2015 Housing Policy and Hispanic Lending Conference to be held on March 30–April 1, 2015 .

The annual 2015 Housing Policy and Hispanic Lending Conference, presented by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP®), gathers the nation’s industry leaders from real estate and lending to discuss issues related to sustainable Latino homeownership. NAHREP’s annual State of Hispanic Homeownership Report and Hispanic Wealth Project Blueprint will be released. Additionally, the 2015 organizational policy priorities regarding housing and lending concerns affecting Latinos will be discussed.

Key speakers at the event include:

  • John Quiñones, ABC News
  • Barry Zigas, Consumer Federation of America
  • Chris Herbert, Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University
  • Ellen Seidman, Urban Institute
  • Henry Cisneros, Founder and Chairman of CityView and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Also present will be:

  • NAHREP Co–Founder and CEO Gary Acosta
  • NAHREP President Jason Madiedo
  • NAHREP Foundation Chair Gerardo “Jerry” Ascencio
  • NAHREP President–elect Teresa Palacios Smith
  • NAHREP Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Director Marisa Calderon
  • Over 500 real estate and lending professionals

Fairmont Washington, D.C
2401 M Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20037

Monday, March 30 to Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

General Sessions are listed below and the full agenda can be found at nahrep.org/dc2015/agenda.

Monday, March 30, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM:
Keynote Luncheon
John Quiñones’ story is one of personal triumph in the face of adversity. A seventh–generation Latino–American from a humble family of migrant workers, Quiñones moved on to eventually hold the distinctive title of ABC’s first–ever Latino correspondent. A seven–time Emmy Award winning journalist and host of “Primetime: What Would You Do?” Quiñones’ story enraptures audiences with its powerful message of overcoming difficulty and thriving regardless of socioeconomic barriers.

Monday, March 30, 2015
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM:
State of the Hispanic Homeownership Report Town Hall
Fresh off the release of the association’s fifth annual State of Hispanic Homeownership Report, this town hall will feature housing frontrunners discussing the findings and implications of the report. The panel of experts, including speakers from the Urban Institute and Joint Center of Housing Studies of Harvard University, will weigh in on housing trends, barriers to homeownership, and opportunities with respect to the growing Hispanic homebuyer market. This panel is a must–see for those interested in the current and future role of Latinos in the real estate and housing sector. Key issues discussed will include credit access, inventory constraints, consumer protection, and fair lending.

Housing Policy Town Hall (follows immediately)
Current affairs and developments in Washington make it an interesting and, on occasion, turbulent time in housing policy. The speakers and panel include policy experts from the White House National Economic Council, Consumer Federation of America and other industry executives. The effects federal regulation currently has on homeownership rates in local community and across the country will be discussed. Speakers will also weigh in on current and future mortgage availability, predatory lending, and overall growth in the housing market. As the industry’s leading thinkers on the matter, they give their insight on trends and the future of housing policy for the upcoming year.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: 53 Million & One
This encore performance of NAHREP’s one of a kind theatrical performance, 53 Million & One, tells the story of one man’s journey from a small rural town in Mexico to become a successful real estate entrepreneur in the land of opportunity. Gerardo “Jerry” Ascencio’ s story shines a spotlight on the driving desire to succeed, and the challenges and experiences that define the more than 53 million Latinos who call America home.

The increasing political and economic strength of the Latino population has stimulated a growing interest in the culture and the emotional drivers behind this explosive demographic. Latinos themselves are seeking ways to create stronger bonds and a better understanding of their own cultural roots. For anyone interested in the Latino experience, this is the one event that you are guaranteed to never forget.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
NAHREP Hispanic Wealth Project Town Hall: The Path to a 50% Hispanic Homeownership Rate
As the hardest hit demographic group during the recent housing crisis, Latinos lost over two–thirds of their household wealth. This inspired NAHREP to develop the Hispanic Wealth Project, an initiative with the goal to achieve a 50 percent Hispanic homeownership rate by 2024. Industry powerhouses share the framework to the project as well as suggested actions needed by companies to contribute to achieving the goal to triple Hispanic household wealth in the next 10 years. Speakers include Henry Cisneros, Founder and Chairman of Cityview and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with other top industry leaders. Key issues: Latino household wealth, homeownership, small business development, savings and investment.