If you’re an affordable homeownership administrator or a REALTOR® that works with first-time or low-income homebuyers, you know that it takes a lot of dedicated players to ensure that buyers understand their affordability restrictions and are prepared to purchase and maintain their first home. Learn how nonprofit and cities across the country are working with REALTORS® to promote access to affordable homeownership opportunities.
Join our webinar to hear:
- How programs and REALTORS® can maximize their relationship to sell homes faster and with improved service
- The advantages of a strong REALTOR® partnership
- The benefits of working with a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
- What to consider when interviewing or orientating REALTORS® for your program
- Best practices from the field
Wendy Penn, Manager, Housing Opportunity Program | National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
NAR is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. In her role, she provides NAR’s members and associations with grants, classes, and technical assistance to create affordable housing opportunities in their communities.
Prior to joining NAR, Wendy managed member services programs and diversity initiatives at the National Retail Federation. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit and Association Management from the University of Maryland University College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from James Madison University.
Shirley Lee, Program Officer | First Homes/Rochester Area Foundation (Rochester, MN)
Shirley has worked at First Homes/Rochester Area Foundation for over 10 years working with buyers and sellers, managing the purchase of foreclosure homes, rehab process, developed competitive bid contracts, and marketing for the Community Land Trust program. She has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2006. Since her tenure at First Homes, there have been over 70 foreclosed homes that have been totally renovated and sold to qualified buyers. Before coming to First Homes she was the Community Services Director at Three Rivers Community Action for 10 years managing four programs in three counties and staffed the regional Public Transit Advisory Board. Shirley received her Bachelors Degree from Winona State University in Minnesota.
Shannon Way, Director of Programs | Homeownership SF (San Francisco, CA)
Shannon is dedicated to empowerment through financial education. She ran a successful real estate business from 2001- 2011 and taught free community classes on money management, real estate investment and navigating homebuyer assistance programs. She moved into the nonprofit sector in 2011 to expand her role as an advocate for affordable housing and increase access to financial resources for low and moderate income Bay Area residents. Shannon played an integral role in developing the First Time Homebuyer Program at the SF LGBT Community Center where she provided individual homebuyer and credit counseling, taught first time homebuyer workshops, and managed the Lending Circles credit building micro loan program. She served on the Homeownership SF Board of Directors as Board Secretary from 2011-2013. She was on the Oakland Affordable Housing Task Force in 2007 and continues to volunteer at her local community garden.