Message From MWF President, Gary Martell Jr.

Here we are with both 2020 and 2021 vision. With what has happened the last couple of years, it would be hard to believe that there could be too many curve balls thrown at the industry that we could not manage. Markets sure are a fickle thing. We are so blessed that during such unprecedented times we are in industries that are able to continue to serve the communities in such positive ways.

The benefits of homeownership are truly one of the greatest things that set apart our country from the rest of the world. I believe we have an incredible opportunity to continue to strengthen communities by assisting people in obtaining the American Dream. For most of my 40-year career there have been homeownership barriers like affordability, rapid appreciation, and even discrimination.

These types of challenges are what makes what we do even more impactful. We are able to add value to our neighborhoods, our communities, and even our cities by helping overcome the challenges and being an instrument of positive progress. Anyone can show someone a house, qualify the easy to qualify, or help an all-cash borrower buy another rental property, but it takes someone who really cares to help others overcome adversity to become a homeowner and start roots in a community that lasts for generations, that takes a real dedicated professional.

I believe this year, many of us will have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of new homeowners. We must continue to look at the new tools, programs, education, and technology that will enable us to be that person that adds just a little more to the system and creates a positive impact. Each year, we at MWF look to how we do exactly that.