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Join Us April 6 for our Spring Virtual Homeownership Forum

March 12, 2021

We’re excited to announce that next month, on April 6 from 9:30-11:30 a.m., we will be hosting a Spring Virtual Homeownership Forum! We hope to share a wealth of information about the homebuyer market in Alabama with you all. If you’re in the mortgage or residential real estate field, you won’t want to miss this event!

Who Should Attend?

This event is open to lenders, Realtors, and other mortgage and residential real estate professionals.


We’ve got several speakers that will join us to bring this information to you:

  • Blake Corder, Corder Real Estate, Broker
    • "Alabama New Construction Outlook"
    • Corder is both partner of The Builders Group, LLC, a residential and light commercial contractor, as well as Broker of Corder Real Estate, Inc., both based out of Tuscaloosa. A member of both the Home Builders Association of Tuscaloosa (HBAT) and the Huntsville Madison County Builders Association, Blake chaired the HBAT’s Investment Property Owners Council, and Membership and Parade of Homes Committees. In 2011, he served as HBAT President. Blake was named the HBAT Builder of the Year in 2014 and received the Carolyn Guidroz Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2016.
  • James Hall, Freddie Mac, Affordable Lending Manager
    • "HFA Advantage Program & Tools for Real Estate Professionals"
    • Hall joined Freddie Mac to promote the HFA Advantage Mortgage program to HFA’s lenders and realtors. Prior to this position, he worked at the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJMFA) for 12 years as Assistant Director in the Single Family Division. In that position, Hall was responsible for business development while being an advocate for affordable lending for workforce families and the underserved. Prior to joining NJHMFA, Hall worked in the private mortgage industry for 20 years in various business development and operations positions. 
  • Tom Horn, Appraiser
    • "Choosing Comps Like an Appraiser & Tips for Winning a Bid in a Hot Market"
    • Horn's appraisal career began in 1990 when he was looking for a change from working in the consumer finance field. Currently, he holds the SRA designation from The Appraisal Institute and concentrates in the area of single-family, vacant land, 2-4 family, and condominium appraisals in the central Alabama area. In addition to performing appraisals for first mortgage loans and refinancing, Horn prepares reports for other uses such as estate planning, private mortgage insurance removal (PMI), For Sale By Owner (FSBO) marketing, and insurance valuations.
  • Albert Martinez, Essent Guaranty, Inc., Account Manager, HFA East
    • "Using Mortgage Insurance Creatively"
    • Martinez joined Essent Guaranty, Inc. in 2017 and has been involved in the mortgage lending industry since 1997. Prior to joining Essent, he was with a major nationwide lender where his primary focus was helping low- and moderate-income communities and serving emerging markets. Martinez currently serves on the Leadership Committee of the “National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals” (NAHREP) in South Florida, and is a board member of the housing counseling agency and nonprofit, “Real Estate, Education and Community Housing” (REACH).
  • Stuart Norton, Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE), Data Analytics Coordinator
    • "Alabama Home Sales Data and Analysis"
    • ACRE is housed within the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business. Norton frequently writes and speaks on residential market trends in markets across the state. He creates the Center's residential sales forecasts, manages the production of ACRE's residential market reports, and hosts the Real Estate Matters podcast.  

Our very own Carrie Hamaker, head of our Single-Family division, will also join the event to share a bit about AHFA programs and lead a Q&A discussion with all of our panelists to round out the event.

To Register

To register to attend:  You’ll get an email back with details of how to log in to the Zoom virtual event on April 6.

For More Information

If you have any questions about this event, email [email protected].

We hope to see you on April 6 for our Spring Virtual Homeownership Forum!