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Game changer: California investigating Wells Fargo for identity theft

Could lead to charges against former employees who opened fake accounts
A group of senators is already asking the Department of Justice to use a new policy to target individuals at Wells Fargo for corporate misconduct (and maybe even more) in the wake of the fake account scandal surrounding the bank. But the state of California is making a move that could lead to a whole new world of hurt for Wells Fargo, its current and former executives, and the 5,000 former employees who opened the fake accounts.
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When it comes to Millennial homebuyers, time really is money

And words are your bond
To some degree, the Millennial homebuyer market, especially the first-time homebuyer, must seem like the Holy Grail or a unicorn herd to mortgage lenders. It’s a large segment with an estimated purchasing power of about $200 billion. So what does this mean for those seeking to sell mortgage loans to Millennials?
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Former HUD Secretary: Affordable housing is too unsafe for the elderly

Exclusive interview series with affordable housing expert, part 2
In part 1 of our four-part interview series, Rick Lazio discussed the need for the candidates for president to begin discussing housing policy. Now, in part 2, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros argues that America is simply not doing enough to increase safe access to affordable housing. Here are his solutions.
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Monday Morning Cup of Coffee: What's the real impact of landmark CFPB-PHH ruling?

And will housing come up at the last presidential debate?
The mortgage business is still reeling in the wake of the landmark ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which last week declared the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's leadership structure unconstitutional and vacated a $103 million fine against PHH. So what's the real impact of the decision? Plus, will they actually discuss housing during the final presidential debate this week?
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Closing Call

Taking ID verification to the MAXX

New tool lets lenders validate borrower's identity, character references
With its latest tool, IDMAXX, Pavaso has enabled lenders to achieve two aims with one solution. By leveraging a borrower’s network for both identity verification and character references, lenders can be assured that 1) the borrower is who they claim to be and 2) the total picture they have of that borrower, and the risk that borrower may pose, is accurate and complete.
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Redefining when the mortgage process starts

It's not what you think
Traditionally, there is plenty of jockeying for position amongst the differing players in the real estate transaction, particularly between lenders and realtors, over who owns the relationship with the consumer. Be warned: There isn’t going to be any place for that kind of possessiveness in the post-TRID market.
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The production challenges beyond TRID

Transitioning to a digital space
If the mortgage industry is serious about addressing the longer closing times created by TRID, not to mention attracting millennials as potential homebuyers and/or employees, it has got to get with the times. And the times? They are digital.
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A new era of solutions

Recapping last week's posts and tech progress this year

Solutions exist today that can help with a large majority of the business process shifts that will result from the rule. And the last year has provided an opportunity for them to solve things further.  

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