The Week Ahead—May 3, 2021

Welcome to the first week of May—already!

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Advocacy Conference is a little more than a week away. Offered through MBA LIVE, this is the largest advocacy event of the year focused solely on the issues facing you and the real estate finance industry. The virtual format gives you access to a range of information and priorities, and will facilitate MBA members and lawmakers conversing “face-to-face” online from your home or office.

The stellar lineup includes:

–Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio;

–Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

–Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.

–Rep Steve Stivers, R-Ohio,

–Rep. Dene Phillips, D-Minn.

–Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio

–Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

–Former Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.

For more information and to register, click here.

On Capitol Hill this week, a reversal—the Senate is in recess this week, while the House returns to session.

The House Financial Services Committee holds several hearings this week. On Tuesday, May 4, the Subcommittee on Housing Community Development and Insurance holds a virtual hearing, “Built to Last: Examining Housing Resilience in the Face of Climate Change.” The hearing begins at noon ET and can be accessed online here.  

On Friday, May 7, The Task Force on Artificial Intelligence holds a hearing, “Equitable Algorithms: How Human-Centered AI Can Address Systemic Racism and Racial Justice in Housing and Financial Services.” The virtual hearing begins at noon ET and can be accessed online here.

Upcoming Webinars of interest

LBA Ware Hosts Quarterly Webinar Series May 13

LBA Ware, Macon, Ga., announced the second installment in its free, quarterly webinar series. Featuring capital markets expert Rob Chrisman, Deal or No Deal: Growth and Exit Strategies for Today’s Mortgage Lender is designed to give lending executives and investors meaningful insight into today’s mortgage M&A market. The webinar will take place Thursday, May 13, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET.

Chrisman will join LBA Ware Founder and CEO Lori Brewer for a live fireside chat that will examine recent industry deals and highlight the most important factors for investors, buyers and sellers to consider in today’s market.

To register, click here.  

Sales Boomerang Webinar May 4

Join Sales Boomerang CEO Alex Kutsishin and Volly CEO Jerry Halbrook on May 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET as they discuss how technology enhancing the customer journey is evolving the mortgage industry. For more information and to register, click

Snapdocs Fireside Chat with MBA’s Mike Fratantoni May 10

On May 10, MBA Chief Economist Mike Fratantoni will join Aaron King, Founder and CEO of Snapdocs, for a Fireside Chat at 2:00 p.m. ET.

As mortgage lenders move on from an unprecedented year, many are asking “what’s next?” Join King and Fratantoni as they discuss how factors such as the state of the economy, the Federal Reserve’s policies, the housing supply and demographics driving purchase demand might impact lenders’ profitability over the next year. You’ll also hear examples of how lenders are adapting to these market changes. As we all learned in 2020, the future belongs to those who are ready for it.

Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions when completing the registration process and during the live event. All registered attendees will receive the recorded session. For more information, click here.

This week, MBA releases its weekly Forbearance & Call Volume Survey this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET; and its Weekly Applications Survey on Wednesday, May 5 (7:00 a.m. ET).

Here are this week’s economic events/reports of interest:

Monday, May 3: MBA Weekly Forbearance & Call Volume Survey; Construction; Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Index

Tuesday, May 4: CoreLogic Home Price Index; Manufacturing, Shipments & Orders

Wednesday, May 5: MBA Weekly Applications Survey; ADP National Employment Report; Institute for Supply Management Non-Manufacturing Index

Thursday, May 6: Initial Claims; Productivity & Costs

Friday, May 7: Employment Situation; Wholesale Trade

For information about upcoming MBA conferences, click here. Launched this spring, MBA LIVE brings you dynamic keynotes and informative panel discussions you’ve come to rely on from MBA. We’ll be adding even more opportunities to engage with speakers, industry colleagues, and the many vendors and service providers that help keep your business moving forward. Visit for the latest information on these events.

For the latest on how the coronavirus is affecting our industry, our health and our economy, visit the MBA Coronavirus Resource Center. And you can also visit the newly created members-only online network, MBA’s COVID-19 Residential Policy Community, at #MBAWorkingForYou #MBACOVIDUpdates

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

For information about MBA Education events, visit  

For information about the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA), visit

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