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WMBA President’s Message 

I would like to start by saying thank you to all of our members who voted with their two feet and showed up for last Tuesday’s Dinner meeting at Overlake.  We had a magical evening celebrating our Past President’s and hearing from our National Mortgage Bankers Association CEO, Bob Broeksmit.  It is clear to me our voice and future is well represented by Bob and the entire National MBA team.  It is so important to have your voice heard and be active in our industry.  Thank you to Bob and our National MBA team who made Bob’s visit happen.

Speaking of having our voice heard; one of the biggest wins I have seen in a very long time for our market and industry was yesterday’s update on the condo reform bill.  This would allow entry level affordable condo’s to once again return to our State and market and help with our markets home affordability issues.  Your voices and our organizations endorsement helped build and get this reform bill built over the last few years.  Thank you everyone for believing that your vote can matter and your voice was heard and you have made a difference in the future for many families.

Another update from our lobbyist, Jessica Fortescue;

“Hi all! I wanted to let you know that condo liability (SB 5334) passed the Legislature today! The Senate concurred on the House’s amendments this afternoon, and the bill will now go to the Governor’s desk for signature. Great job!”
-Jessica Fortescue, WMBA Lobbyist and Government Affairs Consultant

I cannot believe it is already May, which means our final dinner/Auction before summer is on Tuesday, May 21st and I’m asking for EVERYONE to help PLEASE.

One of the ways we raise money to help keep the Washington Mortgage Bankers delivering events, dinners and lobbying efforts is our annual auction.  This year we are splitting our proceeds with a very special charity that supports Kids with Pediatric Cancer.

I’m urging all of my Industry ,family, friends and  peers to do three things please:

  • Share our Auction information on Social Media, email and whatever way you can so we get attendance and giving
  • Please donate something to be auctioned.  We will take anything for either the silent auction or live auction. 
  • Please attend the dinner / auction. The link is below

Like I said this event is one of the few ways we are able to raise money to help support our organization to help support all of you.

If you have items and would like to donate auction items please contact Jana Arnold with Evergreen Home Loans or Michael Abrahamson with Rainier Title:

Michael Abrahamson – Rainier Title – 425-518-3044
Jana Arnold – Evergreen Home Loans – 425-985-1819

I look forward to an amazing event and hope to see you all there.  Please register early and remember that last month sold out .

Thank you all for your commitment to the Washington Mortgage Bankers and our industry.  Without all of you we could not accomplish what we do in this state.

See everyone on May 21st.



Robert Lipston, President, WMBA


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