Articles by Sarah Wheeler

Executive Conversation: Deborah Garcia-Gratacos on servicing the Hispanic market

Deval provides bilingual documents and personnel for optimal communication
Hispanics are the fastest-growing segment of the American population, with 55.3 million Hispanics in the United States in 2014 and this is projected to grow to 30% of the population by 2060. Deval LLC discusses the unique requirements for servicing the Hispanic community.
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From HW Magazine

The state of gender equality in housing

How does the industry increase participation by women across the board?
Gender data isn’t always reported; even when it is, there is usually a long lag time, making the information less helpful. As Morgan Stanley noted in publishing its study, “While human resources departments should have ready access to gender-related data, companies either don’t consider this metric meaningful to investors or don’t want to expose themselves, particularly when no requirement exists.”
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From HW Magazine

Avoiding the pitfalls of Silicon Valley culture

Not everything translates to mortgage finance
The solutions that offer so much promise also open up the possibility of 24/7 availability. The mission of many in our industry is satisfying consumer demand, and understandably so. But we should be careful. Sometimes consumers are ridiculous and unreasonable. Sometimes meeting their demands comes at too high a price.
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From HW Magazine

Hot Seat: Kim Hoffman of Sutherland Mortgage Services

Bringing down origination costs with creative solutions
Being creative, thinking outside the box, and working with partners who can provide customized solutions such as outsourcing non-core functions offshore to capitalize on the highly educated work force, lower salary requirements, and ability to work shifts around the clock, can really be a productivity and expense game-changer.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: Crusading for affordable housing at the Republican Convention

Plus, the Miami real estate shell game
One of the biggest events this week will be the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican party platform contains specific recommendations for housing, including winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and reducing the size of the Federal Housing Administration, but it remains to be seen what actually gets talked about at the convention, much less enacted should the Republicans win the presidency.
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Have questions on our Insiders award program? We've got answers

Everything you need to know about nominating
The Insiders could be leading out in different ways, but may also just be excellent at their particular job. Leaders are great, but so are the people who actually execute on a leader's vision and direction. The Insiders are people in the trenches every day, making things better.
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[Factsheet] The difference between military and non-military homebuyers and sellers

Shareable infographic tells it all
Serving in the military dictates many home buying and selling decisions for active-duty members, and continues to have residual effects — both positive and negative — for veterans. This week's HousingWire factsheet uses data from the National Association of Realtors' latest profile of homebuyers and Sellers to show just how different their housing decisions are.
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This is how HousingWire will celebrate the housing industry's Insiders

New award program recognizes your company's best-kept secret
We love executives, but we want to champion the people who are invaluable to companies in a hundred other ways as well. The HW Insiders will recognize the professionals that are central to a company's success — the people everyone knows internally as a critical resource, but who aren't as visible to the industry at large.
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