If you’re not constantly expanding your network and staying on top of the latest mortgage industry trends and techniques, you’re falling behind the competition. Here are a few professional organizations that can help increase your connections and propel your career.
National Association of Mortgage Brokers
As the sole national industry trade association since 1973, the National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) has affiliations with chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Meetings are held throughout the year, and NAMB members have access to pro-level educational opportunities, certification programs and benefits that aim to lower business costs and increase productivity.
Mortgage Bankers Association
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) includes 44 state and local associations as well as groups in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Joining one of these state or local chapters can help create ties with members across the nation and provide access to continued education opportunities. For example, the Texas MBA keeps its members up to date on the latest industry publications and instructional courses. It also holds an annual seminar and convention, along with informative workshops throughout the year.
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Dozens of valuable networking and educational opportunities are available on LinkedIn. Not only will you find the national associations mentioned above, but you can also sync up with others in the field through groups such as Mortgage Professionals and the Mortgage Professionals Network.