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North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has been named one of the 2022 Best Mortgage Companies to Work for by National Mortgage News and the Best Companies Group.

“North Dakota Housing Finance Agency is honored to be recognized as one of the 2022 Best Mortgage Companies to Work for,” said Dave Flohr, the agency’s executive director. “This achievement is a reflection of our staff’s remarkable talent and their dedication to show up every day and provide the best customer service possible no matter what obstacles come before them.”

NDHFA’s mission is to make housing affordable for all North Dakotans. Over the past 40 years, more than 49,000 individuals and families have benefited from the affordable home financing provided by the state agency.

Through its FirstHome™ program, NDHFA assists primarily first-time homebuyers in achieving homeownership by providing low-cost mortgages and purchase assistance (i.e., down payment and closing cost assistance). Single parents, veterans, and families with disabled or elderly households members can qualify for similar help through HomeAccess. The agency’s North Dakota Roots program assists households who require purchase assistance to buy again or whose income exceeds the limits of the agency’s standard program.

“Historically low interest rates and a limited inventory made the housing market very competitive this past year,” said Flohr. “North Dakota Housing Finance Agency helped 1,548 individuals and families to successfully purchase a home in 2021, all of the buyers learning about our programs from one of our outstanding housing partners.”

Parties interested in the agency’s programs will find information online, www.ndhfa.org, including contact information for the Participating Lenders who originate mortgage loans on NDHFA’s behalf and for FirstHome Certified Agents, real estate agents who have exhibited a commitment to assisting homebuyers who may benefit from the agency’s programs

National Mortgage News and Best Companies Group’s annual survey and awards program identifies, recognizes, and honors the best employers in the U.S. mortgage industry. This year’s list included 50 companies who were identified as the winners with the final rankings reveled in a special report published in National Mortgage News on March 7, 2022.

“This year’s top companies have brought their A-game in supporting their teams through continued disruption,” said Heidi Patalano, editor-in-chief of National Mortgage News at Arizent. “The events of the past two years have underscored how important it is to be a thoughtful employer that offers a number of ways to show how much they value their ‘human capital’ and these firms did it best, according to their very own employees.”

Companies from across the United States entered a two-part survey process to determine the National Mortgage News’ Best Mortgage Companies to Work for. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

The North Dakota Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Doug Burgum as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Drew H. Wrigley, oversees the agency.

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