SAN FRANCISCO - With the more than 6,000 attendees flocking to San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center for the Mortgage Bankers Association's 91st Annual Conven-tion & Expo - which is by all accounts an attendance record - it's no wonder that MBA President Jonathan Kempner called the gathering a "dream," in his welcome remarks. Talk at the conference centered around the upcoming elections, extending homeownership, specifically to minorities, and of course the GSEs and their accounting woes.
Even Freddie Mac CEO Richard Syron tried to make light of the headline risk that has plagued his firm and more recently its rival Fannie Mae. "I'm assuming the good turnout is because today happens to be my birthday," Syron said, at the GSE Forum session. "I'll pretend it has nothing to do with all the big names on your general session program. Or all the media attention given lately to the GSEs."