Self-billed as "the largest conference in default servicing" -- a distinction we think goes to the annual MBA Servicing event. Still a large event, historically comprised primarily of REO real estate specialists.
I hope you all got out and enjoyed some fireworks this past weekend. My family went down into our little historic town, not all that far north of where George Washington and his men wintered the year we almost lost it all, and sat with friends and neighbors on the side of the hill to watch the show. I thought about mentioning to my kids that these fireworks were real to the soldiers and civilians who fought during the Revolutionary War, and in every war since then; that they represent more than a good time with friends and family, but I didn't.
A cursory glance at any history book more than a decade old (back when we used to compile historical information into books instead of wikis that can be easily updated as we go along) will reveal that great leaders always seem to emerge during highly volatile times. Few are the truly great who inherited a peaceful land in a time of plenty — and still made it into the history books. There may have been some, but they are pretty much all covered together in a sentence that usually goes something like, "and then there was a 1,000 years of peace and prosperity."
Sucks to be those guys.
Bond insurer ACA Financial Guaranty filed suit Thursday against Goldman Sachs.
The suit alleges fraud and seeks $30 million in compensatory and $90 million in punitive damages stemming from the role the investment bank played in the marketing of the synthetic collateralized debt obligation named ABACUS.
Goldman Sachs developed ABACUS and sold it to investors on behalf of its hedge fund client Paulson & Co. in 2007.
I caught an old movie over the long weekend. One of the cable channels (I don't know which one. It comes on after you hit the next channel button a couple hundred times in search of something to watch) was running the 1985 film "The Goonies." It took me back to my college days and surprised me with a critical connection to the mortgage lending business I'd never noticed before.
The mortgage industry is leveraging technology like never before, streamlining processes across the spectrum of lending, servicing, investing and real estate. The combination of regulatory pressure and consumer expectations have set a high standard for efficiency and transparency, requiring a significant investment of time, money and talent to hit the right notes for both.
Ironically, the monkey on the mortgage industry’s back for the past 10 years — increasing regulation — is the very thing that forced companies to find efficiencies in every part of the process, which serves them well as they look to engage tech-savvy consumers. Even as the enforcement of some of those regulations is now in question, the long-lasting benefits of investing in automation will stand.
Mortgage banks have traditionally been slow to embrace new technologies, and while the technology that has improved efficiency, security and customer experience in a multitude of other industries (transportation, education and retail, to name a few) is finding its way into the loan production process, a lot of opportunity still exists in other stages of the mortgage life cycle.