There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.” We’re fortunate to be in an industry that affords us the opportunity to enjoy continuous learning and best practice sharing through associations. In fact, if you Google the words “mortgage association” you will get 23.4 million results!
Participating in associations – be they national or local – is a valuable business practice because these outlets grant members many opportunities to learn from one another. You can join more traditional associations such as the MBA, or collaboratives like TMC, Lenders One and CMC. Here are a few to consider:
- Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) offers membership at both the local and national levels. Not only are there various networking events and tradeshows you can attend each year, but there are also opportunities to serve on boards and other committees.
- National Association of Mortgage Brokers (NAMB) also provides membership at the local and national levels and sponsors a number of events throughout the year.
- Lenders One, The Mortgage Collaborative, Capital Markets Cooperative all share common goals of bettering the industry and helping mortgage professionals reach their professional goals.
Maybe 2019 is the year for you to get more involved? As Warren Buffet once said, “The more you learn, the more you earn.”