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  • Jill L. Caldwell

    Innovating Title Operations for the Future

    With a career spanning three decades in the national title and closing field, Jill Cadwell has honed her expertise in various executive positions at leading title and closing firms. Cadwell is a staunch supporter of technological innovation and an enthusiast of the innovative work culture at ValuAme...

  • The Changing Face of Default Servicing Litigation

    Dan Young received a B.S. from Hope College and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York and Vermont and is a member of the New York Bar Association, with his major areas of practice being in litigation and foreclosure. He spoke to DS News about the Statute of ... ...

  • Tech Taking Center Stage

    Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the August issue of DS News. Since the beginning of this year, I’ve had the opportunity to attend several industry conferences—something that has allowed me to discover the latest news and industry developments, as well as attend networking events a...

  • The Next Housing Crisis, Plus More From DS News

    The latest print edition of DS News is here, and it's packed to the brim with insightful, exclusive content you need to stay abreast of the latest developments in mortgage and default servicing. Here's what you can look forward to in the latest edition of DS News magazine. "When Inventory Dries Up" ...

  • Thriving in a Low-Delinquency Environment

    Courtney Thompson, Director, First VP, Default Servicing Operations, Flagstar Bank discusses streamlining communications with borrowers, navigating compliance and how Flagstar has evolved to thrive in a lower-delinquency environment. Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the July issue ...

In Search of the Next Generation

If the residential valuations industry was a football field, many appraisers would tell you they’re sitting on the 50-yard-line, with no book of plays, no running back, and a star quarterback who is on vacation. Editor's note: This select print feature appeared in the September 2015 issue of DS News.

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The Gift of Hindsight: Did Prime Loans Cause the Mortgage Crisis?

But a new analysis of the mortgage crisis, which cost millions of families their homes and brought down storied financial institutions such as Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, suggests prime loans, not subprime, were the major driver and “the crisis was not solely, or even primarily, a subprime sector event.” This select print feature will appear in the August 2015 issue of DS News.

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The Five Pillars of Risk Management

As a mortgage banker, originator or servicer, you may be thinking, “Can the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) interfere with my supplier and service provider relationships?” If you’re asking that question, it is useful to learn more about the CFPB’s vendor oversight expectations. Editor's note: This select print feature is scheduled to appear in the July 2015 issue of DS News, available on July 1.

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Numbers Don’t Lie: Complaints to the CFPB May Not Be What They Seem

In fact, the industry discovered that simply analyzing data from the CFPB is not enough, especially since the database arrives with its own built-in bias—that bias being the very nature of the database itself. It collects complaints, not praises, and ignores the larger universe of loans serviced nationwide. To fill the void of well-rounded data, Black Knight Financial Services and the Five Star Institute jumped into the missing space and used data from the CFPB database and its own analytics to inform its latest white paper on CFPB complaints. This select print feature originally appeared in the May 2015 issue of DS News magazine.

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The Underappreciated Impact of Dodd-Frank: The Rise of Federal and State Regulatory Cooperation

There are multiple levels of regulation in the financial services industry with federal, state, and even local officials supervising companies within the industry. These regulators often cooperate, but also sometimes act in conflict with one another in their pursuit of consumer protection and enforcement of laws. This select print feature originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of DS News magazine.

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Ginnie Mae: Transforming the Evolving Marketplace

Today’s housing market barely resembles the market that existed five or even four years ago, much less the environment that was in place when Ginnie Mae was created in 1968 or when it issued the world’s first mortgage-backed security (MBS) in 1970.

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Forward to the Future: Industry Leaders Speak Out On Housing in 2015

The year ahead is shaping up to be one of great change in housing with uncertainty lurking around every corner. Brian Montgomery, industry expert and veteran of both the Bush and Obama Administrations, gives his insight on what to expect.

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Vandalism, Arson — Or Both?

With so many legal stipulations to bear in mind, deserted dwellings are anything but an open-and-shut case. As foreclosure resolution time frames swell, servicers and investors must maintain property preservation standards for longer periods of time. Properties at the highest risk of loss or damage are vacant properties. Vacancy presents a host of problems to servicers and investors in managing their foreclosure inventory. Paramount among those concerns is vandalism.

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