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).