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August Kudos: Celebrating milestones, launches and awards in the mortgage industry

Plaza Home Mortgage supports autism treatment


Plaza Home Mortgage donates $11,441 to support autism treatment

Plaza Home Mortgage donated $11,441 to Red Autismo, a non-profit organization based in Los Cabos, Mexico, that provides alternative treatment options to families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

KudosThe lender said the funds were a result of contributions from wholesale and correspondent loans brought in by Plaza account executives who won its 2018 Select Circle sales rewards and recognition program. The winners recently attended an awards trip in Cabo San Lucas, where the company wanted to give back to the community.     

“It is an honor to contribute to Red Autismo and to help them provide the necessary therapeutic and support services for children with ASD and their families,” said James Cutri, Plaza co-founder and vice chairman. “Today, one in 59 children are diagnosed with ASD, so we are extremely proud to be one of Red Autismo’s corporate contributors that can help them achieve their goals in their community.”

Real estate industry unites to raise funds for diabetes research

More than 60 real estate companies faced off at the JDRF Real Estate Games in New York City in June. The event raises money for JDRF, which raises money for type one diabetes research.

As part of the games, participating companies competed against one another in dodgeball, a “Hot Shot” basketball competition, rock climbing relay races and Jenga-like tower power challenge.

Participating teams were drawn from a wide range of companies from the housing industry and include Bank of America, Blackstone, Boston Properties, Brookfield Office Properties, Clune Construction, Douglaston Development, The Durst Organization, Eastdil Secured, Empire Realty Trust, Fisher Brothers, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, Glenwood Management, Hines, JLL, Langan, Newmark Knight Frank, REBNY, Rudin Management, Savills, SL Green Realty Corp., Tishman Realty, Tishman Speyer, Two Trees Management and Vornado Realty Trust.

Sponsors for the event included companies such as 99 Solutions, Colliers, AECOM, Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, Cushman & Wakefield, Deloitte, Donald Zucker, Gensler, Gibson Dunn, Good Hill Partners, Global Strategy Group, Greenberg Traurig, Jamestown, Kasirer, L&L Holding Company, Lalezarian, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Loffredo Brooks, Marathon Strategies, Mercury Public Affairs, Muss Development, Proskauer Rose, Rockrose Development Corp., RXR Realty, SKDKnickerbocker, Solow Management, TF Cornerstone and WeWork.

With support from Tishman Speyer for the team fundraising challenge, additional donors to the games include the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, Aethos, LLP, Avison Young, The Brodsky Organization, Carlyle Group, Gotham Organization, The Hudson Companies, Kensington Vanguard, Lazard, LCOR, Lettire Construction, Plaza Construction, Jack Resnick & Sons and Wells Fargo.

The JDRF Real Estate Games originated in the Washington, D.C., area 26 years ago, and last year expanded to Chicago with plans for further expansion in 2020. The three events raised over $1.3 million for T1D research in 2019.


KudosGuild Mortgage originators win Freddie Mac Home Possible RISE Award

Three loan officers from Guild Mortgage won Freddie Mac’s Home Possible RISE Award. Brandon Andrews, Erica Davis and Nick Maddock were recognized for helping low- to moderate-income homebuyers achieve homeownership.

RISE, which stands for Recognizing Individuals for Sustained Excellence, is an annual program designed to recognize Freddie Mac’s top clients for their exceptional performance across multiple categories with Home Possible mortgages, Freddie Mac’s affordable lending program.

“We focus on providing innovative programs and products that deliver the promise of home to more potential buyers in the communities we serve,” said Mary Ann McGarry, Guild Mortgage president and CEO. “We are honored to work with Freddie Mac to meet a broad range of homebuyer needs, and thank Brandon, Erica and Nick for their outstanding work serving their communities. They are each deserving of the Home Possible RISE Award recognition.

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