Forums Will Feature Topics for Housing Professionals

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency will host a series of Housing Forums in 2020. The events provide educational and networking opportunities for the housing professionals who partner with the agency to deliver its affordable homeownership and rental programs.

“The Forum topics were selected with our housing partners in mind and will be hosted at locations and times convenient to them,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA interim executive director.

The first event, a Homeownership Forum, is targeted to lenders, real estate agents and related professions. The same event will be hosted in two locations, on Feb. 25th at the Doubletree by Hilton in West Fargo and on Feb. 26th at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.

The featured speaker is Ruth Dillingham, a residential real estate sales and mortgage lending expert. She will provide an Overview of Regulatory Compliance Rules for Residential Mortgage Lending. Dillingham will review the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) Section 8 requirements and discuss how to handle referral requests, and review TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) requirements, talk about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the five-year look back requirement.

Following Dillingham’s presentation, a local title company, and real estate and lending professionals will weigh-in during a roundtable discussion.

Register for the Homeownership Forum by Feb. 12 for $40. After Feb. 12, the fee will increase to $60. Registration will close on Feb. 17, 2020.

Real estate continuing education program applications have been submitted to the North Dakota Real Estate Commission and the Minnesota Dept. of Commerce. Upon the approval of the program by these licensing organizations, NDHFA will offer credit for homeownership forum attendance.

The agency will host a Multifamily Forum in Bismarck on April 16th that will be targeted to property managers, multifamily developers and service providers. That event will be preceded by a full day of Uniform Physical Conditions Standards training. Additional details will be released on the multifamily event in late January.

“The Forums will replace NDHFA’s traditional Statewide Housing Conference in 2020,” said Flohr. “By hosting these smaller, targeted events, our goal is to provide opportunities for meaningful conversations while offering audience-specific education.”

A self-supporting state agency, NDHFA finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing in North Dakota. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum, as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees the agency.

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