Wednesday, April 5, 2017

RIHousing Hosts Spring Homebuying Breakfast

Photo Credit: Gretchen Ertl Photography
RIHousing recently held its Spring Homebuying Breakfast, an annual event to recognize its top partners for their contributions.

“A healthy housing market is essential to the overall economic prosperity of our state, and we are thrilled to announce that 2016 was RIHousing’s strongest year ever, with an all-time annual record of 1,625 first mortgages funded,” said Barbara Fields, Executive Director of Rhode Island Housing. “This exceeds our previous high in 2007 and clearly shows that Rhode Island’s housing market has finally rebounded from the crash.”

Keynote speaker Laurie Aquilante, head of HubSpot’s North America Funnel Marketing Team, shared marketing insights with the crowd of more than 350 lenders and realtors including how much social media has changed the homebuying process.

Coastway Community Bank was recognized with the 2016 Participating Lender of the Year award for its work supporting first-time homebuyers. In 2016, Coastway produced 324 Rhode Island Housing first mortgages, an increase of over 63% from 2015. In addition, Coastway was named the 2016 FirstHomes Tax Credit Lender of the Year for producing 279 FirstHomes Tax Credit certificates, the largest number since the program began in 2014.

The following individuals were also recognized at the breakfast:

First Homes Tax Credit Loan Officer of the Year
John Gibbons III -- Semper Home Loans

Top Producing Loan Officers
Bronze Partner:
Keith Quinton -- Coastway Community Bank
Michael Nadeau -- First Home Mortgage

Silver Partner:
David Campagnone -- Coastway Community Bank
John Gibbons III -- Semper Home Loans

Gold Partner:
Michelle Proia -- Coastway Community Bank
Karen Xavier DaCunha -- Coastway Community Bank

Loan Center Originator of the Year
Rob Rocchio -- RIH LC

2016 Realtor of the Quarter
Kyle Seyboth, 1st and 2nd quarters -- Keller Williams Realty
Nelson Esteves, 3rd Quarter -- RE/MAX Professionals
Jeff Mateus, 4th Quarter -- Mateus Realty