USDA is not just about Steaks


Tony Hernandez Director of Rural Housing Services Open the Door for REALTORS for A special briefing at Department of Agriculture USDA

USDA is not just about the steaks and food, they are in many parts of the country an important stake holder in providing housing services  for single family, multi- family, and communities facilities in many rural communities around the nation.  USDA also works to impove the quality of life for rural communities throughout America, not just in our fly over states.

Tuesday morning at 7:30, REALTORS ® Boarded a bus from the Marriot Wardman to journey to the department of Agriculture to hear from Tony Hernandez, Administrator Rural Housing Service and Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for Rural Development to hear about the essential services that USDA Rural Development Programs.

Offering a variety of  programs that are essential for strong rural communities, USDA through Rural Housing services provide loans and grants.

We heard from Rural Housing Services Administrator Tony Hernandez, Under Secretary of  Rural Development Lisa Mensah and their Team.

There are many great programs that the USDA has to offer members of Rural Community, including lower income loans, grants, and programs to build strong and healthy communities. The Staff of USDA is determined to help Rural Communities, improve the standard of life for all the member of these small towns that may have lower incomes, less loan programs available to members of the communities to build new homes, buy existing homes and they even have programs to help people that need to improve their current homes through loans or in some instances grants. Check out for more information about what Tony Hernandez and his team can do for your small communities.


Under Secretary of Rural Development Lisa Mensah


Tony Hernandez with NARLA Graduates Yoshi Nori Takita and Erica Solomon

Axay Parekh

Axay Parekh, called Ax by his friends, was selected as the 2012 REALTOR® of the Year for the Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS® for his work to bring innovative technology to the Tulsa market and for his dedication to working with RPAC, the Realtor Political Action Committee, and its mission to keep home ownership attainable for all Americans. He has served as a Director at the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS® (OAR) and has chaired several committees, including the Conference Committee. In 2017, OAR President Pete Gailbraith appointed Axay to a 1-year term on the Leadership/Executive Team. Axay was also selected by National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) President Steve Brown to serve on NAR’s Social Media Advisory Council, and was selected to be a part of NAR’s Leadership Academy Class of 2015. Axay is the 2017 Chair of NAR’s Emerging Business Issues and Technology Forum, and is the 2017 President of the Greater Tulsa Association REALTORS®.

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