Person Of The Week

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]

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]

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]

Jim McGurer: The Challenges Of Properly Tracking Property Tax Payments

Written by Patrick Barnard on January 16, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: How do servicers accurately keep track of whether local property taxes are being paid on the assets in their portfolios? Simple: They use one of any number of tax reporting services.

Jeff Weinstock: MISMO Allows For ‘Consistent Experience’ In The Mortgage Process

Written by Patrick Barnard on January 10, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: For nearly 33 years, Dallas-based Financial Industry Computer Systems Inc. (FICS) has been providing flexible, comprehensive residential and commercial technology solutions to the mortgage industry. This includes Loan Producer, a loan origination system (LOS) that can [Read More]

Camillo Melchiorre: When It Comes To Loan Mods, Collaboration Is Critical

Written by Patrick Barnard on January 03, 2017

PERSON OF THE WEEK: HLP, formerly known as Hope LoanPort, is a nonprofit that offers a Web-based communications platform that is used by many of the largest mortgage servicers for their foreclosure prevention and loan modification activities. The nonprofit’s goal [Read More]

Barry Hays: Intelligent Personal Assistants Will Play Larger Role In Mortgage Servicing

Written by Patrick Barnard on December 07, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Barry Hays is co-founder and senior vice president of TeleVoice, a provider of contact center technology to the mortgage servicing industry. MortgageOrb recently interviewed Hays to learn more about what the innovations in contact center technology [Read More]

Brenda Jarvis: How The Game Has Changed In Retail Mortgage

Posted by Patrick Barnard on November 21, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Brenda Jarvis is vice president of national retail lending for MiMutual Mortgage, a privately held retail and wholesale non-depository mortgage lender headquartered in Port Huron, Mich. The company, which is the national retail channel for Michigan [Read More]

Frank Virga: Educating Millennials On The Home Buying Process

Written by Patrick Barnard on November 14, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Frank Virga is a New York-based senior loan officer for Embrace Home Loans, a direct lender for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, approved by the Federal Housing Administration and Veterans Affairs, and an issuer for Ginnie [Read More]

Jay Garvens: Taking An Origination Approach To Demographics

Written by Patrick Barnard on November 07, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Jay Garvens is a branch manager with Churchill Mortgage in the company’s Colorado Springs, Colo., location. MortgageOrb recently interviewed Garvens to get his take on the changing makeup of today’s home buyer demographic and how this [Read More]

George Paquette: ‘Scope Creep’ Contributing To Appraiser Disgruntlement

Posted by Patrick Barnard on October 31, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: George Paquette is chief appraiser for USRES, a provider of real estate appraisals, broker price opinions and real estate owned (REO) disposition services. Founded in 1992, USRES is widely recognized for its REO disposition and default [Read More]

Jim Micali: Increase In MSR Deals Is Creating Challenges For Servicers

Written by Patrick Barnard on October 19, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Jim Micali is chief operating officer for LERETA, a provider of tax reporting solutions and data to the mortgage servicing industry. MortgageOrb recently interviewed Micali to get his view on whether the recent increase in mortgage [Read More]

Yashodhan Ratnakar: Servicers Should Track All Vendors Using A Single System

Written by Patrick Barnard on October 05, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: MortgageOrb recently interviewed Yashodhan Ratnakar to get his take on how new regulations have changed the vendor management landscape for servicers in recent years.

Rudy Zabran: Mortgage Risk Management Has Matured Over The Years

Posted by Patrick Barnard on September 28, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Having been a third-party risk management provider since 2005, Opus Capital Markets Consultants has been in the unique position of helping the mortgage industry undergo a major (and often painful) transformation during the past 10 years. [Read More]

Barry Hays: Expect Further Innovation In Mortgage Contact Center Technology

Written by Patrick Barnard on September 21, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Today’s IP-based contact center systems are helping mortgage servicers gain new efficiencies, hold down operating costs and maintain compliance. The vendors that provide these systems often play an important role in helping servicers get the most [Read More]

Audrey Clearwater: The Many Benefits Of Commercial Evaluations

Written by Patrick Barnard on September 12, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: As appraisal management companies (AMCs) respond to regulatory changes and a shortage of appraisers, they are increasingly looking at expanding their offerings beyond traditional commercial appraisals to include other valuation services. Commercial evaluations have become a [Read More]

Brian Simons: SAFE Act Changes Would Be Good For Consumers

Written by Patrick Barnard on September 06, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Brian Simons is founder and president of Altavera Mortgage Services, offering collaborative, end-to-end loan fulfillment services to residential loan originators. Previously, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Urban Lending Solutions, one [Read More]

Daniel Jacobs: Regulations Have Made Retail Mortgage Business ‘Far More Stable’

Posted by Patrick Barnard on August 29, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Daniel Jacobs is executive vice president and managing director of retail for MiMutual Mortgage, a privately held retail and wholesale non-depository mortgage lender headquartered in Port Huron, Mich. The company is licensed in 30-plus states and [Read More]

Sanjeev Malaney: Wholesale Lenders Must Leverage Technology To Automate Key Processes

Posted by Patrick Barnard on August 24, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Sanjeev Malaney is founder and CEO of Capsilon Corp., a provider of document and data management solutions that enable mortgage lenders, investors and servicers to increase productivity and lower costs while ensuring compliance.

Bill Canfield: FHA Handbook Changes Require Servicers To Review QC Practices

Posted by Patrick Barnard on August 15, 2016

PERSON OF THE WEEK: Bill Canfield is compliance consulting specialist with Wolters Kluwer, a firm that provides software solutions and expertise to help tax, accounting and audit professionals research and navigate complex regulations, comply with legislation, manage their businesses, and [Read More]