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  • Five Minutes With: Talking Tech and Disaster Prep

    Amy Neumann recently spoke to DS News about how technology is changing the industry, the importance of disaster preparedness, and what trends to look out for in the months ahead. This feature originally appeared in the July issue of DS News, out now. ...

  • Counsel’s Corner: Challenges and Changes in Servicing

    DS News spoke to Gilbert Michelle Garcia Gilbert about the state of the industry, challenges, trends, upcoming court cases, and how technology will impact the industry moving forward. This feature originally appeared in the July issue of DS News, out now. ...

  • Better Data, Stronger Performance

    Based on surveys of servicer needs, here’s how Freddie Mac is working with its industry partners to improve processes and better server American homeowners. Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the July issue of DS News, out now. ...

  • Parts of a Whole in Default Servicing

    How are default servicers reducing friction and strengthening their networks? Editor’s note: This feature originally appeared in the July issue of DS News, out now. ...

  • Key Factors Impacting Inventory and Home Flipping

    Blomquist sat down with DS News to provide perspectives on the current housing market and the trends that will define the near term. Editor's note: this piece originally appeared in the June edition of DS News. ...

A Tough Market Means Tough Decisions

The rebound of the mortgage and housing market is good news for all except those who work in the counter-cyclical segments, such as foreclosure and REO services. This print feature originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of DS News magazine.

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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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