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Articles by Sarah Wheeler

Executive Conversation: John Hillman on third-party priorities

Nationwide Title Clearing sees impressive growth
Sarah Wheeler

We’ve seen our own role in the mortgage process go from little more than an afterthought for the lender to a highly compliance-driven necessity that absolutely impacts their ability to control risk.


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How far can lenders push the credit box?

Watt announcement helps, but risk keeps standards tight
Sarah Wheeler
During one of the last panels at the MBA Annual Convention, a group of lenders was cautiously optimistic about the future, noting that while progress has been made, more clarifications are needed for a significant increase in non-QM lending.
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MBA forecasts 7% origination jump in 2015

Predicts unemployment at 5.4% by end of next year
Sarah Wheeler
The MBA is projecting overall economic growth of 2.9% in 2015 and 2.4% in 2016, driven by strong consumer spending and business fixed investment as consumers spend on durable goods and businesses invest in equipment.
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MBA Hall of Honor gives back to military veterans

Financial services companies benefit veterans and their families
Sarah Wheeler
The MBA conference offers a variety of interesting, smart and funny (Michael Lewis!) speakers, but my favorite presentation so far has been the Hall of Honors, where the MBA recognizes companies in our industry who give assistance to military veterans and their families.
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Mel Watt and Julian Castro announce housing policy changes

MBA calls the policy changes "extremely positive"
Sarah Wheeler
Attendees at the Mortgage Bankers Association's Annual Convention & Expo think the changes are good. Really, really good.
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MBA leaders challenge federal regulators to take action

MBA: It's time for the penalty phase to end
Sarah Wheeler
"Today's lenders are paying many times over for mistakes that may have been out of their control," Bill Cosgrove, MBA chairman, said Monday at the MBA Convention in Las Vegas. "And it's the consumer who pays the ultimate price. It's time for the penalty phase to end."
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5 things the slightly paranoid person absolutely needs for the MBA convention

A little Ebola preparation goes a long way
Sarah Wheeler
I'm not a doctor — I don't even play one on TV. But I've rounded up the most useful things you can bring to the convention to be prepared.
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Executive Conversation: John Vong on the compliance challenge

Lenders must grapple with HMDA, TILA-RESPA reporting
Sarah Wheeler

Lenders need to use intelligent compliance analysis tools to mine their loan production data and monitor the process from the beginning, otherwise they will be unwittingly exposed to a great deal of regulatory risk.


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Pavaso offers free shuttle from airport to MBA hotel

Arrive in style with limo-bus to Mandalay Bay
Sarah Wheeler

Pavaso is offering a free shuttle service to MBA conference-goers from the Las Vegas airport to the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Oct. 19.


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Executive Conversation: Peak Corporate Network specializes in servicing

Eli Tene and Gil Priel on understanding the needs of investors
Sarah Wheeler

Over 35 years’ experience in the industry and having survived three very strong cycles has taught us with each cycle how to mitigate the risk that comes with those changes.


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