Leading with Data Science in the Housing Industry

Understanding the Industry through Its Data
This intensive course is delivered over 3 weeks in 6 interconnected live modules. Each module is 60 minutes long, and will be recorded. Each of the six sessions will be followed by a 30-minute office-hours session where students can bring their questions to discuss. From time to time, we invite guest speakers to expand on the concepts we discuss during the core portion of the class.

To earn a certificate, participants should attend the live sessions (or complete the video recordings), thoughtfully complete the assignments, use the interactive dashboards to perform assignments, and take full advantage of the knowledge management platform.

The expected work load is 2-4 hours per module (including class and office hours), depending on the individual learning style and whether the participants would like to earn the certificate.

Who is it for?
This six-module LWDS class is designed to teach interns and new hires how to use housing finance data to better prepare for careers in the housing finance industry, helping them contextualize, interpret, and respond to issues and opportunities. It is particularly well-suited for:
Data Analysts & Data Engineers
who want to gain a better understanding of how to enrich/improve data pipelines that support data-driven decision-making in housing finance and what KPIs and other statistics can be used to paint a picture of how the business is operating in the highly competitive mortgage market context using a variety of data analysis techniques and statistics.
Data science interns
who want to broaden their knowledge of the housing finance industry and develop domain-specific expertise through data analytics applications.
Application Engineers & Business Analysts
who want to learn how to leverage data science to gain insights into mortgage banking trends, loan products, sales strategies, KPIs, competitive analysis, and develop data-driven go-to-market strategies.
Marketing interns
who want to learn how to use data science to better understand customer behavior and preferences in the housing finance market and enhance existing lead generation strategies.
Compliance professionals & interns
who need to understand how the regulatory data such as HMDA and CRA describes the lending patterns of their employers and other market participants, with a focus on fair lending KPIs.
Non-profit & technology vendors' employees and interns
who want to develop a better understanding of the housing market, its dynamics, and the role of data science in this industry, with a focus on becoming more well-rounded professionals and preparing for future career opportunities.
Hands-on Learning
Breadth and depth of data, tools, and resources
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
- Benjamin Franklin

Instructors for Leading with Data Science

Delivered by practitioners like data scientists and certified mortgage bankers
  • Val Buresch
    Founder and CEO
    Lyubomira "Val" Buresch is the driving force behind Polygon Research, a SaaS data science company. Drawing from her broad experience in mortgage banking, including roles at Bank of America and Citibank, Val delivers transformational outcomes for stakeholders in the mortgage industry: Data Literacy, Data Enablement, and Data Leverage. With an MBA from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, multiple certifications from the Mortgage Bankers Association, and serving as the Chairman of the Certified Mortgage Banker Society, Val shares her knowledge widely, speaking at industry events, teaching, writing for industry publications, and serving in advisory roles.

  • Greg Oliven
    Chief Technology Officer
    Greg leads our software, cloud, and data science teams at Polygon Research. Known for the commitment and expertise he brings to each product and client engagement, Greg's work is focused on leading clients through the virtuous cycle that starts with competitive advantage and leads to a better way of doing business for all. He holds a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
What Do LWDS Participants Say about Leading With Data Science Course?
  • I really enjoyed the class and thought it was excellent. I learned so much and look forward to continuing to hone these newfound interests and skills. "
    Young professional
    Credit Union
  • I truly found the Leading with Data Science course to be deeply interesting and valuable.

  • I am better prepared to perform market and competitor analysis and understand industry data. LWDS pushed me beyond my comfort level by introducing new tools to analyze data. The teaching methodology included live instructor-led lectures (recorded for re-viewing), office hours to ask questions, and challenging [projects]. The Polygon Research team was always available for assistance. This course is helpful to both individuals starting in real estate and those already in the industry that want to improve their knowledge of data analytics. It also serves as a solid base for those planning to go deeper into data analytics.
    Mortgage Lender
  • Attending the Data Science course from Future Leader Housing program was one of the most important highlights during my summer internship. I was able to learn the fundamentals of data science, how to use the tools, and the terminology. I was also impressed the guest speakers we were able to meet during office hours. During the classes, all the instructors were very engaging and patient regardless the level of the questions. I felt comfortable to execute the projects even though I'm not fluent in coding. [T]he instruction were very clear and the instructors are there whenever I have any questions. Definitely recommend to anyone who [is into] Data Science or like to get into Data Science in the housing industry.
    Mortgage Lender
Leading with Data Science course is always complimentary to the participants in Fannie Mae's Future Housing Leaders Program.
Next Opportunity to Attend Leading With Data Science Class
Please contact us at info@polygonresearch.com or call us at 202-315-0603.