In this Issue

February 2018 Edition


Presidents Message

State News & Events

Legislative Update - George Klaetsch

44th Annual Real Estate Finance Conference 

Wild Apricot Releases New App for iOS (iPhone) Only

Freddie Mac Home Possible Presentations Recap

Chapter News & Events

Madison Chapter Upcoming Events

Presidents Message


Our biggest event of the year is rapidly approaching. On April 16 &17 we will be hosting our 44th Annual Real Estate Finance Conference in Milwaukee. This is the largest fundraising event of the year and helps support many of the other outings throughout the year.  There are many different packages and sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities available. The WMBA Executive board hopes you will join us and we encourage your colleagues to come and support housing finance in Wisconsin.

See you in April!


Joe Doyle
WMBA President 2017-2018

Legislative Update - George Klaetsch

As the State Legislature is entering their final month of the 2017-18 legislative session, I wanted to provide WMBA membership with the diverse legislation the WMBA Legislative Committee and I have been working on the past fifteen months as well as the status of each proposal.  We look forward to providing you with a more thorough update at the WMBA Spring Conference.

Click here to see an overview of the 2018 Legisliatve Bills


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44th Annual Real Estate Finance Conference 

April 16-17, 2018
Hyatt Regency - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI

Join your colleagues in Milwaukee for the 44th Annual WMBA Real Estate Finance Conference.

The Monday Evening Reception held at Godfrey and Kahn will allow an opportunity to network while experiencing food stations and a cash bar.
Mike Theo, Wisconsin Realtors Association, will be briefly speaking.

On Tuesday, hear a variety of speakers and have an opportunity to attend various
breakout sessions. Visit with exhibitors and network with colleagues during lunch.

Thank you to our Sponsors:


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Wild Apricot Releases New App for iOS (iPhone) Only

Wild Apricot released a new app for iphone users. You can now register for events, pay event fees, search through the member directory, and communicate with other members — all from your mobile device.

Visit for more information.


Freddie Mac Home Possible Presentations Recap

Three Freddie Mac Home Possible Presentations took place February 13-15 in Appleton, Milwaukee, and Madison. 
The seminars provided information on the low down payment mortgage options, led by Affordable Lending Managers, Dennis Smith and Sandra Heidinger.

Thank you to our sponsors of this event, National MI and Fairway Mortgage Corporation.


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Chapter News & Events

Madison Chapter Upcoming Events

We had over 60 people attend our Winterfest event Thursday January 25, 2018. Everyone had a great time. Our bowling event set for Thursday March 15, 2018 is almost filled with bowlers. Therefore if you plan to bowl you better get your team registered. Please note: for only $15.00 non-bowlers can attend and enjoy the fun.. We’re looking for many, many valuable items for the auction so we can show strong financial support for Ronelle Escher’s needs and the Goodman Center. It will help if we have a large turnout for this event.

Plans for the golf outing on Thursday May 17, 2018 are moving along nicely. Specifics covering this event will be coming out shortly.

Bowling Event

March 15, 2018
Village Lanes
208 Owen Ave.
Monona, WI

$150.00 for 5-person team
$15.00 for Non Bowler

Register by March 9, 2018

Click here to access flyer from website

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Milwaukee Chapter

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MBA Update

Remote Online Notarization

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) and the American Land Title Association (ALTA) have collaborated to prepare model legislation that would provide the framework for any state to adopt an remote online notarization process. This model legislation was developed with input from an ad-hoc task force of MBA and ALTA members and was also exposed for comment to MBA's Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Committee, MBA's State Legislative and Regulatory Committee and also ALTA committees. Additionally, key policy makers and other independent groups provided input. Both MBA and ALTA are working with their member companies and state and local association partners to advocate for the provisions of this model.

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Mortgage Applications on the Decline

Michael Fratantoni, Senior Vice President of Mortgage Bankers Association discusses why borrowing has slowed down because of interest rates that continue to rise.

Mortgage applications on the decline from CNBC.


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Update on Social Media and Digital Advertising Regulations Webinar

Tuesday, March 13 | 2:00 PM–3:30 PM ET
Social media is a rapidly evolving and powerful medium to generate revenue, reach new customers and increase brand recognition. That power brings many potential pitfalls and scrutiny from regulators that impacts almost everyone in your company.

Hear from MBA and legal experts about the safeguards that should be put in place, the information your staff should know and how to assess your policies and procedures on a regular basis.
This webinar is complimentary to those who have purchased the MBA Compliance Essentials Social Media & Digital Advertising Resource Guide. Contact Lisa Volb to get  access.

What You'll Learn:
  • How different laws and agencies intersect in this ever-changing area
  • Ways to identify your company’s key risk areas
  • Tools to launch an effective risk management program
  • State and federal enforcement activity
  • The areas where lenders are making mistakes

  • David Stein, Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP

You may also be interested in the following upcoming webinar for mortgage compliance professionals.

Acceleration Requirements for Mortgage Servicers
March 22 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET


Upcoming Educational Webinars

Click here to view the calendar register for the upcoming webinars

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Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association Online Store

The WMBA and the MBA have teamed up to bring you great access to the education components you need to stay current in the Mortgage Banking Business.

For every product purchased through the WIMBA-MBA store the WMBA receives a % back.  

Please use the link below to help support our Association!

Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Online Store

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