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Diversity Briefing from the American Mortgage Diversity Council – Spring 2017

Check out the latest update from the American Mortgage Diversity Council.  Continental Real Estate Services proudly serves as a member of the AMDC.  We recently attended the member summit in Dallas, Texas where we discussed diversity and inclusion challenges with the industry’s leaders.

AMDC Newsletter Spring 2017

Here’s what you’ll find in the latest Spring edition:
• A history of progress – Travel with Kim Morris, SVP Tax Services at Accumatch, as she chronicles 60 years of progress, from Affirmative Action to the inclusion movement of today. Morris acknowledges how government efforts have helped along the way but reminds us of the much more pivotal role community plays in diversity’s progression.
• More to be done – As Charmaine Brown, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Fannie Mae, sees it, D&I has “…come a long way, baby.” Brown discusses the industry’s evolution from compliance-based inclusion programs to focusing on more bottom-line value adds. Yet despite this growth, she says, there is much work still to be done—and research on the successes of minorities and woman in mortgage proves it.
• Diversifying the workforce – Assimilating those with disabilities into the workforce can lower turnover rates, provide valuable tax credits, and increase loyalty from the customer base. Monika Peltz, SVP of Default Title Operations at First American Mortgage Solutions, provides great insight into this often-overlooked fact.
• Haitian-American home ownership – The plight of Haitian Americans in their pursuit of the American Dream of home ownership is felt by many members of their community. Consolidated Credit Solution’s Maria Gaitan, Director of Housing Counseling, and Meghan Alard, Finance Writer, discuss the challenges many Haitian Americans face because of lower household incomes, higher home prices, insufficient homebuying knowledge, and language barriers.Here’s what you’ll find in the latest briefing…

 

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The Continental Quarterly – Volume 6

 

 

 

 

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We are honored to have our Title Department Manager Tina Costello’s article titled “What to Expect When You’re Doing Business in an Abstract State” featured in the Fall 2015 edition of REOMAC Update. Click here to read the full article.
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CRES takes pride in being available for all of your real estate needs throughout the year. However, over the holidays we encourage our employees to spend time with loved ones and enjoy well deserved time off. Please see our holiday hours above.
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Major League Baseball Playoff Celebration
On October 9th, CRES had our first MLB playoff celebration potluck. Of course we had to make it a competition! There were 113 entries with only one person getting all of them correct, our fearless leader MK Kearns. Check out the photo to see her winning bracket.
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2nd Annual Halloween Costume Contest Results
This October CRES hosted our second annual Halloween Costume Contest complete with a potluck and prizes. This year’s winner was Joel Aney, who dressed up as Lemmy from Moorhead. This year’s participants went above and beyond with their effort. We even had three dogs participate. Congratulations to Joel and all participants for their creativity. We can’t wait to see what the CRES team comes up with next year.
To see all of this year’s participants visit our Facebook page!
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3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Contest Results
Holidays at CRES have really become a warm, happy and fun environment. We don’t just decorate the office with lights and ornaments, we celebrate with a contest. For the third year in a row our team showed off their best holiday inspired UGLY sweaters. This year the winner was Debi Stevenson. Her Grinch inspired holiday sweater truly took the cake. We have seen some really ugly sweaters over the years, but we want to thank our team for their participation in this hilarious contest.
To see all of this year’s participants visit our Facebook page!
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Veterans Day Chili Cook-Off
What better way to spice up a typical dreary fall day that to hold a Chili Cook-Off! On Veterans Day this year the CRES team celebrated by cooking their best recipes of the warm rib sticking dish.
The winners of this years contest were:
White Chili – Jen Boudreau
Original Red Chili – Joel Arney
Hot Chili – Jenn Swenson
Vegetarian Chili – Beverly Nation
To see all of this year’s participants visit our Facebook page!
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