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Rachel Williams attended Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and History. Williams is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, widely recognized as the nation’s most prestigious honor society. Subsequent to graduating from TCU, Williams joined the Five Star Institute as an editorial intern, advancing to staff writer, associate editor and is currently the editor in chief and head of corporate communications. She has over a decade of editorial experience with a primary focus on the U.S. residential mortgage industry and financial markets. Williams resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband. She can be reached at Rachel.Williams@DSNews.com.

Senate Budget Committee Approves Republican Tax Bill

The Senate Budget Committee approved the Republican tax bill Tuesday afternoon, clearing another hurdle for the legislation and putting it on track for a full Senate vote. The vote came after Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer pulled out of ...

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Working for Women

The disparity between men and women in leadership positions and compensation is one of the most pressing issues facing the financial services sector today. Ocwen shares how the company is making this issue a priority with their Ocwen Global Women’s Network.

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Reconstruction Program Aims to Soften Fallout of Natural Disasters

A recent report examined the success of a Build it Back program, which restores homes destroyed by natural disasters. The program has been mostly successful, but some critics find it lacking in certain areas, such as build times and layout adherence. And even though nearly three-quarters of its docket has been completed, a high dropout rate is still a major struggle.

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The Fight Against Blight in Maryland

Thursday, a fast-track foreclosure law expediting the foreclosure process was signed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. With the intent to reduce community blight, this bill was signed in the footsteps of a similar bill in Ohio. Industry experts provide commentary on the impact this bill may have, including being the push for other states to move forward with their own fast track foreclosure bills.

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Not all Materials are Created Equal

According to a white paper released on Monday, when it comes to fighting community blight clearboarding pulls ahead of plywood in terms of preserving property values and lowering crime.

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Delgado Champions Diversity and Inclusion in Mortgage Industry

Delgado called for broad industry commitment and support toward an agenda of inclusion and action and driving progress in the mortgage banking industry. “The fact that we have and continue to deliver century old products to a current consumer base ignores the vast cultural differences and needs of the future American homeowner,” Delgado said.

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CFPB Penalizes Mortgage Lender $250K Over Deceptive Advertising

In a press statement, CFPB Director spoke out against such practices, saying, “Deceptive advertising has no place in the mortgage marketplace, and the Consumer Bureau will continue to take action against companies that mislead consumers with false claims of government affiliation."

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