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  • Leaning Into Tax Lien Investing

    This “investment secret” has been edging closer to the mainstream among real estate investors, but it remains a confusing and often intimidating strategy. Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the March issue of DS News. ...

  • Fintech: A Change in the Mortgage Ecosystem

    How can emergent technologies such as AI alter the course of the mortgage landscape from origination to servicing? ...

  • Investing in the Zone

    Opportunity zones offer real estate investors strong incentives to invest in designated low-income census tracts. Here’s why these zones could be the next big thing. ...

  • Following Mortgage Fintech Into the Future

    Where are the big banks putting their fintech investment dollars? Regional lenders can follow their lead and find a pathway leading straight into the future. ...

  • Artificial Intelligence, Real World Results

    Emerging capabilities in artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to transform default property servicing. Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the March issue of DS News, out now. ...

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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Prudent or Petty: The Government’s Settlement Strategy

In light of their ineffectiveness in preventing another downturn in housing and their possible contribution to the slowness of the housing recovery, the question then becomes whether the imposition of penalties by the federal government, while "not insurmountable," is really in the best interest of the American consumer. Are they prudent or just petty?

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Shuffling the Deck: Staying Ahead of the Housing Recovery

Housing Recovery

In the housing industry, the only constant is change. In an economy that is still on the road to housing recovery and an industry that is still in a period of consolidation after the biggest financial downturn since the Great Depression, the best in the business are nimble on their feet and adaptable to the set of circumstances that is presented.

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Cost of Compliance: Community-Based Mortgage Servicing

Mortgage Servicing

New regulations have the propensity to transform the mortgage industry into a system where servicers deliver, regulators protect, and consumers trust again. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mortgage servicing regulations aim to do just that—get delinquent borrowers into loan modification plans and establish effective communication channels between the servicer and borrower to ultimately protect them from foreclosure.

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Villains … or Victims?

Select Print Feature, originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of DS News magazine.   Suicide. Accusations of prosecutorial overkill fanned by political aspirations. Scores of homeowners perhaps unfairly evicted. All elements, surely, of a nightmarish made-for-TV movie, right? Unfortunately, ...

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Driving the Market

What's Driving the Market?

Select Print Feature, originally appeared in the December 2012 issue of DS News Magazine.   For get prices. Forget mortgage rates. The main driver of housing demand—according to three separate and distinct market studies—is confidence, primarily assurance that the value ...

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The Sticky Business of Compliance

Compliance and Mortgage News

 Select Print Feature, originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of DS News magazine. As new regulations take shape, one thing’s for certain: A clear, methodical response is key to tapering regulatory risk and preventing servicers from seeing red.   ...

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Expediting the Empties

Housing and Mortgage News

  Select Print Feature, originally appeared in the May, 2013 issue of DS News Magazine. Can servicers and their partners in the field work through the many obstacles that come with fast-tracking vacant foreclosures? Several jurisdictions are considering legislation or ...

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Reflecting on Reform Legislation

Legislation, Mortgage and Compliance News

  Select Print Feature, originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of DS News Magazine.   Barney Frank served as a U.S. Congressman, representing the fourth district of Massachusetts, from 1981 to 2012 and occupied the chairman’s seat of the House Financial Services ...

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