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Champions of Affordable Housing Honored

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency honored several of its partners as Champions of Affordable Housing during its Statewide Housing Conference in February.

“The Champion awards recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and private sector businesses that make exceptional affordable housing contributions in North Dakota,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Mortgage loan officers, financial institutions and real estate agents promote NDHFA’s homeownership programs to first-time buyers, households that previously owned a home and needed assistance buying again, and special needs households including single parents, veterans, and households with disabled or elderly family members in the home. Awards are presented to these partners based on the volume of loans produced and participation in locally sponsored affordable housing activities.

Travis Lang of Cornerstone Bank in Bismarck, ND, was the greatest individual producer of NDHFA’s affordable home loans in 2016. He originated 56 mortgages, providing more than $11 million in financing.

Also recognized was Debby Wisdom of Dakota Community Bank & Trust in Mandan, ND. Wisdom originated 46 loans in 2016 valued at more than $8 million. Over the past five years, Wisdom has produced more than 200 loans for the agency valued at over $33 million.

NDHFA also recognized three financial institutions as Champions of Affordable Housing – The Union Bank, Town and Country Credit Union, and Gate City Bank. These awardees were selected based on market penetration and loan production, special programs used, their portfolio performance and loan quality.  Together, they originated 240 loans on the agency’s behalf equaling more than $38 million.

Kirstin Wilhelm of Keller Williams Roers Realty in Bismarck, ND, was recognized for introducing 15 of her clients to NDHFA’s homeownership programs, securing more than $3 million in financing. Kyle Reedstrom of Hatch Realty in Fargo, ND, was honored for helping 17 of his clients obtain $2.9 million in financing.

The Property Management award recognizes either an individual property manager or a property management company that oversees affordable rental housing administered by NDHFA. MetroPlains Management, LLC of Fargo, ND, received the award for the outstanding work it does managing the more than 50 NDHFA properties in its rental portfolio.

Housing Production award entries are judged on the degree of response to a housing need, use of innovative and successful financing techniques, effectiveness of partnerships with other housing organizations or programs, and the measurable benefits to underserved people. Cook’s Court LLLP Senior Living of Minot, ND, received the award.

Through partnerships Beyond Shelter, Inc., a nonprofit developer based in Fargo, ND, forged with the City of Minot, State of North Dakota, Minot Housing Authority and Wells Fargo, Cook’s Court Apartments was successfully developed on an in-fill lot in southeast Minot. The property provides affordable rental housing for 40 low-income households age 55 and older.

NDHFA began recognizing its housing partners with Champion of Affordable Housing Awards in 1995. For more information on the awards or the agency’s program, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or www.ndhfa.org.

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency.

Champions of Affordable Housing Recognized

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) recognized several of its housing partners as Champions of Affordable Housing during the 24th Annual Statewide Housing Conference.

“The Champion awards recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and private sector businesses that make exceptional affordable housing contributions in North Dakota.” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

Lender and real estate awards are based on promotion of NDHFA’s homeownership programs and participation in locally sponsored affordable housing projects and events.

Awards were presented to four financial institutions and their outstanding loan officers. Recognized were First International Bank & Trust and Patti Helm of Fargo, Starion Financial and Dean Thiery of Bismarck, Valley Mortgage Inc. and Brian Johnson of Fargo, and Western State Bank and Peter Johnson of Fargo.

NDHFA recognized four real estate agents. They are Jim Jeromchek of Bianco Realty in Bismarck, April Bernabucci of Keller Williams Realty in Fargo, Crystal Lytle of Century 21 Heritage Realty in Jamestown and Lynnae Weidner of West River Realty in Beulah.

Prairie Homes Management of Fargo was recognized for its management of affordable multifamily housing projects. At NDHFA’s request, the property manager has taken on several troubled properties, those that have failed to meet U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s physical and management standards, and brought them back into compliance thus ensuring the continued availability of Section 8 housing units for households in need.

NDHFA began recognizing its housing partners with the Champion of Affordable Housing Awards in 1995. For more information on the awards or other agency programs, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or http://www.ndhfa.org.

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency.

