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IRVING, Texas — The steady drumbeat for credit unions to seize the opportunity to boost their mortgage market share is resonating throughout the country as CU specialists organize smaller groups to capture member real estate loans.

One successful example of a CUREN (for credit union real estate network) is the Texas group headed by Janice Sheppard, who is VP of mortgage lending for Southwest Airlines Federal Credit Union in nearby Dallas. Sheppard is freshly returned from the ACUMA conference in Las Vegas where she won an award for bringing in three new CU members to the fold. Sheppard is the president of Texas CUREN, which has almost as many total members as ACUMA itself (over 200).

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