There are so many things that I love about Thanksgiving.
The importance of gratitude is too often overlooked. Scientists have found that gratitude boosts physical and emotional health, increases self esteem and can even help you get a better night’s sleep!
Gratitude also strengthens and transforms relationships. Everyone wants to feel appreciated and it is critical that we take the time to thank those who have played an important role in our lives. This year, I particularly want to give thanks to all of our partners – those lenders, government agencies, realtors and others in the mortgage industry who understand the importance of ensuring that consumers receive the financial education and counseling they need to be successful.
We owe our success to you.
The spirit of partnerships cannot be overstated. Partnerships allow diverse people to work together with the common goals of bettering people, doing good business and supporting each other. I can’t say enough about the kind of commitment that our partners have shown us over the years. This year has been no different. Because our partners believed in us and our mission, we have been able to help so many more consumers realize the dreams of homeownership and improved financial capability.
We appreciate our partners for their openness, honesty and their dedication to doing good, positive and honorable business in diverse communities across this country. I’d particularly like to thank (in alphabetical order) the Atlanta Housing Authority, the Baltimore Housing Authority, Bank of America, BB&T, Black Wealth 2020, Capital One, Chase, Citi, Coalition to Improve Credit Education, E*Trade, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, The Harbor Bank of Maryland, Industrial Bank, M&T Bank, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Microsoft, the Mortgage Bankers Association, The National Bankers Association, the National Housing Resource Center, National Mortgage Collaborative, Nationstar Mortgage, NeighborWorks America, Ocwen Financial Corp., Old Line Bank, the Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development, Quicken Loans, Radian Guaranty, SunTrust Bank, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, VantageScore and Wells Fargo.
Together we have made a difference, and for that I am thankful.
I am also optimistic about what 2017 will bring. My hope is that the relationships between nonprofit homeownership providers, community leaders and the mortgage and banking industry can be heightened. That way, we can do more, have more and help more -- together.