Jim Jeromchek of Bianco Realty in Bismarck

Jim Jeromchek of Bianco Realty in Bismarck

WesternState

Western State Bank and Peter Johnson of Fargo

ValleyMortgage

Valley Mortgage Inc. and Brian Johnson of Fargo

Starion

Starion Financial and Dean Thiery of Bismarck

PrairieHomes

Prairie Homes Management of Fargo

LynnaeWeidner

Lynnae Weidner of West River Realty in Beulah

FirstInternational

First International Bank & Trust and Patti Helm of Fargo

CrystalLytle

Crystal Lytle of Century 21 Heritage Realty in Jamestown

April Bernabucci of Keller Williams Realty in Fargo

Nominations Sought for Housing Awards

BISMARCK, ND – North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) is seeking nominations for its 2014 Champion of Affordable Housing Leadership and Housing Production Awards.

“The Champion Awards recognize and celebrate exceptional contributions to the state’s affordable housing industry,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director.

The Leadership Award honors an individual or entity who has demonstrated outstanding effort in advocating for or providing affordable housing or related services. The impact of those results, and the obstacles overcome to provide the housing or services are considered.

The Housing Production Award recognizes the development, preservation of, or conversion to affordable housing, innovative construction or financing techniques, responses to the unique needs of special populations, or the ability to provide information to the public about affordable housing options. Housing Production Award Nominees must be occupied, placed in service or active during the one-year period prior to Nov. 1, 2014.

Nominations for both categories are open to individuals, organizations, affordable housing programs or developments within the state of North Dakota.

Forms and the selection criteria are available online at www.ndhfa.org. Nominations must be received by Jan. 16, 2015. For more information on the awards, contact NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or info@ndhfa.org.

Housing Agency Recognizes Outstanding Real Estate Agents

Dave Flohr, NDHFA homeownership division director, presents the Champion of Affordable Housing Award to Judy Maslowski of Bismarck.

BISMARCK, ND – The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) honored three real estate agents with Champion of Affordable Housing Awards at the REALTOR® convention of the Dakotas. The awards recognize and celebrate outstanding contributions to North Dakota’s affordable housing industry.

“The assistance of a good real estate agent is essential if you want to be successful in today’s marketplace,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA acting executive director. “The agents that represent NDHFA’s programs to their clients provide a valuable resource that enables the buyers to more easily obtain a home they will love and be able to afford.”

The agents recognized by NDHFA are Judy Maslowski of Bianco Realty in Bismarck; Sandra Retterath of Retterath Real Estate in Hazen; and Olivia Wellenstein of Continental Real Estate, Inc. in Dickinson.

“Champion Award recipients are judged on their promotion of NDHFA’s homeownership programs,” said Dave Flohr, NDHFA homeownership division director.

Maslowski has been a real estate agent for six years. When she’s not assisting homebuyers, she loves decorating, reading and spending time with her two-year-old twin granddaughters and one-year-old grandson.

“My favorite part of helping first-time buyers is helping them achieve the dream of their first home and the enthusiasm they have! I love answering their questions and guiding them through the process,” said Maslowski.

Retterath has been a real estate agent for more than 20 years. She serves as board vice president for CommunityWorks North Dakota and teaches homebuyer education. In her free time, Retterath loves spending time with her three children and four grandchildren. She also enjoys camping, boating and traveling, and recently joined the Prairie Rose car club.

“It is such an accomplishment when homeowners get their first home,” said Retterath. “Working with buyers is so rewarding for me.”

Wellenstein taught business and physical education at Dickinson High School for 31 years before beginning a career in real estate. She has been a real estate agent since 2005.

“I love closing on homes with first-time homebuyers. They are so excited to be able to buy a home rather than rent,” said Wellenstein. “It’s a good feeling to help them accomplish their goal.”

NDHFA began recognizing Champions of Affordable Housing in 1995. For more information about the agency’s FirstHome™ program or the Champion awards, contact Dave Flohr at (701) 328-8080, (800) 292-8621, (800) 366-6888 (TTY) or info@ndhfa.org.

The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, oversees NDHFA.