The Week Ahead

The past four years have been anything but “normal” in Washington, D.C.–if there’s even such a thing as “normal.” But with an impending impeachment trial hanging over the Senate, things could get even weirder.

And as Hunter S. Thompson once said, “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

The Senate schedule is relatively clear, just in case the trial begins this week. On the House side, the schedule is sparse as well; nonetheless, the House Financial Services Committee holding two hearings of interest.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on On the Brink of Homelessness: How the Affordable Housing Crisis and the Gentrification of America Is Leaving Families Vulnerable.

Slated to testify: Karen Chapple, Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkley; Matthew Desmond, Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology & Director of the Eviction Lab at Princeton University; Priya Jayachandran, President of the National Housing Trust; and Jeffrey Williams, Tenant Advocate

The hearing begins at 10:00 a.m. ET in room 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. And can be accessed online at

Also on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Financial Services Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Financial Institutions holds a hearing on The Community Reinvestment Act: Reviewing Who Wins and Who Loses with Comptroller Ottings Proposal.

Scheduled witnesses include Gerron Levi, Director of Policy & Government Affairs with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition; Eric Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy with UnidosUS; Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, Executive Director of the California Reinvestment Coalition Institute; Hope Knight, President & CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp.; and Faith Bautista, President & CEO of the National Diversity Coalition.

The hearing begins at 2:00 p.m. ET in 2128 Rayburn and can be accessed online at

It’s a busy week here at the Mortgage Bankers Association. MBA releases its monthly Mortgage Credit Availability Index this Tuesday, Jan. 14; its Weekly Applications Survey this Wednesday, Jan. 15; and its monthly Builder Applications Survey this Thursday, Jan. 16.

And this Friday marks the extended, FINAL deadline for the MBA NewsLink Tech All-Star Awards. For more information, see the story in this morning’s MBA NewsLink.

Also this week, the MISMO Winter Educational Summit and Workshop is underway in Las Vegas. For more information, visit

For the most up-to-date information regarding legislative activity at the state and local level, visit the MBA State Legislative Database at

For information about MBA Education events, visit  

For information about upcoming MBA conferences, visit

If your company/association is an MBA member, we are happy to list conferences/events on the MBA NewsLink Upcoming Meetings/Events Calendar. Send your items to Mike Sorohan, editor, a

Upcoming Meetings/Events:

Jan. 13-17: MISMO Winter Educational Summit and Workshop, Las Vegas

Jan. 13: U.S. Treasury Budget

Jan. 14: MBA Builder Applications Survey

Jan. 14: MISMO Boot Camp, Las Vegas

Jan. 14-28: MBA Education Introduction to Mortgage Banking Webinar

Jan. 14: Consumer Price Index

Jan. 15: MBA Weekly Applications Survey

Jan. 15: MBA Education Ten Things Your Company Must Do in 2020 Webinar

Jan. 15: MBA Education Compliance Essentials: Trends in CFPB Servicing Rules Webinar

Jan. 15: Empire State Manufacturing Survey

Jan. 15: Producer Price Index

Jan. 16: MBA Builder Applications Survey

Jan. 16: MBA Education Compliance Essentials: A Deep Dive into RESPA Section 8 Webinar

Jan. 16: Philadelphia Fed Survey

Jan. 16: Retail Sales

Jan. 16: Business Inventories

Jan. 16: National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index

Jan. 17: FINAL DEADLINE: MBA NewsLink Tech All-Star Award Nominations

Jan. 17: New Residential Construction

Jan. 17: JOLTS (Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey)

Jan. 17: U. of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey (prelim)

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (MBA Offices Closed; MBA NewsLink will not publish)

Jan. 21-24: MBA Education School of Mortgage Banking III, Nashville, Tenn.

Jan. 22: MBA Weekly Applications Survey

Jan. 22: Federal Housing Finance Agency Purchase-Only House Price Index

Jan. 22: Existing Home Sales

Jan. 23: MBA Education Managing Talent, Diversity and Leadership in CRE Finance Webinar

Jan. 23: The Conference Board Leading Economic Indicators

Jan. 27: New Home Sales

Jan. 28-29: Federal Open Market Committee Policy Meeting (Statement Jan. 29)

Jan. 28: Advance Durable Goods

Jan. 28: S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indexes

Jan. 28: The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index

Jan. 29: MBA Weekly Applications Survey

Jan. 29: MBA Education Compliance Essentials: Update on AML/SAR Reporting and Enforcement Webinar

Jan. 30: mPower Presents Being Resilient: A Key to Leadership Success Webinar

Jan. 30: MBA Education Effective Internal Audit Function: the Fundamentals Webinar

Jan. 30: Housing Vacancies & Homeownership

Jan 31: Employment Cost Index

Jan. 31: U. of Michigan Consumer Sentiment (final)

Feb. 3-6: MBA Independent Mortgage Bankers Conference, New Orleans

Feb. 9-12: MBA CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo, San Diego

Feb. 17: Presidents’ Day Holiday (MBA Offices Closed; MBA NewsLink will not publish)

Feb. 23-26: MBA Servicing Solutions Conference & Expo, Orlando

Mar. 8-11: MBA Mid-Winter Housing Finance Conference, Avon, Colo.

Mar. 29-Apr. 1: MBA Technology Solutions Conference & Expo, Los Angeles

Apr. 20-21: MBA State & Local Workshop, Washington, D.C.

Apr. 21-22: MBA National Advocacy Conference, Washington, D.C.

Apr. 23: MBA Capital Market Summit, New York

Apr. 29-30: MBA Commercial/Multifamily Human Resources Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

May 3-6: MBA Legal Issues & Regulatory Compliance Conference, New York

May 13-14: MBA Commercial/Multifamily Officer Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

May 17-20: MBA Secondary & Capital Markets Conference, New York

May 17-20: MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing & Technology Conference, New Orleans

May 25: Memorial Day Holiday (MBA Offices Closed; MBA NewsLink will not publish)

May 31-Jun. 2: MBA Chairman’s Conference, Newport Coast, Calif.

Jun. 25: MBA Document Custody Workshop, McLean, Va.

Jul. 3: Independence Day Holiday Observed (MBA Offices Closed; MBA NewsLink will not publish)

Jul. 4: Independence Day

Sep. 13-15: MBA Risk Management, Q/A & Fraud Prevention Forum, San Diego

Oct. 17: mPowering You: MBA’s Summit for Women in Real Estate Finance, Chicago

Oct. 18-21: MBA Annual Convention & Expo, Chicago