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If industry participants came to the 2017 Mortgage Bankers Association's annual convention seeking clarity and direction, they left with firm guidance in some areas, but ambiguity remained in others.

Surprise announcements bookended the convention. On the Friday afternoon before the show started, as many attendees were making their way to Denver, mortgage originators learned that a language preference question was being added to the new loan application.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt spent a portion of his speech defending the decision.

And as people were making their way to Denver International Airport on Wednesday, the industry learned that David Stevens is stepping down as president and CEO next September.

It wasn't all business during the event. John Legend gave a stellar performance on Tuesday night, while Rachel Platten performed at a Freedom Mortgage party on Monday.

And former Bronco Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning left quite an impression on those who attended his inspirational speech.

At the trade show, people had their choice of fidget spinners from the tables at different booths to bring home for themselves and their kids.

Diversity in the mortgage industry was highlighted at the show with the mPower events for women on Oct. 22 and 24.

On the low side, the new badge holder that used magnets to "secure" the tag to the wearer's clothing was not a hit with attendees.

But the size of the Colorado Convention Center gave attendees plenty of walking exercise so they could burn off the calories from the hors d'oeuvres eaten and beers consumed at the various parties and receptions.


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