8 things to look for at #MBAAnnual18

Mortgage industry members are congregating in Washington from Oct. 14-17 for the 2018 Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention & Expo to get forward-facing perspective on hot-button issues.

Presenters will share insights and opinions on everything from the political climate and its effect on mortgages, to how companies are using artificial intelligence to automate their work.

Lenders will explore ways to combat tight inventory and rising rates, while also navigating new technology as the loan process turns increasingly digital. Attendees can also enjoy a performance from "Since U Been Gone" songstress Kelly Clarkson.

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Janet Yellen
Strong opening
The general session kicking off the conference offers insight on how global economic trends touch real estate and housing policies. Janet Yellen, former chair of the Federal Reserve, will be interviewed by Fortune Magazine's senior editor-at-large, Geoff Colvin.
Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney
CFPB checklist
Acting Director Mick Mulvaney of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will break down real estate finance-related priorities for the bureau alongside MBA President and CEO Robert Broeksmit.
Politics and Policy
With the upcoming mid-term elections approaching, a panel of Washington experts debate and confer the crossing of policy and politics as it relates to the industry. The list of regulations and legislation affecting mortgages is extensive. Included in the panel is Bill Killmer, the MBA's SVP of legislative and political affairs.
Signage in front of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac headquarters.
Working with GSEs
Christopher George, the 2018 MBA Chairman-Elect, will talk to the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac about conducting business in the secondary mortgage market.
Geena Davis
Gender stereotypes
While strides have been made on gender equality in the mortgage industry and media, there's still a long way to go. Oscar-winning actor and equality advocate, Geena Davis, shares her work on how to end stereotyping going forward.
Capital ideas
Macro trends in home price growth outpacing wages could spell trouble for the credit environment. Lenders will navigate sustainable ways to ensure borrowers can qualify.
Brian Montgomery
Housing leaders
FHA Commissioner Brian Montgomery and the Treasury’s Craig Phillips give their opinions on housing policy on their agencies' behalves in light of the current regulatory and market landscape.
Miss Independent, Kelly Clarkson
Stepping back from all the mortgage talk, multiple-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson will perform for attendees on the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Convention Center's Level 3 Ballroom.