From The Orb

Sanjeev Dahiwadkar: Trump’s ‘Two For One’ Order Creates Regulatory Murkiness

Written by Patrick Barnard on March 27, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: The Trump administration’s executive order requiring federal regulatory bodies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one they enact is just one of many actions that have created regulatory uncertainty for mortgage lenders and servicers. [Read More]

GIS Technology Now A Critical Tool In Flood Zone Determination

Written by Priscilla Anand on March 20, 2017

BLOG VIEW: We know that flooding is a major natural disaster that affects many parts of the world, including developed countries such as the U.S. It causes billions of dollars in infrastructure and property damage, as well as loss of [Read More]

Paul Wetzel: E-Mortgage Adoption Means Lenders Must Focus On Security

Written by Patrick Barnard on March 13, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: The e-mortgage has been evolving for several years now, and the mortgage industry is very close to achieving a true, end-to-end, fully digital mortgage process. Although some roadblocks remain, particularly with regard to the acceptance of [Read More]

MORNING COMMUTE: Solid Jobs Report But Wage Growth Still Lacking

Written by Patrick Barnard on March 10, 2017

MORNING COMMUTE: Welcome to Morning Commute, where it’s all about music and mortgages. And the music for this morning’s commute was: Led Zeppelin IV. Also known as the “Zoso” album. What can I say … it’s another total classic album [Read More]

Sean Hennessey: What Mortgage Professionals Need To Succeed

Written by Patrick Barnard on March 08, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Sean Hennessey is a Maryland-based vice president for Embrace Home Loans, a nationwide mortgage lender that has been in business for more than 30 years. Currently, the firm has more than 80 offices and is licensed [Read More]

Is The Economic News Too Good For Mortgages?

Written by Peter G. Miller on March 08, 2017

The essential mortgage story in 2017 is likely to revolve around three issues: history, rates and uncertainty.

Placing People At The Center Of Lending

Written by Matt Price on March 06, 2017

BLOG VIEW: In today’s marketplace, consumers are becoming more selective about the brands that they choose to work with, and this extends into mortgage lending, as well. Price and convenience will always be key factors, but increasingly, U.S. consumers are [Read More]

Michael Vitali: Now Is Not The Time To Relax On QC

Written by Patrick Barnard on March 01, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: When it comes to the potential for regulatory rollback under the Trump administration, there are myriad possibilities. But, should the administration succeed in rolling back some or all of the onerous mortgage regulations put in place [Read More]

Hybrid Valuation: A Viable Alternative To Traditional Appraisals

Written by Audrey Clearwater on February 27, 2017

AMCs are developing hybrid approaches to expedite the appraisal process.

What Is The CFPB’s Ultimate Fate?

Written by Patrick Barnard on February 22, 2017

MORNING COMMUTE: I was at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo 2017 in Dallas this past week, and, somewhat embarrassingly, I am just now getting caught up. But first, the music this morning was Jethro Tull’s [Read More]

Susan Portnoy: Q4 Is The ‘Super Bowl’ Of Real Estate Tax Season

Written by Patrick Barnard on February 20, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: The fourth quarter is always a busy time of year for real estate tax matters – especially for mortgage servicers because they must be aware of any tax liens or other tax issues that could end [Read More]

Black Knight Pumping Out News Lately

Written by Patrick Barnard on February 20, 2017

BLOG VIEW: In case you haven’t noticed, mortgage software, data and analytics company Black Knight Financial Services has been pumping out news lately, starting with the release of its fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 financial results on Feb. 1. Company revenues [Read More]

How To Boost The Inventory Of Homes For Sale

Written by Peter G. Miller on February 15, 2017

BLOG VIEW: We love first-time home buyers. They’re great and wonderful people, and we have done everything possible to encourage their interest in real estate. We have lined up tax breaks they can’t get as renters, explained how property reflects [Read More]

David Isljamovski: Mortgage Industry Becoming More Multi-Generational

Written by Patrick Barnard on February 14, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: David Isljamovski recently returned to the mortgage business after a 10-year hiatus and now serves as national business development manager for MiMutual Mortgage. As MortgageOrb learned during a recent interview, Isljamovski has a fresh take on how [Read More]

Morning Commute: Does Trump Have A Reason To Fire Richard Cordray?

Written by Patrick Barnard on February 13, 2017

MORNING COMMUTE: Welcome to Morning Commute, the blog dedicated to those mortgage professionals with substantial commutes – featuring random mortgage news and insights, along with a dash of music analysis thrown in for fun! This morning, the music blaring in [Read More]

Six Safe Ways To Loosen Mortgage Standards

Written by Peter G. Miller on February 07, 2017

BLOG VIEW: “The housing market’s biggest constraint at the moment is tight credit standards,” says The Weekly Standard – a view that is widely shared, and with some reason: According to the Urban Institute, “Lenders would have issued 6.3 million [Read More]

Morning Commute: Dodd-Frank ‘Reliance’ And Getting Real About Unemployment

Written by Patrick Barnard on February 06, 2017

MORNING COMMUTE: Welcome to the inaugural edition of “Morning Commute,” a semi-regular blog dedicated to those mortgage professionals who have long commutes – whether by auto, train, cab, shuttle or subway, or any mix thereof! It’s about commuting, music, and [Read More]

The Art Of The Deal

Written by Timothy Moreland on January 31, 2017

BLOG VIEW: In the days following one of the most unique presidential elections in American history, the scene was anything but “business as usual.” Turmoil in the global markets, protests in the streets, rejoicing in the “red states” and endless [Read More]

Garnet Kanouse: Expect Prime Jumbo Volume To Fall In 2017

Written by Patrick Barnard on January 23, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Thanks to tighter credit, the jumbo mortgage market did quite well in 2016. But there are a number of misconceptions about jumbo loans – one being that they are only available to borrowers with high incomes [Read More]

Expanding The Definition Of ‘Digital Mortgage’

Written by Greg Marek on January 20, 2017

Does the definition of “digital mortgage” need to be expanded? If you consider the entire mortgage process, perhaps so.