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Good-enough technology … is this the best we can do?
In the heydays that were only just a few years back it seems, the systems in every lender’s office were straining at their breaking points to cope with the volume. During this time, there was much fanfare and hype about the so-called “e-... Read more
Beating the big boxes
My more provocative articles appear on Web sites and e-publications. It is difficult for the magazines to get their advertisers angry at them, but if the industry is going to improve upon past experiences, we need to address the impact of... Read more
Look for ‘the one’ when it comes to branch partnerships
In today’s challenging economy, it’s more important than ever for mortgage professionals to make the right decision when deciding on a potential branch partner. The choice will have a long-lasting impact on your business and reputation.... Read more
Lock, stock and barrel
It seems that our government and business leaders are constantly making necessary changes to address the systemic blunders that were adopted during the last decade. We are witnessing an unprecedented bombardment of government intervention... Read more
Job hunting in today's market
You only have one chance to make a good first impression. In today's highly-competitive job market, you cannot afford to make mistakes. In this feature, top executives from Residential Finance Corporation share tips on how you can make the... Read more
FHA Insider: The FHA responds to declining markets
In November of 2008, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac published their requirement for appraisers to use the new “Market Conditions Addendum” for all appraisals done after April 1, 2009. Through Mortgagee Letter 2009-09, the Federal Housing... Read more
A closer look at Cost Segregation Studies
A virtually unknown strategy called Cost Segregation can help you to not only secure loans, but build your business with commercial and multi-unit residential investors. A Cost Segregation Study is a time-proven and powerful technique for... Read more
National Mortgage Professional Magazine Book Review: Think Reverse! by Atare E. Agbamu, CRMS
Think Reverse! The Complete Guide to Marketing and Originating Reverse Mortgages for Mortgage Professionals and Financial Advisors reflects an impressive level of breadth and depth in reverse mortgage knowledge. Clearly a lot of thought... Read more
Forward on Reverse: Write-offs could cut HECM costs
Monica Bubasky is a happy woman. The 70-year-old native of Lake Hekmo, Minn. is beside herself with joy. It comes across in her warm chatty voice and tender brown eyes. Her slight 5’4” frame comes alive when she talks about her modernized... Read more
Mortgage warehousing: What now?
In 1972, I graduated from college and joined my father’s mortgage banking firm. He started in the mortgage business in 1948, and formed his own company in 1950. My dad enjoyed the fatherly trait of passing pearls of wisdom to his sons.... Read more