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Industry participants are heading to Denver for the 2017 Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention & Expo seeking clarity and direction on many hot topics.

In the 10 months since President Trump was inaugurated, the much-hoped-for lucidity and clearness in policy and regulation from Washington has not materialized.

A discussion about nascent tax reform effort and the future of the mortgage interest deduction joins sessions on topics that have been hanging over the industry since the Obama administration such as secondary market reform and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's enforcement powers.

Affordable housing, especially with the upcoming changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, is another area attendees are seeking intelligence on how to survive and thrive.

Mortgage lenders are also looking for tips and ideas on how to stay competitive as their customers are turning to online resources to research and apply for loans.

On Saturday, before the convention officially opens, the MBA is hosting a day-long Summit for Women in Real Estate Finance.

The final day, Wednesday, features the regulatory supersession, while at the same time there is a discussion about fintech in the mortgage industry.

The convention is taking place in what has been for some time one of the nation's hottest housing markets. Home prices in Denver rose 8.3% year-over-year in August, the second most among major U.S. cities, according to CoreLogic.

Here are seven hot topics for convention attendees to put in their calendars to seek out at the show. And take a few minutes to say hi to the Blue Bear standing outside the Colorado Convention Center.


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