salsa Showdown was held by NAHREP San Antonio on April 8, 2015.

NAHREP Nevada held "The Red Carpet" on April 8, featuring educational content for members and attendees.

NAHREP South Florida hosted their phenomenal Latino Wealth Building event on April 16, 2015.

The Atlanta Chapter held it's Salsa Mixer on April 16, hosting a festive night of salsa lessons and networking.