The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) took an $8.6 million loss for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008 as the mortgage crisis took its toll on MBA members and the trade group's revenues fell by 31% to $39.4 million.

In fiscal year 2007, the MBA generated a $6.7 million surplus with total revenues of $57.1 million, including $13.9 million in member dues and assessments.

In its latest annual filing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), MBA reported that dues and assessments fell by 20% to $11.1 million. MBA expects to take another loss in full year 2009 and show a positive result in full year 2010, according to MBA spokeswoman Cheryl Crispen.

The MBA's board of directors has just approved its FY 2010 budget and it shows a "balanced, slightly positive" budget, she said.

The MBA moved into its newly constructed headquarters in June 2008 that is listed as a $98.6 million asset on the IRS report. MBA planned to lease out 60% of the building but reported no rental income.

MBA has leased some of the space and there is "substantial interest" in the remaining office and retail space, Ms. Crispen said.

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